February 2014 we present the second novel by Tom Williams.
Dont Start Me Talkin' is a comedic road novel about Brother Ben, the only remaining True Delta Bluesman, playing his final North American tour. Set in contemporary society, Brother Ben's protege Peter narrates an episodic 'last ride,' laying bare America's complicated relationship with African American identity, music, & culture & like his hero Sonny Boy Williamson once sang, Peter promises "I'll tell everything I know."
“A master storyteller, Tom Williams enters the living history of Delta Blues and emerges with his own thrilling tall tale, alive with American music, American legend, American heart."
-- Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
"Tom Williams writes like Paul Auster might if he were funnier or like Stanley Elkin might have if he'd ever been able to stop laughing. Darkly charming."
Tom Williams is the author of The Mimic's Own Voice (Main Street Rag Publishing Co). He has also published numerous stories, reviews, and essays, most recently in RE:AL, The Collagist, Booth, and Slab. An associate editor of American Book Review, he is the Chair of English at Morehead State University.