The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno
Chicago’s fiction writer and playwright Joe Meno will be reading excerpts from his newest novel, The Great Perhaps, at the City Lights Bookstore this coming Tuesday (7pm, free).

Meno’s collection of works include The Boy Detective Fails (Akashic 2006), Hairstyles of the Damned (Akashic 2004), Tender as Hellfire (St. Martin’s 1999), and How the Hula Girl Sings (Harper Collins 2001). Over the years, Meno has found a peculiar writing style embedded in his developed works, catching the eye of literary critics across the board. From his review in the New York Times for 2008’s Demons in the Spring to his write-up by Booklist for his latest release, there is an evident talent through the wide range of characters presented in off-beat and trying situations.

The Great Perhaps offers a glimpse into the unraveling of “a family of cowards,” and the endeavors that each are faced with upon breakdown. The book has already received several points of recognition as a breakthrough novel for an author who has presented a consistency of creative talent for the quirky.

The reading will take place at the historic City Lights bookstore in North Beach at at 7 p.m. with no cover charge. Founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin back in 1953, the bookstore has hosted legends such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.