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Monday, July 26, 2010

‘Bradbury Report’ at Boswell

Plus: Freveletti’s ‘Running Dark’ at Books & Company

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The year is 2071. The country is America. For the past 20 years every U.S. citizen has been enmeshed in a classified government-sponsored cloning program, and today roughly 250 million clandestine human copies are secluded in a top-secret sector of the Midwest.

In The BradburyReport, Steven Polansky details a society wherein all civilians retain an exact duplicate, mostly accessed for spare parts when an “original” becomes sick or injured. This fantasy fiction debut, similar to the likes of 1984 and Brave New World, is a provocative imagining of America’s future and an epic journey of one man (using the pseudonym “Ray Bradbury”) who finds himself on the run with his clone and an ex-girlfriend.

The BradburyReport is a powerful work of speculative fiction that examines what it means to be human and explores one of the most pressing ethical dilemmas of our society. It’s a vision of the best and worst of humanity, a story filled with terrible possibilities as well as love, humanity and righteousness. Polansky earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Princeton University and has taught at multiple U.S. colleges. Polansky, who lives in Wisconsin, will discuss The Bradbury Report at Boswell Book Co. onJuly 29 at 7 p.m.

In Running Dark, a riveting new thriller by best-selling author Jamie Freveletti, Emma Caldridge is on mile 35 of a 50-mile marathon in South Africa when a roadside bomb detonates on the course. Emma, a talented biochemist as well as an accomplished marathon runner, suddenly finds herself at the center of a conspiracy involving modern-day Somali pirates, chemical explosives and illicit drugs.

Running Dark follows on the heels of Freveletti’s 2009 international bestseller, Running from the Devil, and provides another intricate, engaging narrative of suspense and adventure. Freveletti, herself an elite ultra-marathon runner, was awarded Best First Novel in 2009 by the International Thriller Writers for Running from the Devil and has been nominated for a Barry Award for Best First Novel. Frevelleti will be speaking at Books & Company in Oconomowoc on July 31 at 1 p.m.

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