Sixteen-year-old Elaine Archer thinks the Earth might really be screwed. And she’s pretty sure sitting in a classroom memorizing Civil War battle dates isn’t gonna save it.
Desperate to do something meaningful, but not sure it will do any good, Elaine talks her moms into letting her drop out of school to write a novel. Spending her days circling Chicago in search of her story, she discovers a universe of people and ideas she’d never have encountered behind the doors of D.B. High. As her understanding of the complexity of the world and relationships deepens, so does her fear that she might not have what it takes to make any difference at all.
kt mather grew up in Alaska with a respect for two things—nature and the power of a good story. She was a high school English teacher and soccer coach for years and misses being around teenagers' humor and authenticity. She lives in Vermont with her family, where she writes, hosts the podcast “Out of Curiosity with kt mather,” and is busy converting her lawn into an edible forest and pollinator garden.
New Roses is a work of experimental prose that explores the relationships between madness and addiction, consciousness and language. Written by an anonymous drug-addled paranoid schizophrenic, New Roses offers a window into the shattered mind of a young man doomed to a lifetime of persecution.
Stefan O. Rak lives in New York City, because it makes sense. In the 1940s, his grandparents fled Ukraine for NYC, otherwise he may have never been born. As a child, some neurologists suspected that he had hypergraphia, but it turned out that he had other issues.
If you could know exactly how and when calamity would strike, would you want to? And more importantly, would you tell your insurance company? What if it was something smaller, like the next time you were going to get a bad case of athlete’s foot… would you let them know then? In House of Apollo, they already know. The actuaries have won: Big Data predicts it all. At Longshot Insurance, it’s been years since the last claim, and HR has happily eliminated every department but Marketing. But fate cannot be so easily conquered, and when a priest in this temple of rationality meets his Dionysian match, comic chaos ensues. Like a thought experiment where Orwell drinks with Bukowski and Mervyn Peake transcribes, this novel of ideas is anything but predictable.
Maxwell Massa spent five years in China (including a year-long stint as a Mandarin TV star), only to return to the U.S. and find that — surprise! — intellectualism isn’t really a thing here.
Shafts of afternoon light rained through oak and willow and eucalyptus, the boys’ small faces stippled with fine golden sunspots as though behind lacework mourning veils knitted from shadow. They stood side-by-side at the edge of a broad yawn of creekbed, eyes bound to what they had discovered there amongst sedge and blackberry and wild rye. Neither spoke.
What a gift, what a glorious incantation! Each sentence, each segment in Newborn is a stone dropped in a pond of still, deep water awash in quiet reverberation. Like Chekhov or the legendary German writer Wolfgang Hilbig, Maes writes with uncommon lyricism and precision as he traverses the rugged emotional terrain.
– Gina Ochsner, author of The Hidden Letters of Velta B., The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight, Pleased to Be Otherwise, and People I Wanted to Be
NEW: KILLING THE MATH II
Killing the Math may have ended, but Joey’s story didn’t. Picking up where we last left off, KTMII shows Joey just a smidge more enlightened, or, at the very least, in better control of nachos, cigarettes, his sock of shame, and an unwillingness to settle that would carry with him until well beyond tomorrow. Special: buy both KTM and KTMII for $20.
America: infrastructure collapse, routine mass slaughter of children in their schools, made-up border crises, nooses hung in town squares, peak christian hypocrisy, agribusiness and pink goo and the deregulation of the FDA, sporadic global trade wars in the name of American greatness, democracy itself a twig snap away from avalanche. We aren’t sure we’ll survive it, but we have no choice but to react to it, and we’re not wonks. Very few texts can capture what’s in the hearts and minds of any thinking person in America like J. Bradley.
Chimera Aoki is a 20-something New Yorker, easy in love and working on a book of famous last words. Arthur Noyes is older, secretive, existential. They meet through Chimera’s girlfriend, and are brought together and flung apart through a cosmic collision of coincidence and deceit. Heavily interwoven with Abrahamic religious influences, THE BOOK OF THE LAST WORD culminates with Chimera discovering Arthur’s secret and having to decide if what Arthur has done is either immensely beneficial or horrifically damaging.
Because starving to death is no excuse for a lousy meal. Joey Truman, today’s “poet of the appetites,” pays tribute to food, and all who have eaten it, in Whiskey Tit’s first foray into food writing, Cooking Cockroach. From dented cans and found foods to homemade spices, immerse yourself into methods, tips, and poor person’s techniques in making delicious food without delicious amounts of dollars. From taco burgers and hot pot to campfire chicken legs, Joey wastes not a dime nor a morsel while charming the masses with his one-of-a-kind kitchen skills.
"A smart, entertaining book from an exciting new writer that darkly and hilariously subverts the cookbook genre." – James Oseland, editor-in-chief of World Food, author of Jimmy Neurosis.
Runner-up, Paris Literary Prize. When she met the best engineer of dams at the railway station, her inside pleasantly warmed to medium rare. At the end of a two-minute small talk, she sensed that Mr. Winter, skipping the intermediate phases, was already overcooked.
“Being a writer always comes from within a person. It always shows itself. But when I was young I thought, ‘Can I write at all? Can I write in a language that is not my own?’” Read more at Wild Detectives.Buy here
A return to philosophical sci-fi with a contemporary edge, Adkins' first novella The Ice Mine follows Ric Bream, a happily married family man whose return to addiction and recovery puts him at odds with the futurist society that surrounds him.
Bream then rediscovers the Ice Mine, an elusive place and idea, and embarks on a journey of mind, body, and soul towards mythical landscapes, unknown creatures, and a sinister subculture that could mean to his salvation, or the end.
"William Burroughs meets Heart of Darkness. Well worth the read. Kudos to Adkins on his first novel... definitely want to read more of his books.”. – Alex McCBuy here Enjoy!
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Stefan O. Rak, author of Adventures of Bastard and M.E. (2018) is a New York…January 22, 2019 standard
Steven Adkins’ The Ice Mine was selected as the first release in NIPS,…December 27, 2018 standard
Saturday, August 25 Vermont-based independent publisher Whisk(e)y Tit holds its first benefit event…August 19, 2018 standard