Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities

    A curious new collection of flash fiction by Nancy Stohlman!

With all new original music by Nick Busheff!

      Book release and performance

October 26, 2018

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Tickets $10 in advance–available now!
Mercury Cafe Ballroom (upstairs)
2199 California Street
7:00 pm

Friday, October 26, 2018

Did you like The Monster Opera? I’ve teamed up again with composer Nick Busheff and a cast of characters you will recognize along to launch my new book, Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities, into the world! Thank classic vaudeville, think weird carnival, think clowns, traveling medicine shows, ringmasters and sideshow barkers! With all new original music by Nick Busheff! Signed books will be available! Costumes encouraged!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Pre-show surprise: James Thomas, long-time friend of flash fiction and credited with inventing the term in 1992, will be coming to introduce the show and do a live interview with Bryan Jansing: “What the Heck is Flash Fiction?” James is the co-editor of the numerous Norton flash fiction anthologies, including the latest New Micro: Very Short Stories, and will answer questions and share his experiences watching the form change and gain legitimacy in the last 25 years. Interview begins at 6:30 so come early!

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**Don’t live in Denver? Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities books will be available online earlier in October, stay tuned!


“Here we are in a house of mirrors, where we meet the microfiction reflections cast by a host of intriguing characters with cracked sensibilities—and we meet the entertaining Nancy Stohlman herself, in all her guiles and guises, a word magician dancing us around the stage of her glittering cabaret. This book is brilliant performance art on the printed page.”~James Thomas, coeditor of the WW Norton’s Flash Fiction books

“Madam Velvet, Hah!  This Cabaret of Oddities is pure Stohlman–wild world records, mothers as clowns, circus performers like the ape lady, the human pincushion, and dog-faced boy– topped by the Fantasy Hand Job Brothel.  We will all be returning to this startling and outrageous collection for years to come. ” ~Pamela Painter, author of Ways to Spend the Night

“Nancy Stohlman’s writing is so damn sharp here. And each of these shards that make up Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities is connected by this silly-sad-hopeful-absurd-melancholic web that catches everything you do not want, and you’ll find yourself longing for what’s not caught. But you will end up caught in the web too, with all of that mess. I’ve never read a book like this, and I’m excited to hear all of the conversations surrounding it.” ​~Steven Dunn, author of Water and Power and Potted Meat

“Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities’ is a work of irrepressible imagination, bawdy, dire, and endlessly appealing. It’s also a memoir by means of dissociation–an exercise that goes to the heart of fiction, and anyone alive.”~Robert Shapard, Coeditor W.W. Norton anthology series in Sudden and Flash Fiction

“Nancy Stohlman writes all of her stories with moxie and flare, and her singular verve vibrates through her latest collection. She takes the reader on a carnivalesque but touching ride through a hall of mirrors that includes misfits, eccentrics, and outcasts. Be careful to look twice through the mirrors in these stories because there is always more to see.” ~Grant Faulkner, co-founder of 100 Word Story and author of Fissures, a collection of 100-word stories