"Still Life" by David Sylvester

“Still Life” by David Sylvester

HVWG member David Sylvester announces his newest collection of short stories, Still Life, now available at Market Block Books in Troy and The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza. You can also order your copy on David’s website and a Kindle version on Amazon.

In his second collection of short stories, Mr. Sylvester continues to explore themes of human connection and disconnection through characters facing personal crisis that force them to re-create themselves in an indifferent universe. Rich detail and convincing dialog propel the reader forward in anticipation of what will happen next. These carefully crafted stories explore the structure of short fiction, sometimes bringing it closer to the surface so the reader can experience not only what happens in the story, but how the story is told.

“The attention to detail and surveys of human lives creates a powerful juxtaposition of worlds that includes astute, attractive philosophical inspections…each of these short inspections offers resounding lessons about life. The result is a creative exploration of different lives that will provide readers of literature and philosophy with much food for thought.”
– Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

David Sylvester studied creative writing and literature at The University at Albany, the College of Saint Rose, the New York State Writers Institute, and creative writing workshops too numerous to list. He published his first collection of short stories, I Would Tell You If I Could, in 2020, and followed up that debut collection with Still Life, in 2022. He is currently working on a novel-in-stories set in New York’s Capital District during the Civil War.

Originally from The Bronx, he lived in New York’s Capital Region for many years before retiring and moving to South Carolina. He offers workshops on reading the short story through the Upper Hudson Library System in Troy, New York, and the Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.