Iowa City author and musician Joseph Brisben will read from his newly published work of fiction, Marvin’s Garden. “Marvin’s Garden is a refreshing take on a story that is all-too familiar . . . reminiscent of “All About Eve.” I loved the wonderful mixture of tones. Much of it is sad and horrifying, but there are places that made me laugh out loud, as when Madge tries to kill her abusive husband by over-feeding him. I love the animal revenge . . . and the note of hope.” —Richard Dyer
Joseph Brisben has worked as an investment counselor and in college public relations. He has also worked as a reporter and copyreader. In college he studied English and American literature at the University of Chicago and at Drake University. He has been writing fiction off and on for more than four decades, and in recent years has taken classes with the Iowa Summer Writing Program. In addition to writing, Brisben sings, plays trombone and a number of folk instruments. He has four children and four grandchildren, and lives in Iowa City.