It’s not every day that a good friend publishes a novel. My pal of seven years, Mark Kozub, has just put the finishing touches on his debut novel, The Brown Family. Mark isn’t foolish enough to pull a Capote and declare his as-yet-unreleased book “the novel of the decade”, but he’s pretty pumped about the whole thing. Says Mark: “It’s kinda like letting your kid go and fend for itself in the world after babying and coddling for many months.”
Here’s the down and dirty on the launch party for Kozub’s novel, The Brown Family:
Mark Kozub’s debut novel, The Brown Family, published by Edmonton-based renegade publishers Dramatic Situations, will be released on Thursday, March 2nd. Come to the book launch at Greenwoods’ Books, 7925 – 104 Street, Edmonton, on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. The book launch will include a reading with music from the stellar Thomas Trofimuk. The book runs for a very affordable $16.99, and $3.00 from each book sold at the launch will be donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Mark has also recently launched his long-awaited website: www.markkozub.com. Proudly designed by yours truly, the site contains a cross section of the man’s work. When the site was finally stocked with content, I was taken aback by the breadth of the guy’s talent and endeavors. The bugger sure keeps himself busy, I tell ya.
Support some genuine E-Town talent. C’mon down to Kozub’s book launch on March 2, 2006. Buy a book. Get it autographed. And stay for the topless dancers at midnight (by invitation only, and only after the wives have gone).
StreetRag ::: An Urban Notebook
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?