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JK Evanczuk

JK Evanczuk
Likes bubbles, robots, and surrealism.

Would someday like to be a literary rock star, but will settle for time being as a literary busker.

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The Catcher in the Rye, Retold in 60 Seconds

By JK Evanczuk on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - View Comments

The latest in our “classic novels in 60 seconds” series. Enjoy!

Free Book Friday: alt.punk by Lavinia Ludlow

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, March 18, 2011 - 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 Cara for getting a free copy of Boltzmann’s Tomb: Travels in Search of Science by Bill Green.

This week, we are giving away a copy of Lavinia Ludlow’s debut novel alt.punk (if you haven’t read her guest post on the five not-so-easy steps of her editing process, you can check it out here). Grocery store manager Hazel is boring herself to insanity in an attempt to satisfy her parents, her boyfriend, her boss, and everyone else around her. Then Otis, a grungy, drug-addled Peter Pan of the punk rock scene, offers her the chance to ditch it all and join in on his wild life. But is this chaotic world of irresponsibility and self-indulgence really what Hazel’s been searching for? At turns funny, vulgar, and moving, alt.punk is a wild, quirky take on everything that it means to be “sane”, “normal”, and “happy.”

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Casperian Books.

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Free Book Friday: Boltzmann’s Tomb: Travels in Search of Science by Bill Green

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, March 11, 2011 - 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 Adamstefanoff for getting a free copy of The Correspondence Artist by Barbara Browning.

This week, we are giving away a copy of Boltzmann’s Tomb: Travels in Search of Science by Bill Green. From Cambridge to Ohio, Vienna to Antarctica, Bill Green takes us on a globe-spanning pilgrimage to important sites of scientific discovery and along the way relates the captivating stories of the scientists who lived and worked there. As in his award-winning Water, Ice & Stone, Green interweaves the story of his own life-long evolution as a scientist with a travelogue that is a personal and universal history of science. Along with lyrical meditations on the tragic life of Galileo, the mystical Johann Kepler, the wildly eccentric Tycho Brahe and the alchemical obsessions of Sir Isaac Newton, Green’s ruminations return throughout to the lesser known figure of Ludwig Boltzmann. Using Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy in the microscopic world as a larger metaphor for the unpredictable paths that our lives take Green shows us that like art, science is a lived adventure, the remnants of which are left in the form of a painting or a poem–or sometimes as an equation etched into a tomb.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Bellevue Literary Press (BLP).

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The Internet, Tampering With Your Childhood Memories One at a Time

By JK Evanczuk on Thursday, March 10, 2011 - View Comments

Goodnight Dune is a mashup of the eerie and drug-addled sci-fi novel Dune and the comforting Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

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Free Book Friday: The Correspondence Artist by Barbara Browning

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, March 4, 2011 - 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 Nthornton for getting a free copy of The People Who Watched Her Pass By by Scott Bradfield

This week, we are giving away a copy of The Correspondence Artist by Barbara Browning. The Correspondence Artist is a witty new comedy sure to delight fans of Nicholson Baker, Miranda July, and Charlie Kaufman. Vivian, a writer, is carrying on a relationship with an internationally acclaimed artist. There are those who stand to profit—and suffer—from the revelation of her paramour’s identity, so in the service of telling her tale, she creates a series of fictional lovers. There is Tzipi, a sixty-eight-year-old Nobel-winning female Israeli writer; Binh, a twenty-something Vietnamese video artist; Santuxto, a poetic Basque separatist; and Djeli, a dreadlocked Malian world-music star. Largely through Vivian’s e-mail correspondence, she divulges the story of their relationship, from their first meeting to their jumpy spam filter, which arrests the more explicit notes that result in Vivian being held captive in a tiger cage in a Berlin hotel/being chased by a Medusa-like woman on a Greek Island/imprisoned by a splinter cell of Basque separatists/in an African hospital with a bout of Dengue Fever. Barbara Browning’s captivating wit and passionate intelligence make The Correspondence Artist a love story like none other.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio.

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Free Book Friday: The People Who Watched Her Pass By by Scott Bradfield

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, February 25, 2011 - 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 J. Barrett for getting a free copy of The Visiting Suit by Xiaoda Xiao.

This week, we are giving away a copy of The People Who Watched Her Pass By by Scott Bradfield. In his fifth novel, celebrated writer Scott Bradfield delivers an arresting and unsentimental childhood voice. Salome Jensen is three years old when she is taken from her home by the man who fixes the hot water heater. As Sal drifts through laundromats and other people’s homes, she develops a perspective of the world and an understanding of its people more meaningful than the most erudite observer could muster. The People Who Watched Her Pass By is often hilarious as well as startling, and a poignant new contribution to the body of literature of a respected prose craftsman.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio.

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How to Shorten a Manuscript (Protip: Use a Chainsaw)

By JK Evanczuk on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - View Comments

In the video below, a writer discusses a subtle technique to help tighten a scene in his work in progress.

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Free Book Friday: The Visiting Suit by Xiaoda Xiao

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 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 Arms for getting a free copy of Termite Parade by Joshua Mohr.

This week, we are giving away a copy of The Visiting Suit by Xiaoda Xiao. The Visiting Suit is a powerful addition to classic gulag literature, furthering Xiaoda Xiao’s budding reputation as a Chinese Solzhenitsyn. When Xiaoda Xiao was twenty years old, he tore a poster of Chairman Mao while inebriated. Several months later, Xiao was arrested in order to fulfill an absurd quota and, without trial, declared a counterrevolutionary. He was sent to a labor prison on an island in Taihu Lake, where he worked in a stone quarry. The Visiting Suit chronicles Xiao’s arrest through his release from the labor prison five years later. The book, told in stories—which have appeared in Guernica Magazine, The Atlantic, DoubleTake, Confrontation, Antaeus—focus equally on Xiao’s fellow inmates (a local theater director, a veterinarian, a university professor), and capture their mutual everyday struggle to survive their sentences with dignity intact. The cruelties inflicted upon the Chinese population by the government are ongoing, and The Visiting Suit provides a unique and important glimpse behind the curtain.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio.

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The Story of Romeo and Juliet, Retold in 60 Seconds

By JK Evanczuk on Monday, February 14, 2011 - View Comments

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

[Earlier: The Great Gatsby retold in 60 seconds]

Free Book Friday: Termite Parade by Joshua Mohr

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 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 Jen for getting a free copy of Epiphany Magazine.

This week, we are giving away a copy of Joshua Mohr’s Termite Parade. Termite Parade is the follow-up to Joshua Mohr’s San Francisco Chronicle bestselling first novel—and one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s ’10 Terrific Reads of 2009′—Some Things That Meant the World to Me. Termite Parade tells the story of Mired, the self-described “bastard daughter of a menage a trois between Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sylvia Plath, and Eeyore.” Mired catalogs her “museum of emotional failures,” the latest entry to which is her boyfriend Derek, an auto mechanic (whose body may or may not be infested with termites), who loses his cool carrying her up the stairs to their apartment. As Derek’s termites wreak havoc on his nervous system, Mired pieces together the puzzle, each character revealing aspects of their savage natures, culminating in a climax of pure animal chaos. Along the way, there’s a moustached softball team of misanthropes, Mired’s Mt. Rushmore of Male Failures, and armed robberies videotaped for vicarious thrills.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio.

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