We at Chevalier’s are very excited to be hosting the Los Angeles book launch, with reading, q&a and signing on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30pm for poet, essayist, educator, scholar, and novelist (yes, she’s all that and funny too) Stephanie Hammer’s debut novel, Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior.
This is what Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior is about:
Just down the road from John Crowley’s characters is the town of Narrow Interior, the setting for Stephanie Hammer’s fable-ous first novel of secrets and heritage. Henry, the youngest son of a hotel magnate, is sent to calm the inhabitants as the hoteliers set about to despoil this odd byway. Instead, aided by his black sheep cousin and a cast of quirky characters, including Quirk, Henry sets out to discover the town secrets. The more he learns, the darker his mission appears, until Henry must choose if he is willing to risk all.
And this is what Stephanie’s about:
Descended from Norwegian plumbers on one side, and broke bohemian Russian aristocrats on the other, Stephanie Barbé Hammer has published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in Mosaic, The Bellevue Literary Review, Pearl, NYCBigCityLit, Rhapsoidia, CRATE, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review among other places. She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize 4 times in poetry, fiction and nonfiction categories. Her other books include the prose poem chapbook Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and a full length poetry collection HOW FORMAL? (Spout Hill Press, 2014). A former New Yorker and survivor of Manhattan’s elite private schools, Stephanie is an award winning teacher and Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She now teaches at writers’ associations, conferences, galleries, bookstores and anywhere readers and writers want to learn about creativity, world literature, and why the imagination matters.
Stephanie currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Coupeville Washington with her husband, interfaith blogger Larry Behrendt.
And this is what she looks like:
And praise for Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior:
“If Dali and Leonora Carrington and John Berryman had built a sports car together and then somehow turned it into writing, it would race right next to Hammer’s novel; this is weird, fast, spunky, and wonderfully, stubbornly, itself. Wear a hrlmet.”
- Aimee Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
“Like sharing a wild and crazy ride with Calvin and Hobbes in their wagon with no brakes barreling down a hill. Check out Stephanie’s poetry as well – hilarious, elegant and brilliant.”
– Liz, co-manager, Chevalier’s Books