Frank Mundo Interviewed by Bulgarian Writer Ognian Georgiev

I had the honor of being interviewed by Ognian Georgiev, a writer from Bulgaria Today about my books, writing, reviewing and more.

Check it out here!

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Frank Mundo Reads at Shine: Bright Stories of Positive Change 09-18-14

I’ll be reading, “A Day at the Beach” at Shine: Bright Stories of Positive Change on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm at the YWCA Santa Monica Westside, 2019 14th Street in Santa Monica. Come check it out if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s a good time and a great cause.

SHINE is produced by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater, UCLArts and Healing, and the YWCA Women’s Partnership. Tickets: $10 donation.

I’ll be reading with Deana Barone, Barra Grant, Lisa Mora, Sy Rosen, Oscar Sagastume and David Ivan Temianka. Live music provided by Sunny Hilden, a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter.

Learn more about this event at The Santa Monica Dispatch.

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2014 Readers’ Choice Award nominee at BigAl’s Books and Pals

Different by Frank Mundo is nominated for 2014 Readers' Choice Award at BigAl's Books and Pals

Different by Frank Mundo

I’m pleased to announce that my book, Different, is up for the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Fantasy books at BigAl’s Books and Pals.

Published on December 9th, 2013, Different tells the story of 12-year-old Gregory Gourde, a bright yet awkward kid who experiences certain physical changes one morning that even puberty can’t explain: his head has become a watermelon.

What follows is an audacious exploration of what it really means to be different in this dark yet humorous nod to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Different also includes a dozen original woodcut-inspired black-and-white illustrations by Keith Draws.

Different was reviewed by BigAl’s Books and Pals on December 31, 2013, which you can read here.

If you’ve read and liked Different, please take a minute to vote for it in the Fantasy Category at BigAl’s using the Rafflecopter application/form. Just for voting you are entered to win prizes and free books. Check it out. And thank you for your support.

Different is now available in ebook and paperback versions on Amazon. Visit my Amazon author page for more info on all of my books.

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The Read at Moorpark College Featuring Frank Mundo

The Read – Poetry Event with Frank Mundo

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30 PST

The Read @ Moorpark College: Open Mic Poetry and Fiction

Students, faculty, and members of the community are welcome to share their poems and stories.  Each event features a published author as our special guest.  This month we welcome the return of poet Frank Mundo!

February 26th: Frank Mundo, author of The Brubury Tales.

Time: “The Read” begins at 5:30 pm.

Location: 3rd Floor of the Moorpark College Library.

Please help spread the word!

Location: 3rd Floor of the Moorpark College Library

Contact: Wade Bradford

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Two new book reviews by Frank Mundo

Earlier this year, my new book Different was reviewed by Big Al’s Books and Pals, and my short story collection, Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy was reviewed by Indiereader.com; Here’s an excerpt from each:

5-star review for Different / Frank Mundo

Description:

“One morning 12-year-old Gregory Gourde wakes up in his bed with an impossible new feature: his head has become a watermelon. We follow Gregory down a rabbit hole of sorts to a new world and an audacious exploration of what it really means to be different in this dark yet humorous nod to Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.”

Appraisal:

Gregory Gourde certainly does take a trip down the rabbit hole in this dark fantasy; I felt like he was skating on the edge of madness for most of this story. Surely this is not what it is like for most boys going through puberty. But the author’s prose had me convinced that it had been for him. Frank Mundo does not just throw words at the page in hopes that they stick. There is much thought put into the words he chooses and this story will leave you thinking about it long after you have finished the story. This is the sign of a true wordsmith.

The story is told through Gregory’s eyes with an omniscient narrator who pops in occasionally to move the story along or fill in past events of Gregory’s life or other characters that played an important role.

Read the full review at Big Al’s Books and Pals –> http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2013/12/different-frank-mundo.html

Review: “4-stars: GARY, THE FOUR-EYED FAIRY AND OTHER STORIES is an entertaining romp, full of irreverent humor that leaves you wanting more…chronicling the life and times of J.T. Glass, a security guard armed with a sharp tongue, keen wit and vivid imagination…each story in this collection can stand on its own, but read together, the book feels more like a novel told out of chronological order, or like a puzzle that engages you, the reader, to assemble and experience the transformation from boy to man. The dialogue is crisp, the nuances are rich, most of the stories move at a fast clip, and you’ll be laughing or crying most of the journey.

Mundo knows how to delight and surprise, no holds barred. He has an excellent command of story, and the courage to go dark. Upon discovering some horrible truths about his deceased roommate, J.T. wrestles beautifully with his conscience in “A Friend In Need.” “Remorse” dares to walk that tightrope, balancing comedy and tragedy. The witty banter and innuendo in “A Conversation Piece” sets the tone of for the wild and crazy times defining J.T.’s life.” –Indiereader.com

Read the full review at Indiereader–> http://indiereader.com/2014/01/gary-four-eyed-fairy-stories/


Different
by Frank Mundo at Amazon.
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories at Amazon.
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories at Barnes and Noble.
Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories at Smashwords.

