Synopses & Reviews
Michael Turner's controversial and groundbreaking novel is a remarkable faux memoir about the unmaking of a notorious underground film. He discloses his experience befriending Monika Herendy, a celebrated Hungarian pornographer looking to make her first "legitimate" film. Turner's resulting screenplay, American Whiskey Bar takes place entirely in a cocktail bar, focussing on the intensely personal conversations of those gathered them. American Whiskey Bar the book is in fact several books in one: the wistful memoirs of an artist co-opted by greed; a biting satire of the movie industry; and American Whiskey Bar the screenplay, a story of sex, violence, lies, ambition racism, dreams, and regret.
American Whiskey Bar was named one of the best books of the year in Canada by The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire.
About the Author
Born in North Vancouver, Canada, 1962. Fiction and poetry: Company Town (1991), Hard Core Logo (1993), Kingsway (1995), American Whiskey Bar (1997), and The Pornographer's Poem (1999). Awards include the 1999 BC Book Prize for Fiction and a 1996 Genie Award for Music/Original Song; as well, a finalist for the 1991 Dorothy Livesay BC Book Prize for Poetry. Lives in Vancouver, where, in addition to books and screenplays, he writes art essays and edits ArsenalAdvance, a literary/visual art imprint he founded with Arsenal Pulp Press in 1998.