Yo! Yo! For a short time we have the Kindle-compatible version of Everything Is Borrowed by Nathaniel Popkin available at a humongous discount. You can get it for less than a cappuccino, and it'll last much longer. Click on the image or here to go to the Kindle page.
No, this timeless classic isn't from New Door Books, but our own Miriam Seidel will be helping to launch it on January 22 when she converses with the author, Josiah Bancroft.
The Hod King is the third in Bancroft's Books of Babel series, which starts with a couple on a honeymoon and goes on to feature madhouses, assassinations, a flying fortress, a Sphinx, a mysterious Tower, and ultimately the Hod King himself.
This, by the way, is fantasy, not the latest U.S. foreign policy adventure.
The launch party is at Penn Book Center in West Philadelphia, 34th & Sansom Streets, Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. For the full info, see the bookstore's page here.
A couple of weeks ago, we began sending out ARCs of our next title, Busara Road by David Hallock Sanders, and enthusiastic comments have been rolling in. We'll paste some of them below. To read more about the book, go to the catalog page. If you are a reviewer who would like an advance review copy, use the contact page to let us know.
“In his authentic and haunting first novel, Busara Road, David Sanders captures the turbulent early days of newly-independent Kenya through the eyes of eleven-year-old Mark Morgan, the sensitive and inquisitive son of a widowed Quaker missionary. Set in the aftermath of the brutal conflict between colonial British forces and the Mau Mau rebels, the novel navigates the jungle of grief and hope that is a community emerging from years of violence, as well as the suffering of those set upon avenging past atrocities. Sanders creates characters who are memorable, distinctive, multi-dimensional and indelibly true. In the spirit of the best of Norman Rush and Barbara Kingsolver, Busara Road is a Bildungsroman of insight and compassion from an author who has mastered both the substance and the emotion of his subject matter. A riveting tour de force, the novel will appeal to anyone who has ever been eleven years old and at sea in the world. Busara Road leads readers both into the African past and into the depths of the human spirit—it is a road not to be missed.” —Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter’s Last Day
“Reading Busara Road is like having your hair cut by a one-armed man who may be a murderer—you’re afraid of what might happen next, but you’re certainly not going anywhere, and you’re excited to find yourself amid a mystery. That very haircut, and a flash of a white shirt against a green jungle, the calls and grunts of unseen animals in the dense foliage, a thick leaf wrapped around a wounded arm with a vine, birds and fish swimming and flying: reading this novel, I was caught in so many vivid images, so many sharp sensations as I was borne along through Kenya’s history and quotidian features, traveling with eleven-year-old Mark Morgan as he shapes his own story. Mark’s path ultimately illuminates what has been so tantalizing and unclear in the rich, hidden world around him; the perfect guide, he is guileless and yet awake, often left alone, always eager to pursue new experiences and sensations.” —Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment
“Brimming with mystery, magic, emotional truth and wide-eyed adolescent wonder, Busara Road compels the reader on a vivid and engrossing adventure marked by discovery, duality and bursts of lyrical beauty.” —Tracy DeBrincat, author of Hollywood Buckaroo and Troglodyte
“Eleven-year-old Mark Morgan and his father move from Philadelphia to a Quaker mission in western Kenya shortly after the new nation’s brutal struggle for independence. With his father mostly away, Mark lives among the deeply wounded survivors, struggling to forge connections in a place where not heeding one’s elders can have grave consequences. A strong, vivid debut set in an unforgettable place and time.” —Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong
More events for New Door Books authors:
11/3/2018, 2:30 p.m.: Miriam Seidel will read at the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Federal Hill Room.
11/5/2018, 7:00 p.m.: It's the night before the election! Nathaniel Popkin will co-host "Who Will Vote for America? A Mid-Term Voting Pre-Party" at Kismet Cowork, 12 W. Willow Grove Ave., in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Ken Kalfus, Carlos José Pérez Sámano, and Fran Wilde will read from the anthology that Nathaniel edited with Stephanie Feldman, Who Will Speak for America? Organized by Big Blue Marble Bookstore, with musical inspiration from Two of a Kind and snacks and beer provided by Kismet. Proceeds to benefit Fair Districts PA, the group leading the fight against gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.
