Thief of Hubcaps, with Bob McAllister
Join us for a Valentine treat when Bob McAllister, long-time Island Treasure Award Winner (2001) reads from his new volume of short stories, Thief of Hubcaps. McAllister has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1968. He taught at Bainbridge High School for 45 years, teaching English and directing over 100 plays with Island teenagers.
Thief of Hubcaps is a connected series of short stories that spans a half a century, all set in the Pacific Northwest. He’s told some of these stories to his students, some of whom will be at this reading appropriately placed on Valentine’s Day because in some ways, all literature derives from love.
These stories travel from the sturm und drang of a teenager living in Edmonds, WA, to first attempts at teaching to stories that travel the ragged edges of despair and joy. All are true. All are fiction—a contradiction that’s ultimately resolved by the journey of this first collection of stories and readers who regard books as necessary to living a conscious life.
McAllister currently teaches English, Acting, and Communications at Olympic College. He has 5 daughters, a wife, Merry, seven grandchildren, and is the author of a poetry collection Even in the Wind, Even in the Dark published by Trillium Press in 2010 and available at Eagle Harbor Books.