Join us on Saturday, January 26th at 6:30PM for a reading and multimedia event with Brian Jabas Smith, featuring poet John Freeman and filmmaker Maggie Smith. Smith will be reading from his new collection of essays and columns,Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera.
This is a collection based on the award-winning columns and essays by Brian Jabas Smith. Originally published in Tucson Weekly, these are stories of the lonely, lost and forgotten, lives lived in the margins. Tucson, Arizona is an impecunious city near Mexico, a still-affordable outpost, as Smith says, at the ‘edge of the world.’ He offers sharp, empathetic commentary on diverse subject—immigrants and boxers, ex-cons and blue-collar everymen, artisans and soldiers, the meth-damaged and the quiet survivors who’ve returned from some kind of battlefield, internal or otherwise… Smith takes us to places and introduces us to people we would never approach, but who might stay with us forever.” (from the front flap)
“A true champion of the dispossessed and forgotten… I can’t recommend this book highly enough.” – Willy Vlautin, author of Lean On Pete and Don’t Skip Out On Me
“A humble troubadour of Tucson’s desert-fried streets and dives, Brian Jabas Smith listens to barmaids and junkies, to the homeless and the undocumented, and retells their heartbreak tales in incandescent prose. This compassionate book about the struggles of the dispossessed is an important corrective to the myth of the Southwest as a golden promised land.” – Margaret Regan, author of Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire
Brian Jabas Smith has written for magazines and alt-weeklies, and his fiction has appeared in literary journals. He’s an award-winning journalist, first as a staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times and then as an editor at Detroit’s Metro Times. Before writing full time, Smith was a songwriter who fronted rock & roll bands Beat Angels and, before that, GAD. He has penned tunes with lots of folks, including Alice Cooper. His songs have appeared in major TV shows. At one point he overcame heady crystal meth and alcohol addictions. As a kid growing up in Tucson, Ariz., Smith was a national class bicycle racer. He now lives back in Tucson and his debut collection of short stories, Spent Saints (Ridgeway Press),debuted spring 2017. The stories have been made into short films, now collected into a series, available soon. He latest book, a collection of essays and columns, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera, is out mid-November 2018 on London-based publisher Eyewear Press.”