“Tucson Salvage” reading and screening comes to Malaprops on June 13

Press release from Platform Media Group:

We are so pleased to be able to tell you that (Author) Brian Jabas Smith and wife (Director) Maggie Smith are heading to Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. to do a reading and screening of the award-winning book and film “Tucson Salvage.”

Adapted from Brian Jabas Smith’s award-winning column of the Tucson Weekly, “Tucson Salvage: Tales from La Frontera” is biographical anthology of humans living on the fringes in Tucson, Arizona. Often poor, struggling with addiction, and even homeless, their tales of perseverance, grit, and compassion in the face of loss paint a poignant portrait of life in in the margins of American life. The book and film have been racking up accolades, and even claimed prizes for best screenwriting at the Golden Gate Film Festival.

A powerful and emotional collection, the book resonates for all audiences—straight and LGBTQ, privileged and destitute. It brings voice to the voiceless. It’s gritty and hopeful, scoured by the desert.

WHO: Award-winning author Brian Jabas Smith; his wife and emcee, director Maggie Rawling Smith. 

WHAT: Smith reading from his latest book, Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections from La Frontera (Eyewear Press, UK), based on his award-winning column in the Tucson Weekly; a screening of the festival-winning documentary short, TUCSON SALVAGE, based upon it; and live performance.   

The book Tucson Salvage introduces readers/viewers to people and places on the margins of US society with great empathy and lyric, understated prose. While based in the Southwest, these are universal stories of everyday people struggling below the poverty line in Trump’s America.

The documentary Tucson Salvage is a meditation on several humans living on the margins and below the poverty line, in Tucson, Arizona. All these individuals—man, woman and trans—have suffered at the hands of traditional society and have had to escape the mental or physical imprisonment of their bodies, their attitudes and their spirits. Many are literal ex-cons, recovered junkies, but none are passive victims. First-time director Maggie Smith has created an intimate, unflinching look at stories rarely seen on the big screen—as much about fighting as suffering, transcending as falling prey to their own pain. Gritty, raw and emotionally challenging, TUCSON SALVAGE brings you close to people not usually seen or valued in society, and in doing so, holds a mirror to us all.

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 254-6734

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