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SUBMITTED by John Cieslinski, Books, ETC. (18-May-2010)

Ellis Parker Butler Day at Books, ETC.

On Sunday, 23 May 2010 at 4:00 PM we are celebrating Ellis Parker Butler Day at Books, ETC. We will be reading several of his humorous short stories and discussion various aspects of his life. Some of his family will be there to relate a few anecdotes. Author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays, Ellis Parker Butler is most famous for his short story "Pigs is Pigs" in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs that soon start proliferating geometrically. Working from his home in Flushing (Queens) New York, Ellis Parker Butler was--by every measure and by many times--the most published author of the pulp fiction era.

His career spanned more than forty years and his stories, poems, and articles were published in more than 225 magazines. His work appeared along side that of his contemporaries including Mark Twain, Sax Rohmer, James B. Hendryx, Berton Braley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Don Marquis, Will Rogers, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Despite the enormous volume of his work Ellis Parker Butler was, for most of his life, only a part-time author. He worked full-time as a banker and was very active in his local community. A founding member of both the Dutch Treat Club and the Author's League of America, Butler was an always-present force in the New York City literary scene.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call John at 585-464-9103 or email at books_etc@yohoo.com.


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