Here it is! Find out where it all started for Pagan Kennedy… Zine: How I Spent Six Years of My Life in the Underground and Finally… Found Myself… I Think is a book compiling all 8 issues of the zine Pagan’s Head. The book presents each complete zine in its original format, with new essays by Kennedy introducing each issue. This is a do-not-miss glimpse into the culture of the 90s, and the development of the “Queen of the Zines” and current New York Times Magazine columnist Pagan Kennedy. Order now from Amazon, your local bookstore, or directly via SFWP.
“Lyrical, luminous, and pitch-perfect” (Historical Novels Review). When Anna Kramer, a Los Alamos piano teacher, inherits the journals and scores of composer Hana Weissova, she is mystified by this bequest from a woman she does not know. Hana’s music, however, soon begins to uncover forgotten emotions, while her journals, which begin in 1945 after she is released from a concentration camp, slowly reveal decades-old secrets that Anna and her family have kept buried. Order now from Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold! Find more details at the author’s webpage.
Take a journey with a remarkable set of 14 short stories from Simon Fruelund — one of Denmark’s premiere literary authors. Booklist says of this release: “Fruelund’s prose is muscular, descriptive, and often lyrical. His characters are varied, as are their situations and the places they inhabit. These settings give a strong sense of locale but not necessarily of culture or country. What amazes about these narratives is how much emotion and information the author can condense into so few words.” Find out more at Simon’s page and order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
The very best short stories and novellas from National Public Radio’s Alan Cheuse are brought together in a quintessential collection, An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring & Other Stories. The title story—a flash fiction piece that acts as both prologue and an intriguing look at a writer’s inspiration—takes us through a child’s eyes into a fantastic land, one that informs, shapes, and travels along with the other stories in this stunning collection. These stories deal with life, death, love, family, work, and a deep exploration of the soul. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
Called “a work of exquisite beauty” by Jayne Anne Phillips, By Way of Water is a unique look at a Jehovah’s Witness family in northern California, struggling with poverty at the end of the 1970s logging boom. Charlotte Gullick has been hailed as the next Steinbeck by critics. Find out more at Charlotte’s webpage and order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
Part of SFWP’s ongoing efforts to bring Pagan Kennedy’s works back into print, this biography on William Sheppard — an African American in the 19th century who defied segregation and became an explorer — is a rarely told tale of a remarkable American hero. Find out more at our Pagan Kennedy Project page and order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
From NPR’s Alan Cheuse — Paradise, or, Eat Your Face is the latest in our ongoing work to collect Alan’s short stories. Here, Alan’s love for travel comes to light. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
“I am the man who surrendered with one boot gone on St. Valentine’s Day, the year of our lord nineteen hundred and thirteen, with the smell of salt and woodsmoke and gunpowder in the air.”
The 25th Anniversary edition of Richard Currey’s O. Henry and Pushcart-winning short story collection is now available. Order now from Amazon, direct from our distributor, or directly from SFWP.
From Canadian sensation Ray Robertson comes Moody Food. A rock and roll tour of the ages – a classic journey through the music, the mystery, and the love that flowered out of the 60s. Based on the life of legendary singer-songwriter Gram Parsons. Ordering options at Rayrobertson.com.
Our first collection of short stories — two novellas — from Alan Cheuse was The Fires. SFWP supports the short form, and who better to represent that artform than famed literary critic and author, Alan Cheuse — the “voice of books” on National Public Radio.
The Fires is designed to be a fast read – perfect for on-the-go commuters, short flights, and anyone looking for a quick escape into the rich prose of a truly gifted artist. Ordering options at Alancheuse.com.
Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex
For creative nonfiction lovers, Pagan Kennedy’s The Dangerous Joy of Dr. Sex and Other True Stories should not be missed!
Dangerous Joy is a unique and compelling collection of Pagan’s award-winning essays, profiling American visionaries, scientists, and entrepreneurs. In the title piece, Alex Comfort, author of The Joy of Sex, reinvents himself as a sex guru in California and hatches a plan to destroy monogamy forever. In the stories that follow, a retired chemist finds a way to turn a wasteland into paradise, an aspiring tyrant tries to become the emperor of America, and an artist rigs himself up to a “brain machine” made from parts he bought at Radio Shack. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
Fatal Light, by Richard Currey, was our most difficult task. Originally published in 1988, and out of print after 1997, we approached Currey in 1999 to try and secure the rights. For a decade, we worked against all the odds to release the definitive version. And, like Currey’s magnificent Crossing Over, which has been in print without interruption since 1976, we’re going to make sure that Fatal Light is here to stay.
