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 to creditors.
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 is interesting.“
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."
Jacobs, The US Review of Books
"The Contest and Other Stories by Joe DiBuduo and
Kate Robinson is a beautiful collection of stories that are exquisitely written
. . . What makes this collection an exceptional one is the compelling cast of
characters, the realism infused into the plot lines, and the plot structure
that makes each story a must-read . . . I enjoyed these tales for their
existential themes and the philosophical questions they ask . . . a gorgeous
treat for short story buffs and the diversity in style, plot, and themes makes
this a book that will appeal to a wide audience."
Sia, Readers' Favorite
“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 Musician, 2012).
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 is exclusive to Amazon.