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June 8, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
We welcome back Ralph Cissne for the release of his newest short story collection, “Prudence in Hollywood, and other stories.”
“I went to the gynecologist last week, which isn’t all that unusual except I’m a man. Prudence insisted I go.” So begins the title story of this collection exploring the matrix of modern American relationships.
From “Farewell True Love” to “Prudence in Hollywood,” “Lover Boy” to “Laughing Stock,” “Claim to Fame” and “Alpha Girl,” we follow a quirky cast of characters pursuing love with surprising and often humorous consequences: a long-term romance ends; the love junkie meets his match; an Elvis impersonator crashes his class reunion; a stand-up comedian faces her fears; Hollywood personal training clients realize their dreams; a blended family heals emotional wounds.
Cissne, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, previously came to Magic City Books last year for his novel, “Angel City Singles.” An award-winning poet, his short story publications include American Way and Playboy. The poetry collection Don’t Be Shy was published in 2015. The Ancient Myth spoken-word album was launched with a reading at the legendary Bodhi Tree bookstore in Los Angeles.