Letters (and books) of Note

Crowdfunding for authors: An awesome new website I found through Letters of Note (who are going to be releasing a book, yippee!), Unbound provides a platform for writers to crowdfund their books with great tools and incentives for all. I funded a book called Unbelievable, and you can too by clicking here. Or help fund the Letters of Note project here.

You can also pre-order former Monty Python Terry Jones’ new book, Evil Machines, with this link. Cool, right? The only downside is the prices in pounds sterling. Maybe they’ll make an American site for us Yanks, someday, pretty please?

Oh, and did I mention Letters of Note is putting together a book? SO EXCITED. (Sorry, Naomi. But you didn’t say anything about being excited for other people in your newsletter.) They’ve also recently posted a great letter from Charles Bukowski on censorship that you should definitely read, if you haven’t already.

Speaking of books…

Here’s what’s currently on my bookshelf. Yes, the old-fashioned wooden one, as these titles appear in actual paper form and not Kindle e-ink:

  • Annoyingly, this title is not yet available in the U.S., but maybe you can convince a Canadian bookseller to mail you a copy? Allow me to recommend co-opbookstore.ca!

    Giller Prize-nominated Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner, which I feel should win based purely on its title, but which I also feel extremely nervous about reading in public (the winner will be announced November 8, so stay glued to your Internet connection ’til then, or read through the shortlist, why don’tcha?);

  • The October bundle from my peeps at the National Amateur Press Association, featuring (among other things) a collection of poetry by Deborah J. Zeigler entitled Starting Over, the latest installment of Mambrino’s Golden Helmet by Harold W. Cheney Jr., and some astute observations about what would happen to Noah and his Ark in the modern world from impressions by hal by Harold L. Shive — check the group’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for more updates later this week;
  • The Dewey Decimal System by Shudder To Think guitarist Nathan Larson, which I grabbed (most appropriately) at the library, and which is apparently the first book in a new series from Akashic Books (publishers of the infamous Go the Fuck to Sleep)

E-books that don’t suck

In e-books of note this week, I must admit most of my time has been taken up with reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion, as research for a project I’m working on. It’s free, so it’s got that going for it, but for those who aren’t really into Ms. Austen’s genteel style, why not try:

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker – also free, also a classic, and guaranteed to put you in a Halloween mood
  • The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll (whom you may remember as the author of Alice in Wonderland), which inspired the most overused word in the blogosphere, “snarky”
  • Sharing by Miracle Jones, available for free at Smashwords and highly recommended by multiple reviewers (some of whom even noted their own skepticism about all the 5-star reviews, who read the book, and who subsequently posted their own 5-star reviews)

So, Loyal Reader, what have you been reading lately?

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