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By Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2016
Get an inside look at Algonquin’s outstanding forthcoming fiction with the Spring 2016 Algonquin Reader. Discover the inspiration behind each…book through an original essay by the author. Then enjoy a free preview of each novel or collection of short stories.Security by Gina Wohlsdorf On Sale June 7, 2016 “Grand Hotel meets Psycho in the age of surveillance: Gina Wohlsdorf’s Security is cinematically vivid, crisply written, and sharp enough to cut . . . Wohlsdorf subverts our expectations of the action genre in this smart, shocking, poignant thriller.” —Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real MagicAs Good as Gone by Larry Watson On Sale June 21, 2016 “There’s something eminently universal in Watson’s ponderings on the human condition, and it’s refracted through a nearly perfect eye for character, place, and the rhythms of language.” —The NationWe Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge On Sale March 8, 2016 “Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut novel reminds us that it is an exciting time to be reading fiction. We Love You, Charlie Freeman is a masterful meditation on race, anthropology, history, and the hurly-burly complications of family. Greenidge’s prose is incisive, clever, resounding with a deep intelligence.” —Bill Cheng, author of Southern Cross the DogWelcome Thieves by Sean Beaudoin On Sale March 1, 2016 “A deviously spellbinding collection of short stories in which strange and beautiful worlds, creations of Sean Beaudoin’s dark and sometimes brutal imagination, emerge as part of a tapestry so finely woven that we don’t see the thread. In the end, we can only stand in awe of Beaudoin's immense talent.” —Garth Stein, author of A Sudden LightChasing the North Star by Robert Morgan On Sale April 5, 2016 On a moonless night in the spring of 1851, a young slave makes a bid for freedom with only the North Star to guide him. Bestselling novelist and historian Robert Morgan returns with a stunning new work of historical fiction.The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church On Sale May 3, 2016 “Oh, what an incandescent debut! . . . Church follows one extraordinary woman who is brave enough to challenge the times, take defiant wing, and chart her own extraordinary flight path . . . I never wanted the story to end.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of YouCover art by Hollie Chastain
By Allan Gurganus, Edward P. Jones, Z. Z. Packer. 2007
Pulitzer Prize-winner presents eighteen southern short stories published in U.S. magazines in 2006. Features James Lee Burke's "A Season of…Regret," Moira Crone's "The Ice Garden," and a hurricane tale by Allan Gurganus. Includes author biographies and commentary. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007
By Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis K. Lee, Veronica Giguere. 2020
Tales from the Secret World Chronicles. In the late 1930s something fell from the sky and landed in an area…of the Atlantic not yet known as the Bermuda Triangle. After that event, part of the world irrevocably changed … and the mysteries began. Something else would change as well—seemingly ordinary men and women on both sides of the Allied/Axis war suddenly began to manifest uncanny powers. Super powers. The advent of the age of metahumans had begun. And hidden in the heart of the ocean, the masterminds sat back to watch. This collection contains stories of that time, as metahumans enter and change the Second World War forever. From the streets of Paris to the beach at Dunkirk, from the Battle of Britain to the Atlantic Deeps, metahumans meet and clash, while all around them rage the battles of ordinary men and women.
By Russell Davis, Eric James Stone, Seanan McQUIRE. 2021
When the mask comes off, can you handle what’s underneath? When your secret identity is revealed … When the monster…is unleashed … When the superhero’s child has no power … When Death himself is caught unawares … Pull back the mask to reveal 21 tales from seasoned and award-winning authors, of magical masks, gas masks, death masks, superheroes, secret identities, disguised robots, alien symbionts, a Napoleonic thief, a swindling demon—even a hidden clown. Who will take the risk? Explore the masks we wear, the mysteries they conceal, and the price we pay when they’re stripped away. Join us in our unmasquerade as we revel in—revelation!
By H. G. Wells. 1996
The Martian Invasion! Accounts of the War of the Worlds as told from celebrity eyewitnesses all around the globe! Nineteen…gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Jack London, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time.
