Welcome to this week’s Free Book Friday, wherein we give you the best titles in indie publishing for the low low price of nothing. Congrats to last week’s winner Denae for getting a free copy of boring boring boring boring boring boring boring by Zach Plague.
This week, we are giving away a copy of Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler, a novel of 14 interlocking stories set in ruined American locales where birds speak gibberish, the sky rains gravel, and millions starve, disappear or grow coats of mold. In ‘The Disappeared,’ a father is arrested for missing free throws, leaving his son to search alone for his lost mother. In ‘The Ruined Child,’ a boy swells to fill his parents’ ransacked attic. Rendered in a variety of narrative forms, from a psychedelic fable to a skewed insurance claim questionnaire, Blake Butler’s full-length fiction debut paints a gorgeously grotesque version of America, bringing to mind both Kelly Link and William Gass, yet turned with Butler’s own eye for the apocalyptic and bizarre. Read an excerpt here.
This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Featherproof Books. Featherproof Books is an indie publisher dedicated to doing whatever they want. This might take the form of publishing an idiosyncratic novel, design book, or something in between. They love paper, but they’re not afraid of computers. Their free downloadable mini-books are an invitation to all ten fingers to take part in the book-making process. They also have an experiment in attention span: the TripleQuick Fiction iPhone app. No matter the medium, they see their authors as creative partners involved in every step of publication. They make their own fun.
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Winner will be chosen randomly at 12pm on Friday, June 18 and notified via email. The winner must respond to our email within 48 hours, or a new winner will be randomly selected.
EDIT: Giveaway now closed. Congrats to this week’s winner MEAGAN. Try your luck again to win TWO chapbooks in the new Free Book Friday.