Geoff Rips, Personal Geography

The world is falling apart at every turn as New York PI Giacomo Berg and missing-persons expert Bonita “B.C.” Boyd search desperately for old friend Peter Proust before he disappears from the face of the earth. Set in the months prior to the arrival of the last Millennium, Peter Proust is working intently to disappear into the landscape in Texas. Berg is joined by Texas-born friend Boyd, whose job is to document disappeared persons in Latin America and assist those political refugees who appear at her door.Their search leads deep into the vulnerable underbelly of America where they encounter a cult hidden in the East Texas woods run by a messianic rock star, a survivalist waiting for the bomb, and people dodging falling space debris. All are trying to protect themselves in a world gone haywire. Berg and Boyd are pulled into this quicksand when they are recruited to assist a suburban Houston community being poisoned by local chemical plants. The tortuous course of their quest is mirrored by the meandering course of the relationship between Berg and Boyd as they navigate the swamps, deserts, and mountains of the Southwest, working desperately to rescue Peter Proust before he vanishes completely.

About Geoff Rips: Geoff Rips is a former editor of The Texas Observer and author of a prize-winning novel, an investigative work of nonfiction, short stories, and a collection of poetry. His novel, The Truth, won the 2006 AWP Award for the Novel, and his UnAmerican Activities documented U.S. intelligence agency suppression of underground newspapers in the U.S. and became a standard reference on intelligence agencies in the 1970s. He was coordinator for the Freedom to Write Committee for PEN America, was an Open Society Fellow of the Soros Foundation, and worked with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. In addition to his collection of poetry, The Calculus of Falling Bodies, he has published a number of poems, short stories, and articles in magazines, anthologies, and literary journals. Rips has also published studies for the Tomas Rivera Center. Geoff Rips is a native of San Antonio, a graduate of Wesleyan University, and received a Master’s in English and Creative Writing from Indiana University. He is a member of PEN America and the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives in Austin, Texas.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
306 Pearl Parkway
Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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ISBN: 9781566494106
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Published: Welcome Rain Publishers - March 1st, 2022

The world is falling apart at every turn as New York PI Giacomo Berg and missing-persons expert Bonita "B.C." Boyd search desperately for old friend Peter Proust before he disappears from the face of the earth. Set in the months prior to the arrival of the last Millennium, Peter Proust is working intently to disappear into the landscape in Texas.


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