Interview with Dan Bloom

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Cli-fi guru Dan Brown conducted an interview with me for his all things climate fiction portal.

Check it out here: An interview with novelist R.E. Greene, author of the novella ”DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN”

DanBloomAbout the interviewer: Born and raised in Massachusetts, currently in Taiwan, Dan Bloom is a 1971 graduate of Tufts University in Boston where he majored in post-modern European literature. He also attended Oregon State University where he worked on a masters degree in the Speech and Communications Department. Dan worked as a journalist in Alaska for 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s, and later as a newspaper editor and reporter at English-language newspapers in Japan and Taiwan.  He tweets @verywindycities and manages cli-fi.net.
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Blue Cafe – Photos

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On May 18th I did a reading and book signing at Sioux City’s Blue Cafe. The owner, Gia Emory, told me that we packed the house.

0518TenieshaTeniesha Kessler was our featured poet, giving us a variety of poemswild, weird, and wonderful.

One of my best friends in the world, Chris Larson, provided us with some classy piano jazz both before and after the reading portion of the evening.

0518RandalthruFlowersWhile Chris played his tunes for us, I got to sit on stage and sign books.

I read stories, poems, and even a bit of creative non-fiction about my blind little pooch, Missy.

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Of course I read from Descriptions of Heaven too.

Sara, one of my oldest friends going way back to our elementary school days, was awesome enough to drive several hours just to see me read. #FanGirl  😀 0518EmoryStudio
Blue Cafe also houses the music studio of Ron Emory from T.S.O.L. He couldn’t make it to the show, grieving the death of his good friend, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave. I did see Ron earlier in the day and was able to wish him an early “happy birthday.” (Cool fact: we share a May 20th birthday).

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My wife Libby and I having our photo taken after the show.

We were also celebrating my birthday that night. Gia surprised the patrons with free cake I had her make for the occasion. Afterward, some of us went out for drinks at the nearby Diving Elk. My gorgeous wife got herself an old fashion, and I had a couple of tasty dark beers in celebration.

My First Book Signing [Photos]

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My first book signing was held on April 22 at the Sioux City Barnes & Noble. And it was amazing. A ton of friends and family came out to support me; many of them who had been waiting for just such a signing stopped by and got themselves a signed copy of Descriptions of Heaven. I was both surprised and pleased by how many fans showed up. Here’s a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you.

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And a couple snapshots from a visit to the bookstore just a few days later.

Swing by BN.Com and get your copy today.
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Reading & Book Signing at Blue Cafe

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Join us May 18th for a reading from local Sioux City author Randal Eldon Greene. He will be joined by Omaha poet Teniesha Kessler. Party starts at 5:00pm and ends at 9:00pm with the piano jazz stylizations of Chris Larson and Ben Lunn. Copies of Randal’s novel, Descriptions of Heaven, will be on sale for $20.

Event: Reading, Book Signing, and Jazz
Date: 05-18-2017
Location: Blue Cafe, 1301 Pierce St, Sioux City Iowa
Time: 5:00-9:00pm
No need to RSVP, but you may let us know if you plan to go through this Facebook Event.

Navigate to the Events Page
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Interview with Scott Mullins

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Freelance writer and digital content manager Scott Mullins did an interview with me for the This is Writing website, a great resource for authors and readers alike.

Check it out here: Author Interview with Literary Fiction Author Randal Eldon Greene

scottmullinsAbout the interviewer: Scott Mullins is a writer, editor, aspiring novelist, and social media nerd. He works with online content in a wide range of styles—from technical articles, content marketing, and product write-ups to blogs and social media.
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On the Art of the Long Sentence

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I love the long sentence. So much so that I wrote an essay about artful long sentences (not to be confused with the run-on sentence).

You can find the essay published on the This is Writing website. Much thanks to Scott Mullins for taking this project on (oh, and for conducting an interview with me, which will appear on the website at a later date).

Click here to read the essay.
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Barnes & Noble Book Signing

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I am so excited to be doing my first ever book signing. This is a real milestone for me as an author, and I hope that as many of you local and regional fans as possible make it out.

There are four other area authors, and copies of our books will be for sale (or you can just be a fanboy or fangirl and bring your own for me to sign).

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Location
: Barnes & Noble inside the Southern Hills Mall
4400 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, Iowa
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Event: Randal Eldon Greene will be joining four other Siouxland area authors for a book signing at the Sioux City Barnes & Noble (located inside the Southern Hills Mall). You may bring your own copy of Descriptions of Heaven or buy a copy there. No admission fee or need to RSVP.
Follow the B&N facebook event hereSioux City, Iowa Barnes & Noble Facebook

More live eventsincluding book signings and readingsare coming. Check out the appearances page and mark your calendars.

Green Reads

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Eco-Fiction.com is hosting an excerpt of my novel, Descriptions of Heaven.

One of the themes in Descriptions of Heaven is that of the environment and humanity’s relationship to it. There is a worldwide drought, and the New Bedford Lake, which is the main setting for the novel, is located in an area of the country that still gets rain regularly, though the main character, Robert, makes mentions of recent droughts even there.

Does Descriptions of Heaven focus on the environment? Well, yes. It in fact does. In many ways it is the point, asking us to wonder what is next for our world and how we grieve what we have lost and will lose. If you’ve read the book and missed this message, that’s okay. That’s why we have criticism: eco-criticism and eco-critical theory. Theory and critical reading are what help us to make sense of the books we read. Looking at Descriptions of Heaven through an eco-critical lens will help you see how the environment and ecological concerns express themselves through the story.  Not noticing certain aspects or not reading a book from a particular angle is okay; it simply invites re-reading. And, to be honest, the environmental message is simply one valid way of approaching this short novel.

If it is true that this novel is ecologically-concerned but it’s possible to read this book without realizing it, then it must be asked: Is it a green read? Is it eco-fiction?

Eco-Fiction.com quotes criteria from Jim Dwyer’s book Where the Wild Things Are: A Field Guide to Eco-Fiction that I can only agree with.

  • The nonhuman environment is present not merely as a framing device but as a presence that begins to suggest that human history is implicated in natural history.
  • The human history is not understood to be the only legitimate interest.
  • Human accountability to the environment is part of the text’s ethical orientation.
  • Some sense of the environment as a process rather than as a constant or a given is at least implicit in the text. (1995, 6)

I believe a close reading of Descriptions of Heaven will reveal that it does meet this criteria. If it is subtle in expressing this criteria, that is only because it is intended to be essential to the text, and as an essential thing it is not easily distinguished or abstracted from the rest (though it is possible).

Check out the excerpt from Descriptions of Heaven and the other books on Eco-Fiction.com.

How art has and is finding ways to tell the story of mankind in relation to its environment is essential to our own understanding of our individual selves in relation to the natural world in our own modern era. These green reads are a huge part of that body of art and therefore a huge part of our understanding of us in the world.