Wednesday, January 20, 2010
American Gymnos on Pre-Order (big day!)
I won't try to be all cool about this: so excited!
It's something I'm not used to -- thinking of myself as lucky -- but I really am: to have worked with Molly Gaudry and others on this, and to be part of the WWP Very Short Fiction chapbook series (The first, Matt Bell's HOW THE BROKEN LEAD THE BLIND, is going to be a collector's item, I'm pretty sure, and the next, ALIEN AUTOPSY, is by one of my own favorite writers of vsf, Pedro Ponce). And then the cover art, by the super-sweet James Ulmer.....
Another lucky thing: to have had such fantastic writers as first readers. Some excerpts from their words on the words:
"Like Erik Satie's Gymnopédies, Garson's atmospheric shorts surprised me with their subtle shifts and eccentricities. Linked by geographic places, the collection progresses in tiny increments to become a dance between internal and external geographies. In perception and execution, this is a wonderfully original work."
—Jim Heynen, author of The One-Room Schoolhouse
"Scott Garson concocts, in American Gymnopédies, a diabolical geography of loss out of an atlas of jim-dandy and cracker jack, snap-shotting the American township grid, netting up the world in a strung-out string theory of gorgeous adhesive prose."
—Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone
"There's a world of detail, sound and story humming through each of these short pieces about cities. Garson's an alert writer, and he engages with each place in a way that stirs, worries, and delights."
—Pia Z. Ehrhardt, author of Famous Fathers and Other Stories
"Garson's collection reads like a travelogue of the periphery. These are plainspoken reports from a different way of seeing."
—David McLendon, editor of Unsaid
Now let me see if I can get this paypal button thingy to work.....