Rare Stuff, a novel
Published August 1st, 2022

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Rare Stuff, a literary novel set in the mid-1990s primarily in New York’s East Village, tells the story of Sidney Zimmerman, a slightly lost white-Jewish photographer working on an infinite series of portraits of interracial couples. After the sudden death of Sid’s father, the novelist /rare book librarian Aaron, Sid and her Black-Jewish Guadeloupean Melville scholar boyfriend André trace a series of wacky clues Aaron irritatingly left to lead them to the solution of the mysterious disappearance of Sid’s mother, a whale enthusiast named Dorothy, eighteen years earlier. Aaron also bequeathed them a manuscript sporting his wild ideas that his wife had been adopted by Yiddish speaking whales who try to save the planet. Aaron could not face her death so he constructed fiction. 

Events

Rare Stuff: a Conversation with Dan Beachy-Quick at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, CO April 10, 2023

Roth and Rare Stuff, Roth @90 Conference at The Newark Public Library, March 14-17, 2023

Creative Writing, Scholarship, and Jewish Studies, Association for Jewish Studies, December 18, 2022 

A Conversation About Rare Stuff and Cetacean with Performance Artist Deke Weaver, at The Literary, Champaign IL, December 3, 2022

Texas Book Festival Featured Author, November 6, 2022

Book launch, Illini Union Bookstore, University of Illinois, October 27, 2022

Ottawa Lit Fest, Featured Author, October 15, 2022

Research Spotlight: Rare Stuff University of Illinois Library, September 29, 2022