The write stuff – Employee shares novella on tour

By day, James Gapinski can be found supervising our writing and language tutors, teaching workshops and training courses and providing writing support to our students.

But by night, James, an Instructional Specialist for Tutoring & Study Skills and published writer, finds inspiration for stories throughout his Portland neighborhood.

His novella Edge of the Known Bus Line, published by Etchings Press out of the University of Indianapolis, was released earlier this year and is James’s second published book.

After wrapping up a five-state book tour with stops in Seattle, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland, James has been sharing his book at local events like the Portland Lit Crawl and a reading, Q&A and book signing at the Book Bin.

James's reading at the Book Bin
James’s reading at the Book Bin

So what’s next for James?

“I’m actively revising a cycle of magical realist stories set in Portland, often dealing with issues like gentrification and human migration,” says James. “I have a rough sketch for a new novella that unpacks a modern-day version of the Jersey Devil legend.”

About Edge of the Known us Line

In Edge of the Known Bus Line, a woman is stranded in a grotesque shantytown of cannibals and cultists. She struggles to escape her bizarre surroundings while the townspeople try to pull her deeper into this new reality.

Maryse Meijer, author of Northwood, raves “Disturbingly hilarious and weirdly affecting, Gapinski’s novella is a stunning fable about what it means to live in late capitalism…Hallucinatory, savage, but ultimately hopeful, Edge of the Known Bus Line is a bloody bible for our times.”

Kirkus Reviews says “Gapinski’s surrealist novella doles out dark comedy, visceral detail, and deft commentary in equal measure…Brilliant and brutal; a thrilling story surrounding complex, nuanced considerations of nihilism, optimism, and our own existential reality.”