Fall Preview: Tomine, Wordstock, Spahr, CHP, Places, and O, Miami / by Alyson Sinclair

Since this week's cover of the New Yorker features another great illustration by Adrian Tomine, it's a good time to share some updates on Tomine's next book Killing and Dying out in hardcover on OCTOBER 6th, 2015 from the wonderful Drawn and Quarterly. Adrian will have events this Fall in Brooklyn, NYC, Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles, Toronto and more for this stunning release. A starred Publishers Weekly review, blurb from the one and only Zadie Smith, and more early praise on the press release

"Adrian Tomine can draw, think, write and feel. He sees everything, he knows everything; he's in your apartment, he's on the subway, he's in your dreams. He knows about ageing baseball fans and delusional horticulturists, he knows useless fathers and awkward nerd-girl stand-ups, he knows the single and the married, the mad and the sane, he knows zines and hardback 'graphic novels,' knows when to use a speech bubble and when silence is enough. He has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime." --Zadie Smith

Literary Arts will announce the 2015 lineup for Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival the evening of September 9th (my Birthday!). Amanda Bullock (formerly at Housing Works) has done a bang up job programming renowned authors from the NW and far beyond. This year's festival will take place at the lovely Portland Art Museum in Downtown, Portland and it's sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the legendary Powell's. The announcement will be posted here on 9/10, feel free to write me with requests before or after. If you're in Oregon or looking for an excuse to visit, join us on Saturday, November 7th

Over in the Bay Area, Commune Editions will publish Juliana Spahr's That Winter the Wolf Came on August 30th. Starting off nicely with a starred PW review and her first book review in the NY Times Book Review (this Sunday's 8/30 edition). If you'd like an early read, Granta and PEN published poems from the book online. 

Beautiful and urgent, the pieces open up and allow the lyrical to inhabit logic, the political to become embodied. Spahr has been carefully developing a mode of writing over several books, and here it sings at its brilliant best. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

If you're in the Twin Cities, come out to Housequake at the Fulton Brewery Taproom in Downtown Minneapolis on September 21stCoffee House Press kicks off their exciting fall season of books, toasts Publisher Chris Fischbach’s twentieth year at Coffee House Press (he started as an intern in 1994!), launches their new internship stipends (a step toward making publishing more accessible and diverse), and learn more about their Books in Action programming for 2015-16. Hope to see you there. 

I'm excited to share that I began working with Places this summer. They publish serious, thoughtful essays and criticism on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Places has recently partnered with Princeton University Press to publish a book series. Stay tuned. 

The O, Miami Festival is on top of their game this year. Submit your project ideas for the 2016 Festival (April 2016) by October 16th, 2015. Details here

As always, feel free to email me with questions or requests on any projects I'm currently working on. The busy season has already begun!