the late season - Stephen Hines

PhillyDave

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Damn. The Late Season. That story truly stays with me. I can't stop thinking about it. There's subtlety and it's brief and it speaks volumes. Also, it's just some sad guy hanging out, then it's so much more than that. I have a limited vocabulary and want to something profound but i can't. The story's really great. Thank you. That is all. At my next opportunity to read i'd like to finish the book in one fell swoop and start all over again.
 

PhillyDave

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I just want to relay this moment. I'm getting ready for work this morn and my 12 yr older's propped up on my side of the bed on his chromebook with his mother asleep beside him. Just as i'm about to put on my shoes & leave for the day i ask if he's seen my book. He hands me i don't know what from the piles. I clarify for him, "Oh, no. That one. The Late Season." He hands it over and i proceed to go on & on, as i do, about how it's a killer short story collection about humans & realistic life & stuff & it's authentic & so good & the stories are from Canada & grandpa's from Halifax in Nova Scotia." His response? "Dad, i'm glad you're reading again. You know 'cause you were stuck there for a little." "Yeah, i know dude. Thanks for noticing." And thank you again Mr. Hines. The last story left to read.
 

esart

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Yo Hines,

I'm sorry that I have not commented on this thread. I didn't even realize how old it was. At least I can bring it back to life. You are such an amazing writer. Because I haven't had time to read much of anything else while getting my book to market, I haven't read every story in the Late Season yet. When I finish it, I'll be writing a stellar review everywhere for you. The few I've read have knocked me off my feet.

But I wanted to ask you if you're working on a novel. ???
 

hoochmonkey9

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Very, veeeery slowly.

Always writing short stories. I have a chapbook of 2 stories coming out with Tangerine Press in the summer.

I have pretty much stopped writing poetry. For now. That could always change.
 

PhillyDave

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Thanks. Just wondering. Wouldn't want to be a bother about it. Late Season is veeeery good, by the way.
 

hoochmonkey9

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No bother at all. I need the motivation. In addition to being a slow writer, I'm also a lazy one.
 

hoochmonkey9

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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Now, if you know of a North American publisher that would like to pick up the rights, hook me up. Ha.

It was a pain trying to get the book in my local library because the distributor is in the UK. I had to donate a copy. My local indie bookstore turned its nose up at it. And I have spent a shit ton of money in there over the past 30+ years.

Ah well.
 

mjp

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Why the hell would a local independent book store turn its nose up at a book by a local author? That's kind of ridiculous.

Who gives a shit where it's published? What's wrong with people? (Rhetorical question.)

They obviously didn't read it, because no one who reads that book can deny how good it is.
 

Hosh

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Why the hell would a local independent book store turn its nose up at a book by a local author?
Is it that they think, because it doesn't come from some literary hotbed (if there is such a thing), that our books just can't have any value? I feel like shops are annoyed by asking, at least sometimes.

It's gotta be a tough racket...wanting to put interesting stuff on the limited shelf space available, only to have readers come in and ask for the NY Times bestseller. That said, I'm pretty sure that anyone who picked up the book would find a hell of a lot to like in it. As I get closer to the end, I'm reluctant to finish because I don't want it to be over.
 
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