A Natural History of Empty Lots

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My story “A Natural History of Vacant Lots”—really a piece of speculative nonfiction—is now available at Texas Architect and in print in the magazine’s September/October issue.

The Los Angeles Public Library has an interview about Tropic of Kansas up at their blog—some great questions that really bit into the material.

And the September 15 issue of the Times Literary Supplement has a roundup of new American dystopias, including Tropic of Kansas, remarking on the book’s “thriller-ish swagger,” “the rather richly imagined wasteland of [the book’s] mid-America,” and it’s “Twainian journey downriver to the Missisippi’s end,” and even pulling out Roland Barthes to explain the book’s narrative strategies for world building.

Texas Architect: “A Natural History of Vacant Lots”

Los Angeles Public Library: Interview with an Author: Christopher Brown

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  1. Congratulations on publication of your book. It’s quite an accomplishment. I wonder if you’re aware we have a writer’s group headquartered in Georgetown, Texas that meets live on Zoom the first Thursday of each month and offers in-person events throughout the year?
    We offer top of the line speakers from throughout the country on a monthly basis and lots of contest and special event opportunities. We love visitors and you may visit two online meetings before being asked to join. Please check out our website to see what’s coming up and our benefits. Go to:
    We’ll look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.
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    San Gabriel Writers’ League

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