Book Launch with Mark Pleiss

Join us for a book launch celebration with Mark Pleiss for new new book April Warnings.

About the Author: Mark Pleiss is a writer in Denver. He publishes fiction, book reviews, scholarly criticism, and essays, and his work has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Colorado Review, The Omaha Pulp, Sequel, Fine Lines, Palimpsest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Denver Post, and elsewhere. He worked as a freelance journalist for The Omaha World-Herald and The Des Moines Register before completing a doctorate in Spanish Literature and teaching at St. Olaf College, University of Colorado Boulder, and Metro State University Denver. He is from Omaha, Nebraska.


About the Book: April Warnings is a collection of linked short stories that can be read together as one. The narratives are connected by the strange Midwestern ritual of going into an underground tornado shelter, the disappearance of a young boy, and a growing mythology about aliens and cultists near the railroad tracks of the Callahan Ranch in Baxter County. This mysterious location recalls Juan Rulfo’s Comala, Laura Hendrie’s Stygo, Colorado, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, and the New Mexico of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Última. Farms, highways, and churches become the epicenter for truths, fictions, and myths rooted in larger ideas from the so-called “American Heartland,” a place belonging to indigenous populations, immigration routes, and beliefs about worlds that exist beyond the prairie. The product of growing up in Nebraska and an obsession with literature from the Spanish-speaking worlds, April Warnings evinces the diversity of people, thoughts, and beliefs that make places like Baxter County impossible to forget.


Event date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm