A Year of Loving Stuff – 2010

Flatmancrooked’s staff loves a lot of stuff. In 2010, we got our love on. Here’s a list of the stuff we at FMC could not live without in 2010. Some of these things did not originate in 2010 but they certainly helped make the year a grand one!

BETHANY – Intern (PR/Promotions)

1. Vancouvor Winter Olympics, 2. chicken flavored top ramen, 3. KeSha, 4. The Big Bang Theory (the tv show), 5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1, 6. Haroun and the Sea of Stories, 7. Old Spice Commercials, 8. Venice Beach, CA, 9. 80′s style comeback, 10. Netflix


JONATHAN – Intern (Editorial)

1. Brett Favre returning, only to get the crap kicked out of him every 
week, over and over again 2. Red Dead Redemption 3. The new Arcade 
Fire 4. The idea of a new Interpol album. The actual album, not so 
much 5. Rediscovering J.D. Salinger (after he died, which is on my non-
top ten list) 6. Getting an internship at Flatmancrooked (and fine 
tuning my ass kissing abilities) 7. Taking a road trip from Sacramento 
to Mississippi and back again with my Dad 8. Getting into grad school 
9. Germans doctors curing HIV 10. Harry Potter!!!


MERIDETH – Copy Editor

1. Californians defeated proposition 23, 2. Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, 3. Jeanette Winterson’s books – in particular Written on the Body and The Passion, 4. Philip Pullman’s latest – The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, 5. Judgeoverturns proposition 8, 6. XKCD.com – A Webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language, 7. Ntozake Shange’s incredible choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, 8. The Cornucopia Institute: Promoting Economic Justice for Family Scale Farming, 9. Edan Lepucki’s fantastic debut, If You’re Not Yet Like Me, 10. Panasonic Close Curves Wet/Dry Ladies Shaver. It’s pretty darn awesome.



JOSH – Poetry Editor

1. Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics, 2. SF Giants World Series Champions, 3. Arcade Fire w/Calexico at the Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 4. The Walking Dead, Landon Donovan’s goal vs. Algeria in stoppage time to put the US through to the knock-out round and create millions of new fans of American soccer.



STEVE – Fiction Editor

Peter Grandbois’ novella School Bus, as serialized by Neccesary Fiction, Lance Olsen’s Calendar of Regrets, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Stephen Graham Jones’ The Ones That Got Away and It Came From Del Rio, Winter’s Bone, and Black Swan.




DEENA – Senior Editor (in no particular order)

A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter, ”High Violet” — The National, A Visit From the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan, ”Forgiveness Rock Record” — Broken Social Scene, Bored to DeathLast Night by James Salter, the Giants winning the World Series, Preservation Hall, Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Lore Segal, and having brunch across from a man who was almost definitely Salman Rushdie.





ELIJAH – Executive Editor

The Big Short by Michael Lewis, The Paris Review, American Short Fiction, The Bees by Dan Chaon – as found in Poe’s Children: The New Horror, edited by Peter Straub, all things Brooks Brothers, Highball Bouldering (this is an every year sort of love), Autotune the News’ Bed Intruder Song, ‘Evil Boy’ by Die Antword, Cee Lo’s cover of ‘No One’s Gonna Love You‘, Prosseco & Jameson (same night, not same time), AM/PM by Amelia Gray, Marlin’s Bolt Action .22 rifle with carbon-fiber stock, the World Cup, all things Gibson.


Shya Scanlon has LAUNCHED!

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Forecast

by Shya Scanlon

November 2010

The year is 2212, the weather is out of control, and Seattle is being rebuilt with electricity generated from negative human emotion. In a strange and turbulent world fueled by secrecy and voyeurism, a bored housewife named Helen vanishes, and Citizen Surveillant Maxwell Point, the man whose job it’s been to watch her, must recount the years leading up to her disappearance. As Helen is drawn back to the city on an increasingly absurd errand to find a man she once loved, Maxwell begins to suspect foul play. But is he so dependent on the very thing he’s trained to protect that it colors not only his judgment, but his grip on reality? In this novel inspired by the troubled relationship between an author and his craft, Shya Scanlon renders a surreal, dystopian world in which alternate motives are required and people must hide even from themselves—a world in which the only real freedom is powerlessness.


This here is Shya Scanlon. As evidenced by the photo, Shya’s monthly budget is such that he subsists chiefly on simple carbohydrates glazed in sugar. Despite this, he is still very skinny. We foresee tremendous things for Shya’s career as a writer, but it’s only just begun. And this is where you come in. Invest in Shya’s career by purchasing a share in his future; LAUNCH Shya, and for $____, you get a limited edition, hand-signed copy of his debut novel FORECAST. If you’re a Scanlon Superfan, SUPERLAUNCH gets you two limited edition, hand-signed copies and a personal letter from the author himself.

We were introduced to Shya via our participation in FORECAST 42, his web serialization of an earlier draft of the novel. We were immediately taken with Shya’s remarkable range as an author–his command over a style that spans the quick-witted satire of Forecast, to the precise realism of short stories like “Who Gets Which Nice Something,” which we published in our fiction anthology Not About Vampires. And we’re not the only ones that are excited; here’s what some others had to say about Shya’s fiction debut:

“Shya Scanlon’s brilliant first novel inhabits the skin of science fiction while setting off fireworks more extravagantly imagined and coolly displayed than those ever fired into the night air by any conventional SF novel..” —Peter Straub, author of A Dark MatterKoko, and Shadowland

“In Forecast, Scanlon invokes an absurd not-too-distant future that nonetheless seems altogether too believable and real. Tipping its hat to authors like Stacey Levine, China Miéville and Jonathan Lethem, Scanlon’s novel is part Science Fiction, part noir, part road narrative and part love story. A new and vital voice in fabulist fiction.” —Brian Evenson, author of Fugue State and Last Days

“Like the narrator of Shya Scanlon’s very funny and very frightening Forecast, we his readers, plunged into a world of dog-devouring clouds and hallucination-inducing Anti-Surveillance masks, become “both fever dreamer and the dream itself.” Carved with uncommon authority out of the mists of what’s almost surely to come, Forecast does double duty as herald of an important new literary voice on the U.S. scene and harbinger of some seriously foul weather we’ll all have to contend with.” Laird Hunt, author of Ray of the Star

View the book-trailer for FORECAST here.

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The Finalists Are In!

After months of careful deliberation, we are thrilled to announce the results of the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize, judged by Benjamin Percy.


PRIZE WINNER:

“Look Up. Look Up.” by Myfanwy Collins

Click here to listen to Myfanwy receiving the news and guest judge Benjamin Percy talk about the winning story, “Look Up, Look Up.”

RUNNER UP:

“Punch Confessions” by Neal Bonser


SECOND RUNNER UP:

“Amber Wong-Cohen” by Jessica Fleitman


FINALISTS:

“Long Enough and Hard Enough” by Tom Bonfiglio

“Clues to Murple” by Kirk Curnutt

“Cloisters” by Danny Goodman

“Based on True Events” by Danny Goodman

“Outside” by Daniel Grandbois

“Riot on Cell Block P” by Geoff Schmidt

“The Housekeeper” by Theodore Wheeler


Congratulations to all our finalists. All top ten stories will appear in print in Flatmancrooked’s forthcoming fiction anthology and featured on the website over the next year. A tremendous thank you to everyone who entered; we continue to be awed at the pool of talented writers out there, and the decision-making process is never easy.

2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize

The guest judge for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize is author Benjamin Percy and thepurse for the prize recipient is $1,000.00. The prize opens for submissions on Monday, May 3rd, 2010.

 

 

About the author/guest judge:

Benjamin Percy is the author of a novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in fall 2010), and two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio (click to listen), performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (click to read) , Men’s Journal, Outside, the Paris Review (click to read or listen), the Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. His honors include the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. In 2009, First Second Books (a division of Macmillan) published a graphic novel adaptation of Refresh, Refresh, illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff and co-authored by filmmaker James Ponsoldt. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University.

About the prize:

  • 1st Place/Prize Recipient receives a $1,000.00 stipend, print publication in Flatmancrooked 4 (to be published winter 10/11), designation as the 2010 Flatmancrooked Prize Recipient, online feature, and invitation to Flatmancrooked 2nd Annual Night One Party at AWP 2011 in Washington DC.
  • 10 finalists will receive print publication in Flatmancrooked 4, designation as a 2010 Flatmancrooked Prize Finalist, and online feature.
  • $15.00 for a single entry
  • $40.00 for a triple entry

click here for complete rules and details


DIRTY SECRET: 4 “Genre” Novels Worth Your Time


I’m not entirely sure why I was asked to write this or to generate this list.  I haven’t read a lot of what is considered “genre” fiction although I’m gaining greater breadth in this area these days.  It’s probably because I’m less snooty about books than is the venerable editor.  There’s also the possibility that I simply know more about various types of writing than he does – but that’s a question for another time.  In no particular order, and having made a vow not to type the name of a famous character whose initials are “H.P.,” I give you my four favorite “genre” works.  One of the best things about these books is that half of them have at least one sequel; there’s nothing like seeing a character get juicier the longer you know her!
1. Outlander (and its sequels) by Diana Gabaldon.  First of all, Gabaldon’s protagonist, a young British woman fresh out of nursing on the battlefields of World War II, is one of the most complex heroines I’ve ever met.  She’s bold and brave, smart and sassy, but not to the point of being a caricature, which is rare.  Gabaldon writes solid fiction that moves at a perfect pace most of the time and she has fewer annoying writers’ foibles than most.  The historical part of the storyline tends to drag a bit around the fourth and fifth works in the series (particularly The Fiery Cross, which I didn’t finish) but the pace picks up again in the sixth novel.  I like these books so much that I’m actually re-reading the first one right now even though it’s been only six or seven months since I read it the first time!
2. White As Snow by Tanith Lee.  Fans of fantasy and sci-fi have altars built to Tanith Lee and I can see why after reading this book!  Her storytelling is vivid yet surreal and the darkness of the tale just gets deeper and deeper until you begin to wonder how much darker it can get.  The happily-ever-after isn’t a given in this story – not just because the original Snow White story didn’t have a happy ending but also because the characters are far too interesting – lurid, even – to allow something so trite.
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.  Somehow I imagine that Jane Austen would appreciate this story were she living today.  I have tried to read Jane Austen and the only one of her novels I’ve been able to slog my way through was Mansfield Park.  I’ve watched the BBC movie version of Pride and Prejudice, though, and Grahame-Smith has hit on every key point with such exactitude that I kept laughing out loud while I was reading.  The illustrations enhance the experience.  It’s fantastic to see Miss Elizabeth Bennett kicking a little ass.
4. The Golden Compass (first in a trilogy – published in the UK as Northern Lights) by Phillip Pullman.  Preadolescent Lyra Belacqua, our recalcitrant heroine, is one of the greatest characters in all of fiction.  She makes mousy Meg Murray of A Wrinkle in Time appear spineless.  Pullman has garnered acclaim for this trilogy because the writing is vibrant, the theme compelling – and he has been the target of religious groups who dislike his portrayal of religion. I find his secular message to be a beautiful paean to humanism.
Genre gets a lot of heat, which is peculiar considering such literary travesties as The Confederacy of Dunces not only being published but winning prizes. Seriously? As the great Chabon might say, “Don’t genre hate, congratulate.” I mean, reading Beckett is well and good, but it just isn’t any fun.
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SEXY BRAINS: Bad decisions with Hot Authors?

Who’s the Sexiest Author Under 35?

So, we’re all very impressed with books. Writing, intelligence, blah, blah, blah. But, let’s talk carnal needs. Say, you find yourself at AWP, the LA Times Book Festival, or, heaven help you, Frankfurt. You’ve just hopped from the HTML Giant Bonanza, to the Granta Party, to the New Yorker Drink-Fest at some upscale bar. It’s 1 AM. Coats are off. Personal space is a thing of the past. The room, dark and warm, is filled with sexy brainiacs and you certainly don’t want to curl up with just a book tonight. So, you’re gonna make your move. Which author do you aim for?

UZODINMA IWEALA

Author of Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma represents all things sexy about the best the ivy league has to offer. He was named one of Granta’s Best Young Novelists and now, one of Flatmancrooked’s Sexiest. Admit it. You want to be the one to whom he says, “Just call me Uzo.”




AMELIA GRAY

Amelia is a writer living in the heat of Austin, TX. She authored AM/PM, published by Featherproof Books, and Museum of the Weird, due Summer 2010 through Fiction Collective 2. She has a heartbreaking smile, is a soul-shaking talent, and eyes that hurt to look at.




JOSH WEIL

Josh is the author of The New Valley, and has a rugged handsomeness that make knees knock. He was named one of the “5 under 35″ by the National Book Foundation and named “Spokesperson for All Things Great about Strong Jawlines” by Flatmancrooked.




JUDY BUDNITZ

Nice Big American Baby is Judy’s most recently collection. “American Babe” is Judy’s most recently received title, as bestowed upon her by yours truly. She is also on the coveted Granta’s Best Young Novelists list and on our, “Girls are Extra Sexy when they Write High-Brow Horror” list.



TAO LIN

Best known for his novel Shoplifting From American Apparel and his impressive ability to self-market, Tao will now be known as the face of all things sexy-and-criminal in the literary world. Eeeeeeee Eeeee Eeeeeeee indeed.




NELL FREUDENBERGER

The sweet heart of Travel + Leisure, Salon, and the New Yorker, Nell’s Lucky Girls is a collection comprised of stories about American’s in foreign lands. Nell herself embodies a mystique somewhat foreign, making lucky men of those who catch a glimpse of this risen star.




So, the party is coming to close. You’ve taken what you can from this lovely fluff piece. Let’s pretend you’ve got a shot with these prize-authors. Time to let us know which one of them you’d like to be stuck in a Marriott with for a weekend, nursing bourbon, pretending to want to talk about Raymond Carver between . . . “exchanges.” What’s your flavor?

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Let the press begin!

Here is some of the press so far. Thank you to all the media outlets and journalists who’ve been kind enough to do everything from blurb to write reviews and article about this project and this book.

Is this the apocalypse? Maybe. It could just be a personal problem.

James Kaelan’s We’re Getting On was the last book to remind me why I love books so much. A collection of 2 long and 2 short interconnected stories, this text challenges the very notion of progress by evaluating the roles of technology and imagination in a modern, ecologically unsustainable society. The vision is undaunted and as clear as skies must have been before the industrial age.

The first story, “A Deliberate Life,” provides a vivid snapshot of the kind of hipster life where “you’re only allowed to worry about things that don’t matter, like bands and trials and fashion,” where, due to a lack of funds … well. I’ll let the no-nonsense protagonist Josh tell you about it:

“I should explain that in Midtown, because none of us can afford the cover charge at The Park (though none of us could go there if we could), we have to settle for the second string girls who’re willing to put up with fruit flies in their vermouth. (read more)

One of the things I’ve always wanted to try with Monkeybicycle is to manufacture its print issues on recycled paper, using soy-based inks. Environmentalism is something that I’m very heavily involved in, and I want to do my part. Publishing books isn’t exactly the best way to do that, so I did a bit of research on how to lower Monkeybicycle’s impact on the earth and it definitely seems feasible to lower it. I’ve wanted to do this from issue one, but have never had the money–it’s slightly more expensive to use environmentally friendly materials–but I think costs are coming down a bit as more people look into these possibilities, so I’m giving it some hard thought for future issues. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to make the books completely carbon-free because of shipping, so maybe I’ll find a way to plant some trees to make up for that. (read more).

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You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

This first edition of We’re Getting On is made of 100% post-consumer paper, is biodegradable, and the cover contains birch seeds that, we’re this book to be planted, would grow into trees.


SUPER-LAUNCH

You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • We’re Getting On (Novel) 2nd Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • Your Name (or a name of your choosing) printed in the 2nd Ed. of We’re Getting On under the section “This book was made possible by-”
  • Postcard: James will send you a handwritten postcard from the 1900 mile book tour, by bike.
  • Limited Ed. Zero Emission Book Project Tour Poster
  • Instant download of ‘The Murderous Cowboys’ live album, written about in We’re Getting On, 2nd Ed.

You choose your price, starting at $60.00

Price
$15.00

Price

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Press Inquries and Interview Requests can be directed to Goldest Egg c/o Jessi Hector
jessi [ at ] goldestegg [ dot ] com

Here’s your chance to participate!

James Kaelan’s We’re Getting On

1) We’re Getting On first editions are 100% green, recycled, and super-post-consumer. The interiors are 100% recycled paper. But what’s crazy is that the covers are made of seed paper that, upon burial, germinate and grow into spruce trees. That’s right! This book offsets its own carbon footprint 10X over.

2) The Zero Emission Book Tour will begin on July 2nd, 2010. James will pass through more than 20 West Coast cities in 8 weeks between Los Angeles and Vancouver — on a BIKE! Provided you live in California, Oregon, Washington, or southwestern Canada, you’ll just have to stop by and see him read.

3) We at Flatmancrooked have a couple great sponsors on board, but this is a grassroots project with a host of very amazing volunteers. Through this project we aim to prove to the literary community that indie publishing is a force to be reckoned with.

LAUNCH

You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

This first edition of We’re Getting On is made of 100% post-consumer paper, is biodegradable, and the cover contains spruce seeds that, we’re this book to be planted, would grow into trees.


SUPER-LAUNCH

You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • We’re Getting On (Novel) 2nd Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • Your Name (or a name of your choosing) printed in the 2nd Ed. of We’re Getting On under the section “This book was made possible by-”
  • Postcard: James will send you a handwritten postcard from the 1900 mile book tour, by bike.
  • Limited Ed. Zero Emission Book Project Tour Poster
  • Instant download of ‘The Murderous Cowboys’ live album, written about in We’re Getting On, 2nd Ed.

You choose your price, starting at $60.00

Price
$15.00

Price

______________________________________________________________

Press Inquries and Interview Requests can be directed to Goldest Egg c/o Jessi Hector
jessi [ at ] goldestegg [ dot ] com

The LAUNCH has begun!

Here’s you chance to make the Zero Emission Book Project a success.

 

James Kaelan’s We’re Getting On

1) We’re Getting On first editions are 100% green, recycled, and super-post-consumer. The interiors are 100% recycled paper. But what’s crazy is that the covers are made of seed paper that, upon burial, germinate and grow into spruce trees. That’s right! This book offsets its own carbon footprint 10X over.

2) The Zero Emission Book Tour will begin on July 2nd, 2010. James will pass through more than 20 West Coast cities in 8 weeks between Los Angeles and Vancouver — on a BIKE! Provided you live in California, Oregon, Washington, or southwestern Canada, you’ll just have to stop by and see him read.

3) We at Flatmancrooked have a couple great sponsors on board, but this is a grassroots project with a host of very amazing volunteers. Through this project we aim to prove to the literary community that indie publishing is a force to be reckoned with.

LAUNCH

You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

This first edition of We’re Getting On is made of 100% post-consumer paper, is biodegradable, and the cover contains spruce seeds that, we’re this book to be planted, would grow into trees.


SUPER-LAUNCH

You receive . . .

  • We’re Getting On (Novella) 1st Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • We’re Getting On (Novel) 2nd Ed

_____________by James Kaelan

  • Your Name (or a name of your choosing) printed in the 2nd Ed. of We’re Getting On under the section “This book was made possible by-”
  • Postcard: James will send you a handwritten postcard from the 1900 mile book tour, by bike.
  • Limited Ed. Zero Emission Book Project Tour Poster
  • Instant download of ‘The Murderous Cowboys’ live album, written about in We’re Getting On, 2nd Ed.

You choose your price, starting at $60.00

Price
$15.00

Price

______________________________________________________________

Press Inquries and Interview Requests can be directed to Goldest Egg c/o Jessi Hector
jessi [ at ] goldestegg [ dot ] com

AWP Highlights

For those of you who were unable to attend AWP in Denver this year, you were missed. Flatmancrooked was a hit, the authors were a hit, the entire experience was absolutely amazing. Here are some highlights, in video form, thanks to Hudson Design.