By Lisa Mangum. 2022
Food. We use it to celebrate, to provide both comfort and energy, and to show our love. There’s something about…mixing a pinch of this and a dash of that to create something new. And when you pair it with the perfect drink . . . *chef’s kiss* Stories can do the same thing. They can be a celebration, bring us comfort and energy, and help us express our love. And when the perfect character is paired with the perfect plot . . . well, then you have something worth devouring. So take a place at the table, and let’s see what’s on the menu. For starters, gather your pennies to bid for the last two jars of peaches for sale in an apocalyptic future. Follow it up with a slice of pizza guaranteed to bring love into your life. Dig into a shrimp and pasta dish so flavorful, you’d swear it was some kind of witchcraft. Grab a plate of “Lloyd’s Secret Surprise”—it’s out of this world! And for dessert, choose between some very memorable homemade cookies, a slice of chocolate cream pie worth dying for, or a life-sized gingerbread house—just make sure it’s not occupied before you start nibbling at the door. This collection of nineteen stories is packed full with hearty plots, meaty characters, and a surprising and mysterious twist at the end to serve as the perfect dessert. Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: Stories with a Delicious Twist is the seventh anthology edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press. Profits support the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship fund for the Superstars Writing Seminars.
By Lisa Mangum. 2015
Red. The color of blood, of war, of passion—and of a new unicorn herd. Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn…Anthology has gathered 21 original stories about red unicorns from famous and soon-to-be-famous authors, including New York Times best-selling authors Jody Lynn Nye and David Farland. Some stories feature physical unicorns; most do not. Some unicorns are kind; most are not. From a battlefield to a candy store, from zombie unicorns in rural America to telepathic unicorns on the dark side of Europa, from the fantastical past to the possible future, no creative avenue or conflict remains unexplored by these talented storytellers. Pick a story. Take a chance. And play the Game of Horns. All profits benefit the Superstars Writing Seminar Scholarship Fund.
By Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart, Mary Pletsch, M. Elizabeth Ticknor, October K. Santerelli, Lisa Mangum, Melissa Koons, Mike Jack Stoumbos, Raphyel M. Jordan, Rebecca E. Treasure, Shannon Fox, Tanya Hales, Alicia Cay, Wayland Smith, Brian Corley, C. J. Erick, Jace Killan, Kat Kellermeyer, Kitty Sarkozy, Kristen Bickerstaff. 2021
Creativity comes from many places, but often the initial spark of inspiration can be traced to something or someone who…challenged us to first put pen to paper or brush to canvas, to pick up a camera, to look at the world with new eyes. Maybe it was the lyrics of a favorite album. Maybe it was the encouragement from a beloved teacher. Maybe it was seeing a wonder of the natural world. Maybe it was just a feeling deep down inside that demanded to be set free, a voice ready to be heard, a story begging to be told. Hold Your Fire is a collection of nineteen short stories celebrating the power and influence of inspiration in all its forms—art, literature, music, astronomy, science, inventions, epiphanies.Here you will find stories of people being inspired as well as stories of people inspiring someone else. Stories not only of artistic inspiration but of scientific discoveries. The “Eureka!” moments that change the whole world and the small moments when someone dares to fight one more day. From a romance about a teenager’s attempts to win over his first crush with poetry to musicians and artists harnessing the inspiration of unexpected muses to a fairy tale princess seeking for happiness, every story in this anthology shines brightly. And since every fire casts a shadow, there are also a few horror stories that thrive in the dark. Hold Your Fire: Stories Celebrating the Creative Spark is the sixth anthology edited by Lisa Mangum and published by WordFire Press in support of the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship fund for the Superstars Writing Seminars.
By Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Lisa Mangum, And Many Others. 2018
Fear is primal. Instinctive. Unavoidable. And right now, there is something you fear—and you can feel it. Creeping up behind…you. Lurking in the darkness that lives under your bed, or in your closet. A nameless dread. In Undercurrents: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath, twenty-three talented authors, including New York Times bestsellers Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, and Jody Lynn Nye, have stood on the shores of their psyches and looked out over the ocean of possibility and wondered “What lies beneath?” The sea creatures and sea monsters that answered their calls range from a giant kraken that rules the deepest ocean to the smallest puffer fish that creates intricate works of underwater art. Creatures of classic mythology—mermaids, sirens, and sea serpents—swim alongside more unusual beasts—underwater cats and singing whirlpools. These stories dive deep into the fears many of us face, including loss, abandonment, death, and physical, mental, or emotional danger. When the fears we keep buried beneath the surface rise up and threaten to consume, we must make a choice: conquer or be conquered. This anthology is the fourth volume produced by the alumni of the Superstars Writing Seminar, and all royalties benefit the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund.
