Portland, OR, October 27, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, November 10th, Subatomic Books kicks off the publication of Steve Libbey’s The Bloodbaths in grand fashion at the new multimedia gallery Work/Sound. This is both the first volume of the Aqua Pura Trilogy, and the first book for Subatomic Books, so they have pulled out the stops to throw a ripping bash.
The natural choice for the evening’s entertainment are the Golden Greats, a Portland-based instrumental funk band featuring none other than the author himself, fellow author Mykle Hansen (whose book, Help! A Bear Is Eating Me! comes out in November as well) and five other musicians.
Also noteworthy is the fact that bandmate Danny Norton plays a Drum Buddy, an optical theremin invented by Quintron. Danny and the inventor are the only musicians who utilize this rare instrument in live performance, though Laurie Anderson has commissioned one to be built for her.
The Golden Greats have been building a reputation around town for knock-down, drag-out funk performances that make the usually sedentary Portland audiences dance with glee, which is why they have headlined the World Naked Bike Ride parties twice. Also joining the Greats will be Saij, another local writer and filmmaker, with his mix of funk and electronic soul, and Danny (again) spins vinyl as DJ Norto.
Beer will be a-flowing, courtesy of Chance of Rain Cafe. Nuff said.
But what of the book itself? “Steve Libbey gives the ‘sword-and-sandal’ epic a kick in the tunic and propels it into the gestalt of the 21st century, with an everyman hero whose brains triumph over brawn,” says author Mercedes Lackey. She should know; Lackey and Libbey have been co-writing The Secret World Chronicle novel series. Libbey’s first solo foray into novels has all the marks of a landmark debut: a fresh perspective, an evocative-yet-familiar world, and a protagonist to whom readers can relate.
A different kind of fantasy epic for readers who don’t read fantasy, the Aqua Pura Trilogy—which will include The Quartz Odalisque and The Good King’s Tomb—forsakes magic, evil supernatural overlords, and talking animals. The world of Rond is imaginary, but the denizens are not; they are plumbers and printers, farmers and mercenaries, courtesans and crooks. “I had become disenchanted, so to speak, with the fantasy genre,” says the author. “So much of it seemed to be concerned with earth-shaking dilemmas—the ‘shadow across the land’ books, as it were. When I realized I was subconsciously hunting for stories that presented human-sized conflicts, I knew I had found a niche to write in.”
Saturday, November 10, 8pm
820 SE Alder, Portland OR 97214