3 pm | FRIDAY, MARCH 17
Songwriter and award-winning journalist Brian Smith will be at the Peregrine to discuss his debut book, Spent Saints and Other Stories. Join us for a glimpse into the lives of unsung heroes and those who exist "on the fringe."
About the Book
In this powerful collection of linked stories, debut author Brian Jabas Smith gazes into the lives of the stunted and the lost. There is the teenaged bicycle-racing champion from the Arizona desert who is escaping an abusive home life. The jaundiced rock n roll singer whose neon-lit gaze takes us from a Beverly Hills mansion to the crack-cocaine streets of old Hollywood. The desperate addict in the Phoenix barrio with nowhere to turn, strung out on crystal meth, porn, alcohol and nude dancers. Elsewhere, a Detroit journalist discovers that sobriety was not part of his job description, and the internally crippled mother whose lovely daughters are doomed for life. These stories are disturbing and raw yet offer eerily beautiful portrayals of loss, ultimately, reclamation, and perhaps, redemption.
Praise for the Book
In these fine stories, Brian Smith’s direct, natural, story-telling voice rocks with the authority and grit of someone who’s been there and come back to tell the tale. —Jim Daniels, author of Eight Mile High and Birthmarks
In Spent Saints, Brian Smith reaches down to the bottom rung and pulls up despair as it melts into unlikely beauty, brings the reader dangerously close to unfolding, ominous dread and unveils the side of life that is dark, wanting and formidable. Without reserve, he transfers the reader into worlds that are uneasy, without boundaries and desperately fragile. Like the note that remains long after it's been played, this collection will remain with the reader with it's honesty and exquisite starkness, at the same time both magnetic and haunting. —Laurie Notaro, author of Crossing the Horizon and Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club
About the Author
Brian Smith has written for many magazines and alt-weeklies, and his fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals. He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock ‘n’ roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has penned tunes with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. At one point he overcame heady crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He now lives back in Tucson where he writes a regular column in the Tucson Weekly centered on unsung heroes, people on the fringes and the desolate beauty found in unlikely places. Spent Saints is his debut collection of short stories. Learn more about Brian Smith »