Joseph Keckler & Chavisa Woods Reading & Book Signing

Join East End Books Ptown as we welcome Joseph Keckler and Chavisa Woods to Provincetown. This begins a month of special events as we approach our One Year Anniversary!


Reality, embellishment, and fantasy intermingle in twenty mesmerizing tales by the acclaimed performing artist Joseph Keckler, DRAGON AT THE EDGE OF A FLAT WORLD.

Ranging between different periods of his life and written over the course of a decade, these episodes confirm Keckler’s storytelling mastery. As we are led through corners of downtown New York and the Midwest, we are introduced to his mentors and muses, odd jobs and odder employers: What is it like to work for a blind man who runs an art gallery? Or for an aging club kid who administers a university classics department? Outré characters turn art into a religion and make a spectacle of daily life. Some strive to be center stage and others struggle to be seen, but all soldier on in the margins. In this world, you may board a familiar bus or train and find yourself in some shady netherworld, or skipping past midnight on New Year’s Eve. There is sex with ghosts. And the incessant GPS voice that mocks the last moments of a longtime love.

A strange and wonderful addition to the canon
An impressive collection
“Keckler narrates his life with humor and the
occasional surrealist flight of fancy.... an emerging
talent.”  —Publishers Weekly

Joseph Keckler is a magician, a vagabond of the outer boroughs with an eye for the unorthodox, irregular, anomalous and uncanny. By turns mordant and melancholy, decadent and delirious, these are stories to cherish, as brilliant and charming as the writer himself.

-- Olivia Laing

Joseph Keckler is a captivating raconteur, with a delicious ability to transform scenes of dread into comedic triumph.  His deadpan delivery contrasts brilliantly with his virtuoso appetite for moody glissandi and hectic staccati.  I marvel at the social incongruities—the faux pas, the accidental couplings, the identity slippages—that he narratively dishes out as if they were artisanal pizzas, seasoned with a hilarity and drama that add up to box office boffo.


--Wayne Koestenbaum


"This Book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices." —  Booklist
“ Think of her as a literary exorcist” --The Rumpus
"I can’t think of any other book that captures the essence of America the way this collection does" —Lambda Literary
“This is one of the best short story collections I’ve read in years. It should be required reading for anyone who’s trying to understand America in 2017.” —Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean
"Like my favorite book... Murakami meets the meth heads. Woods delivers a nation of cigarettes in language both lyric and thrilling. Reader, you have never before seen anything like this." —Samantha Hunt, author of Mr. Splitfoot
The eight stories in Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country paint a vivid image of people living on the fringes in America, people who don’t do what you might expect them to. Not stories of triumph over adversity, but something completely other. 

Described in language that is brilliantly sardonic, Woods’s characters return repeatedly to places where they don’t belong—often the places where they were born. In “Zombie,” a coming-of-age story like no other, two young girls find friendship with a mysterious woman in the local cemetery. “Take the Way Home That Leads Back to Sullivan Street” describes a lesbian couple trying to repair their relationship by dropping acid at a Mensa party. In “A New Mohawk,” a man in romantic pursuit of a female political activist becomes inadvertently much more familiar with the Palestine/Israel conflict than anyone would have thought possible. And in the title story, Woods brings us into the mind of a queer goth teenager who faces ostracism from her small-town evangelical church.




Event date: 
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World: Portraits and Revelations Cover Image
ISBN: 9781885983251
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Turtle Point Press - November 21st, 2017

Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country: and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609807450
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 16th, 2017