Jun 26, 2014

Local Reading with Tom Bouman and Dante DiStefano


Local authors Tom Bouman and Dante DiStefano are set to read at RiverRead Books on July 8th at 6:30 pm.

Tom Bouman is a local author who grew up in Binghamton and Brackney, Pennsylvania. Dry Bones in the Valley (W.W. Norton, 2014) is a rural noir set in a fictionalized Northeastern Pennsylvania town.

Walter Benjamin said that all great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one. Tom Bouman’s novel dissolves the genre of rural noir. The book is an intensely lyrical exploration of loss and a requiem for the changing landscape of Susquehanna county. It is an anti-fracking novel, a straight-up thriller, and a delicately wrought character study, all at once.



It is the finest contemporary novel that we’ve read in years and it’s poised to be the biggest book to come out of this area ever. Already, the novel has been put on must-read lists by Oprah and the ALA. It’s received praise from such crime fiction heavyweights as Donald Ray Pollack, Wiley Cash, and James Sallis.

You can visit Bouman's page here, his Norton page here, and his Amazon page here.

We also look forward to hearing Dante DiStefano, one of our wonderful poetry editors, share from his work!

Dante Di Stefano is a Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at Binghamton University. His poetry and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Writer's Chronicle, Shenandoah, The Southern California Review, Brilliant Corners, The Hollins Critic, Bayou Magazine, The Grove Review, Gris-Gris, and elsewhere. He has won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and the Academy of American Poets College Prize. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Contemporary poets whose work he admires include: Ruth Stone, Marie Howe, Jason Shinder, Reginald Dwayne Betts, and Terrance Hayes.

We look forward to seeing you all at this event! 


July 8 at 6:30 pm
RiverRead Books
5 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 217-7292