Introducing: The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True
with illustrations by Brian Bowes
from Waywiser Press
When Kirby the sneaky dog-genius steals the hole Arlo dug in the yard, social order begins to break down. The ants get lazy. The brook dries up. The dragonfly has engine trouble. Kirby faces grave, injurious peril in getting it back and restoring cosmic harmony. Reflecting upon the hole’s eerie influence, he contemplates spider webs, Newton, The Old West, Scottish history, Templars, the Roundtable Knights, the existence of dragons, and the nature of time, itself, on the way to devising his Theory of Something, The Downhole Effect.
The award-winning author of The Silent Partner, Errors in the Script, and A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck is once again at the top of his game in this wickedly inventive, dazzlingly written and uproariously funny book.
Praise for The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True
“Greg Williamson can do anything. A 1,200-plus-line narrative poem? Child’s play. About a dog that filches another dog’s beloved hole, then returns it? You betcha. In rhyming couplets? Ayup. In The Hole Story Greg Williamson once again demonstrates that he is a writer as metrically and intellectually nimble, as witty, and as line-by-line delightful as we have – or might hope to have – in American poetry.” – Michael Griffith
“You may not think that you’ve been impatiently waiting to read about slinking Kirby and put-upon Arlo, two versifying mongrels, but I assure you that you have. It belongs with Jarrell’s The Bat-Poet and Eliot’s Practical Cats and de la Mare’s Peacock Pie and Stevenson’s Child’s Garden of Verses. Those fun-loving gentlemen would companionably move aside and make room, welcoming Williamson to their sparkly table. You should too.” – Brad Leithauser
Illustrator Brian Bowes
Brian Bowes received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, California. Currently he is enrolled in the Hartford University MFA in Illustration program and scheduled to graduate in 2016. He has illustrated numerous books, which can be found in bookstores, and in university libraries around the world, as well as in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the United States Library of Congress. Learn more about him at: www.brianbowesillustration.com.