In addition to the many other great books we have going on sale today (see below for the complete list), we have two of my absolute favorites:
Out in paperback today is Zoe Heller’s The Believers, a family saga that fans of Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Lionel Shriver will likely enjoy. If you’re in New York City, you can see Zoe tonight in conversation with her editor at Powerhouse Arena, and if you’re anywhere else you can check out her blog tour, which starts today.
Also out today is a book I can’t pimp enough: Kevin Sampsell’s A Common Pornography. It’s already gotten some great attention, including a peer review from Justin Taylor on htmlgiant. Kevin’s also made an awesome video that addresses the quandary one might face when reading a book with the word “pornography” in the title:
“For a long time, we thought she was a neighbor’s cat who just liked to hang out in our yard. We’d tried to lure her in and eventually she would come in and stay in for a long time. We realized a few months later that she must not belong to anyone. She’d stay inside our place all day and usually at night too. And we feed her every day too. One of her favorite things to eat is yogurt. Maple and lemon are her favorites.”
“I’m not averse to putting cats in my writing either. My last two story collections each had a story with a cat as the main focus. In Beautiful Blemish, it was the story I Heart Frankenstein, and in Creamy Bullets it was Cat in Residence. Though there is no mention of cats in my memoir, there are a few mentions of my childhood dog, Scooter, whose photo will appear in the PS section.”
Note: Scooter is quite adorable as well. To celebrate the return of Harper Perennial Pets and to celebrate Boo-Boo and Scooter, I am giving away three copies of A Common Pornography. Just comment below with the name of your childhood pet for a chance to win! Bonus points for telling a weirdly hilarious story about him or her (and by bonus points I mean I will count your entry twice.)
We’re very proud of our author Kevin Sampsell, whose book trailer was chosen as a finalist in the low budget/indie category of the 2010 Moby Awards! In case you missed Kevin’s trailer the first time around (when I promoted the hell out of it), here it is again:
Now go out and read the book that inspired this (potentially) award-winning trailer!