Howling at the Moon by Steven Mayfield Among Honorees at San Francisco Book Festival

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Howling at the Moon by Steven Mayfield has been shortlisted in the General Fiction category of the San Francisco Book Festival. The book, a collection of short fiction, was published in 2010 and has received unanimous critical acclaim. Mayfield will be among the authors to be honored at a reception to take place at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco on May 21, 2011.

Mount Parnassus Press announces that Howling at the Moon, a collection of short fiction by Steven Mayfield, has received Honorable Mention recognition from the San Francisco/Paris Book Festival. Mayfield's book was previously recognized by the New England Book Festival and was a Finalist for the Best Books of 2010 sponsored by USA Book News.

“A superbly wrought set of tales as beguiling as a midnight serenade,” raves Kirkus Discoveries.

“The common themes of the tales of Howling at the Moon seem to be human vulnerability and, ironically, the power that vulnerability can unleash . . . Mayfield shines especially in the stories about marriage.” -- U.S. Review of Books

“Mayfield brings a magnificent range of both emotion and intellect to these stories.” -- Barbara Herrick; author of The Blackberry Tea Club

“Great book, great stories! Don’t loan this book to your friends because you will never get it back! -- Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network

About the book: With four new versions of previously published stories and five new offerings, Steven Mayfield’s book begins with “Food Chain” when an innocent motorist is ensnared in an inescapable web masquerading as a Manhattan traffic jam. “Reliquary” examines a life perhaps not worth living and the man who selfishly sustains it, while in the title story a surviving son stubbornly clings to adolescent rebellion even as his mother lies in her casket. “The Next One” introduces Rose Summerville, a new schoolteacher in the American South of the 1960s caught up in a social current as relentless as the mighty Mississippi River while MOMCON delivers a raucous rant on modern cell phone culture. The book closes with “Which Way’s Ireland?” where the nature of true courage is seen through the eyes of a boy after he spots a mysterious and magnificent airplane emerging from an overcast sky in the autumn of 1927. Other titles in the collection are “Hallway Sex,” “Mothers,” and “All in a Row.”

The book is 146 pages, 6" x 9" on cream paper and is available in softcover (SRP $12.95), hardcover (SRP $25.95) and Kindle formats. U.S. wholesale distribution is through Ingram and Baker & Taylor with online availability through Mount Parnassus Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Outskirts Press.

ISBN Softcover 978-9753314-0-8 Hardcover 978-9753314-1-5

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About the author: Steven Mayfield, a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for Fiction, holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska, received post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa and Brown University, and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine before settling in Boise, Idaho where he practiced medicine until turning full-time to writing in 2004. He is the past editor of the literary journal, Cabin Fever, and the author of numerous articles, reviews and works of fiction. Steven Mayfield and his wife, Pam, currently reside in San Francisco.


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