Oh, good Shepard Sam Shepard’s latest work — the shortstory collection Day Out of Days (Alfred A. Knopf) — could just as well be subtitled “Reflections of a Wanderer Out West.” It came out in hardcover around the first of the year and is now available in paperback. The book’s very brief tales (some are just a paragraph long) would work well as one-act plays or short films, and you’d surely enjoy someone reading a few of them to you. Shepard himself does just that when he takes part in Garcia Street Books’ Meet the Author series. Shepard appears at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail. Admission is free, but seating is limited, and there will be a cash bar. You may want to pour yourself a stiff one after hearing some of these tales, which incorporate humor, surrealism, theater (a few of the pieces are simply bits of dialogue delivered among characters), horror (a decapitated head reappears throughout the stories), and sex. In all of them, characters long for a sense of place even as they reject the notion of settling down in one spot. These stories may be weird, but they’ll make you think, and some of them are laugh-out-loud funny, such as the saga of the two fellows who somehow save Fats Domino (and his piano) from the raging waters of a Katrina-flooded New Orleans.
The Meet the Author series continues into next year; for details, call 986-0151 or visit www.garciastreetbooks.com.