CORRESPONDENCES (Edition of 250, $50), the daring new story collection by New Yorker editor Ben Greenman (http://www.bengreenman.com) will be published by innovative Akashic imprint Hotel St. George Press as the first in a collectible, limited edition series. Equal parts short story collection, artbook, and independent publishing manifesto, CORRESPONDENCES launches at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on November 6:
Thursday, November 6, 6:30pm--NEW YORK, NY--Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard St.
*featuring special guest Arthur Nersesian, recently profiled by the NYT for his Robert Moses-inspired story cycle:
*Complimentary beer and wine
Mr. Greenman has established a reputation as a leading comic writer--helping to launch the McSweeney's imprint empire with Superbad, and continuing to impress with Superworse (Soft Skull) and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both (McAdam/Cage). With this collection, Greenman exhibits a new mastery of the short story form, introducing mature elements of melancholy, betrayal, and sincerity to his decidedly comic voice. Beautiful, intimate and mysterious, Correspondences cements Greenman's reputation as one of our most innovative and gifted authors.
The collection is also an art object--a collectable, limited edition, letterpress release handcrafted by Brandon Mise of Blue Barnhouse in North Carolina. Printed in several stages, the project includes three accordion books bearing two stories each, a postcard, and an unfolding chipboard casing--an architectural marvel that I will expand on in more detail below--upon which is printed a seventh story. This story, written with intentional gaps in the narrative, does something unprecedented: it invites the reader to complete the story, and submit his or her contribution to Hotel St. George for possible inclusion online, or in a future, paperback reissue of the book.
Send us as many contributions as you wish. We'd like to hear from you.
Official Website: http://www.hotelstgeorgepress.com
Added by LACerand on October 6, 2008