Celebrating Thom Jones and Night Train
This evening marks the publication day of a much-needed book, Night Train: New and Selected Stories (Little, Brown), work from three collections along with other writing by the late Thom Jones. A longtime resident of Olympia, he came with a fury onto the literary scene (in his forties) with his debut collection of stories, The Pugilist at Rest in 1993. A finalist for the National Book Award (story collections seldom are), it was followed by two other books of stories, Cold Snap and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. No other books appeared in the following 17 years Thom Jones lived, as he battled poor health, passing away in 2016. Night Train marks a welcome return of his work to the public eye. This evening, it is planned that Thom Jones’ widow, Sally Jones, and others will hold forth and/or read selections from the work.
"Thom Jones wrote like his hands were on fire. The stories collected in Night Train are radioactive with soul, bleak humor, and savage truth. This book affirms Jones's standing as one of short fiction's timeless masters." —Wells Tower.
"A master of the form... Jones' style is characterized by compassion, surprising humor, and his characters and their determination to survive. This superb volume, richly introduced by Amy Bloom, will renew appreciation of Jones' literary power." —Booklist.