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Salon with Ryan Masters

  • Gabriella Cafe 910 Cedar St. Santa Cruz CA (map)

Join us for an evening of fine dining and literary reading followed by a discussion with Catamaran contributor and local Santa Cruz journalist Ryan Masters to celebrate Above an Abyss: Two Novellas, his debut collection of fiction.

Dinner at 6:00pm followed by a reading and discussion at 7:00pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Reservations are required. Please phone Gabriella Cafe to make your reservation at: (831) 457-1677

Book description:

Two contrasting tales of suspense anchor Above an Abyss: Two Novellas, Ryan Masters's debut collection of fiction. In Trampoline Gamesall is not well among the sharply defined suburbs of Salt Lake City in the summer of 1986. A 12-year-old boy arrives in a land of "mountains, Mormons, crickets" to find baffling prejudice, but also intoxicating freedom, lust, moments of heaven and, in the end, a terrible violence. In The Moth Orchid, a woman embarks on a desperate quest into her past in hopes of finding answers when a hereditary form of early onset dementia begins to ravage her mind. Set against the noir backdrop of a sub-zero Alaskan winter, The Moth Orchid is a gripping tale of one woman's struggle with the inevitability of oblivion.

About the author:

Ryan Masters is a writer and poet from Santa Cruz, CA. He spent a decade on staff at the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Monterey County Weekly. He is a frequent contributor to The Surfer's Journal and former poet-in-residence for the City of Pacific Grove, CA. His poetry and fiction work have appeared in publications such as The Iowa Review, Catamaran Literary Reader and Unlikely Stories. Above an Abyss: Two Novellas (Radial Books, 2018) is his first collection of fiction.

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Catamaran at AWP in Portland
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Lit Chat with Micah Perks