By Lisa Mangum. 2020
Set sail on the high seas with this collection of 21 unforgettable short stories featuring dashing rogues, daring rebels, and…wily pirates searching for treasures of all kinds, including a forgotten journal, a heavenly sword, a young girl’s lucky sock, and even the Fountain of Youth. Some pirates are familiar—complete with parrots, peg legs, and eye patches—but most are unique: a twelve-year-old computer hacker, a heroic rabbit on an unusual quest, a clump of cancer cells, and an alien setting sail among the stars. X Marks the Spot: An Anthology of Treasure and Theft is about those men and women who live on the fringes of society, who are beholden to no man, no law, and who always have one eye on the horizon. So grab your map and set your headings. There are adventures to be had, mateys, and treasures to be found. This anthology is the fifth volume produced by the alumni of the Superstars Writing Seminars, and all royalties benefit the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund.
By W. Somerset Maugham. 2004
Contains the novel The Hero (1901); large excerpts from Liza of Lambeth, Mrs. Craddock, The Magician, Of Human Bondage, and…The Moon and Sixpence; and selections from The Trembling of a Leaf: Stories of the South Sea Islands, The Land of the Blessed Virgin..., and On a Chinese Screen. 2004
By Susan Sontag, Paolo Dilonardo, Anne Jump. 2007
Sixteen opinion pieces by American intellectual Susan Sontag (1933-2004), written after September 11, 2001. Discusses aesthetics and photography, celebrates Russian…literature, examines the aftermath of 9/11 and the war on terrorism, and analyzes the Abu Ghraib scandal. Includes "Literature Is Freedom," Sontag's acceptance speech for the Friedenspreis (Peace Prize). 2007
By Otto Penzler, Carl Hiassen. 2007
Twenty tales of mystery, crime, and suspense. In Laura Lippman's "One True Love," a soccer mom who moonlights as a…prostitute encounters an unsavory ex-client. Also features authors Lawrence Block, James Lee Burke, Louise Erdrich, and Joyce Carol Oates. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007
By Melville House. 2022
The iconic writer whose prose was as influential and as it is unmistakably hers is joined in conversation with Sheila…Heti, Hilton Als, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru and many more.Some writers define a generation. Some a genre. Joan Didion did both, and much more. Didion rose to prominence with her nonfiction collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and she quickly became the writer who captured the zeitgeist of the washed-out, acid hangover of the 60s. But as a bicoastal writer of fiction and nonfiction whose writing ranged from personal essays and raw, intimate memoirs to reportage on international affairs and social justice, Didion is much harder to pin down than her reputation might suggest. This collection encompasses it all, in conversations that delve into her underappreciated mid-career works, her influences, the loss of her husband and daughter, and her most infamous essays. Far from the evasive, terse minimalist that has come to dominate the image of Joan Didion, what this collection reveals is a warm, thoughtful woman whose well earned legacy promises to live on for readers and writers for many generations to come.
