Thursday, December 6, 2012
For some time I have wanted to bring back into print several of my earlier titles. Two of them were published by houses that went bankrupt, something that happens all too often in Canadian publishing. Others have simply gone out of print. A couple of publishers wanted to pick them up but other pressing financial crises swept those plans away. And so after much hemming and hawing I have finally taken the plunge. My own publishing operation, Big Wheel, has just released three ebooks--two novels and a book of stories that have been among my best reviewed titles. And the good thing is that I am able to offer them for a mere $4.99 each, half or a third of what they would usually cost. The books are available on all readers so if you're looking for a good book (can I say that about my own work?) at a good price, fire up your Kindles, your Kobos, your Nooks, your ipads, and your laptaps
The end of the year brings out the need for list-making. And this year a couple of books have made it onto year end lists. The new picture book, "Mr. Zinger's Hat," appears on the Toronto Public Library First and Best List, an annual short-list of books recommended for parents to read to their kids. Thank you, TPL. And the short-story collection "My Life Among the Apes" can be found on Open Book Toronto's Holiday Reading Guide 2012. It certainly is nice to be noticed by your own city.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
I keep meaning to write about my experience over the years as a (very) small press publisher, but that longer piece will have to wait. For now, let me invite you to the launch of Sandra Alland's "Naturally Speaking." The publisher is Espresso Books, the chapbook imprint of paperplates books. The editor for this one has been Rebecca Comay; Bernard Kelly did the design; and I am handbinding the 150 copies in paper wrappers. (Together, we three are the three-headed beast that makes up Espresso.)