We’re thrilled to announce that Ben Miller, a frequent contributor to Literal Latte, has just published his debut memoir River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa.
Ben will be reading from River Bend Chronicle at 7pm on Tuesday, March 19th 2013, at the famous KGB Bar (85 East 4th) in NYC. The reading is free.
Amazon summarizes Ben’s memoir this way:
By turns uplifting and harrowing, Ben Miller’s prose portrays a boy’s quest to make his life more than the sum of its worst moments in a chaotic household. The tableau revealed is endearingly adrift in time — an inventor’s dream of selling America on a mail-order ice rink, the neighbors whose prodigious cookouts have the gravitas of Greek drama, and the aspiring misfit writers who meet to quote The Elements of Style over Pall Malls in a riverside tenement. Through it all, Miller returns to his Virgil, neighbor Mr. Hickey, a bow-tie-clad widower who exhibits a beguiling power to bear losses without himself becoming lost. Together the unlikely duo forms an irrevocable bond, sipping Sanka and 7UP while tuning in to Muhammad Ali’s greatest matches or rooting for the beleaguered Cubs.
…and Nancy Lord, former Alaska Writer Laureate, describes River Bend Chronicle as
A crashingly intense immersion into the life of the unconventional Miller family; think David Sedaris times four.
You can find out more about Ben and his memoir at The River Bend Chronicle official website.