Tompkins Library hosts paperback release for Bob Proehl novel

Bob Proehl’s novel “A Hundred Thousand Words” went on sale a year ago, with events welcoming it to town, and this week a paperback release includes festivities at the public library.

Bob Proehl’s “Hundred Thousand Worlds” debuted in Ithaca last summer. 14850 file photo.

The debut novel for Proehl, who has run No Radio Records and Buffalo Street Books, among other pursuits, offers family drama, a road trip, and its own look at storytelling through the comic book conventions that serve as the book’s stage.

“Comic book conventions are a beautiful rendering in miniature of the blurry line between fiction and reality,” wrote Proehl in an essay published last June by Powell’s, an independent bookseller in Portland.

His novel follows Val and her nine-year-old son, Alex, as they set out on a road trip to reunite Alex with his estranged father, stopping at Heronomicon and other fictional comic cons along the way. The book received national acclaim and helped to solidify Proehl’s spot on the writers-to-watch list.

This week’s event at the Tompkins County Public Library will be on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30pm in the BorgWarner Community Room East, and will include a reading and discussion.

Paperback copies of “A Hundred Thousand Worlds” are for sale at Buffalo Street Books, the independent, cooperative bookstore at Downtown Ithaca’s Dewitt Mall, as well as in a Kindle e-book edition. BSB says they’ll have copies for sale at the event at the library, too.

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