We are pleased to welcome novelists Dan Berne and Rob Yardumian to read from their respective books.
Dan Berne's debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, has just been published by Portland's own Forest Avenue Press. Family means everything to the main character, Ray Bancroft, a widowed Alaskan fisherman. He is raising his granddaughter with the help of a multitude of gods and goddesses -- not to mention rituals ad-libbed at sea by his half-Tlingit best friend. But statues and otter bone ceremonies aren't enough when Ray's estranged daughter returns from prison, her search for a safe harbor threatening everything he holds sacred.
Berne has been an active member of a select writing work group led by Karen Karbo for ten years. His short stories and poetry have been published in a variety of literary magazines.
The Sound of Songs Across the Water, a first novel by Rob Yardumian, takes place in the summer of 1995 in Los Angeles. Fifteen years have passed since Riley Oliver's band flamed out. He sees the life that his former guitarist, Will Taylor, has built for himself and he wants some of that luck himself. Together Will and Riley build an album, and long-buried conflicts darken the sunny southern Californian scene. "In this wonderful debut, Rob Yardumian tells an irresistible story about the struggles of two old friends. In doing so he writes brilliantly about music and sex, art and love, the power of money and the lure of charisma."
Yardumian spent ten years in the music business. His fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, The Antioch Review, The New Orleans Review, and other literary magazines. He currently lives in Portland.