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Douglas Milliken presents his new book, BLUE OF THE WORLD

Douglas W. Milliken, Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of a 2016 Maine Literary Award,celebrates the release of Blue of the World, a collection of antipastoral stories wherein ordinary people alternately seek and flee grace as they run against the unfathomable mysteries of sexuality and loss. In a multidisciplinary performance, Milliken will recreate the book’s atmospheric tension with readings by Mariah Bergeron and Jason Lesaldo, music by Scott Sell, and interactive sound-objects.

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Douglas W. Milliken is the author of the just released story collection, Blue of the World ( Tailwinds Press), the story collections Cream River (Downeaster Editions) and Brand New Moon, the novel To Sleep as Animals, and the codex White Horses. Other work appears in McSweeney's, Slice, the Believer, and many other publications. “Blue of the World” was written as part of a fellowship with the Hewnoaks Artists Colony, and was published in Glimmer Train Stories. 

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“Blue of the World reminds me of some wild, enormous mineral towers I saw once above a riverbed. Just when you thought you’d figured out the contours, another plane appeared, and then another, then a broken edge, a polished step, a rippled bowl. These stories are like that—brilliant surfaces, hidden depths, unsettled corners. Weeks since I finished the book, still I dip into it like dreaming, the perfect paragraphs new in my hands.”

— Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants and The Remedy for Love

“There’s such a satisfying alchemy to Milliken’s sentences—rhythms, textures, and resonances that magic our day-to-day idiocies into almost hilarious beauty. And by beauty, I don’t mean some transcendent feeling or deliverance from our isolation, but something much deeper and stranger: the extraction of an inner warmth we always hoped was there.”

— Meghan Lamb, author of Silk Flowers

“Milliken is a master of leveling the field of experience and revealing the things we all carry with us—awe, insecurity, nostalgia—whether we’re looking up at the stars or about to be swept out to sea.”

—Celia Johnson, Creative Director, SLICE Literary

<p>“There’s such a satisfying alchemy to Milliken’s sentences—rhythms, textures, and resonances that magic our day-to-day idiocies into almost hilarious beauty. And by beauty, I don’t mean some transcendent feeling or deliverance from our isolation, but something much deeper and stranger: the extraction of an inner warmth we always hoped was there.”</p>

<p>— Meghan Lamb, author of&nbsp;Silk Flowers</p>

<p>“Milliken is a master of leveling the field of experience and revealing the things we all carry with us—awe, insecurity, nostalgia—whether we’re looking up at the stars or about to be swept out to sea.”</p>

<p>—Celia Johnson, Creative Director,&nbsp;SLICE Literary</p>

Event date: 
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Space Gallery
534-538 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Blue of the World: Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781732848009
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tailwinds Press Enterprises LLC - April 15th, 2019