FUTURE TENSE NEWS
December 27th, 2013
2013 was a pretty great year for us (and for me personally as well--A new book! Best American Essays! My son graduated high school)!
I wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone and let you know that 2014 is going to be so good in Future Tense land. First off, we have the next three Scout Books coming out in the spring (hopefully around May). They will be Girly by May-Lan Tan, Darkmouth Strikes Again by Jay Ponteri, and a not-yet-titled scorcher by Chelsea Hodson. We'll have the pre-order button set up for these beauties in February. Watch for that.
Here's how I discovered these three:
I discovered May-Lan Tan because of her amazing story, Legendary, in Zoetrope Magazine
and went hunting for more. Not finding anything else, I found her on-line and started begging for more. That was almost two years ago. I'm excited that we're putting out her first US release. But she does have a whole other book coming out in the UK
that we're excited to see soon too.
Jay Ponteri is a Portland author and his memoir, Wedlocked,
was one of my favorite books of 2013--and would definitely qualify as the bravest book I read all year.
was someone I initially knew only through her Twitter
(haha) but started to read more of when we were scheduled to read at an event together at Word in Brooklyn (just earlier this month!). Her reading
electrified my brain and melted my heart and I pestered her in the days after, frantically trying to lure her into the Future Tense family. I was afraid she would sign a giant deal with a major as soon as they also discovered her! Well, they probably will still. In the meantime, I'm very happy to be working with her.
Happy to be working with all three of these awesome artists (because yes, their writing is good enough to be called Art, with a capital A).
After those three, we'll be releasing a memoir in the summer by Wendy C. Ortiz
titled Excavation: A Memoir. This book further investigates the intense and illegal relationship that Wendy explored in this essay last year on The Nervous Breakdown.
After reading that, I contacted her and wanted to read more. I was floored by it and can't wait to show it to you, dear reader.
Also, in the news, our newest releases by Jamie Iredell and Gary Lutz have been doing great and winning hearts and minds all over.
Check out Jamie here
. And on Brad Listi's podcast!
And Gary getting some love here
and a featured spot on Recommended Reading!
Remember--the best way to keep track of Future Tense news and happenings is by joining our page on Facebook.
And hey--we also have a Twitter page now.
Thank you for all your support as usual! And bookstores, you can order up our books at Small Press Distribution
. Happy New Year! Onward!!
September 19th, 2013
Things have been a little crazy at FT headquarters. I've been working on several things, including being
LitHop PDX (with co-conspirator Jeff Alessandrelli), gearing up for the release of my Tin House novel, Read this cool Vice Magazine interview with Gary
by Mr. Blake Butler.
Next up for us--and coming up quick--is Jamie Iredell's essay collection, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, which is now available for a special pre-order price on our BOOKS page
. This is a big, beautiful book and we're happy to work with Jamie again (we put out his fantastic story creation, The Book of Freaks, a couple of years ago). The official release date of Jamie's book is 11-12-13 (same as my book!) but we will have a few early copies during Wordstock (Jamie
will actually be in Portland for this, all the way from Atlanta). He's doing other touring this fall too. More details on that to come. Good times ahead.
Plus--holy crap!! Look at those amazing covers by Bryan Coffelt. So classic. We were laughing out loud while working on Jamie's cover. It's so good on so many levels. (I also want to mention that our new editor, Tina Morgan, did a superb job getting this treasure into tip-top shape)
Thanks everyone for all your support as usual! Bookstores--remember you can order up our books at Small Press Distribution
. Viva la Future Tense!
February 7th, 2013
The Scout Books
are officially rolling out soon. The Aaron Gilbreath book is printed and the other two, from Sommer Browning and Melody Owen, are going to the printer next week. Pre-order your copies of the books
(one or all of them!) right now. We're going to have a book release party here in Portland soon after. Watch for that announcement (follow us on Facebook!).
In other news, the Gregory Sherl
book is getting some good attention and he'll be making some appearances at AWP next month in Boston. Don't miss your chance to see this Mississippi boy. He doesn't get out of the south very often!
And guess what else is happening. We're planning our 2013 releases and we're excited to announce what our next book will be after the Scout Books. It's going to be an expanded edition of Gary Lutz's
collection, Partial List of People to Bleach
, which we released as a chapbook in 2009. The new deluxe version will have a couple of new stories as well as his now-classic essay, The Sentence Is a Lonely Place.
Watch for this book in late spring or early summer. It will have a redesigned cover by Bryan Coffelt and we'll be easier for bookstores to get (since we're working with Small Press Distribution
these days). Gary Lutz is my favorite short story writer ever and Bryan and I are honored to be re-presenting this book later this year. Pre-ordering for this treasure will start in April.
In news of my own, I am very happy to say that I sold my novel, This Is Between Us, to Tin House Books
recently. It will be out in November. In fact, I just sent in my final edits and revisions. If you're at Book Expo of America
in late May (in New York) I will be there too and I might have review copies if you're interested in getting one for book reviewing, hyping, etc.
Thanks everyone! Good and exciting times are always happening here at Future Tense headquarters!
August 22nd, 2012
Portland Publishers Team Up For New Book Series
Future Tense Books and Pinball Publishing to Release Three Books This Winter
In February, longtime Portland publisher Future Tense Books will work with the innovative printing team at Pinball Publishing to co-publish a new series of Scout Book chapbooks. Future Tense editors Kevin Sampsell and Bryan Coffelt have announced the first three titles in the partnership, with more to be announced later in 2013.
The Scout Books are 32 pages long and are 3.5" x 5" and will be printed in limited runs of 500 for each title.
Scout Books Production - Behind the Scenes at Pinball Publishing from Scout Books on Vimeo.
The following three books will be released simultaneously:
When I Was Nineteen, I Was an Old Man by Melody Owen
(a selection from Melody's actual dream journals mixed with atmospheric collages from the acclaimed Portland artist, who is represented nationally by Elizabeth Leach Gallery)
A Secondary Landscape by Aaron Gilbreath
(a personal essay about the author's experiences with mind-altering drugs on a road trip when he was 20. Gilbreath is a Portland nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, Oxford American, Tin House, and the New York Times.)
Presidents (And Other Jokes) by Sommer Browning
(a collection of jokes and cartoons that showcase the acerbic wit and an acute sense of the absurd from the Denver poet and author of Either Way I'm Celebrating [Birds, LLC])
Author events will be scheduled. Review copies available to media upon release. PDF review copies available prior to release.
Contact email@example.com for more info.
June 22nd, 2012
Hey people! It's summer now and a lot of exciting stuff happening! First off, you have probably seen Chloe Caldwell's book blowing up everywhere
. From Steve Almond talking it up
on Boston radio to various reviews and interviews on Publishers Weekly (Starred Review!)
and L Magazine
She's also done a bunch of readings and is here in Portland for this reading next Tuesday. It'll be outdoors! It'll be with Diana Salier! Please come out and say hello to me and Bryan and our newest FT worker Becca Yenser!
Here's some info on Facebook
We're also really excited about other stuff coming up later this year. The new Gregory Sherl
beauty, Monogamy Songs, will be out in September. This is a tough one to describe. It's like a memoir made up of linked (untitled) prose poems. It's pretty amazing, and is Greg's most revealing and personal book.
Plus, a new chapbook series that we'll be announcing soon that will probably start up in December. More details to come soon on that!