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Published July 11, 2010
Days With My Father by Phillip Toledano is a photo essay of Phillip's relationship with his aging father. Full photos and text available online, but also available in paper book format. Absolutely beautiful and worth the time to read/view it all - and share with others.
Published June 22, 2010
McSweeney's is currently running their summer sale this week with mark downs on their entire stock. For even better deals, check out their Garage Sale: "Not long ago, we found a secret storage space of our old books. They were hurt—some bruised, others a little scratched—but then again some were in perfect condition. So, we thought, why not offer these to you, dear customer? Why not let you have a $5 Maps and Legends? Or a $10 Everything That Rises? Hurt books need homes too. And once these slightly damaged books are gone, they are gone forever."
Published June 12, 2010
There's still time to participate in Press 53's Send a Book to a Soldier offer:

"From now until Flag Day, June 14, buy a book at and we will send another book to a soldier in your name at no additional cost to you. Choose from any of our 50-plus titles and we will send a copy of the same book to an active duty soldier in your name. Soldiers will be selected from"
Published June 01, 2010
From now until June 20, Tarpaulin Sky Press is offering backlist titles for $10 - shipping included - when you buy two or more books. Some books include the current Lambda Award Finalist Ana Božičević's Stars of the Night Commute and works by Jenny Boully, Kate Bernheimer, Rebecca Brown, Brian Evenson, Laird Hunt, Bhanu Kapil, Lance Olsen, Mark Cunningham, Danielle Dutton, Noah Eli Gordon & Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Gordon Massman, Joyelle McSweeney, Andrew Zornoza, and more.
Published May 17, 2010
From Publicist Jessi Hector:

Come July 1st, Sacramento, CA independent publisher Flatmancrooked will release We're Getting On, the debut novel from promising young author, James Kaelan. The story follows a group of twenty-somethings who attempt to live completely off the grid, no technology, modern conveniences, etc. The first edition of We're Getting On, which will only be available exclusively through the publisher and on the book tour, includes a cover printed entirely on seed paper, hand pressed by Porridge Papers of Lincoln, NE. When a cover is planted in the ground, it will eventually grow into Spruce trees! The interior of the book is also printed on 100% recycled paper. Believe it or not, this limited edition (1000 total are available) offsets its own carbon footprint 10x over. There will also be a second edition, releasing on the same day, sans seed paper cover, available where all books are sold.

The novel is at the center of what is being dubbed the Zero Emission Book Project. Beginning July 2nd, Kaelen will depart on a 20+ city book tour on bicycle, kicking off in Santa Monica, CA and taking him up the West Coast to beautiful Vancouver, BC. At each reading, the author will be reading excerpts from We're Getting On as well as planting a book cover from a 1st edition copy. In keeping with the sustainable nature of the project, Kaelen will be camping at local farms between each stop. We're also working on securing Kaelan as a guest on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. If everything goes according to plan, Kaelan will then ride from Vancouver to New York City to appear on the show. We're extremely lucky to have Cannondale bicycles and Bellwether apparel on board as our first sponsors of the tour!
Published March 05, 2010
The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest was established in 2005 by Fine Books & Collections magazine to recognize outstanding book collecting efforts by college and university students, the program aims to encourage young collectors to become accomplished bibliophiles.

Each contestant must be the top prize-winner of an officially sanctioned American collegiate book collecting contest. The principal criteria will be the intelligence and originality of the collection and the potential of the entrant to evolve the collection and develop new collections. The contestant’s understanding of the collection’s subject and its bibliography as well as the creativity of approach are the primary criteria.

Entries for the 2010 competition must be submitted by June 4, 2010.
Published February 09, 2010
In February and March of 2010, Litmus Press is celebrating some early titles with an Author Spotlight & Book Sale. Every two weeks they will highlight two authors & offer their books for $10 each or 2 for $18. The first Spotlight (February 1st-15th) is on Keith Waldrop (The House Seen from Nowhere) and Mark Tardi (Euclid Shudders).
Published February 03, 2010
Kamchatka: Wilderness at the Edge: "Astoundingly beautiful book on one of the most special wilderness and cultural areas on the planet – Kamchatka. This peninsula hangs into the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean off the very eastern end of Russia. It is home to the world’s highest diversity of salmon with huge runs up wild rivers; large populations of brown bear; traditional reindeer-herding cultures; Krontosky Nature Reserve and its Valley of Geysers (a World Heritage Area); and much more." Available exclusively from Wild Foundation; proceeds from the book to benefit the foundation.

By Igor Shpilenok and Patricio Robles Gil
Edited by nature writer Laura Williams
Full color, 121 pages, 7.5" square, hard cover, in hard-case gift box.
ISBN 978-1-56373-187-0
Published January 27, 2010
Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment from Dalkey Archive Press of what will become an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. This year's edition is edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur “Genius-Award” winner Aleksandar Hemon. The authors featured include: Ornela Vorpsi, Antonio Fian, Peter Terrin, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Igor Štiks, Georgi Gospodinov, Neven Ušumović, Naja Marie Aidt, Elo Viiding, Juhani Brander, Christine Montalbetti, George Konrád, Steinar Bragi, Julian Gough, Orna Ní Choileáin, Giulio Mozzi (AKA Carlo Dalcielo), Inga Abele, Mathias Ospelt, Giedra Radvilavičiūtė, Goce Smilevski, Stephan Enter, Jon Fosse, Michal Witkowski, Valter Hugo Mãe, Cosmin Manolache, Victor Pelevin, David Albahari, Peter Krištúfek, Andrej Blatnik, Julián Ríos, Josep M. Fonalleras, Peter Stamm, Deborah Levy, Alasdair Gray, and Penny Simpson.
Published January 06, 2010
BOOKISHNESS: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age
Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2009

"We... live at a double moment: the death of the book and the dearth of reading face off against a proliferation of virtual books, the overabundance of writing. At such a time, everything seems up for grabs in ways both threatening and promising; it's either a brave new world or Brave New World that confronts us... Without abandoning our sense of what is lost, we mustn't lose the imagination of what is potentially—and increasingly, actually—to be gained..." — Jonathan Freedman, "Bookishness; A Brief Introduction"

Leah Price, "Reading As If for Life"
Alan Liu, "The End of the End of the Book: Dead Books, Lively Margins, and Social Computing"
Phil Pochoda, "UP 2.0: Some Theses on the Future of Academic Publishing"
Jessica Pressman "The Aesthetic of Bookishness in Twenty-First-Century Literature"
Paul N. Courant, "New Institutions for the Digital Age"
Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, "The Taste of Mice"
Benjamin Busch, "Growth Rings"
David Kirby, "The Traveling Library"
Michael Wood, "Distraction Theory: How to Read While Thinking of Something Else"
Stephen Burt, "Poems about Superheroes"

[Cover image: Ann Arbor's Shaman Drum Bookshop "Going Out of Business Sale" signs.]

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