The short stories contained in Bob Mustin’s 2013 collection, Sam’s Place, provided glimpses of life in a fictional Alabama town, but those found in his new release, Collateral Damage and Stories, have something else in common. “Various themes are fame, death and beauty,” he says, but “the underlying thread in all is obsession.” Most of the tales were written from 2012 to 2013, though a couple, in their early forms, date back to the ’90s. With several Southern settings, including Waynesville, these works “examine the ways we use imagination to set aside human anguish and move on with our lives,” according to a media release. Upcoming readings by the author are at Sylva’s City Lights Café on Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. and Battery Park Book Exchange on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. Free. bobmustin.com. Images courtesy of the author
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