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Human misery: ‘Nothing funnier’

George Singleton
George Singleton

What shall we call him? Ranconteur? King of the comic? Writer who believes ‘you’d’ve’ and ‘I’d’ve’ are legitimate words.

He’s George Singleton, and he’s unparalleled in his ability to take the down-and-out, the off-kilter and out-of-step and make delicious mince meat short stories of them.

The latest from this Spartanburg, S.C., ranconteur, inducted last spring into the Fellowship of Southern Writers, is “Calloustown” (Dzanc Books $15.95 paper), a collection of stories that Entertainment Weekly calls, “A miasma of flea markets, palm readers, bowling alleys and alligators, offering a disturbingly askew -- at times, downright surreal -- vision of the South.”

Singleton’s fiction has been published in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Playboy, Garden and Gun, Oxford American, Georgia Review and Five Points.

He will read at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Park Road Books, 3941 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte.

The event is free, and of course you’re invited.