University of Cincinnati Professor Emeritus Tom LeClair Releases his Final Novel with a Reading and Party on Friday

'Passing Away' is the fourth and final installment in his 'passing' series

Oct 2, 2018 at 11:00 am
click to enlarge 'Passing Away' cover - Photo: Provided
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'Passing Away' cover

University of Cincinnati Professor Emeritus Tom LeClair has dedicated his life to the written word.

Now, 48 years after he first started teaching literature at UC and several years after he relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y., LeClair says he is dropping his final novel, Passing Away.

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Tom LeClair

The fourth in a series following Passing Off, Passing On and Passing Through, the meta-licious narrative again centers on the writings of Michael Keever, a truth-bending memoirist who this time relays stories from the perspective of his long-estranged older brother Patrick; former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge; and Frederic Tudor, the “Ice King” of 19th-century America. The three are tied together via one theme: all are near death.

The book is being released by local independent small press Waxing Press.

Reading: 4 p.m. Friday at the Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati campus, Clifton. Book release party: 7 p.m. Friday at Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside. Free. More info at