Inspired by the works
of international artists, this Young Adult - New Adult collection of nineteen spellbinding magical realist, paranormal,
slipstream, dark fantasy, alternate history, and fabulist tales (linked with a novella) is
collaboratively authored by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson:
Peter John Rizzo, a 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits a floundering art magazine
from his uncle, John Rizzo, with the provision that he must increase the circulation or forfeit all assets
Peter Rizzo, Pete’s father, is a banker who scorns careers in the Arts and Humanities, and
is jealous of his late brother’s influence upon his wife and son.
Classic Art Exposé’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, Jason, and two university interns, sisters
Shirley and Evie, help Pete start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to expand
and save the business.
As the four friends publish the winning (and sometimes disturbing) stories over the following eighteen
months, Pete battles his father’s attempts to ruin his business and his reputation, and in the process, discovers a sordid
family secret. What else could possibly go astray?
“Love the atmosphere
and story narration . . . vivid and gripping. The frame narrative is more compelling than expected . . . has hints of beat literature, and the story arc about an art magazine
"The archetypal overbearing father at odds
with his son’s artistic ambitions is familiar but gets fresh treatment in this story of a fledgling literary arts magazine
. . . Authors DiBuduo and Robinson capture the angst that accompanies finding your own way apart from your parents .
. . The [linked] stories and accompanying color artwork help to generate an overall celebratory tone for all things
literary. . . DiBuduo and Robinson confirm the collaborative nature of the literary arts and the power of story to help
us find our way."
~ Michelle Jacobs, The US Review of Books
“Cheater” first appeared in Western Weird, Volume
4, Manifest West Series, (Western Press Books - Western State Colorado University, 2015).
“Night Café”won the quarterly New Short Fiction Award (Jerry Jazz
Joe DiBuduo is a retired house painter, and a budding sculptor and glass artisan who stays busy filling his front yard
in Prescott Valley, Arizona with giant sculptures, and traveling around the country to check off adventures on his bucket
list. He's the author of two paranormal novels, another connected collection of short stories, a historically relevant memoir,
a popular nonfiction narrative, and his signature “flash fiction poetry,” quirky flash fiction, and children’s
stories featured in anthologies and journals.
Kate Robinson whacks words in redwood glades and on beaches along coastal California, and promises to
dance always with paradox and absurdity. Bookwise, she’s the author of a metaphysical sci-fi novel, an upcoming novella
constructed from dreams, and two history books for middle-graders. Her short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children’s
stories are featured in international anthologies and journals.
The Contest and Other Stories is also available in full color and
BW softcover editions from Tootie-Do Press. E-book distribution TBA.