Maine Author’s New Novel Also A Critique on Corporate Publishing | Arts & Culture
Cape Elizabeth author Mark D. Diehl, who has become known as an adamant and outspoken critic of “traditional” publishing, will present his own new novel, “Vida Nocturna,” at the Freeport Public Library.
Diehl, who has spoken at the University of Chicago and the Freeport Creative Arts Commission about the modern shift away from corporate publishing, asserts that the industry judges the merit of an author’s work solely on the basis of its potential profitability, causing books to chase the market in what he calls a “death spiral of creativity.”
Diehl’s says his novel “Vida Nocturna” is itself a pointed critique of the recent phenomenon where one successful book spawned a seemingly endless series of published works about vampires in love. Set in the 1980s, the novel follows Sara, a social-phobic college freshman who fantasizes that her spooky new friends are vampires but discovers that there is nothing supernatural about real horror. By the time she realizes that they are just cocaine addicts, she has been “bitten” by the drug and become addicted herself.
Diehl presents “Vida Nocturna” on July 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library Community Room. The event is hosted by Sherman's Books and Stationery. For more information, visit www.markddiehl.com.
Diehl will also appear on Fox 23’s “Good Day Maine!”on July 5 at 8:00 a.m.