Stephen Hren | Regulator Bookshop | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week

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Stephen Hren

When: Thu., Jan. 22, 7 p.m. 2015



THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP—It was startling when J.K. Rowling switched from the fantastical young-adult wizardry of Harry Potter and the Bucket of Mystery (one of those books was called that, right?) to the mundane adult council-estate politics of The Casual Vacancy. But when it comes to sudden pivots, she's got nothing on Durham author Stephen Hren. His last book, 2011's Tales from the Sustainable Underground, featured sane and responsible nonfiction profiles of various eco-crusaders. Then he followed it last year with a small print run of Max's Hungry Ghost, which he'll read and sign at The Regulator. We advise showing up catastrophically stoned, as the book combines a profane, druggy text with inky illustrations by Matt Bua, evoking a "what if?" scenario wherein Shel Silverstein took too much acid with Gary Panter. It's a near-future dystopian comedy populated by bizarre characters with names like MC Bigaloo Big Dude who "struggle to make ends meet before being consumed by their engorged and wayward genitalia." You can't even expect me to think up a witty punchline after typing some shit like that. 7 p.m., free, 720 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-2700, —Brian Howe

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