Next week (+ giveaway)

Fri 9 Dec 2011 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , | 14 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

We have a new episode of Who Is Amazon Trying To Stomp Out of Business/Subsume/Buy Out This Week. Then we will keel over in shock, shock I tells you when we discover that the $34-billion WalMart-wannabe has disclosed its teeth to the public once again. You should see what they’re like behind closed doors. Not pretty. They’ve hired some great people, they’re going to buy some great books for their publishing arm, but, man, those people are, um, not nice.

Besides that, we have a new installment of Julie Day’s excellent Small Beer Podcast. This one features two stories from Three Messages and a Warning as well as actual and real beer from our new fave beer store, TruBeer, in Easthampton.

Want to preview the anthology? You can read two stories here.

We’ll also have office copies of at least one of our January books (yes, they were December, they slipped, darn it!), Ayize Jama-Everett’s The Liminal People. We will have giveaways for that, so be ready to define liminal.

In fact, we’ll send a free galley to the first five commenters (US/Canada only, sorry) on this post who post comments either on people or liminality(!).

Remember the holiday shipping deadlines—and how they don’t apply to our ebooks!

And: we will be posting some new books. Preorders welcome! We love preorders! We send them out asap so that you get the book long before it reaches the distribution system. Go, baby, go.

What else? Next week we will be trying to finish up a lot of work before 2011 goes quietly into the night. You never know, might get it done!


14 Responses to “Next week (+ giveaway)”

  1. Sam M-B on December 9th, 2011 3:55 pm

    We live our lives immersed in liminality, feeling like we’re constantly at the threshhold of the future: but is it the dawn of a techno-humanistic age of post-scarcity, or the beginning of a long slow post-oil collapse?

    (Would love a galley of The Liminal People.)

  2. Gavin on December 9th, 2011 4:08 pm

    You win!

  3. Sam M-B on December 9th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Whew. Now it’s safe to spread the word about the contest…

  4. Erin Hartshorn on December 9th, 2011 4:33 pm

    Violets are a liminal aroma, evanescent, here one moment, gone the next, leaving one uncertain whether one actually caught the delicate fragrance. Was it in fact there, or merely a memory of having smelled it before?

  5. Erin Hoffman on December 9th, 2011 4:44 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to The Liminal People in the hope that it connects with a liminal racial experience, even (maybe especially?) if not in a literal sense. Liminality in terms of not belonging wholly to one human tribe (I’m half Asian and half Caucasian, and split between cultures in both of those halves too) has been a defining part of my life. Glad it’s coming out soon! Hi Gavin and all. 🙂

  6. Gavin on December 9th, 2011 9:45 pm

    Winner! (It’s a fact!)

  7. Gavin on December 9th, 2011 9:45 pm

    Winner! Literally!

  8. Heather Murphy on December 10th, 2011 6:05 am

    I had to look up ‘liminal.’ Apparently, it’s the state of being on the threshold between two existential planes. I can relate to that, because I’ve recently acquired a girlfriend, after several decades of thinking of myself as a contentedly solitary person who lives alone in my library, and am now becoming one of a pair of people… happily, still cozily tucked into the library. Wish me luck in successfully making the transition.

  9. Dan Campbell on December 10th, 2011 11:02 am

    My favorite liminal quote is one from Robert Graves, during an interview in which he talks about his experience of the Great War:

    “… The funny thing was you went home on leave for six weeks, or six days, but the idea of being and staying at home was awful because you were with people who didn’t understand what this was all about.
    SMITH: Didn’t you want to tell them?
    GRAVES: You couldn’t: you can’t communicate noise. Noise never stopped for one moment – ever.”

    Liminality means being always on the border between isolation and belonging, unable to speak of what one has seen, unable to articulate what one has known–except to those who have lived through the same.

  10. Gavin on December 10th, 2011 2:16 pm

    Another winner! Also: good liminal and nonliminal luck!

  11. Gavin on December 10th, 2011 2:17 pm

    Great quote, thank you. And we have 5 winners!

  12. Sam M-B on December 10th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Dan, if we keep this up we will have a local book discussion group for this one.

  13. Edward Gauvin on December 14th, 2011 11:32 am
  14. Gavin on December 14th, 2011 10:17 pm

    It probably should but it’s such a lazy piece of writing, such the obvious Slate-linkbait that it doesn’t. If he had spent more than 5 minutes writing it, maybe. What a waste of a once interesting writer.

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