The Committee Picks . . . The Chemical Wedding

Tue 20 Jun 2017 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

New England Book Show 2I never got round to posting some lovely news about one of our books last month but today in among all the copyright registrations, LCRW submissions, and the ubiquitous printer bills, there was a certificate from the Bookbuilders of Boston for The Chemical Wedding which was a Committee Pick for the 60th Annual New England Book Show.

Back on May 9th, I went with The Chemical Wedding illustrator Theo Fadel and her partner to Symphony Hall in Boston for the award show. It was great fun seeing all the winners and we had that lovely extra frisson of enjoyment since our book was one of them. The food was tasty, the chat was good, and the show catalog (the blue hardcover with New England in silver in the photo below) is a thing of beauty, which is still out on the table at home because at the moment it is too pretty to put away.

I haven’t entered books for the awards before because while I think we make beautiful books, so do Candlewick and Beacon and David R. Godine and so on and on but The Chemical Wedding was such an unusual book I hoped it might catch the jury’s attention. Yay for trying! And when you read the committee citation the award is obviously for designer Jacob McMurray and illustrator Theo Fadel, to whom I am still very grateful that we actually pulled this book off.

And now I will go find a place on the wall to hang our certificate — which I had fun photographing on top of an unbound copy of the book. New England Book Show 3

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Kickstarter + 1 Year

Tue 9 May 2017 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

I came in from taking my kid to school and remembered that about this time last year I was immersed in the Kickstarter for hardcover editions of John Crowley’s new edition of The Chemical Wedding, illustrated by Theo Fadel and designed by Jacob McMurray. When I looked it up, I was a little amazed to find it was a year ago today. Coincidence? Those don’t exist, right? The Kickstarter was a lot of fun. Not that I’ve been too tempted to do it again — shh! Who said LCRW Kickstarter? Not me!

I see that on the morning after the first day I was baking muffins. Coincidentally — if you believe in coincidences — I made banana chocolate chip muffins again on Sunday. But this year they had almonds and rhubarb in them instead of walnuts. Reviews were mostly strong but maybe they should have stayed in for another two minutes or so. Such is the way of baking on the fly. I would be out in the first round of the GBBO with nary a sad look from Mary Berry.

As everyone promised, running a Kickstarter was a wild ride. There’s no way we’d have had a chance to make such beautiful editions without it, though. 1,310 people backed the book and there are only a dozen or so who have yet to receive their books/rewards — mostly we still need addresses but there are a few special things that will be delivered later.

Would it be wrong to give a nod of thanks to the Secret List of Secret Backers of Secret Books of the Masters of the Universe? Of course it’s not wrong, thank you! How many people on that list are members of secret societies? Who knows!

The print run was quite close to the bone although there are some of the signed, numbered edition left which at some point I should do something about.

I will have another tiny fun piece of news about this book tomorrow. Until then!

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From far away

Mon 24 Aug 2015 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Read a book. Let it go. Feel better? Dead? Not sure? Me neither.

Meanwhile:

Read the first chapter of Solitaire on the Seattle Review of Books, a consistently readable new endeavor from Paul Constant and Martin McClellan.

Paul Di Fillippo read Delia Sherman’s Young Woman in a Garden and in this month’s Asimov’s points out a serious flaw: “The only flaw in this collection is that there are not more stories on the table of contents. You need this in your library.”

Theo Fadel, who illustrated our forthcoming edition of John Crowley’s The Chemical Wedding is updating her website. Just wait until you read her new bio.

Translator Sue Burke writing at Asymptote on translating Angélica Gorodischer’s favorite novel Prodigies: Different Beauty, Equal Beauty.

Check out this video and article by Laura Newberry as Susan Stinson gives her Bridge Street Cemetery tour and they talk about the new cemetery preservation efforts.

Humanity’s a frog being slowly boiled in a saucepan” says Deborah Walker in the latest in Michael J. DeLuca’s series of contributor interviews for LCRW 33.

Previously:

M.E. Garber (“‘Doomed’ is such a bleak term. Are we ‘doomed’ if we have to live differently than we have in the past? If we have to adapt to radically changing situations? If many of us on the planet die, while others struggle onwards? I think not, and yet others would argue yes. Then again, as I said earlier, I’m a bit of a closet optimist.”)

Nicole Kimberling: “I forgave the trees for their indiscriminate air-based sperm-cell distribution. After all, they can’t help it.”

Giselle Leeb: “I worked in the Karoo, a semi-desert, counting plants for a botany lecturer during three of my summer holidays, and that’s when I discovered a conscious love of the earth.”

 



John Crowley, The Chemical Wedding

Fri 1 Nov 2013 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 19 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

We are very happy to note that work continues apace on John Crowley’s The Chemical Weddinga book that in his introduction John calls “the first science fiction novel.” His aim in producing this new version, he says, “was simply to make this, one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature, accessible to readers in the context of no context.”

In January of this year John introduced us to the weird and fascinating woodcuts and prints of Theo Fadel and since then Theo has completed most of the illustrations (one for each day that passes) for the book.

We expect to publish The Chemical Wedding in 2016 (making it an 400th Anniversary Edition) in a number of states: 1) a slipcased signed, limited edition accompanied by a unique woodcut, and 2) a trade cloth edition. Depending on interest, we may produce a signed, lettered state with a portfolio of sketches and prints from the artist.

We will start taking preorders once we have the whole book in hand.

In the meantime, here is the full title page:

THE CHEMICAL WEDDING by CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ
A Romance in Eight Days
By
Johann Valentin Andreae

In a new version
by
John Crowley

Illustrated by

Theo Fadel

May 2016: Kickstarter exclusive editions (lettered, numbered, and hardcover) and trade paperback edition and ebook editions announced. The Kickstarter will go live in late April and will be announced here. Edition pricing will be available then.

Update: pricing added.

4/22/16 update: The Kickstarter is expected to launch in the first week of May. We will send an email to all commenters on this page as soon as it launches.

6/3/16 update: Kickstarter funded!

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