Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story collection, Vollmann takes readers to diverse settings including Japan, the Balkans, Italy, South America and Mexico, while delving into themes of mortality, the afterlife and the supernatural.
William Vollmann Tells Ghost Stories
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William T. Vollmann, author of the new book "Last Stories and Other Stories," and of other books including the National Book Award-winning historical novel "Europe Central"