Calder G. Lorenz / One Way Down (Or Another)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:30pm



The Booksmith is excited to host Calder G. Lorenz for the launch of his debut novel, One Way Down (Or Another), just out from Civil Coping Mechanisms. Calder will be in conversation with Micah Ballard – please join us!

Hell, if I stay in San Francisco, I’ll end up worse than dead, I’ll end up working just so that I can afford to be broke. I’ll end up like the men who stood in line to build the Golden Gate Bridge, only to fall from the heavens, replaced by the next man in line, just another asshole caught in a net, suspended there, broken back and all, dangling, hung out halfway to hell.

The voice above belongs to a young man who will cross every barrier he’d promised himself was un-crossable. He will have fistfights, soul fights. He will relapse. He will try to go home. He will try his best to ruin his life and the question is this: will he succeed?





“Living in San Francisco, I’ve known of Lorenz’s work for years, and now the secret is out. Here’s an artist whose palette holds the colors beauty and brutality, squalor and tenderness. Lucky for us, he mixes them into literary combinations we’ve never known before. One Way Down (Or Another) might be the best debut I’ve ever read!” -- Joshua Mohr, author of the memoir Sirens (2017), and novels including All This Life, Fight Song, Damascus.






Calder G. Lorenz is the author of One Way Down (Or Another), his debut novel from Civil Coping Mechanisms. Born in Washington D.C., he has lived and worked in Canada, and now resides in San Francisco, California. His shorter fiction has been published in sPARKLE & bLINK 2.4, Switchback, Curly Red Stories, FictionDaily, Two Dollar Radio's Noise, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine, Black Heart Magazine, Litro Magazine, The Forge Literary, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and gravel. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco and works in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District at St. Anthony’s Dining Room.


Micah Ballard is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, including Afterlives (Bootstrap Press, 2016), Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter, 2014), Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011) nominated for a California Book Award, Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), and Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006). With Sunnylyn Thibodeaux he is the co-editor of Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions. He works at the University of San Francisco.






RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of One Way Down (Or Another), please e-mail and include your request for a signed copy.