C of I writer John Rember releases new book of stories

College of Idaho writer-at-large and former writing and literature professor John Rember has published a new book of stories entitled "Sudden Death, Over Time," which hit shelves last week. Rember describes the book as a collection of "dark, seductive and broodingly ironic" short stories that emerge from the uncertainty, failing infrastructures and moral ambiguity of our modern time.

“I'd like to see this book get out into the world,” Rember said. “It will make a good gift for any friend who has a dark sense of humor about higher education, or relations between men and women,  or getting older,  or making meaning in a world hostile to meaning, or the Law of Unintended Consequences.

“If you don't have a dark sense of humor about any of these things, this book will give you one.”

The 146-page, paperback book is available for $14 plus shipping. Rember encourages readers to buy directly from the publisher, Wordcraft of Oregon, at The book also is being distributed by Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ingram’s.

Sudden Death, Over Time has drawn positive reviews from critics and fellow writers, including author Tim Sandlin.

“John Rember tears your heart out and replaces it with his own,” Sandlin said. “No one I know of comes close to his mastery of the short story. Read him and weep.”

For more information or to contact Rember for an interview, please contact Wordcraft of Oregon at (541) 912-8261 or [email protected].

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