Steve Gillis was born to write Liars, the mesmerizing, noir-ish story of Eric McCanus, a writer, professor, music aficionado, bon vivant. This lyrical, fast-paced novel is chock-full of intrigue, slight paranoia, plans gone awry, and outright mystery. One couple, pushing the same grocery cart, serves as Gillis’s madeleine. And then the reader’s taken on one fun bumpy jolting ride.”
George Singleton, author of Calloustown
In this elegant but pocketable edition, passionate bibliophile Michael Ross has curated 106 favorite literary quotes from the collection of over 1500 well-read books on his shelves—but this isn't your typical rehashing of Bartlett's quotations. Michael Ross brings together men, women, love, sex, money, and death from such a new perspective even the authors themselves will probably find this book useful and insightful. 


by Steven gillis

Eric McCanus is a novelist with the misfortune of having written his one great book when he was young. Struggling to write more, recently divorced, cynical toward marriage while still missing his ex-wife, Eric becomes convinced that happy relationships are unsustainable. He sets out to prove his theory when he spots a seemingly perfect couple, Cara and Matt, at the market. Convinced that Cara and Matt's marriage can't be as successful as it appears, Eric does what he can to break them apart, using his power as a one-time great novelist. What follows is a psychological and philosophical comedy of errors. Liars is an exploration of love, relationships, and human interaction―a madcap romp through the vestiges of modern affairs―revolving around five characters, each spun drunk on the batterings of love while attempting to sustain themselves in a false world.


Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Hardcover, October 2017: ISBN: 978-1-945572-47-0
US $24.00 | Literary Fiction

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Steven Gillis’s new novel, Liars, is what we’ve come to expect from this master storyteller. Liars epitomizes what Faulkner said all literature should be, the human heart in conflict with itself. Along the way you’ll be dazzled by Gillis’s fluid prose and wildly entertained at the human comedy playing out from beginning to end.
— Robert Lopez, author of All Back Full

Steven Gillis is the author of five novels and two short story collections. A founding member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve taught writing at Eastern Michigan University. In 2004 Steve founded 826Michigan, a mentoring program for students. In 2006 Steve co-founded Dzanc Books. Steve lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Mary, and two dogs, and regular visits from their kids, Anna and Zach. Steve can be contacted at and


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