The owners of Mutiny Information Cafe at 2 So. Broadway in Denver have redoubled their efforts to provide a slice of creative culture for the Mile Hive City, joining forces with author Zack Kopp to provide one or two monthly author appearances over the course of Summer 2016. Next up in the sequence of authors appearing at that combined bookstore, record store, comics shop, and coffee house on the SE corner of the intersection of Broadway and Ellsworth Streets in the Baker neighborhood is author S.C. Sterling, who will appear at Mutiny on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, at 3 PM, with copies of his novel, Teenage Degenerate, ready to sign and sell those and answer questions from interested listeners to his exposition of his descent into the dark and dangerous world of crystal methamphetamine addiction in Denver in the 1990s.
In 1996, Teenage Degenerate’s protagonist, Scott, experiments with crystal meth in dark, deserted parking lots of Denver and environs, one of a motley crew of misfits ready to sell or do practically anything to get off one more time. One by one, family and friends disappear, and he is left alone with a decision to continue fighting or give up. Sterling’s book explores the depths of addiction, detailing his search for, and struggle to reclaim, a normal life.
Sterling is donating 10% of all sales to the Meth Project.
Publisher Mark Stevens of Running Meter Press (author of Trapline, Lake of Fire, and others) who’ll be appearing there on the following Saturday, May 28th, also at 3 PM, to commemorate the late Gary Reilly, whose novel, The Detachment, second in a trilogy about military life, based on his own experiences as an MP in Vietnam, was just released by Running Meter, to sell copies of The Detachment and give an overview of Reilly’s prolific, highly literate catalogue, much of it produced while driving a cab in Denver, to be followed by a dialogue with interested listeners to his presentation.
To boot, commented local writer Zack Kopp regarding his discovery of Asphalt Warrior, the first in a series of fictional works on the adventures of Denver cab driver, Murph, “This book is, without exception, THE book every reader ever charmed by John Fante felt inspired to the authorship of—w/ cab driving in Denver as the motive engine and main character Murph’s Irish roots substituted for Arturo Bandini’s Italo-Catholic ones in similar form. My friend, Dan Fante, John Fante’s son, having passed the day before, I could hardly fail to notice the chain of circumstance. This book came to me right on time.”
Mark Stevens (Denver, CO) worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, The Rocky Mountain News, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, The Denver Post, and Denver Public Schools. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Western Writers of America and the Colorado Authors League.