Mark Beyer has lived in the Czech Republic, Spain, France, and on a Maltese island. He has written about Gozoan fishing villages, the Bohemian capital’s “storybook” lanes, bull running in Pamplona, and living at the base of Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, he taught fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago, was a book editor in New York City, and worked for many years as a journalist. His writing has won awards for the short story (Columbia University Scholastic Competition, 1998) and for news features (Florida Association of News Publications, 2004). His children’s literature, written for schools and libraries, has been translated into numerous languages.
He now makes his home in Europe alongside his wife, Asia Szustek. Currently, he is working on a new novel, and blogs at bibliogrind.com on themes of literature and book culture.
"Max, the blind guy" (June 2015) grew from a recognition on a street in Prague.
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by Mark Beyer
How might the Olympian Gods we know from reading change if we were to allow our imaginations to see their true ages? Time changes all people — even gods — and when their day-to-day mischievous lives no longer play a role in human affairs, what then do they become? New York sculptor Minus Orth has an idea. He'll explain this all, and give our imaginations the figures to uphold.
The Village Wit
by Mark Beyer
American Richard Bentley settles in rural England, looking for the contented life of a bookshop keeper. His wife of fourteen years has left him out of marital boredom, so Heath-on-the-Wold seems the ideal place to get lost in work and forget the past. Bentley hires Peggy White, a mid-forties townswoman who is his match in sass and intellect. Soon the rules of attraction change everything.
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