My new novel finally showed up on Amazon this morning.
This means it should be available for general distribution now, so you should be able to walk into any bookstore in the world and ask them to order it. Please do so.
Also, if you have already read the book, please please please post a review on Amazon. I would very much appreciate it and will buy you a drink next time I see you in return.
So it’s officially a book now. Woohoo!
You can buy Zen, Mississippi right now on lulu.com and have a copy in a week or so.
Buy it here: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/zen-mississippi/8076267
I’m calling this a “pre-sale” because it will be another 6-8 weeks before it will be available for general distribution. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find it on the shelf in your local bookstore, though I’ll do what I can. What it DOES mean is that you will be able to go in your local bookstore and ask them to order it, and they should be able to easily get it for you. It will also be listed on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and possibly other websites where books are sold.
Even then, I make a couple of dollars more if you buy it directly from lulu.com, but I’m not concerned about how much money I make. I’m concerned about the easiest way to get this book in peoples’ hands, and if ordering it from Amazon is what’s easiest for you, then that is just fine with me.
I’m planning to have a book release party at Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street) on May 13 at 7pm.
I will read a little from the book, play a little music, and have some friends play a little music. Of course, copies of my book(s) will be available for sale and signing. But mostly I just want to have a party and hang out.
Lolita Bar has happy hour specials until 8, so get there early. I’ll post more information about this event as the date gets closer.
The cover of Zen, Mississippi, as well as all the interior design, was done by the multi-talented Marie Mundaca. She also designed my first book, as well as some books by famous people like David Foster Wallace.
I went to see the noise band Globular Cluster this past weekend, and they unexpectedly invited me onstage to read one of my stories, “The Year of Myself.”
Here is audio of the performance.
The new issue of Fogged Clarity just came out, and it features a short story of mine called “The Boy Who Cried Wolves.”
This issue also features an interview with author Benjamin Percy, fiction by Harvey Havel, and a bunch of other multimedia coolness. This is one of the nicest looking literary/arts magaizines on the web, IMO, so please check it out.
Also, check out the highly pretentious “Statement of Intent” that I submitted to them along with the story (one of their requirements for submission).
One of the things I’ve been interested in exploring with my fiction is the way that a new story can be affected by a an old one that is already deeply imbedded in our consciousness. In this case, only the title is a play on words from a traditional fable, and the rest of the idea flowed from the slight change in the wording. But because of that small wordplay, the reader’s experience is colored through the association with the traditional story even though the two actual stories are actually quite different.
[repost from There Will Be Blog]
As a semifinalist in the L Magazine’s “Literary Upstart” contest, I was asked to read last night at the Slipper Room. There was a sizeable and enthusiastic audience and three other semifinalists reading. At the end, the four of us were critiqued by a panel of judges, American Idol style, and one reader moved on to the finals. That one reader was not me.
I wish I could tell you the names of the other readers or of the judges, but I don’t have that information easily accessible at the moment. Maybe I’ll update later to include that. In any case, the judges’ comments were mostly superficial, and they clearly had not understood one of the major points about my story–so I really couldn’t take the whole thing very seriously. So here for your enjoyment, is my performance from last night, which one of the judges said reminded him of a”city council meeting.”