You have one week to enter to win a free copy of Jeffrey Ford’s mind melting A Natural History of Hell:
We’re celebrating moving to our new webhost, Dreamhost, with a special that will run all month:
Buy any ebook on our lovely DRM-free indie ebookstore WeightlessBooks.com between 12 a.m. February 1 and 11:59 p.m. February 29(!) 2016 and receive a free 4-issue LCRW subscription (worth $9.95!). If you’re already a subscriber, you will receive a 4-issue subscription extension. And if you buy an LCRW subscription, this will basically double it, but this offer applies to any ebook bought from this store this month.
(If you’d rather not receive this bonus, please email us, thank you.) The bonus LCRW subscription will be added to your Library in the first week of March.
Why? We had an awful experience at the end of the year when our previous webhost dropped all our sites for a whole week. When we asked about back ups, they said the back ups were in the same place as the actual site . . . and could not be reached. Which means they were nonfunctioning backups. Not impressive.
So now we have signed with Dreamhost who promise 99.9% or higher(!) levels of uptime and it is time to celebrate and thank all the readers who choose Weightless!
Here are some Small Beer bestsellers as a place to start:
- Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet Subscription(!)
- After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh
- A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar
- Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord
- Travel Light, Naomi Mitchison
- North American Lake Monsters: Stories, Nathan Ballingrud
- At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson
- Solitaire: a novel, Kelley Eskridge
- What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler
- Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Kate Wilhelm
Tor.com want to give you a fab book and all you have to do is go post a comment to enter!
What’s the book about?
Why, here’s a handy review in Booklist!
“Rickert’s latest collection contains haunting tales of death, love, and loss. In stories that are imbued with mythology, beasts, and fantastical transformations, Rickert captures the fanciful quality of regret and longing. . . . Rickert’s blend of dark and whimsy is reminiscent of Angela Carter. Perfect for readers looking for something unique, melancholy, and fantastical.”
Pre-order The Liminal War by June 12th from this website, we will include a copy of The Liminal People.
The Liminal People is the first of Ayize’s amazing “Liminal” novels which posit that there are a limited number of Liminal People on this planet who will be at some point decide and/or defend us against the Alters, who are entropy-beings whose greatest wish is to destroy us all. Reading these books can give you whiplash, the action is so fast. In between the lines — and the superpowered conflicts — these novels have some sharp things to say about contemporary life, race relations, and class in the US, UK, and around the world.
The Liminal People ebook has an excerpt from Ayize’s second novel, The Liminal War, which comes out next week. And for a further dose of fun:
Hey, did you see the lovely Nancy Pearl note on NPR that we are “reprinting … Peter Dickinson’s books, which is a wonderful, wonderful gift to mystery readers”! If you’d like to check out our latest reprint — coming next month — our distro, Consortium, has arranged for another giveaway on Goodreads. This time we have 10 copies of Peter’s A Summer in the Twenties. The glorious thing about Peter’s books is that they’re all different from one another:
Book Giveaway For A Summer in the Twenties
A Summer in the Twenties
by Peter Dickinson
Release date: July 15, 2014
Wildcat or bright young thing?
A young man has to choose who to love, who to leave in the 1926 General Strike in Britain.
“A Summer in the Twenties shows the body politic balanced at a precarious moment of tension.”
—New York Times Book Review
Giveaway dates: Jun 23 – Jul 07, 2014
10 copies available, 150+ people requesting
Countries available: US and CA
We just finished mailing out LCRW 28 (takes us a while, doesn’t it?) and we had fun with this one. As a subscriber bonus (for US/Canada readers only . . . sorry Lovely Rest of World Readers, the post office wanted to charge us $16.95 a shot!) we threw in a random free book for everyone. Enjoy!
(Want a free book? Subscribe!)
Ch Ch Ch Check it out! 15 copies. Yes, it is US only for postage reasons, sorry. We will do a LibraryThing give away of ebooks which will be international. Good luck!
We just posted giveaways for both of Lydia Millet’s Dissenters novels on Goodreads. The first book, The Fires Beneath the Sea just came out in paperback and the second The Shimmers in the Night is now at the proofreader and will be out later this summer. Get ahead of the game and win an advance copy today!
Alma was really lovely and it turns out had read some of our books. She recently decided to do some interviews about different aspects of the publishing world and sent us a few questions for her expertly titled blog, Endpaper Notes.
And interns! Occasionally the returns we get from our distributor (books that have been shipped to stores, back to the distro, and back to our office) are in such bad condition that we can’t even give them away. (We mail returned copies in good condition out to various groups—including the OWS library!—and sell there here.) How do they get that way? Who knows?! (Not sure I want to know.)
We had this box of nearly destroyed books which was beginning to spill over and I decided that instead of just tearing off the covers and recycling the innards (which our lovely town will do) we’d tear up the short story collections and anthologies and include the individual stories with orders. I am hoping that those who receive them enjoy the single stories more than they’re horrified to receive them—tearing the books up has been all too much for at least one intern and the task had to handed over to someone with a stronger constitution!
So now we’re getting rid of another box of books, spreading the word about good stories, and some of us are getting a most unexpected touch of exercise . . . tearing up books!
Git git git over to Goodreads and git yourself a copy of this science fiction thrill-ill-iller! We’re publishing it in December but we have 20 copies for going-to-be-happy readers to enjoy long before that cold cold month comes along.
We’ve been sending out galleys of our May title, Lydia Millet’s The Fires Beneath the Sea, to children’s booksellers and librarians and have 15 more available.
Booksellers/librarians please email us at info at smallbeerpress.com with your work (i.e. bookshop or library) address and we’ll drop you one in the mail (as soon as the next nor’easter is done!).
And! Consortium has some more galleys for librarians here.
