Fiction. California Interest. The setting of STUDENT IN THE UNDERWORLD takes place fifty years ago—in the 1960's, mostly in San Francisco's historic Butcher Town. It's ironic, however, that STUDENT IN THE UNDERWORLD is not about the anti-war/flower child movement; nor is it a work set in academia, although both do appear in the novel's background. At that time there was far more going on in the city of St. Francis than the media-dominated vision of the Haight-Ashbury/student protest scene. And that much more happens via the framework of the Butcher's Town Writers' Guild. The main character, Student, has just left the Vietnam wartime Navy as an officer to find he must deal with anachronistic characters steeped in political causes thirty years gone—from the Great Depression and Wobblie days. But he too must fight his own anachronistic dreamscape of pre-fab homes, starched blouses, and—above all—name-brand normalcy. Student takes a bumpy ride through all this as he comes to terms with modern femininity in the persons of three women. A whimsical tone intermixes with poignancy to carry the reader along Student's journey.
Irving Warner was born in Modesto, California and graduated from San Francisco's Balboa High School. He soon became involved in tournament chess, playing in the first Arthur Stamer Invitational Tournament at the Mechanics Institute. He moved to Alaska in 1964 where he lived until 1996. During that time, he initially worked in fisheries research, with a brief tenure in sea bird studies. He received a degree in Biology and English from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1972. Switching careers at the age of 40, he received an MA in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1983. Warner began teaching at Kodiak College and the University of Alaska until he took early retirement and began full time writing. Since then he has lived in Washington State and in Hawaii, and presently resides in Port Angeles, Washington. His most recent work includes THE LIFE AND TRAVELS OF SAINT CUTHWIN (Pleasure Boat Studios, 2020) and STUDENT IN THE UNDERWORLD (Livingston Press, 2020).Author City: Carlsborg, WA USA