All But True readings are curated by the Working Writers Group and sponsored by the bookstore A Novel Idea on Passyunk. During the pandemic, events are online and require preregistration. Here is the registration page:
For questions, call the store at (267) 764-1202.
Louis Greenstein’s novel The Song of Life is a comedy about suffering and forgiveness. When 24-year-old Margaret Holly gets hit on the head with the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, she is propelled on a seven-year spiritual odyssey. Meanwhile, far away and long ago, the legendary warrior Arjuna prepares for the chariot ride with Krishna chronicled in the Gita. At the end of the novel, Margaret’s and Arjuna’s worlds collide in an unexpected twist.
“Sparkling with insight . . . a wholly original, deeply felt novel” —Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
“a humorous, profound, effortlessly narrated page-turner” —Michael Cocchiarale, author of None of the Above
In The Bourgeois Anarchist, a novella by Sam Gridley, Susie Alioto is a 66-yearold radical whose beliefs have never wavered, though her life is now middle-class. When a rally turns violent, Susie is drawn into a mysterious intrigue involving angry activists and devious capitalists, gentrification, arson, even mobsters. To complicate matters, she stumbles into romance with a man of dubious reliability. Meanwhile her son, an apolitical math geek, adds an offbeat and comic perspective on her cherished principles and inconsistent actions.
“an engrossing tale of an aging pacifist’s struggle to live her ideals” —Alan Drew, author of Shadow Man and Gardens of Water
“Susie is an irresistible force. . . . She carries the baggage of years of living and experience with almost reckless, youthful abandon.” —Ellen Prentiss Campbell, writing in Tiferet
The moderator for this event will be Miriam Seidel, librettist, art critic, and author of the novel The Speed of Clouds.