Miriam Seidel, author of The Speed of Clouds, is appearing this weekend at PHILCON as a panelist: How climate change will change the climate of science fiction (Friday at 5 pm); Alternative history in the age of alternative facts (Saturday at 1 pm); and Compassionate Representation (Saturday at 10 pm). She will also do a reading (Sunday at 1 pm). Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill NJ.
Nathaniel Popkin will be in the Bay Area in early November promoting his new novel, The Year of the Return, published by Open Books. Check out the book on Amazon but, if possible, buy it instead at one of his readings:
The first copies of HOMING have arrived!
If you're unsure whether the pigeon is coming or going, you'll have to read the book to find out.
(The truth is, it's both coming and going. Complex and riveting story.)
Plans are shaping up for the West Coast tour by David Sanders, author of BUSARA ROAD. Here's a flyer from Alley Cat Books in San Francisco, where he'll be on Oct. 24.
The event is called "Freedom," appropriate for a novel about an independent boy discovering a newly independent country. If you're in SF on that day, help the cat escape! More info at the event page here.
Next month our author David Sanders brings his celebrated novel Busara Road back to his childhood stomping grounds on the West Coast. So far, stops are planned in San Francisco, Seattle, and Pacific Grove. See his website for details. If you're near any one of these cities, we hope you can stomp with him.
The headline for this post could serve as a description for any of our books. As it happens, though, it's from the latest advance comment on HOMING, the extraordinary memoir by Mark Lyons that we'll publish in November. And the author of said comment is the marvelous Elise Juska, perhaps our favorite Philly-area novelist. Here's the quote in full:
"To read Mark Lyons’s HOMING is to feel you’re in the presence of a writer excavating years of memories—by turns harrowing, confusing, nostalgic, tender—with great honesty and integrity. While at times painful, this memoir doesn’t veer into the sensational or sentimental. Nor does it offer easy answers. This book truly moved me."
We'll have info soon about advance orders of HOMING. In the meantime, two (2) (ii) ARCs are still available for reviewers.
And don't forget, in a few days (September 19), David Sanders will bring his novel BUSARA ROAD to South Philly.
In a guest blog at Hidden River Arts, David Sanders explains how he lost his novel in order to find it -- an astonishing essay that details the roles of computer crashes, whiskey, cancer, rejection, and utter confusion in the production of a great book.
Writers ought to look at this to learn about dealing with frustration, including the kind where you curl in a ball on the floor, sobbing and moaning.
As most locals believe, the road to wisdom leads through South Philly, and if we need any extra proof of that, we'll get it on September 19 when David Sanders brings his extraordinary novel BUSARA ROAD to the charming bookstore called A Novel Idea on Passyunk.
We've been sitting on this news awhile, eager to make the announcement, and finally the time has come.
In November we're publishing Mark Lyons' memoir Homing, a book that defies our trove of adjectives. Even a thesaurus doesn't help much: "compelling" is too trite; "devastating" too vague; "powerful" too dull. Here's the description we managed to cobble together:
In this heart-twisting memoir, a teen boy is the object of his mother’s deep sexual urges. Does it cross the line into abuse? Is he responsible for her frequent retreats to mental hospitals? Can he ever forgive her? The son needs most of a lifetime to unravel, then free himself from, the mysteries of her demise.
After reading this book, you won't be the same. Guaranteed.
The genre, memoir, is a departure for us, since we've previously devoted our energies to fiction. This is a book, though, that uses fictional techniques to great effect: imagery, time shifts, odd juxtapositions, inventive syntax. It also displays (which we somehow didn't manage to say in our initial description) a brilliant sense of place, creating a vivid portrait of Southern California in the late 1950s. If you never had the chance to cruise a rebuilt '49 Studee to the Long Beach Pike, this book will take you there.
Most of all, it's the tale of the author's lifelong quest to overcome early trauma. And it's a success story. We dearly need success stories, don't we? Watch for this one in November.