AK Press’s “Octavia’s Brood” Is Our Sleeper of the Week!

Octavias Brood, Walidah Imarisha

  • “Can science fiction be a form of social activism?” an article posted by Boing Boing on April 2 asked of Octavia’s Brood, “Walidah Imarisha [has] recruited everyone from LeVar Burton to Mumia Abu-Jamal to help her prove it.”
  • Imarisha wrote an op-ed for the Spring 2015 issue of Bitch Magazine titled “Braver New World,” which was picked up by Truthout on March 7.
  • The editors appeared on GRIT-TV/The Laura Flanders Show on April 20 to talk about the revolutionary potential of science fiction. The interview was aired on TeleSUR and will be broadcast on LinkTV tomorrow.
  • On March 25, Largehearted Boy reported that WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn chose Octavia’s Brood as one of its books of the week.
  • The anthology has been nominated for a 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, given to “science fiction and fantasy that explores and expands gender.”

Click here to read more about Octavia’s Brood!

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New Series from Ig Publishing—The Stories that Inspired Writers

Bookmarked A Separate PeaceJohn Knowles and Kurt Vonnegut are about to get some postmortem love. Last week, Brooklyn indie publisher Ig Publishing announced a new series called “Bookmarked,” which will feature Knowles’s A Separate Peace and Vonnegut’s The Slaughterhouse Five. The concept is for writers to create short books about works that inspired them. Think of it as expanded Oscar speeches, but for books.
The first two titles, John Knowles’ A Separate Peace: Bookmarked by Kirby Gann and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five: Bookmarked by Curtis Smith are slated for release March of 2016.

On April 17, Publishers Weekly interviewed Ig publisher Robert Lasner says, “it’s about how a book inspired [the writers] or turned out to be a stepping stone to some point in their lives.” The series will include titles by Stephen King and Christina Stead, written respectively by Aaron Burch and Paula Boma. In Lasner’s words, the series promises to be “a no-holds-barred personal narrative. . . . It can be a writer loving a book, or hating it after they’ve returned to it.”

 

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Book Trailer Banned From Facebook

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The book trailer for After Abel and Other Stories was banned from Facebook for pornographic content, which we think is a little ridiculous since the video contains classical paintings of biblical characters as well as an endorsement from a rabbi.Yahoo! News, LAObserved, and TakePart thought the censorship level was outrageous as well and posted articles promoting the video. After Abel and Other Stories also received reviews from Booklist and Jewish Book Council, who said that the collection “will appeal to readers with even the most basic introduction to the Biblical canon, but especially to those whose imaginations are piqued by the mystery of an untold story.”

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Torrey House Press Featured in the Utah Review

THPlogo The Utah Review, an online arts and culture magazine, featured one of our amazing publishers, Torrey House Press, who is “fostering an intellectual climate behind the most critical aspects of today’s activism and advocacy in the American West.” The article details the support THP has received from independent booksellers and environmental groups, and the important transition from print-on-demand to Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1E6xPWT!

Learn more about Torrey House Press and the amazing literature they’re publishing.

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Bookslinger Update: “When the Weather Changes You”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

9780983422877Today’s story comes from May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks, published by Curbside Splendor. May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world’s most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds. Here is humanity building: families reconstruct themselves, mothers fashion babies from two-by-fours and nails, boys make a mother out of leaves and twigs and wishes. Here is humanity tearing down: a wife sets her house on fire in revenge, a young girl plots to kill the ghosts that stalk her, a dying man takes the whole human race with him. Here is humanity transforming: feral children, cannibalistic seniors, animal wives—a whole sideshow’s worth of oddballs and freaks.

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Bookslinger Update: “First”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

9781888451900The story this week is by Kenji Jasper from DC Noir, published by Akashic. Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking collection of stories detailing the seedy underside of the nation’s capital. This is not an anthology of ill-conceived and inauthentic political thrillers. Instead, in D.C. Noir, pimps, whores, gangsters, and con-men run rampant in zones of this city that most never hear about.

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Bookslinger Update: “Everything Flows”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

9780983422884The story today comes from Everything Flows by James Greer, published by Curbside Splendor. The nineteen stories range from short and surreal to long and surreal, but all share a consistency of intent: to fracture traditional narrative tropes and reassemble the shards into coherent, if occasionally undulant and meandering forms (see: the title). Greer mixes anachronistic pseudo-history and unserious/serious digressions into pop culture, pop physics, pop philosophy and pop music (see: the title), to arrive at something both universal in scope and intensely personal, twisting language(s) into sometimes-strange shapes to devise new ways of looking at familiar things.

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