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Mark Haber

Saint Sebastian's Abyss

Mark Haber was born in Washington DC and grew up in Florida. His first collection of stories, Deathbed Conversions, was translated into Spanish in a bilingual edition as Melville’s Beard by Editorial Argonáutica. His debut novel, Reinhardt’s Garden, was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel. His second novel is Saint Sebastian’s Abyss. Haber is the operations manager and a bookseller at Brazos Bookstore in Houston. 

In Saint Sebastian’s Abyss, former best friends who built their careers writing about a single work of art meet after a decades-long falling-out. One of them, called to the other’s deathbed for unknown reasons by a “relatively short” nine-page email, spends his flight to Berlin reflecting on Dutch Renaissance painter Count Hugo Beckenbauer and his masterpiece, “Saint Sebastian’s Abyss,” the work that established both men as important art critics and also destroyed their relationship. 

October 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday

Speaker Schedule

Mark Haber + Steve Yarbrough

In Saint Sebastian’s Abyss, former best friends who built their careers writing about a single work of art meet after a decades-long falling-out. One of them, called to the other’s deathbed for unknown reasons, spends his flight to Berlin reflecting on Dutch Renaissance painter Count Hugo Beckenbauer and his masterpiece, “Saint Sebastian’s Abyss,” the work that established both men as important art critics and also destroyed their relationship.

In Stay Gone Days, after a childhood in Mississippi marred by a horrific family scandal, teenage sisters Ella and Caroline Cole escape their hometown, losing all connection to each other. Despite the decades apart, each sister is never far from the other’s thoughts. Then, one day, Ella walks into a bookstore and sees a novel called Stay Gone Days. Will this novel, a heartbreaking tale of estranged sisters, help Ella and Caroline find each other and start down the hard road of reconciliation and forgiveness?

Main Library, Darragh Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.