Clea Simon and Brett Milano, Tales from the House Band

A very unusual blues guitarist gets into a barroom brawl on a distant asteroid. An autistic boy plays air guitar to an audience only his brother can see. A soul singer, paralyzed  in a car accident, deals with the murder of his closest friend. A rock singer in the 1960s discovers the various meanings of “family values.” An ageing classical pianist remains    young and beautiful beyond the boundaries of the real world. A punk band, locked together in a club all night after the show, finds themselves one member short in the morning…

Sixteen writers, from rising stars to award-winning and critically acclaimed veterans, have come together to provide a cross-genre spectrum of short fiction. The one thing every story has in common?


Clea Simon worked as a journalist and non-fiction author before turning to crime (fiction). Best known for her series of cozy mysteries starring cat lover Theda Krakow, Clea grew up in New York, before moving to Cambridge to attend Harvard. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband and their cat, Musetta. Her works include Mew is for Murder, Cattery Row, Cries and Whiskers and Probable Claws. She also has a new series featuring Duclie Schwartz, including the books Grey Zone and Grey Matters.

Bret Milano is the author of Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting and The Sound of Our Town and lives in Somerville, MA. He has been a longtime columnist for the Boston Phoenix, is a former columnist for the Boston Globe, and contributor to the Boston Herald. He has also been music editor for Soundstone Entertainment and Firefly and has worked for Rhino Records.

Event date: 

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge
Tales from the House Band, Volume 1: A Plus One Music Anthology By Deborah Grabien (Editor) Cover Image
By Deborah Grabien (Editor)
ISBN: 9780984436248
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Plus One Press - December 1st, 2011