"The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting."--Henry James _____________________________________________________ Contents: 1/Novels. 2/Short Stories. 3/Brief Books. _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________
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_____________________________________________________________ 1/≈Novels≈ _______________________________________________________ THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARIA CALLAS: A NOVEL, by Alma H. Bond. A fictionalized account of the tempestuous, passionate, creative and, at times, erratic life of opera's beloved diva as told through the perspective of her fictional psychoanalyst. "Weds fact and fiction into an extraordinary portrait."--Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano. "An admirable job of balancing fact and conjecture."--DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 224 pages. Trade soft: $17.95. ISBN: 0-913559-48-2. Trade cloth: $27.95. ISBN: 0-913559-49-0.
THE DERELICT GENIUS OF MARTIN M, by Frank Fagan. An unclassifiable work of fiction that is closest to being a short novel. An intensely poetic tragi-comic tale about "a life inextricable from a body of ideas . . . a metaphor brilliantly expressing the inexpressible..."-- Burt Cole, author of Olympia. Cover wood engraving by Joanna Schultz. 88 pages. Letterpress soft: $16. ISBN: 0-913559-50-4.
EL DORADO: LAMENT FOR THE GOLD DOUBLE EAGLE, by William Oppenheimer. A quietly engaging novel which combines the suspense of a mystery with the magic of coin collecting as a binding force in a family's history. "Individual destinies are thrown into sharp and enlightening perspective..."--NORTHERN CENTINEL. 152 pages. Letterpress soft: $14. ISBN: 0-913559-24-5. Letterpress hardcover: $23. ISBN: 0-913559-25-3.
KILIMANJARO BURNING, by John B. Robinson.A fast-paced novel (by the author of The Sapphire Sea) which pursues the adventures of an expatriate American trying to con his way through politically explosive Tanzania, with a conclusion you won't soon forget. "Well-crafted story redolent with the sights, sounds and smells of back-alley Africa...cannot fail to engage you even as it unsettles you..." --SMALL PRESS REVIEW. 132 pages. Hardcover letterpress edition: $25. ISBN: 0-913559-38-5.
A PUNK IN GALLOWS AMERICA, by P.W. Fox. A loss of connection and a questioning of common values mark the offbeat odyssey of Eddie Ways through the dark alleys and joints of Chicago's infamous Uptown section. Cover is a collage of this district from photos taken by the author. Selected as one of its "Best Books" of the year by SMALL PRESS REVIEW. 232 pages. Trade softcover: $24. ISBN: 0-913559-68-7.
ROSAMUNDO, by Barbara de la Cuesta. Above, the shuttle Columbia orbits on April 12, 1981. Below, in Waltham, Massachusetts, Priscilla, a housing project resident, rides her bike at dawn to her job as a home health aide. Thus begins a day in the streets, daycenters, church basements of Waltham, city of immigrants, harmless madmen released from the Metropolitan State Hospital, and patrician descendents of the industrial revolution. Sleepless residents and a bicycle accident carry readers through the night until the dawn finds Priscilla in an exalted state. Published by Carpenter Gothic, Box 714, Island Heights, NJ 08732. ISBN: 09668739-1-2. 116 pages. $10.
WHITE BUFFALO, by Peter Skinner. A stunning first novel by an accomplished painter, sculptor, and actor, this is the tale of three mythic figures who embark on a pilgrimage on behalf of human justice across the brooding terrain of Eastern Washington state. "Beautifully written, its themes resonate, its love story is persuasive, and its climax has genuine power..."--Richard Marek, former Pres./Publisher of EP Dutton. 112 pages. Trade soft: $13.95. ISBN: 0-913559-71-7. Trade cloth: $23.95. ISBN: 0-913559-72-5.
______________________________________________________________ 2/≈Short Stories≈ ______________________________________________________________ COOPERSTOWN CHRONICLES: LOVE & OTHER CAMP GAMES, by Peter Rutkoff. Insightfully and delightfully told coming-of-age tales at a summer camp on Lake Otsego, near Cooperstown, New York. "This book examines, among other things, how children deal with loss and how they use activities like blowing the bugle or playing softball help them make sense of the world..."--KAATSKILL LIFE. 144 pages. Hand-colored wood engravings by Frank C. Eckmair. Letterpress softcover edition: $23.50. ISBN: 0-913559-69-5.
SELLING AMERICA, by Tom Tolnay, published by Silk Label Books. Through light drama and dark humor, and employing a spectrum of sales personalities and products in realistic as well as fantastic situations, these 18 short stories explore how our personal, family, and social lives can be distorted by the 24/7 onslaught of sales pitches targeting us at shopping malls, on the internet, over tv and radio, telephone, in newspapers and magazines, on our highways, at our doorsteps, even in our dreams. "Highly recommended..."--MIDWEST REVIEW OF BOOKS. "Some of these stories are masterpieces of the story-teller's art..."--David Castleman, THE NEW FORMALIST. Cover wood engraving by Gregory Lago. 250 pages. Trade paperback: $12.99. ISBN: 1-928767-38-9.
A THING AMONG THINGS, AN EVENT AMONG EVENTS, by Carolyn Bennett. Ten short stories fraught with intelligence, insight and an intense commitment to understanding one's place in the world, casting a silvery light into the hiding places of the secret self. "Writing is rich, often beautifully articulated; many of the stories linger . . . as icons of our collective nightmares..."--HUDSON VALLEY LITERARY SUPPLEMENT. Artwork by Teresa Ratel. 116 pages. Letterpress soft: $12. ISBN: 0-913559-23-7. __________________________________________________________
FOUR SAD TALES consists of four individual, hand-made, signed and numbered palm-sized books of 16 to 32 pages each, and each consisting of a single short-short story by a different writer. Each brief book is printed letterpress from a classic metal typeface and is bound by hand in various quality materials:
LESLIE IN CALIFORNIA, by Andre Dubus. Wages of violence in marriage. Limited to 300 copies, of which less than 100 copies remain: $17.
FINAL GRACE, by Roger Armbrust. How the last people on earth face their fate. 250 limited edition copies, of which less than 100 remain: $8.00
HAPPILY EVER AFTER, by Tom Tolnay. The ironies of aging. Limited edition signed by author and artist Alfred P. Ingegno, Jr: $9.00.
WINDOW, by William Oppenheimer. The poignant indelibility of lost love. Limited to 250 copies. Less than 150 remain: $8.00.
All four of the "Four Sad Tales" series may be purchased for $36., a savings of $6.00. Please add $6.50 to pack and ship a full set of "Four Sad Tales."
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