11/8/2018, 7:00 p.m.: Catch Nathaniel Poplin at the "Creative At The Cannery" literary series, Dock Street Brewing Company, 701 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia 19143, with Jos Duncan, Patrick McNeil, and Sabrina Vourvoulias.
11/16/2018, 6:00 p.m.: At Philcon (the world's first and longest-running conference on science fiction, fantasy, and horror), Miriam Seidel will co-moderate a panel discussion, "Tesla, Gernsback, and the Birth of Science Fiction," Crystal Ballroom 2, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. The other panelists are Simone Zelitch (co-moderator), Victoria Janssen, Susan Shwartz, and Kim Kindya. The focus will be on how the scientist/inventor Nikola Tesla influenced the imagination of Hugo Gernsback, and the impact this had on the SF genre.
11/28/2018, 6:00 p.m.: Miriam Seidel will host a night of magical thrillers in the All But True author reading series, featuring YA authors Nova Ren Suma and Katherine Locke, at the Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th Street (at Sansom), Philadelphia 19104.
We're proud to have helped organize a celebration of Philadelphia-area independent presses at Penn Book Center on Thursday, October 25, 6 p.m. Five (at last count) authors will represent five different indie publishers. Miriam Seidel will be there for New Door Books. For more information, see the bookstore's web page and Facebook event page.
For a group of experts about the technological future, and all other aspects of the future, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) has an oddly low-tech online presence, a minimalist website. We think it's because they can't be bothered with the 21st century when they're so busy imagining the 25th. There's a lot to be said for that approach.
However that may be, our author Miriam Seidel will appear at the next PSFS meeting, September 14, to read from and discuss her novel The Speed of Clouds.
Click here or on the image for details about the reading.
The PSFS event creates another oddity because the book isn't really sci-fi. It's about sci-fi fans, and it contains snippets of futuristic fan fiction, but it's actually a literary novel set in the late 1990s. Or perhaps, because it includes a real plot and a budding romance, it's a mainstream novel with literary leanings. Or maybe, since it features a young female protagonist in a wheelchair, it's chick-lit, disability lit, coming-of-age lit, or -- hell, we don't know what it is, but we're immensely proud to have published it. Come to think of it, a Harley plays a prominent role, so let's call it motorcycle lit.
Miriam tells us she's grateful for her warm welcome by the sci-fi community even though her novel doesn't fit the genre. Now it's up to the Harley community to adopt her as well.
In a new interview at Cleaver Magazine, Grant Clauser talks with Nathaniel Popkin about the many explorations of theme and form in Everything Is Borrowed. Some excerpts:
GC: There are several different storylines running throughout the book, some even on different timelines, yet you weave them in and out through each other. Did they evolve at the same time as you were crafting the story, and how did you decide on their intersection points?
In his latest podcast, Norman B. gets right to the sensational part of Miriam Seidel's novel The Speed of Clouds. In his lead he mentions "intimate relations with a cyborg."
Well, yes, that's in the book, but it's actually not the most fun part of the novel. Play Norman's Life Elsewhere podcast and see what you think. It's show #287, 8/26/18, with multiple options for listening.
Before dealing with cyborgs, Norman interviews Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin, about a certain individual's ties to the Russian mafia. After that, you'll definitely be ready for romance with an alien.
While Nathaniel Popkin is on tour, speaking for America along with other contributors to the anthology Who Will Speak for America? (Temple University Press), reviews continue to come in for his novel Everything Is Borrowed. Here's an excerpt from the most recent:
Popkin’s eye for detail leads to many resonant vignettes of Philly in the summer, like the bus driver who wears a rolled-up white towel on the back of his neck, or the parking-lot attendant’s shack with its “cheap desk fan” that “rocks back and forth, letting out a tiny wail each time it turns.” The author’s sense of sound is acute. In the library, he writes, “my chair against the polished floor lets out a trumpet note, slashing the silence of the reading room.”