Join us from 11am-2pm Saturday June 3rd at Fact and Fiction for a Saturday Sidewalk Signing featuring Ben Nickol and his new book, The Sea Lanterns.
About the book:
"Marooned at a backwater college and hungry for more, Athletic Director Scott Darrow plots his ascent to a better job at a better school. He has the talent, charm and Machiavellian nerve to go far, but when he hires a famous coach to run his basketball program, the coach proves to be unstable and possibly insane. Now, to escape professional oblivion, Darrow must maneuver and manipulate this coach, and manage the town’s intensifying suspicions. No measure is too drastic. No tactic too cruel. But complicating Darrow’s work is his own unsettled history, and in wrestling with this history, Darrow begins to understand his frail coach with jarring personal clarity. Perhaps the two men aren’t as dissimilar as they’d seemed. And perhaps Darrow’s future—even if it’s triumphant—will mean not banishing his ghosts, but living forever in their company."
About the author:
Ben Nickol’s several books include The Sea Lanterns, and Sun River: Stories, which was named a Quivering Pen Best Book of 2019. His stories and essays have also appeared widely, in venues such as Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, CutBank and elsewhere. Originally from Idaho, he returned to the Northwest in 2021 after teaching for several years in the M.F.A. program at Wichita State University.