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Free Book Friday: Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler

JK Evanczuk / Friday, June 11, 2010 View Comments

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.

Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler

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.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is comment in the space below. Make sure to tell us your email address so we can contact you if you win! We also recommend doing the following:

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.

Good luck!

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.

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  • Chris B

    This book has piqued my curiosity.

  • http://laynemarie.net Layne

    Free books? Free GOOD books?! I’m in!

  • http://www.petelit.com Pete

    I bought and read Featherproof’s first two releases but have since fallen woefully behind. Maybe this book will get me back in the schwing of things.

  • Jason

    I’d definitely check it out.

  • Christopher

    Sounds great. Thanks.

  • http://themonstersflashlight.wordpress.com nancy lili g

    Loving the cover art. And this sounds really interesting– I want to see how he mixes the psychedelic fable with an insurance claim questionnaire?

    Consider me, please!

  • Michael Carter

    I really enjoy Kelly Link and this title sounds great.
    Please enter me in the draw.

  • http://deadclownart.com/ Chris Roberts

    want this book!!! looks amazing! bet it *reads* amazing too! heard good things… heard good things…

  • http://oddcitrus.wordpress.com Cami


  • http://wisb.blogspot.com/ SMD

    A place where birds speak gibberish? Sounds intriguing and bizarre. Very Kafka. Definitely count me in.

  • Frank

    this book is amazing. would love a copy for my class. ja ja.

  • http://deependothepool.blogspot.com/ simply scott

    This looks pretty cool. dsmeek36@yahoo.com

  • http://ignoretheventriloquists.blogspot.com Ross Brighton

    Chuck me in. firstname.lastname at gmail

  • Bianca

    Yes please, I want it.

  • http://decodingstatic.blogspot.com/ Andy

    Oh just for the cover!

  • Meagan

    Yes, please, if you are still collecting names.

  • http://traderchronicle.blogspot.com Hap

    Count me in, even last second.

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