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Episode 12: Stephen Graham Jones, Growing Up Dead in Texas

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Quite possibly our goofiest episode yet. We worry about bearnadoes (much scarier, and claw-ier, than tornadoes), ponder why Tom doesn’t know how to pronounce the word “bury,” and brainstorm the first Book Fight Presents graphic novel, featuring a superhero Dave Eggers taking flight fueled solely by whimsy.

Somewhere in all that, we also manage to talk about the book, Stephen Graham Jones’ engaging novel Growing Up Dead in Texas, which blurs the lines between fact and fiction to tell the story of a mysterious cotton fire in his hometown of Greenwood, Texas, that left several lives permanently damaged in its wake. Jones was thirteen when the fire happened; now, more than twenty years later, he’s diving back into an investigation of the event, whether the people of this small West Texas town want him to or not.

You can give a listen below, by clicking on the little player thingy, or download the file to play on any mp3-compatible device. Or click on the iTunes logo over there on the sidebar to pull up the episode in the iTunes store.

Speaking of the iTunes store, if you like the show, please consider taking thirty seconds to write us a brief review. Also: subscribe! It’s free, and will get you all future episodes without you having to come back here to the site every day, buzzing with nervous anticipation, until the next one’s available (which is, I’m sure, a thing many, many people are doing, and not at all a fictional construct I just now invented).

While we’re at it, here are two other easy, totally painless ways to support the show:

1. Click on any of the book links in these posts, like the one above to Stephen Graham Jones’ book, or this one, to Everyone Poops (it’s a medical fact!), then shop as you normally would. No matter what you buy, whether it’s a book we’ve recommended, a book we’ve never heard of, or even a Generac Guardian Series 5875 20,000 Watt Air-Cooled Liquid Propane/Natural Gas Powered Standby Generator With Transfer Switch (CARB Compliant), your friendly Book Fight podcasters will get a small cut of the purchase price, which will help offset our monthly hosting fees. Amazon is sorta evil, but we’re like the opposite of evil (good?) so it basically balances out. Moral relativity!

2. Tell your friends about the show. Either in person, or via Facebook or Twitter. They’ll thank you, we’re sure, for turning them on to a book discussion that’s a lot more fun than those stuffy NPR reviews.

As always, thanks for listening, and keep on reaching for the (quarter) stars!

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