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Paul Cohen: THE GLAMSHACK
December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The first novel from 7.13 Books, Paul Cohen’s The Glamshack comes to Mother Foucault’s on Thursday, December 7.
Catch Paul’s Between the Covers interview with Ken Jones earlier that day.
Paul Cohen’s debut novel, The Glamshack, was published June 15, 2017 by 7.13 Books. Nominated for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award, the novel was included in “Most Anticipated Small Press Books of 2017” list at Big Other. Cohen’s short fiction has been published in Tin House, Five Chapters, Hypertext and Eleven Eleven. He won the Prairie Lights Prize for Fiction (judged by Ethan Canin), received an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Spring 2017 Fiction Open Contest and was a finalist in a Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest. His novel-in-progress, The Sleeping Indian, was named a finalist for the 2016 Big Moose Prize from Black Lawrence Press. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, Details, the Christian Science Monitor and others. Cohen earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching scholarship. He has taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension, University of San Francisco and University of Iowa. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
“[The Glamshack] fits together like a beautiful puzzle without losing any sense of urgent personal anguish.”
— Barnes and Noble Reads 10 Debut Novels for Your Autumn (2017) Reading List
“[With] Joycean vivacity . . . Cohen takes readers on the deepest of dives into the psyche and imagination of a man who is so full of passion that it threatens to swallow him whole.”
—Boulder Daily Camera
“There is a powerful, innate tension in his writing which comes not only from his voice but from his particular way of looking at things, an unusual way, and in art in fiction the only real worlds are likely to be the unusual.”
“There is so much to admire in Paul Cohen’s beauty of a first book. It is smart, sexy, wonder-filled, haunting and oh so marvelously, so humanly strange. Here even meat (venison) can be graceful. Here the heart grows hot, the soul burns dark and Desire blows a thousand horns.”
—Laird Hunt, author of The Evening Road
“Funny, intense and brilliant, this is a book about love but also about the self’s ability to withstand love. Every sentence is poetic, magnetized, in love with life. The language in this book cuts so close to the heart of experience that it feels very much like life itself–sacred, invincible, beautiful, full of meaning.”
–Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories
“Poignant, sharp writing infused with flashes of brutal humor. Paul Cohen’s The Glamshack cuts to the quandary we all endure: the burden of desire. With a voice distinct and resonating, Cohen casts a sober eye on life and longing, love and failure. He personalizes a universal plight and casts a searing spotlight on the fact that we are all uniquely un-unique that, in the end, we all share the same fate.”
—Douglas Light, author of The Trouble with Bliss and Where Night Stops
“The Glamshack is that exceptionally rare, uncategorizable novel that not only finds its greatest achievements in its singularity, but also serves as a reminder of how very familiar and commonly un-daring contemporary fiction is in general.”
—Josh Kendall, Executive Editor, Little Brown, in letter nominating The Glamshack for a Pushcart Press Editor’s Book Award
“In his debut novel, Cohen manages the impressive feat of memorably documenting obsession without surrendering to it.”
“Cohen is creating new language, finding surprising combinations that are both familiar and wonder-inducing.”
—Heavy Feather Review
“With sparse, languorous sentences that nonetheless hold a masterful deep-seated tension throughout,The Glamshack is a look into the interior landscape of a man on the edge of self-discovery, and, even larger, it chronicles the ubiquitous nature of us all.”