Consortium Launches Bookslinger!
As the home of a wonderful, award-winning roster of independent publishers, we’d like
to help readers discover our curated collection of top-notch literature from emerging and
often underappreciated literary voices. Our indie publishers strive to provide an option to
mainstream books in much the same way indie filmmakers and record labels provide
alternatives through their companies; the rationale for the app is that the same people who
enjoy independent films and music are likely to be drawn to quality indie books — if they
have an easy place to find them! Short stories are a great introduction to a new writer and
ultimately Consortium hopes to cultivate more fans of independent press books.
Launching today on the App Store with five preloaded stories, including one from Holly
Black and one from Ry Cooder, Bookslinger will make a new story available each week
to readers, helping them to discover the best new voices in contemporary short fiction.
Users can browse by interest category, title, or author, and share what they’re reading
with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. Currently available for iPhone, iPad, and
iPod Touch, we plan to make Bookslinger available to Android devices later this year.
About this week’s books featured in Bookslinger:
Poison Eaters (Small Beer Press): In her debut collection, New
York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of
Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on
a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch
and another who challenges the devil to a competitive eating match.
Some of these stories have been published in
anthologies such as 21 Proms, The Faery Reel,
and The Restless Dead, and have been reprinted
in many “Best of ” anthologies.
Cradle Book (BOA Editions): Timeless yet timely and hopeful with
a dark underbelly, these fables revive a tradition running from Aesop
to W.S. Merwin. With a poet’s mastery, Craig Morgan Teicher
creates strange worlds populated by animals fated for disaster and
the people who interact with them, or simply act like them, including
a very sad boy who wishes he had been raised by wolves. There are
also a handful of badly behaving gods, a talking tree, and a shapeshifting
Los Angeles Stories (City Lights Publishers): Los Angeles
Stories is a collection of loosely linked, noir-ish tales that evoke
a bygone era in one of America’s most iconic cities. In post-
World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and
fortunes were being made, a do-it-yourself culture of cool cats,
outsiders, and oddballs populated the old downtown
neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine. Ordinary
working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters, and
all sorts of women at foggy end-of-the-line outposts in Venice
Beach and Santa Monica. Rich with the essence and character of
the times, suffused with the patois of the city’s underclass, these
are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, “a sunny
place for shady people,” and the strange things that happen to them. Musicians, gun shop
owners, streetwalkers, tailors, door-to-door salesmen, drifters, housewives, dentists,
pornographers, new arrivals, and hard-bitten denizens all intersect in cleverly plotted
stories that center around some kind of shadowy activity. This quirky love letter to a lost
way of life will appeal to fans of hard-boiled fiction and anyone interested in the city
This Is Not Your City (Sarabande Books): Eleven women confront
dramas both everyday and outlandish in Caitlin Horrocks’ This Is Not
Your City. In stories as darkly comic as they are unflinching, people
isolated by geography, emotion, or circumstance cut imperfect paths to
peace—they have no other choice. A Russian mail-order bride in
Finland is rendered silent by her dislocation and loss of language, the
mother of a severely disabled boy writes him postcards he’ll never read
on a cruise ship held hostage by pirates, and an Iowa actuary wanders
among the reincarnations of those she’s known in her 127 lives.
Horrocks’ women find no simple escapes, and their acts of faith and acts
of imagination in making do are as shrewd as they are surprising.
Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books): The debut short story
collection from the editor of the Mid-American Review. Michael
Czyzniejewski’s writing is both poignant and playful. The collection
includes flash and longer fiction and is the antithesis of those
collections complained about for having every story too similar to