Local novelist Gregory Mose, who was born and raised in Calabasas, was awarded a gold medal in the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his debut novel Stunt Road. The award, won for the West-Pacific Best Regional Fiction category, was presented on May 25 in New York to coincide with the opening of BookExpo America, North America’s largest publishing convention.
Stunt Road takes place largely in the west Valley and the canyons. It has been praised for its vivid sense of place, its caustic and humorous portrayal of Los Angeles life, as well as its satiric take on modern spiritual fads.
Set in the San Fernando Valley, Stunt Road by Gregory Mose recounts the rise and fall of Pete McFadden as an accidental new age spiritual guru. Pete invents a factitious system of divination – part online astrology, part tarot and part chaos theory – which he calls “Horokinetics.” Managing to attract the attention and support of an unscrupulous marketing executive, Pete finds himself at once lauded as the genius behind Hollywood’s latest spiritual fad and derided as a cynical con-artist. The result is a whirlwind tour, at once hilarious and chilling, through a modern American landscape of spiritual yearning, intellectual laziness and corporate greed.
To learn more about local author Gregory Mose and his writing, visit his website, where you can download and read the first three chapters of Stunt Road for free.
Mose is currently at work on a new novel set in West Africa and based on his experiences as an aid worker.
For more information about the Independent Publisher Book Awards, please visit http://www.independentpublisher.com/.