By Philip Zaleski. 2007
Thirty-five short stories, essays, and poems by Joseph Epstein, Adam Gopnik, Mary Gordon, Pico Iyer, George Packer, Marilynne Robinson, John…Updike, Garry Wills, and others. In "The Ends of Science," Eric Cohen ponders the dueling realms of science and religion and examines technology's limits in satisfying humanity's deepest longings. 2007
By Stephen King, Heidi Pitlor. 2007
Twenty stories from the New Yorker and other periodicals. In T.C. Boyle's "Balto," a young girl provides shocking testimony at…her father's trial. Includes selections by Alice Munro, Richard Russo, and others. Edited with an introduction by Stephen King. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2007
By Reyna Grande. 2022
"[These contributions] touch on so many different facets of the immigrant experience that readers will find much to ponder... [and]…experience how creative writing enriches our understanding of each other and our lives." –Booklist Introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen A unique collection of 41 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today. In the overheated debate about immigration, we often lose sight of the humanity at the heart of this complex issue. The immigrants and refugees living precariously in the United States are mothers and fathers, children, neighbors, and friends. Individuals propelled by hope and fear, they gamble their lives on the promise of America, yet their voices are rarely heard. This anthology of essays, poetry, and art seeks to shift the immigration debate—now shaped by rancorous stereotypes and xenophobia—towards one rooted in humanity and justice. Through their storytelling and art, the contributors to this thought-provoking book remind us that they are human still. Transcending their current immigration status, they offer nuanced portraits of their existence before and after migration, the factors behind their choices, the pain of leaving their homeland and beginning anew in a strange country, and their collective hunger for a future not defined by borders. Created entirely by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants, Somewhere We Are Human is a journey of memory and yearning from people newly arrived to America, those who have been here for decades, and those who have ultimately chosen to leave or were deported. Touching on themes of race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, politics, and parenthood, Somewhere We Are Human reveals how joy, hope, mourning, and perseverance can take root in the toughest soil and bloom in the harshest conditions. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook
By David Sedaris. 2022
David Sedaris, the "champion storyteller," ( Los Angeles Times ) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since…the bestselling Calypso. Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes. But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he's stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine. As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. His offer to fix a stranger's teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone's son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter. In Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris once again captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about these recent upheavals, personal and public, and expresses in precise language both the misanthropy and desire for connection that drive us all. If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than the incomparable David Sedaris
By Barry Lopez. 2022
An urgent, deeply moving final work of nonfiction from the National Book Award–winning author of Arctic Dreams and Horizon, a…literary icon whose writing, fieldwork, and mentorship inspired generations of writers and activists. ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022— Lit Hub, BookPage An ardent steward of the land, fearless traveler, and unrivaled observer of nature and culture, Barry Lopez died after a long illness on Christmas Day 2020. The previous summer, a wildfire had consumed much of what was dear to him in his home place and the community around it—a tragic reminder of the climate change of which he&’d long warned. At once a cri de coeur and a memoir of both pain and wonder, this remarkable collection of essays adds indelibly to Lopez&’s legacy, and includes previously unpublished works, some written in the months before his death. They unspool memories both personal and political, among them tender, sometimes painful stories of his childhood in New York City and California, reports from expeditions to study animals and sea life, recollections of travels to Antarctica and other extraordinary places on earth, and meditations on finding oneself amid vast, dramatic landscapes. He reflects on those who taught him, including Indigenous elders and scientific mentors who sharpened his eye for the natural world. We witness poignant returns from his travels to the sanctuary of his Oregon backyard, adjacent to the McKenzie River. And in prose of searing candor, he reckons with the cycle of life, including his own, and—as he has done throughout his career—with the dangers the earth and its people are facing. With an introduction by Rebecca Solnit that speaks to Lopez&’s keen attention to the world, including its spiritual dimensions, Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World opens our minds and souls to the importance of being wholly present for the beauty and complexity of life
By Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, John Kachuba, H. P. Lovecraft, Thomas M. Malafarina, Catherine Jordan, Kyle Alexander Romines, Michael L Hawley, Chris Pisano, Brian Koscienski, J B Toner, Will Falconer, Travis Leibert. 2020
The authors publishing under the Hellbender Books imprint have gathered together to produce a volume of short stories. Enjoy these…spine-tingling tales of horror and suspense by established and emerging writers in the genre. Included in this volume:Foreword – Thomas M. MalafarinaIntroduction – Catherine JordanParallelism – Thomas M. MalafarinaPanty Lines – Catherine JordanA Modern Fable – John B. KachubaDelerium Tremens – Kyle Alexander RominesChirurgeon – Chris Pisano & Brian KoscienskiSuspect Number Twelve – Michael L. HawleyEscalation – J. B. TonerChihuahuas – Will FalconerThe Mimics – Travis LeibertLaney – Thomas M. MalafarinaMean Streak – Catherine JordanHeaven Scent – John B. KachubaThe Torment of the Crows – Kyle Alexander RominesIcelus – Chris Pisano & Brian KoscienskiThe Day in the Life of a Navy Helicopter Pilot, 1989 – Michael L. HawleyThe Kindly Dark – J. B. TonerThe Hangin' Tree – Thomas M. MalafarinaBurning For You – Will Falconer... and a handful of horror classicsBiographies