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‘Demons’ and ‘Circumcision’

Akashic Books of Brooklyn announces the book launch and New York events for best-selling authors Joe Meno (“Demons In The Spring”) and Arthur Nersesian (“Sacrificial Circumcision Of The Bronx”).

The book signings and author talks will feature both authors on September 12, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (Park Slope), 267 Seventh Avenue and September 13, 3 p.m. at Word Books (in Greenpoint), 126 Franklin Street.

“Demons In The Spring” is a collection of original short stories with illustrations by 20 artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds. Oddly modern moments which occur in the most familiar of public places, from offices to airports to schools to zoos to emergency rooms: a young girl who refuses to go anywhere unless she’s dressed as a ghost; a bank robbery in Stockholm gone terribly wrong; a miniature city which has begun to develop in the young woman’s chest, these inventive stories are hilarious, heartbreaking, and unusual.

In the title, “Sacrificial Circumcision,” Robert Moses has looted his brother Paul’s share of the Moses family fortune, repeatedly blocked his attempts at gaining public office, thwarted his career in the private sector, and set in motion events that will decimate Paul’s home life.

Paul Moses’s deep-seated rage metamorphoses into an act of terrorism committed against his brother and against a city that he once cherished. While the novel can be read as a stand alone novel, it is also a memory play that the hero of “The Swing Voter” engages in en route to solving a massive historical crime, while desperately struggling to escape from becoming another one of its victims.

The limited edition hardcover of Nersesian’s new novel is being released simultaneously with the paperback reissue of “The Swing Voter.”

For more about Akashic Books, 232 Third Street in Brooklyn, call 718-643-9193 or visit

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