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By far the most interesting thing she's done.... It's a huge step for Di Blasi, and a welcome one. ---Tim Feeney, Review of Contemporary Fiction

"Debra Di Blasi writes in a gray zone where literature, art and conceptual performance meet. Her prose reads like poetry or comes with scrapbook visuals. Her social comment channels Duchamp and his surreal cousins.... --The Kansas City Star

There are dozens of "why not?" moments in Jirí, and Di Blasi exploits them all for maximum effect. --Paul Constrant for The Stranger

"In clear, resonant prose, laced with bittersweet humor, Di Blasi imparts her understanding of love's multiple ironies."
New York Times Book Review

"Both Di Blasi's style and her objective distance and comprehension of her chosen subject mark her as a very psychologically driven, very talented writer."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Debra Di Blasi, recipient of many writing awards, including the James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the Thorpe Menn Book Award, and the Eyster Prize in Fiction. She is the author of Drought & Say What you Like, Prayers of an Accidental Nature, and Ugly Town. An accomplished screenwriter, she is also the president of Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc., a transmedia corporation.




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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Collective 2; 1st Edition edition (March 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573661368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573661362
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debra Di Blasi (http://jadedibisproductions.com/debra-di-blasi/ ) Considered a literary futurist, Debra frequently lectures on topics related to 21st Century narrative forms as they intersect with new and future technologies. She has presented at MIT, Sorbonne University/Paris, Associated Writing Programs Conferences in Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Denver; &NOW Conferences of Innovative Writing in Chicago, San Diego, Buffalo, Boulder, Notre Dame University, and Chapman University; Kansas City Film Festival; Louisville Writers Conference; Mark Twain Writers Conference, and at many universities, colleges and high schools.

Debra is also a multi-genre, multimedia writer whose books include The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions; Drought & Say What You Like: Novellas; Prayers of an Accidental Nature: Short Stories; Skin of the Sun: New Writing; and What the Body Requires: A Novel. She has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Review of Contemporary Fiction, and elsewhere. Literary awards include a James C. McCormick Fellowship in Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, Thorpe Menn Book Award, Cinovation Screenwriting Award, DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Award, and others. Her books are taught at colleges and universities across the country, and have been the subject of doctorate studies abroad. Debra's fiction is included in a many leading anthologies of innovative writing and has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. Her essays, art reviews and articles can be found in a variety of international, national and regional publications. The short film based on her novella, Drought, won a host of national and international awards, and was one of only six US films invited to the Universe Elle section of the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. Her visual art has been exhibited at galleries and museums in the U.S. and virtually.

She is owner and founding publisher of the multimedia company Jaded Ibis Productions, LLC, and its imprint Jaded Ibis Press. In just three years, the startup has gained national attention for its innovative business model, environmental focus, and intrepid adventures into the newest digital technologies, from interactive iBook to app-novel and beyond. Jaded Ibis Press, its editors and authors have been the subject of feature articles, interviews and reviews in Poets & Writers, Forbes, The Brooklyn Rail, Ploughshares, The Believer, Huffington Post, Lambda Literary, American Book Review, and many other print and online publications. Jaded Ibis books have made a number of "Best" lists, including four of Oprah's, and Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon bestseller lists.

Debra worked in advertising management and production at MacWeek magazine and Robert Half of Northern California, and was contributing writer for SOMA art magazine (San Francisco), and art reviewer for The Pitch (Kansas City) and The New Art Examiner (Chicago). For eight years, she taught experimental creative writing forms at Kansas City Art Institute, including hyperfiction, mixed media and multimedia fiction, experimental writing and the new memoir. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband, architect Mark Shapiro.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Real Reviews on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
As with much literature that thinks of the book as an art form rather than a product, it's hard to characterize Debra Di Blasi's The Jiri Chronicles. Though fiercely literary, and literate, on first sight the book appears to be a first cousin to The Onion, or The National Enquirer. Interspersed between smiling models in ads for Helliburton ("If you think you have to take responsibility for your actions, think again"), or Face It ("150 years of history and romance won't help you get laid") and others, are what used to be called short stories that make a reader wonder, Why isn't more lit like this? If it were, it wouldn't find itself increasingly becoming (at best) the stodgiest, and most conservative, art form, or (at worst) relegated to the irrelevant dust-heap of culture. Instead, it would find itself where the coolest of music and visual art resides: funny, with-it, funny, socially engaged, funny. Did I mention how funny this book is? But it's much more than funny: doing what fiction has traditionally done best, the stories within this collection are by turns moving, cuttingly intelligent, and ultimately profound. Unlike so much mainstream fiction today, they go beyond the trials and tribulations of what Don DeLillo once called `around-the-yard-and-in-the-house' fiction even if they might take as their starting point the memory-evoking, sepia photos in "Mrs. Conner and Her Six Children, 1883" or the farm boys and girls of "William Wesley Pickens, Sr. 1910", a series of one-page stories gathered as a section titled "Snapshots: A Genealogy in Flight.Read more ›
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