Fatal Light is a devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutality, and mindlessness, this extraordinary novel is written in beautifully cadenced prose. A combat medic in Vietnam faces the chaos of war, set against the tranquil scenes of family life back home in small-town America. This young man’s rite of passage is traced through jungle combat to malaria-induced fever visions to the purgatory of life in military-occupied Saigon. After returning home from war to stay with his grandfather, he confronts his own shattered personal history and the mysterious human capacity for renewal.
More details, including the acclaimed study guide authored by The George School, can be found at Richardcurrey.com
From our Imprint, Alan Squire Publishing
Bermuda Shorts by James J. Patterson: Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies — a philosopher who thinks best over a glass of fine wine; an ex-Catholic still haunted by the image of the Crucifixion; an irreverent political satirist whose patriotism flies the flag of another iconoclast, Thomas Paine. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
That Paris Year
Joanna Biggar takes us across the Atlantic in That Paris Year: Five smart, adventurous young women arrive on the banks of the Seine in 1962 for their junior year abroad. What they get is an education of a different sort. As they move from the grueling demands of the Sorbonne by day to late nights of discovery in smoky cafes, the young Americans discover a mythical country shaped not only by the upheavals of history, but by the great French writers of the 20th Century, a place where seduction is intellectual as well as sexual. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
A Secret Woman
From celebrated poet Rose Solari comes a prose fiction debut — A Secret Woman: Louise Terry is the quintessential, modern American woman; a successful and independent artist, sexually liberated and head strong, she’s determined to carve out a life for herself where her painting comes first and where she can avoid messy romantic entanglements. But when her estranged mother, Margaret, dies, leaving a box of documents, photos, and journals, Louise discovers in its contents a new and very different woman from the one who raised her… Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
From British author Mark Pritchard comes Billy Christmas: When Billy’s father mysteriously disappears and his mother responds by becoming more and more reclusive, Billy maintains hope that his father’s absence is not by choice—despite the rumors and taunts of his classmates who believe otherwise. Twelve days before Christmas, Billy acquires a magical tree with a dozen ornaments, each of which holds a clue to finding his father. A beautifully woven narrative with rich, compelling characters, this novel is sure to strike a chord with any fan of fantasy literature. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
To his fellow crewmembers on rig number 34 of the Bomac Drilling Company, 27-year-old newcomer Zachary Harper is a mystery. To Marty, the derrick hand, he’s a welcome working body. To Freddy, the chainhand, he’s just another newcomer like himself trying to break out in the oil patch. To Jesse Lancaster, the driller, he’s a “worm”—a risk, taken out of necessity, who just might make it as a roughneck. We join Zachary Harper the day after he has left the East Coast, for reasons yet unknown, and the day before he discovers the stark reality that a clean slate is just that—a cold, empty space where the self struggles with the soul. A tale of trial, risk, sacrifice, and self-discovery, Roughnecks takes its place in the tradition of American literary quest fiction. Is Zachary Harper an Ishmael or a Sal Paradise? A Jay Gatsby or a Huck Finn? Whoever he might be, he seeks self-knowledge, awareness, and authenticity. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
A shimmering girl who disappears in daylight. A boy who goes to war and comes back forever broken. New landscapes in which old ghosts appear, telling their bits of stories. Lovers and losses, visions and dreams—such are the people, places, and images who fill Rose Solari’s third collection of poetry, The Last Girl. Moving beyond the often-narrative constructions of her previous collection, the poems in this collection tell their truths slant-wise, in spiky, inventive lines that sing their way under the reader’s skin. Solari’s whole-hearted lyricism of her elegiac moments, linguistic inventiveness, and range of tones sweep the reader from dark to light, from pain to joy, from unbearable loss to giddy delight. The poems in this collection represent a writer working at the peak of her powers, possessed of technical mastery, fierce perception, and a tender but unsentimental heart. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
The Richard Peabody Reader
The Richard Peabody Reader is a wide-ranging selection of this great writer’s poetry and prose, filling an important gap in the literary world. As a publisher, Peabody’s steadfast dedication to that which is new, challenging, innovative and dynamic has won him a wide reputation among writers whose work he has championed. This volume demonstrates those same values, embodied in nearly four decades of fiercely smart, sophisticated, and often very funny writing. From his first collection of poems, I’m in Love With the Morton Salt Girl, to his most recent collection of short stories, Blue Suburban Skies, Peabody has established and developed a thoroughly unique voice, both warm and piercing, to deliver content that ranges from the hilarious, as in the short story “Flea Wars,” to the bittersweet, as in the poem “The Other Man is Always French,” to the elegiac, as in the poem in “Civil War Pieta,” to the absurd, as in the rollicking farce of the short story, “Bad Day at Ikea.” Now accepting preorders! Reserve your copy today via SFWP!
