My new novel SHOPLANDIA is officially being released on May 15, 2014 with a launch party in West Chester. YOU are invited! SHOPLANDIA was inspired by my seventeen years spent as a television producer at QVC, the home shopping network located in West Chester, PA. Working in a live television studio can be a crazy experience, and when you add in reality TV stars, self-help gurus, and A-Team actors, it becomes a three-ring circus. This is a novel told through stories, with perspectives from production assistants, show hosts, producers and a Marketing VP. My goal was to capture the spirit of the studio and show the bonds that form under pressure in the workplace.
There are three launch events scheduled right now. More may be listed throughout the summer. If you'd like updates on events, you can sign up for my newsletter over there on the right side of the website. In addition to being available at the awesome Chester County Book Company and BookPlace, the novel will be available online at Amazon, Indiebound, and other book-selling websites.
SHOPLANDIA Book Launch Thursday, May 15th, 6-8 p.m., short presentation at 7 p.m. Chester County Book and Music Company 957 Paoli Pike West Chester, PA 19380 Open to the public. For more information, click HERE.
SHOPLANDIA Book Launch Weekend Sunday, May 18th 3-6 p.m. BOOKPLACE, 2373 Baltimore Pike Oxford, PA. (717 951-6418) For more info, click HERE.
SHOPLANDIA Book Signing/Discussion Tuesday, May 20th 6:30 p.m. Henrietta Hankin Library 215 Windgate Dr, Chester Springs, PA 19425 (610) 321-1700 To Register, click HERE.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jimbreslin @ gmail.com. Below is a sneak peek at the back cover blurbs.
"Shoplandia reveals the absurd world of home shopping networks with rollicking humor and gusto." - James Esch, Turk’s Head Review
Jake Meecham has been dropped down a rabbit hole. As a new production assistant at Shoplandia, he quickly realizes America’s third largest home shopping channel is much more than smiling show hosts, quantity counters and sparkling jewelry. Everyone visiting the live studio—reality TV stars, beloved country musicians, drunk baseball icons and A-Team actors—is striving to cash in on their own version of the American Dream. Meanwhile, a motivational guru inspires manager Warren to plot out a life-changing career strategy and fledgling show host Renee searches deep to find her “sales gene.” Marketing VP Johnny tracks down a troubled long lost show host while back in the studio, producers Dottie and Dylan struggle to keep the live show from imploding.
A humorous novel told through stories, Shoplandia peels back the curtain to reveal the familial bonds that often form in our working lives.
“Compelling and poetic, Shoplandia’s stories have all the insight and complexity of the best novels. Breslin gives us a thoughtful meditation on consumerism and the American Dream.” - Terry Heyman, Greetings From Insanity
“Jim Breslin viscerally knows the dynamics of a three-ring circus played out on the rotating stage of a 24/7 shopping network. They’re all there—stars and has-beens, pretty pitch women, sad clowns, roustabouts, network lions and wolves. Both moving and entertaining, Shoplandia mingles the humor and pathos inherent in the big tent of our consumer obsessive culture.” - Virginia Beards, Exit Pursued By a Bear and Others
Jim Breslin is the author of Elephant: Short Stories and Flash Fiction. His short stories have been published in Turk’s Head Review, Molotov Cocktail, Metazen and other journals. He is the founder of the West Chester Story Slam, a monthly live storytelling event and podcast. Jim spent seventeen years as a TV producer at home shopping network QVC. He lives in West Chester, PA.