John Biscello Reading/Book Signing
December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A book launch to celebrate the release of Biscello’s new novel, Nocturne Variations. Biscello will read excerpts from the novel, and copies will be available for purchase. There will also be a digital slideshow revolving around the spirit and content of the book, and live music. Tuesday, December 18 @ 7pm. SOMOS, 108-B Civic Plaza Drive, 758-0081.
Nocturne Variations: Dystopic Peter Pan meets surrealist noir in this cinemythical tale about love, loss and the illusions of shadow-play.
Los Angeles, December, 1989, is when we first meet the seventeen-year-old Piers, a runaway and a savant puppeteer Addicted to Sike, an experimental drug which promises a surrogate return to Childhood, Piers, in an act of revenge, robs a briefcase full of Sike from her dealer and flees L.A., pursued by two hit men. Hiding out in a stark southwestern town called Redline, where she meets and is taken in by a man named Henry Hook, Piers is soon confronted by the buried trauma of her past and the ghosts risen from old haunts.
Comprising a jigsaw synthesis of narrative, journal entries, letters, monologues, screenplay, poems, photographs, and press clippings, Nocturne renders an interior world of fragments and parallels, and casts a tinted light on that neverland between dreaming and waking.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, author, poet, performer, and teacher, John Biscello, has lived in Taos since 2001. He is the founder and director of the Taos Youth Ensemble, a theatrical troupe for young people, and the author of the novels, Broken Land, A Brooklyn Tale, and Raking the Dust, as well as a collection of stories, Freeze Tag.