Author Wes Payton at the Looking Glass
Local Author Wes Payton will be singing his new book “Lead Tears” Sunday May 15th 2-4 PM
Wes Payton has a B.A. in English/Philosophy and an M.A. in English, having written a play for his master’s thesis. His last play, Way Station, was selected for a staged reading at the Coach House Theater as part of Three Cat Productions Next Draft Series, an extension of the Chicago New Work Festival. He has also been a short story presenter at the Illinois Philological Association. Lead Tears is his first novel.
Wes Payton works as an instructional designer in the Chicago area and lives with his wife and daughter in Oak Park, Illinois.
Lead Tears tells the story of a lost soul named Vert and his search for purpose. He works as a Witness, which is a “new and necessary profession” in the near future. Witnesses are paid observers who document important events in reports written from their unique perspectives.
Vert grapples with the absurdities of his lucrative line of work as he encounters people living lives they loathe.
Wordplay is an important element of the plot; the title itself is a homograph that is key to the narrative.
Lead Tears is part satire and part existential discourse…it’s also funny and heartfelt.
823 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park IL 60304