ETA: That’s it, we’re out! We received tons of requests: thank you to everyone who forwarded it on.
Boston bookhound Henry Sullivan is back and we think The Second Hound, aka Hound2, or, A Slepyng Hound to Wake, is even better than the first one.
And, the first five people in the US/Canada who promise to review Hound2 in their blogs/on their TV shows/etc. and post something interesting (as despotically judged by us!) about books/bookshops/book hounds or books scouts/etc., in the comments will get a free free free gratis copy sent to them asap.
Spread the word! We have added a bunch (A BUNCH!) of new books to the site. These are the books we’ve been secretly working on this year—well, the ones we’re telling you about. We’ve got contracts going on a few more by authors familiar and not so much and they all share one thing: they are Awesome.
In what way Awesome? Don’t you just want them all now? Yes!
How about Lydia Millet‘s first kid’s book?—and it’s the first of a series! It’s set on Cape Cod where nothing is quite what it seems. Not to be a spoiler, but it has a killer last line. And, we are so proud to be publishing a new Joan Aiken collection! (We have an excellent competition coming with this.) Joan’s stories are unique, they’re so amusing, so unexpected. She’s a little along the lines of Roald Dahl, I suppose. Oh, what an odd and excellent book. And, the cover is by one of our faves, Shelley Jackson.
Also: more Geoff Ryman: The Child Garden is even weirder than you remember. Biopunk London, polar bears, viruses, and more. Wowee. New cover coming on that, too.
Good news for fans of Boston bookhound Henry Sullivan, The Second Hound, aka Hound2, or, A Slepyng Hound to Wake, is even better than the first!
Annnnnnnnd, there’s a chapbook from your friend and mine, Hal Duncan!
New hardcovers 40% off!
New paperbacks 30%+ off!
Daily Planner: $9.95
Preorders: 25% off!
Backlist: heavily discounted!
And, there are extra extra multiple purchase opportunities!
—Buy 5 books (can be 5 of the same title of if you are so inclined) and get 1 of these books free (please include it in the “comments” field or email your choice to us): Hound, The Poison Eaters, The King’s Last Song, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence, Endless Things, Kalpa Imperial, The Mount
—Buy 10 books and get 2 of these books free!
—Buy 15 books and get 4 of these books free!
—Buy 20 books and we will be seriously impressed and you can choose 6 of these books free!
We offer you large percentages that stay in your wallet and Media Mail shipping is free in the USA as usual!
That was surprisingly agonius or whatever the right word would be (maybe there’s a better on in French!). We made someone else choose which commenters would receive an ARC of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s A Life on Paper and that person chose the following 5 readers whose books will be flung off into from our office to their mailboxes out as soon as we confirm addresses for Kristin, Gay Terry, James, Lucius, and Susan. Yay for yous!
And, we’d like to right now scotch the rumor that this is an elaborate hoax: Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud is indeed a living, breathing, famous French author (and you can see him in London soon, see below) and not in any way related to or in actual fact the late Kurt Vonnegut writing under a pseudonym!
Go see him here:
Tuesday, 15 June 7.30pm
Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud and Helen Simpson on short stories
To celebrate the publication of his first book in English, Prix Goncourt-winner Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud will discuss the similarities and differences of short stories in France and in the UK. with Helen Simpson.
Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud was born in Paris in 1947. He has written numerous short stories and novels (La Faculté des songes, Le Démon à la crécelle, Singe tabassé par deux clowns, L’Autre rive). Helen Simpson lives in London. She has won numerous prizes for her various short stories collections. Her latest collections of short stories are Constitutional (2005), and In the Driver’s Seat (2007).
Tuesday, 15 June 7.30pm | £5, conc. £3 | in English | Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT, 020 7073 1350, www.institut-francais.org.uk
At the end of May we’re going to publish our second translation (yay Edward Gauvin for bringing it to us!), a collection by French legend Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud titled A Life on Paper. Yes folks, we are in it for the money: not only a debut short story collection, but a translation.
Money, you say? What’s money got to do with art? Ignoring that question and swiftly going on to: “Money!” says the French government! They popped up with not one but two grants (the Hemingway and the French Voices) making up $6,000 of support for this book. Whoopee—we can pay the translator! Which is good, because Edward’s been hard at work placing stories from the book in Conjunctions, Harvard Review, Joyland, Southern Review, Agni Online, F&SF, Words Without Borders, and more, more, more. If you read this month’s Harper’s . . . no you won’t find a story but you’ll find a teeny ad for the book. Ha!
Ok, so, free books*: post something interesting about you, France, French things (not Freedom Fries, but anything else goes) in the comments and in a week or so we’ll randomly pick five and reward them with an advance review copy which we hope you the happy winner will dive into and enjoy the way we have and maybe even go on TV and rave about it in a bouncing-on-the-couch-aliens-told-me-to-do-it fashion that gets talked about for years after. Ok? Ok!
* US + Canada readers only, sorry—maybe we can get someone in the UK, Australia, Rest of World to pick up the rights.
Now is probably a good time to mention that we have 5 free copies of the snazziest mind-poppingest new anthology of short stories out there, Interfictions 2, to go out to readers in the USA + Canada who will review it on blogs, websites, etc., etc.
Drop us a note in the comments box and we’ll contact you to get your address.
Interfictions 2 comes out tomorrow so preorders are shipping and events are starting to happen: today the IAF are launching their online auction of pieces inspired by the stories in the book—this is just fantastic stuff, check it out.
Later this week there will be more free Super Special Books (!) offered up of so do come back.
LitDrift are giving away a free copy of Ben Rosenbaum’s wide-ranging and excellent story collection The Ant King this week. Drop by and leave a comment for your chance to win. They also, bravely, encourage haiku.
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Paul Ketchum, who gets a free copy of Couch!