It’s finally time for new books from Publishing Genius!
This announcement has been a long time coming, and it’s been a slow pleasure to put this catalog together. We have a ton of different projects in the works, from these books listed below, to our Ebook Flights program, to Real Pants, the website for the new literary community.
Here are the offerings from Publishing Genius for 2015:
Valparaiso, Round the Horn by Madeline ffitch (Fiction)
246 pages, 5 x 8.25″ perfectbound
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-0-2
This one is available now! In these short stories you’ll find a passionate scientist studying a forgotten species of Mud Turtle, a janitor who brings up his daughter in the basement of her middle school, a construction worker who actually minds where he pees … and a whole lot more. Throughout, you’ll be astonished and engaged by the colloquial fluency of Madeline ffitch’s prose, the honesty of her piquant characters, and the intriguing and earthy backdrops that ground everything in this imaginative world.
The Three Sunrises by Edward Mullany (Fiction)
Available everywhere in June
408 pages, 5.5 x 8.25″ perfectbound
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-2-6
Preorder now! This is the third book in the trilogy from Edward Mullany (the guy who brings us the comic, Rachel and Ben every week). Things started in 2011 with his first book, If I Falter at the Gallows and then expanded to Figures for an Apocalypse in 2013. This one, The Three Sunrises, is actually three novellas—how awesome is it for a trilogy to end as a trilogy by itself. It’s like standing between two mirrors, which is also a pretty nice way to encapsulate the way Edward writes.
Preorder The Three Sunrises and save $5!
Eat, Knucklehead by Craig Griffin (Cookbook, Novel)
Available everywhere in July
220 pages, 6 x 8″ perfectbound
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-1-9
This cookbook-slash-novel was on our list from 2014, but it’s PGP’s first cookbook so we’re taking our time with it and doing it right. There are almost 100 recipes in here (including a section on cooking with grass), and they’re all contained in an engaging story about a father and his son. Plus there’s a dozen instructional drawings, like how to deal with garlic, how to boil an egg and chop asparagus and more. We’re currently sending out ARCs and we’ll be launching the book at Pitchfork Festival, in Chicago!
The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) Be Found by Jarod Roselló (Comics)
Available everywhere in September
210 pages, 5 x 7″ perfectbound
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-4-0
Another comic book from Publishing Genius! Are you privy to the work of Jarod Roselló? He’s doing amazing things, like “Those Bears,” a serial web comic that just started at Hobart. In The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) Be Found, we’re introduced to the well-dressed but anxious hero, his telephone, and his misadventures. The pictures are beautifully drawn, and the story draws you in.
The One-Hour MFA by Michael Kimball (Nonfiction, writing)
Available everywhere in July
84 pages, 4.5 x 6″ perfectbound
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-5-7
Want to save $50K on graduate school? In The One-Hour MFA, novelist Michael Kimball (Big Ray, Dear Everybody, etc.) gives indispensable advice as he breaks down the writing process into fifteen brief, meaningful lessons. Making detailed reference to some of the world’s best fiction writers, Kimball gives straightforward guidance on how to open a story and how to end one, how to revise and how to pay attention to things like syntax and acoustics, as well as various ways to think about character, voice, story, plot, and description.
Nobody Dancing by Cheryl Quimba (Poetry)
Available everywhere in December
Book details coming soon
ISBN 13: 978-0-9906020-7-1
Cheryl Quimba has put together an extraordinary collection of poetry. Her poems are personal but open. They’re witty, compact and expansive, and really clever. Nobody Dancing shows a range of styles all tucked into the larger style of poetry innovations. We’ll be announcing more info about this book in the coming months, of course, but in the meantime you can read, and hear Cheryl read, “My Buffalo” here.
Don’t forget to check out Ebook Flights, our ebook-only series, featuring sets—or “Flights”—of original shorter work by three different authors. The first flight departs in July and includes books by Lily Hoang, Gabe Durham and Bob Schofield. Then the next flight will feature Sarah Jean Alexander, Lucy K Shaw and Gabby Bess.
Plus, we are delighted to be partnering with Green Mountains Review and Vermont’s Johnson State College for a pair of book prizes, one in fiction and one in poetry. Find out more info about that at the GMR website.
Questions, ideas, concerns? We’re always looking forward to hearing from you, either in the comments below or through our Contact page.