If you didn't know that short story writer George Singleton loves flea markets and collects glass advertising ashtrays and yard sticks... .
If you didn't know he starts a short story in his new collection "Between Wrecks" (Dzank Books, $15.95 paper) this way: "Luckily for everyone in the family on down, the mule spoke English to my grandfather."
If you didn't know those things you might decide to miss his reading tonight at Park Road Books.
But if you do know those things, well, you'd be crazy not to go.
Park Road Books owner Sally Brewster says this about Singleton's latest collection: "There's a place just down the way where a trip to the salvage yard reveals infidelity and theft. There's another where an unlicensed entomologist celebrates his freedom with a compulsive liar while a manhunt ensues on the streets outside. Places where a con man and his nephew sell stolen parachutes to veterans in case the ground beneath them should suddenly give way and where Chuck Norris's face graces only the walls of the finest trailers.
A place where tongues get left in rental cars and a place where everyone insists an absolute stranger is your boyhood friend."
Singleton is the author of two novels and five short story collections, including "Stray Decorum." His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine and Playboy. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he holds an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently teaches writing at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He lives in Spartanburg, S.C.