Small Press Day in Ireland & the UK...

In New Mexico, it's too hot.

I'm at work all the time (instead of having the summer off, like they taught me to expect as a kid!).

So, it's fair to say I'm in something of a rut. Hence the radio silence this past month or so. "If you don't have anything nice to say..." as the old adage goes...

However, the small press ain't in no rut! Happy small press day to my friends over the pond! I love discovering new books, the kind of thing that would never find a handhold in commercial publishing...just great books and voices all around, taking chances with either form and content. So, in that spirit, here are a few recent books and presses I think are worth a look. Only a couple are UK presses...but small presses everywhere need the love!

Two Dollar Radio's the Incantations of Daniel Johnston by Scott McClanahan and Ricardo Cavolo

Tyrant Books' Bad Sex by Clancy Martin

To Break the Heart of the Sun by William Taylor, Jr. from Words Dance

Lori Jakiela's Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe from Atticus Books

Ben Tanzer's Sex and Death from sunnyoutside

Russ Litten's Kingdom from Wrecking Ball Press

The People of the Abyss by Jack London from Tangerine Press

Wide Asleep/Fast Awake by Adrian Manning & Janne Karlson from Bottle of Smoke
 

Something BLOOD-RED This Way Cometh!

BLOOD-RED is right around the corner. If you want a hardback, consider this fair warning: 9 remain. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

Also, one week remains in the Goodreads giveaway! Have you signed up for your chance to win?

File Under: Impossible?
Paying writers? I mean, could it ever work?

File Under: Propers
Yes! More like this, please! Gallery Beggar (with singles, not unlike the mendicant booksworks design) has a fan who'll put his money where his mouth is!

And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red - AVAILABLE NOW

As those on my notify list already know, And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red poems from Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon by Christopher Cunningham and Hosho McCreesh, is available for order, and ships early March from Bottle of Smoke Press.

It's a companion piece to the two nobody-poets' groundbreaking book of letters, Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon.

From the FOREWORD:

In May, 2009, Orange Alert Press released Sunlight at Midnight, Darkness at Noon: The Cunningham/McCreesh Letters Vol.1. As part of that release, 26 stunning lettered hardbacks were made by the incomparable Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. It's something most book collectors in general have seen—a limited edition hardback, often more expensive—to accompany the trade paperback. But we wanted to make something extra special for all those early supporters. Then it dawned on us: what's better than owning a broadside, or some other uber-exclusive production? A manuscript…an actual typewritten original.

Now this was an idea!

So we got to typing: a double-sided manuscript broadside, featuring an original, unpublished poem from each author. But not just any ol’ new poem—no sir!—one written specifically for the project…with a title pulled straight from the original letters themselves.  Yes, a new poem, by each author, off of their respective typers, signed and everything.

Collected here for the first time ever, are the final spoils: those 52 poems from the lettered copy hardbacks—bringing the entire opus full circle. Rarely in life does something as truly terrific as SUNLIGHT and now BLOOD-RED ever happen. From the original wild-typed letters traded between two strangers in 2002, to 13 years later, seeing how a few of those banged out lines dashed off in the sinking midnights have morphed into this. It celebrates everything that is wondrous about the small press—personal, approachable writing by unknown writers, most working day jobs and hoping to make the occasional buck while chasing their humble dreams. The fact that Bottle of Smoke manages to then wrap it all up in gorgeous, collectible artisan productions is further evidence of the vast, undiscovered culture of makers, doers, and creators—the life-blood of the small, artisan, independent press—putting out work that is far more adventurous than any large press (with their bean-counters making decisions based not on art but on the bottom line) can gamble on. We offer this up with our deepest and most sincere gratitude—to all who've supported us, and all who've made us look so damned good.

Paperback Edition: $15
Signed Hardcover Edition: $35


Anyone interested can order now from:
Bill Roberts
P.O. Box 66
Wallkill, NY 12589

orders@bospress.net
bill@bospress.net

View More Info at:
http://bospress.net/order.html
http://www.hoshomccreesh.com/blood-red

BLOOD-RED Giveaway

If you have a Goodreads account, log in and sign-up for the And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red... giveaway (available in the US, the UK, Canada & Australia). It comes to you courtesy of Bottle of Smoke Press and the co-authors (read as: Chris and I). We're offering up 2 copies, and hope they both go to someone like you who'll love 'em! The giveaway ends February 28th, 2016.

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And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red... by Hosho McCreesh

And Turns Still the Sun at Dusk Blood-Red...

by Hosho McCreesh

Giveaway ends February 28, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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