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Max Cossack



Motto: "Today's headlines are ripped from the pages of my novels!"

Before writing eight novels under the pseudonym “Max Cossack,” Joe Vass worked at a lot of different jobs: assembly line in a hair drier factory; in a steel yard; clerk typist; attorney at law; and software engineer (he can code).

One highlight was shouting out instructions as part of the performance examination for Tugboat Operator in San Francisco Bay (“Reverse!...Hard Port!”).

A lowlight was his two steamy nightshifts manufacturing “Twinkies” in a Hostess bakery.

He started life in Springfield, Illinois, so naturally he was trying to memorize Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by the time he was nine.

Around that age, he started piano lessons. His piano teacher’s teacher’s teacher’s teacher’s teacher’s teacher was Ludwig Van Beethoven. (True).

As an adult, he became a well-regarded composer and musician whose band performed all over the U.S. and at the International Klezmer Festival in Israel. He also wrote four plays which have been produced.

A little later, he met a guy who writes novels for a living. It didn’t take Joe long to notice the

guy works only four hours a day, makes decent money, and spends the rest of his time doing

whatever he wants.

That seemed nice, so Joe decided he should write novels himself, figuring he could just make

up stuff during the four hours he writes. Then, to make good use of his newfound leisure, he

could draw on his vast experience as a layabout and ne’er-do-well.

Joe now spends his time thinking up stories about things he loves and plotting against big

institutions he despises.

For example, he loves America, good music regardless of style, and good food in large

quantities. Also small smart-aleck women and big loud-mouthed men.

He despises big institutions that push people around, whether the institutions are

governments or private corporations or some obnoxious combination of both. (You know who

they are.)

Joe also loathes the politicians and media hacks who lie on behalf of these bullies and adores

those among us who push back.

Since lying by omission is often the bullies’ go-to form of dishonesty, Joe especially likes to

write into his novels the realities the liars purposely leave out.

Joe doesn’t delude himself into believing his novels will make a huge difference, but any

nudge in the right direction is worth the effort. That’s why he writes about people who get

fed up and fight back. Even if some of these wonderful people are only figments of Joe’s

imagination, all of us—even Joe himself—can learn from their example.

Name of Event
4:00 PM
CC - Mtg Room 14/15
Meet and Greet the First Timers! - Round Three
5:00 PM
CC - Mtg Room 14/15
Opening Ceremonies
6:00 PM
M - Plaza Ballroom Mezzanine - Authors/Artists Alley
Authors/Artist Alley: Casey Moores, Max Cossack, Sam Robb, Tamara Lowery, William Alan Webb, Sophia Hansen
10:00 AM
M - Plaza Ballroom A/B
Guest of Honor Brunch Banquet / Speeches
1:00 PM
M - Plaza Ballroom Mezzanine - Authors/Artists Alley
Authors/Artist Alley: Tamara Lowery, Mel Todd / Doug Burbey, Gray Rinehart, Les Johnson, David Badurina, Max Cossack
3:00 PM
M - Carter Room (Readings 1)
Reading: Max Cossack
10:00 AM
M - Plaza Ballroom A/B
2:00 PM
CC - Exhibit Hall D (Dealer's Room) - Autographs in Hall Outside
Autograph Session: Sean Patrick Hazlett, Rob Howell, Max Cossack

Social Credit

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