michael barsa's
The Garden of Blue Roses

in conversation with michelle latiolais

A car lies at the bottom of an icy ravine. Slumped over the steering wheel, dead, is the most critically acclaimed horror writer of his time. Was it an accident? His son Milo doesn't care. For the first time in his life, he's free. No more nightmarish readings, spooky animal rites, or moonlit visions of his father in the woods with a notebook and vampire make-up. Or so he thinks.

Michael Barsa, award-winning grant writer, English teacher, and environmental lawyer whose writing on environmental policy has appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times, presents his debut novel, The Garden of Blue Roses. Ron Carlson says, “[T]his rich neo-gothic novel... captures us with an eerie power exactly like Henry James’ governess and the stressed-out, dreamy extremists of Poe."

In conversation with Mr. Barsa will be Michelle Latiolais, the author of the short story collection Widow and the novels A Proper Knowledge, Even Now, and She. The Los Angeles Times called her, "as close to Alice Munro as a writer can get, but with a more modern edge." She is an English professor and codirector of the Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine.

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