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14 May 2010

Re: Pretty Much Everything

Readers, writers, friends,

Hola, amigos! In addition to saying thank you for hanging with us last month at AWP, we have a few new goodies to tell you about: 1) new titles; 2) forthcoming titles; 3) a ridiculously huge sale (up to $9 cheaper than Amazon) on every one of our backlist paperbacks; and 4) an update on submissions to Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal, as well as a reminder as to where to follow TSky news/blogs, etc.

First, we have not one but four new titles available:

Traci O Connor's Recipes for Endangered Species, a collection of short fictions (along with photos and cocktail recipes) that are populated by infanticidal mothers and sentient amputated limbs, but that manage also to be "tender, aching love stories" (Publishers Weekly);

Joanna Ruocco's Man's Companions, short fictions with a "playful, experimental appeal" (Publishers Weekly), combining "the obsessive music of Lydia Davis and the stripped precision of Muriel Spark" (Brian Evenson)--ultrasmart and rather hilarious meditations on everything from the best iconic buildings from which to hurl oneself, to the myriad penises wandering the isles of a minimart;

Kim Gek Lin Short's The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits, a "catacomb valentine" (Selah Saterstrom), a surreal and darkly gorgeous necromance--a "twisted" (Joyelle McSweeney) "perverse fairy-tale" (Bhanu Kapil) in the form of a prose-poem-novella that combines "the exactitude of obsessive compulsion" with " the imagery and dimness of an opiate trip sponsored by Lewis Caroll" (New Pages), and that is quite literally crawling with bugs, thanks to artist Daniel Rhodes;

and Shelly Taylor's Black-Eyed Heifer, a "a mighty anthem to down home local culture" (Brenda Iijima) and a "radically innovative use of language" (Jim Harrison), an avant-Southern hybrid hailing from syntactic hinterlands where the farm meets the backlot of the Piggly Wiggly.

All of these titles are available via Amazon and other major booksellers, but you'll save a bundle (shipping is always included) by ordering directly from TSky Press.

Thanks to our chapbook and full-length manuscript reading periods, 2010 and 2011 will see the publication of books and chapbooks by Lara Glenum, Johannes Göransson, Sarah Goldstein, and James Haug. (We are still hoping to add another full-length title as well, as we have a couple dozen manuscripts which we can neither publish nor bring ourselves to relinquish just yet.) Emily Toder's chapbook is still scheduled for 2010, and 2011 will also see the publication of our second book from Jenny Boully, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them.

And, now, the part you've all been waiting for, the Almost-Summer Sale: buy any two or more of our 2006-2009 titles for only $10 each--which includes shipping. Yes, you read that correctly. These books, with shipping, cost $16-$19 at Amazon. Choose from any of our backlist titles, from 2010 Lambda Award Finalist Ana Božičević's Stars of the Night Commute, to the book that started it all, Jenny Boully's one love affair. Choose from SPD Bestsellers, Publishers Weekly and Time Out New York faves--books recommended by the likes of Kate Bernheimer, Rebecca Brown, Laird Hunt, Eileen Myles, and Lance Olsen--books by Mark Cunningham, Danielle Dutton, Noah Eli Gordon & Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Gordon Massman, Joyelle McSweeney, and Andrew Zornoza. This sale will last through June 20 and then be heard no more (or, at least, not while we're away for the summer :)

And last but not least, we'd like to say thank you for your February submissions to Tarpaulin Sky. Wow! We reduced our reading period to one month only, just to cut down on numbers, and we still received 2,481 submissions! It's going to take our editors a little while to make their way through all of these, but rest assured, they're on the case.

As always, you can keep on top of TSky Press's doings via the TSky News & Notes blog and the TSky Events blog, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

Alrighty, then. That's it! Here's wishing you a happy almost-summer.


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