Saltonstall Book Launch! A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS by Bob Proehl (’13)

Join Saltonstall and Bob Proehl (’13) in Buffalo!


We’ll be celebrating the publication of Bob’s novel, A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS (Viking) and hosting a reading on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:00pm.


This reading will take place at Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main St.) in Buffalo, NY.


Bob’s reading takes place at Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main St.) at 7:00 pm. We’ll be gathering at nearby Shango Bistro & Wine Bar (3260 Main St) between 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Buffalo alums — come join us!

Advance praise:


“A work of wit and heart, A HUNDRED THOUSAND WORLDS is for anyone who craves a smart family saga. Especially one with superheroes. I loved it completely.”
– Karen Joy Fowler


“Proehl creates worlds within worlds within worlds, all of them full of surprise and wonder. One of the best novels I have read in a while.”
—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe


“For all its acrobatic wit and outsize charm, at its heart this is the love story of two everyday heroes—a mother and a son—who, like their author, possess the superpower of storytelling. A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con age, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.”
—Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints

From the publisher:




“A Kavalier & Clay for the Comic-Con Age, this is a bighearted, inventive, exuberant debut.” —Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints


Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago—leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.


As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant corporate comics writer stuggling with her industry’s old-school ways to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined


A knowing and affectionate portrait of the geeky pleasures of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son—and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

About Bob


Bob Proehl grew up in Buffalo, New York, where his local comics shop was Queen City Bookstore. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He was a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2013 resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. He has written for the 33⅓ book series and worked as a columnist and reviewer for the arts and culture site Proehl currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, stepson, and daughter.

Reading Time & Location

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Talking Leaves, 3158 Main St, Buffalo, NY, 14214-1395