Wednesday, January 04, 2006
... of a New Century:
You may not be from around here, but you know these folks just the same: the thrice-cursed mayor angling for re-election; the Piggly Wiggly meat cutter with the Vegan wife; the small-town Lolita around whom a universe revolves. We find ourselves in Century at the end of the 20th century and the dawn of the 21st — the eve of celebrating its centennial in the first week of April 2001. There’s a parade to plan, and a murder to plot, a marriage to save and one to let go, loves blossoming and lives rotting on the vine.
Welcome to the Dawning of a New Century * By Tony Simmons
ISBN: 1-888146-08-7 * Hardcover * 165 pages
... in the Undercurrents:
For the better part of ten years, newspaper writer and editor Tony Simmons has commented upon life in the unique environs of the Florida Panhandle while delving into universal themes of love, loss, discovery, and hope. Now his work — selected columns from The News Herald, Panama City’s daily newspaper — are collected into a career-spanning retrospective, running the gamut from the absurd to the sublime.
Dazed and Raving in the Undercurrents * By Tony Simmons * $18.95
Trade Paperback * 234 pages * ISBN: 0-595-33694-9
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
"Tony has his fingers all over the pulse of Florida funk — probably a blessing and a curse for him — but always a delight to readers of this state’s fiction."— Tim Dorsey
(Florida Roadkill, Torpedo Juice)***
"After I read the book I woke up with the people of Century on my mind. ... I really loved the threading of the lives together. There is a wonderful beat to the book. The characters are downright touchable — and not many writers, even the most commercially successful, can accomplish that. I was amazed at the chameleon-like way that you entered each character and told their truth from their perspective. That is truly the gift of a great writer. But then your freakin’ quantum theory knitting piece blew me away."— River Jordan(The Gin Girl, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, Praying for Strangers)***
"I think it’s the dawn of a stellar new literary career. Son. This thing is funny as (CENSORED)."
— Michael Lister(Power in the Blood, Blood of the Lamb, The Big Beyond)
"... Simmons' journalism background solidified his story and made it easy to get swept along. It was a gritty ride."
-- David Angier, The News Herald, Panama City, FL
(The Madness of Joe Francis, Salvaged Santa)
"Have you ever had a dream and wondered if it was real, contemplated your existence as a human and spiritual being or been surprised by your own intentions? Even if you can’t fully relate to Gabriel’s circumstances, his experiences will leave you pondering questions about your own destiny — setting the book down to think and then picking it back up to see where it leads."
-- Jan Waddy, writer/editor, PanamaCity.com