Festivities this week for a new Ithaca author as “A Hundred Thousand Worlds” arrives

“Tell me a story.” Storytelling is one of the oldest professions, and this week we celebrate the arrival of a story from Ithaca author Bob Proehl. “A Hundred Thousand Worlds” went on sale today, and events this week welcome it to town.

Downtown Ithaca's Buffalo Street Books is offering Bob Proehl's debut novel. 14850 Photo.

Downtown Ithaca’s Buffalo Street Books is offering Bob Proehl’s debut novel. 14850 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 week 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.

Author Eleanor Henderson, who calls the novel “the love story of two everyday heroes — a mother and a son — who, like their author, possess the superpower of storytelling,” will help host this Wednesday’s book release party at Cinemapolis. The free 7pm event will feature some reading, as well as a chat between the two authors “about writing and being a geek and stuff,” according to Proehl. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

“A Hundred Thousand Worlds” is available now at Buffalo Street Books, the independent, cooperative bookstore at Downtown Ithaca’s Dewitt Mall, as well as in a Kindle e-book edition.

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