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Published on May 23rd, 2018 | by Nature Humphries


Michael Bible Signs “Empire of Light” at Off Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi Tuesday, May 29

From “one of the most interesting and exciting new novelists in years” (Electric Literature), a story of imagination and survival in the tradition of Carson McCullers and Denis Johnson.

Trouble follows Alvis Maloney wherever he goes. After an adolescent prank leads to a stranger’s death, the teenage Maloney rambles westward. He lands in a small North Carolina town the rest of the world forgot and falls in love—in love with his neighbor Molly, in love with a lonesome quarterback called Miles, in love with a whole community of enduring misfits and losers.

But at the same time, another life takes shape in his seductive, dreamlike visions: a horse named Forever, a princess with hypochondria, and an electric city that’s always just out of reach. As these two promises of home fight for their hold on Maloney, the story careens toward disaster, and in the end Maloney must choose between love and redemption.

From the virtuosic author of Sophia, Michael Bible’s Empire of Light is a novel about the conflicting truths of young adulthood, and it blooms with mystical imagination and a soaring, hopeful heart.

Michael Bible is originally from North Carolina. He studied under Barry Hannah at Ole Miss and worked with David Milch adapting William Faulkner’s Light in August for HBO. He is the author of Sophia (Melville House), the chapbooks Gorilla Math (Greying Ghost Press) and My Second Best Bear Rug (Paper Hero Press), and the novellas Simple Machines (Publishing Genius) and Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City (Dark Sky Books). His work has appeared in Oxford American, The Paris Review Daily, Al Jazeera America, ESPN: the Magazine, and New York TyrantThe Local Voice Ligature

Michael Bible Signs “Empire of Light” at Off Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi Tuesday, May 29 at 5 pm.

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About the Author

is Editor-in-Chief of The Local Voice media company. Nature is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, but moved to Oxford in 2004 after spending time in the United States Navy. She also worked in the restaurant industry for many years as a Server and a Bartender. Nature graduated from Ole Miss in 2007 with a degree in English and Modern Languages.

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