"In this remarkable first novel-at once a mystery, an anatomy of a
complicated friendship, and a postmodern homage to screen classics- MacLean weaves a complex tapestry to tell a story that is, at its essence, a testimonial to the resilience of the human heart."Lisa Borders, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land
"These are sinewy, deeply engaging stories, at once elliptical and satisfying. I Call This Flirting is a marvel: each story is concise as a poem, yet the collection is as seamless and expansive as a novel."Paul Eggers, author of Saviors and How the Water Feels
A recipient of GQ's Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Ron MacLean has had short fiction published in GQ, Greensboro
Review, Prism International, New Orleans Review and many other quarterlies. He has worked as a golf caddy, a journalist, a typesetter, and an Internet marketing consultant. He holds a Doctor of Arts in English from SUNY Albany, and is Executive Director of Grub Street, a non-profit writing and literary arts center in Boston. Blue Winnetka Skies is his first novel.Sherrie Flick's award-winning chapbook of flash fiction, I Call This
Flirting, was recently published by Flume Press. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Quick Fiction, Quarterly West, and in the anthology Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction. She has received fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Sewanee Writers' Conference. At the University of Nebraska, she earned a Masters degree in English Literature. In Pittsburgh, she is co-founder and director of the Gist Street Reading Series.