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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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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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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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Free Book Friday: Crust by Lawrence Shainberg

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 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 Janine for picking up a copy of Some Things That Meant the World to Me by Joshua Mohr.

CRUST by Lawrence Shainberg

This week, we are giving away a copy of Crust by Lawrence Shainberg. Dubbed a “Vonnegut-worthy satire” by the Boston Globe, Crust is the story of prolific writer and author of the Complete Series (The Complete Book of Aids, 9/11, Terrorism), Walker Linchuk, who is suffering from a seven month plague of writer’s block. One morning Linchuk wakes to find a crust in his nose – the “definitive crust of his life” – that awakens him to a new world of desire and enlightenment. Equal parts George Orwell and Christopher Guest, Crust is an insightful and hilarious journey through our hyper-technological age.”

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio. Two Dollar Radio is a family-run outfit founded in 2005 with the mission to reaffirm the cultural and artistic spirit of the publishing industry. They aim to do this by presenting bold works of literary merit, each book individually and collectively providing a sonic progression that they believe to be too loud to ignore.

You can read the first chapter of Crust for free on Two Dollar Radio’s website.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your e-mail address in the space below, or send an email directly to contact@litdrift.com. We also recommend doing any or all of the following:  Read more »

Free Book Friday: Some Things That Meant the World to Me by Joshua Mohr

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, September 18, 2009 - 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 Henry Powderly for picking up a copy of The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana.

Some Things That Meant the World to Me by Joshua Mohr

This week, we are giving away a copy of Some Things That Meant the World to Me by Joshua Mohr. A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller, Some Things That Meant the World to Me is the highly praised first novel from Joshua Mohr, and has elicited comparisons from reviewers to Kafka, Lewis Carroll, Haruki Murakami, and Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. Some Things is the coming-of-age story of a 30-year-old man named Rhonda who suffers from depersonalization. When Rhonda was a child – abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother’s boyfriend – he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarrassing episode as an adult, Rhonda’s inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in a most unlikely place that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio. Two Dollar Radio is a family-run outfit founded in 2005 with the mission to reaffirm the cultural and artistic spirit of the publishing industry. They aim to do this by presenting bold works of literary merit, each book individually and collectively providing a sonic progression that they believe to be too loud to ignore.

You can read the first chapter of Some Things That Meant the World to Me for free on Two Dollar Radio’s website.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your e-mail address in the space below, or send an email directly to contact@litdrift.com. We also recommend doing any or all of the following: Read more »

Free Book Friday: The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana

By JK Evanczuk on Friday, September 11, 2009 - Comments Off

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 Matt Bell for picking up a copy of Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer.

The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana

This week, we are giving away a copy of The Shanghai Gesture by Gary Indiana. In the internationally acclaimed author’s first novel since Do Everything in the Dark, Gary Indiana applies his prickly wit, nihilistic vision, and utterly original voice to this side-splitting spin on Fu Manchu. Inspector Weymouth Smith and unconvinced cohort, Dr. Obregon Petrie, attempt to thwart Fu Manchu’s latest ploy for world domination while confronting South American Piyas, matching wits with a club-footed ex-Stasi, as well as battling the latest technological crazes and their own drug dependencies. Praised as “half William Burroughs, half William Gibson” by the Washington Post and “The Wizard of Oz meets Naked Lunch” by Boldtype, The Shanghai Gesture is a highly imaginative new contribution from a fiercely original American artist.

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio. Two Dollar Radio is a family-run outfit founded in 2005 with the mission to reaffirm the cultural and artistic spirit of the publishing industry. They aim to do this by presenting bold works of literary merit, each book individually and collectively providing a sonic progression that they believe to be too loud to ignore.

You can read the first chapter of The Shanghai Gesture for free on Two Dollar Radio’s website.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your e-mail address in the space below, or send an email directly to contact@litdrift.com. We also recommend doing any or all of the following: Read more »

Free Book Friday: Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer

By JK Evanczuk on Thursday, September 3, 2009 - View Comments

Sure it’s Thursday, but I’m so gung-ho about kicking off Free Book Friday that I just can’t help starting a day early. In our new feature, you have the chance each week to snag some of the best titles from the industry publishing industry. For free!

Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer

This week, we are giving away a copy of Nog by Rudolph Wurlitzer. Originally published by Random House in 1968, Nog is the novel that inspired Thomas Pynchon to declare that “the Novel of Bullshit is dead.” Over the years, Nog has become a universally revered cult novel and symbol of the countercultural movement. Time Out New York says that Nog‘s “combo of Samuel Beckett syntax and hippie-era freakiness mapped out new literary territory for generations to come. In Wurlitzer’s signature hypnotic and haunting voice, Nog tells the tale of a man adrift through the American West, armed with nothing more than his own three pencil-thin memories and an octopus in a bathysphere. This edition of Nog features a new introduction from noted critic and writer Erik Davis (TechGnosis).”

This week’s Free Book Friday is sponsored by Two Dollar Radio. Two Dollar Radio is a family-run outfit founded in 2005 with the mission to reaffirm the cultural and artistic spirit of the publishing industry. They aim to do this by presenting bold works of literary merit, each book individually and collectively providing a sonic progression that they believe to be too loud to ignore.

You can read the first chapter of Nog for free on Two Dollar Radio’s website.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment with your e-mail address in the space below, or send an email directly to contact@litdrift.com. We also recommend doing any or all of the following: Read more »