Book Releases

Curbide Splendor is pleased to announce the release of FAKE FRUIT FACTORY by Patrick Wensink

Congratulations to Patrick Wensink on the release of his new novel Fake Fruit Factory, now available everywhere books are sold!

Fake Fruit Factory is a stick-slapping, gut-punching comedic novel about the eccentric small town of Dyson, Ohio. When NASA determines an errant satellite will crash there, the town's young mayor uses the ensuing media circus to attract tourism and save his bankrupt rust belt community. Unless, of course, the satellite completely wipes it from the map.

Wensink’s motley cast of characters are the heart of “America’s Boringest City.” Bo Rutili is Dyson’s twenty-six-year-old mayor, who relieves stress with copious doses of hand sanitizer. Donna “Urinating Bear” Queen uses her recent lottery spoils to convince the town she’s the only one who can save it. And Old Man Packwicz, Dyson’s aging ex-mayor, might finally save the town via a filet-mignon wielding, toilet paper-clad mummy.

Fake Fruit Factory hilariously captures the peculiarities of small town life through the story of a wacky community finding its place in contemporary America.

Check out some recent press:
"It all sounds like Twin Peaks meets Scooby-Doo, and it is—but in the best possible way. Wensink lays bare the foibles of small-town life, but also its charms. [...] There's empathy at the heart of the absurdity."  —NPR

"For those who want to gaze deeply, not into the voice, but into a beating heart and the thousand voices inside of it, Fake Fruit Factory offers delight."  —JMWW


"Messy but endearing, Fake Fruit Factory offers a rollicking view of a small town at a defining moment in its peculiar history."  —Booklist

Don't forget to take a look at our events calendar and follow us on Facebook, where we regularly update with upcoming events. Patrick will be touring through a town near you before the end of the year, we can just about guarantee it. See all of Patrick's tour dates below:

Tuesday, September 15, 6:00 pm
Chicago, IL

The FFF Release Party!
The Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee
w/ Halle Butler
+ Christian TeBordo

Friday, September 18, 7:00 pm
Ann Arbor, MI

Literati Bookstore
124 E Washington St
w/ Aaron Burch, author of Backswing

Saturday, September 19, 7:00 pm
Cleveland, OH

Guide to Kulchur
5900 Detroit Ave
w/ Leah Stern

Sunday, September 20, 6:00 pm
Columbus, OH

The Book Loft
631 South Third St

Monday, September 21, 8:00 pm
Cincinnati, OH

Greenhouse Reading Series
341 Milton St

Friday, October 9, 7 pm
Seattle, WA

Third Place Books: Ravenna
6504 20th Ave NE
w/ Chris Bower, author of Little Boy Needs Ride

Saturday, October 10, 7 pm
Portland, OR

Mother Foucault's
523 SE Morrison St
w/ Chris Bower

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 pm
Chicago, IL

City Lit Books
w/ Joe Meno + Nina Revoyr

Sunday, November 22, 3 pm
Charlotte, NC

SPRAWL at Snug Harbor
1228 Gordon St
w/ Vanessa Blakeslee, author of Juventud
+ Dave Reidy, author of The Voiceover Artist

Monday, November 23, 6:30 pm
Washington, DC

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café
1517 Connecticut Ave NWw/ Vanessa Blakeslee, author of Juventud
+ Dave Reidy, author of The Voiceover Artist

Patrick Wensink is the author of four books, including the bestseller Broken Piano for President. His writing appears in New York Times, Esquire, Salon, Oxford American, Men’s Health and others. In 2016 HarperCollins will publish his first children’s book, Gorillas A-Go-Go. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, son, and fragile ego.