This new edition of the first full-length collection of poems by award-winning writer Rose Solari provides an important window into the origins and early influences of this now-established poet and novelist. Though most of these poems are set in Washington, DC, and its less affluent suburbs, their lyrical, often elegiac depictions of family and neighborhood life, first love and first losses, will be sure to touch anyone who, like Solari, grew up in a place “more interesting than safe.” In selecting Difficult Weather for the Columbia Book Award, Carolyn Forché, now Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry, said of Solari, “Her language is by turns raw and luminous, her perceptions uncommonly acute, and her vision at once incisive and compassionate.” Michael Collier, Director of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Center, wrote that she is “a poet of passion and precision… Difficult Weather will delight and surprise us all.” This edition features a new introduction by poet and translator Katherine E. Young, who places Solari’s early work in a national context, and traces some of the poet’s most powerful influences, such as the work of Anne Sexton. Order via Amazon, Indiebound, our distributor, directly via SFWP, or wherever books are sold!
The Poor Children
April L. Ford’s stunning collection of short stories, The Poor Children, deftly examines the dark underbelly of the human condition through the rough, troubled lives of a group of orphans. Especially for readers who appreciate literary fiction that pushes beyond the norms of daily life into the darker, sometimes morally lawless worlds of characters, ranging from the eccentric to the perverse. Release date: April, 2015.
“The stories in Stephen G. Eoannou’s collection are, as the title suggests, very much like muscle cars — lean, powerful, fast, and gorgeous. Eoannou evokes, in seventeen richly textured and often hilarious visions of Buffalo, NY life, what it means to be male — son, brother, father, spouse, lover, half-baked friend, sports fanatic, neighbor — in the 21st century. These stories will transport you. Enjoy the ride.” (K.L. Cook, author of Love Songs for the Quarantined and Last Call) Release date: April 2015
“Allen Gee’s collection of essays presents a part of American culture that most readers are not familiar with…once hooked, I could not escape Gee’s engaging narrative voice.” (Lee Gutkind, editor of Creative Nonfiction). Release date: May 2015.
Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass
Dr. Annita Sawyer’s memoir Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of Sawyer’s battle with mental illness from an early age, and her triumph in overcoming it. It does for psychotherapy what Kay Jamison did for pharmacology and goes far beyond “I Never Promised you a Rose Garden.” Lee Gutkind says of the memoir that “readers will be riveted from beginning to end.” Release date: June 2015.
Ordination – Book One of the Paladin Trilogy
SFWP ventures into the realm of high fantasy in the first book of the Paladin Trilogy, Dan Ford’s spectacular adventure in a land ravaged by war, evil wizards, and wicked rulers. The trilogy is complete and SFWP will be releasing titles each year, starting in April of 2016.
Pagan Kennedy’s Living
In articles and cartoons that address the difficulty of staying hip in the ’90s, Pagan provides a welcome alternative to People magazine and the later works of Hegel. Cruise through this book only if you want a extremely entertaining read and the opportunity to develop an unhealthy fixation on the fabulous Pagan Kennedy. Release date: November 2015
A Microwaved Cultural Chronicle of the 1970s from Pagan Kennedy.
In this hilarious, highly personalized popular history of what may be the goofiest of modern decades, Kennedy offers her insightful version of “guerrilla nostalgia.” Release date: Fall 2016
We All Scream
“Gifford’s Ice Cream was one of the most popular small businesses in Washington, DC for over 70 years, an empire built on sweetness. But few people know the bitter betrayals and darkness that destroyed the family who founded it.” From Andrew Gifford comes the shocking memoir of the Gifford family, and the rise and fall of Gifford’s Ice Cream. All of the secret family recipes will be reprinted for public use. This will be published outside SFWP and we are currently seeking representation. Monthly updates featured on the publisher’s blog.