Book Talk at MGMA

18 March 2017

Surviving the Times: Two Former Times-Standard Writers Read Aloud from Past and Current Work 

Date: Saturday, March 18th at 3:30-5:00pm

Venue: Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street, Eureka

Admission price: $5 adults, $2 students/seniors/military, FREE for museum members, children under 18, and families with an EBT card

 

  

James Faulk (left) and Neil Tarpey (right) who will read from their work at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

 

Come enjoy a live reading of work by two former Times-Standard writers, James Faulk and Neil Tarpey, in a presentation called Surviving The Times on Saturday, March 18th at 3:30pm.

James Faulk is currently a columnist for the Lost Coast Outpost and was formerly a long-time reporter and editor for The Times-Standard newspaper. His brave essays and stories explore deeply personal topics relating to family, childhood experiences, heroin addiction, love, mental illness, and survival.

He says, “Over the past ten years, I’ve gone from being the city editor of the Times-Standard newspaper to living on the streets and battling a full-blown heroin addiction. Since fully recovered, my work deals in part with that and other subjects that other writers often shy away from.”

Faulk is an award-winning journalist and poet, father of four, husband of 20 years, recovered addict, and experienced local musician. The work to be shared at this event comes from a manuscript he's preparing for publication, assembled primarily from material first printed in his Dead Reckoning column for the Lost Coast Outpost. He is 41 years old.

Faulk explains, “This is my first reading since recovering from addiction, and getting my life back in order. It’s a celebration of sorts. Neil is a role model to me, and always has been. I’m excited to share this moment with him.”

Neil Tarpey hails from New York City, and lives with his wife and their dogs along Northern California's redwood coast. Neil quit alcohol and other drugs at age thirty-one and enjoys sober living. He wrote Flashes of Lightning (Fithian Press, 2016), an illustrated collection of fifty-two stories (each 101 words or fewer) which includes “Handgun Wedding,” the North Coast Journal’s best flash fiction in 2009.

Neil earned M.A. degrees in Teaching Writing and Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University, and a B.A. in English from St. Bonaventure. He worked a combined 41 years as a substance abuse counselor, college instructor and sports writer.

This event is included with regular museum admission: $5 for adults, $2 for students/seniors/military, and free for museum members, children, and families with an EBT card.

 

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