I will have to choose two winners: If interested in reviewing, write in the comments section the following: 1.) which title you would like to review 2.) a brief description of your relationship to the small press in general 3.) why you are a good choice to review this book. (Number three doesn’t have to be anything lofty: It could be why you have more time to read and review a book than I do.) I will publish the review (succinct: 100-250 words) on this blog and would request the review to be sent to me before the end of January 2011.
One Review Copy Available of Each:
1. The Mermaid Translation, Allen Frost (Bird Dog Press, 2010)
Prose from the poet Allen Frost: Just released, this is a contemporary fantasy novel set in the Pacific Northwest and in the mind of Frost. The Mermaid Translation is one of those wonder books of old like William Blake and Kenneth Patchen wrote--a magic fable, a novel in poetry.
2. Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia, Charles Dodd White and Page Seay, Editors (Bottom Dog Press, 2010)
A very strong collection of stories by writers including: Rusty Barnes, Sheldon Lee Compton, Jarrid Deaton, Richard Hague, Silas House, Chris Holbrook, Denton Loving, Mindy Beth Miller, John McManus, Jim Nichols, Valerie Nieman, Chris Offutt, Mark Powell, Ron Rash, Alex Taylor, Crystal Wilkinson. "Hard, brilliant, and dark as coal, this brand new and necessary volume captures Appalachia today, a place where the old bedrock verities of family, community, belief, work, and the earth itself are all in painful "Upheaval"—to use the title of Chris Holbrook's story herein.”—Lee Smith
Larry Smith, publisher at Bottom Dog Press and author most recently of The Long River Home: A Novel (Working Lives Series at Bottom Dog Press, 2009)