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Richard Duggin, director of the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program, will sign Why Won't You Talk To Me? Selected Stories (Outskirts Press, $16.95) and The Music Box Treaty (Wayne State College Press Kloefkorn Series). Why Won't You Talk To Me? contains nine tales about the leavers and the left, the deceivers and thedeceived, those searching and those sought after during the human heart's often painful and always conflicted hunt for love. These stories have been selected from among the many Duggin has published over the years, and they share in subject and theme our common struggle to communicate one to another what our deepest emotions have no language to express. The Music Box Treaty chronicles the life of Marion Monaghan, a former college professor from the East, who has fled to the tiny sandhills village of Lodgepole, a settlement in the "bellybutton of the country." It's Marion's hope to recreate himself in the simpler life of the existential Hemingway hero--with the belief that truth and beauty lies in the tales we tell about ourselves. He lives in a railroad switchman's shack, works unloading and restacking boxcars of lumber for a local lumberyard, and has joined the local volunteer fire department -- a hero’s calling.
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"The main focus of Blind Uncle Night is on nature and the outdoors, including the heavens. But if you’re looking for quiet fields of daisies, twittering bluebirds, and wispy moonbeams, look elsewhere. Art Homer has what W. C. Williams called ‘the ground sense necessary’ to take into account vultures, deer carcasses, snapping turtles, weeds, thunderheads, bugs, coyotes, and snake-eating frogs — elements which moved Hobbs to describe life in the state of nature as ‘nasty, brutish, and short’ but which Homer demonstrates are essential to its power, its appeal, its — yes — beauty. His lines are grounded in concrete particularity and a musician’s ear for sound and rhythm. Homer’s musicality also shows up in the poems about small-town/country life and the roots music that evolved from it — music, like Homer’s, conjured out of the personal landscapes of its creators. His is a reader-friendly landscape, but don’t forget your work-shirt and brogans."—William Trowbridge (Wordtech, $18.00)