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Book review of The Wolf Yearling by Jeffrey Alfier

The term “writer’s writer,” or, in this case, “poet’s poet,” is very unusual in that it seems to have no clear definition, yet every writer knows what it means. For me, a poet’s poet is a workhorse, someone who, focusing on craft, consistently creates the kind of high-level work of art other poets truly admire. Unfortunately, however, despite this effort and discipline, despite this consistent outpouring of strong work, the poet’s poet is typically a label for the unappreciated and relatively obscure writer who deserves far more attention from readers.

That’s why I wanted to review The Wolf Yearling by poet’s poets, Jeffrey Alfier, a local Los Angeles poet, photographer and literary journal editor. I believe, in a better world, this artist, with his accomplished work and vast potential, would be a darling of the literary world – or would at least own a much much bigger corner of it.

Jeffrey Alfier
Poetry Collection
The Wolf Yearling
Silver Birch Press, May 2013
82 pages/$12.00

Talk about a workhorse. Already a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Jeffrey Alfier’s poetry and photographs consistently appear on the pages and covers of literary magazines and journals all across the country. The Wolf Yearling is his first collection of 65 of these published poems. With his photographer’s keen eye and a strong artistic sensibility, Alfier mixes grand images of nature’s bounty with sober depictions of the lonely and forgotten locations and inhabitants of the American Southwest. What’s most interesting to me about this collection is how, like a photographer’s lens, the poet seems only to capture images as they are in nature, without judgment or criticism. Somehow, even when the poet does reveal the “vulgar charm of exhausted huntsmen,” how the “ocotillo blossoms when it pleases” or how in the Puerto Blanco Mountains “rock cairns are the oldest profession in the book,” this is not commentary or gossip. It’s the truth. And, more importantly, it’s evidence of beauty.

If you could only read one poem in this work, one work that would best represent the collection as a whole, I’d urge you to read “The Desert Rancher on Sunday.” In only five couplets – one sublime snapshot – the poet manages to hit on both of his favorite subjects at once: 1) Some forgotten desert ranch somewhere in the Southwest whose “parched tractor ruts…angle off into wind-runneled fields”; and 2) The local inhabitants, lively flora and fauna, “loitering hawks,” “Chihuahuan sage blossoming in clusters,” and a single warbler whose flight is impelled by the footsteps of a nameless, faceless (and, perhaps, timeless) rancher. Touched off by the wind, the poem’s action is but a reaction to man, reinforced by “distant church bells” that “summon their own echoes” as the rancher kneels down, shoves his hands into the earth and we learn that this

Thin soil keeps him for another season,
The ground made of nothing his hands won’t hold.

If you like this poem, you’re really going to enjoy the rest of this journey through the Southwest…

Read this review at LA Books Examiner.

 

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See) and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories. His latest book is an illustrated novella for adults called Different. Don’t forget to subscribe to his emails and follow him on Twitter @Frankemundo or @LABooksExaminer for the latest updates.

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Book review of Amber Porch Light by Gina Ferrara

Gina Ferrara
Amber Porch Light
WordTech Communications, August, 2013
72 pages/$17.00

Light is the protagonist of Gina Ferrara’s powerful poetry collection, Amber Porch Light. Hinted at in the book’s title — and its three section titles (Aglow, Burnished and Candescent) — light is thoughtfully sourced to different effect in nearly all of the 16 or 17 poems within each section.

In Aglow, the poet delights not only in the “harbingers of light” revealed in “craved fruit not found in Eden,” but also in the “spectrum of gems” of an ordinary kiwi and the “darkest shade of sunset” inside a typical blood orange – not to mention the “pink melee” of flower petals collected by the “rusted tips” of a metal rake.

There are poems illuminated by vast frescoes, while others are “lacerated” by “moonlight” in “degrees of tint” with a fair share of “necessary darkness.” In the poem, “February Eclipse,” light and darkness actually seem to lust after one another when the sun “mate[s] with the moon” in this “aboriginal legend.” In other poems, light ignites during an “epic sleep,” sparking “dreams of autumn” with the “brightest hues of olives” and “violet.” Try as you might, you simply can’t “ignore the translucence” of these carefully lit poems.

My favorite piece from the book, “Double Helix,” comes from this first section. I especially enjoyed this stanza…

Read the review at LA Books Examiner.

Frank Mundo is the author of The Brubury Tales (foreword by Carolyn See) and Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories. His latest book is an illustrated novella for adults called Different. Don’t forget to subscribe to his emails and follow him on Twitter @Frankemundo or @LABooksExaminer for the latest updates.

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