June 30, 2011

It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP!

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book is finally here! For those who don't know, it's a "micro-story" collection called Salt Creek Anthology by a local author named Jason Fisk, consisting of 75 tiny little interconnected stories concerning four sorta trashy families who all live on the same cul-de-sac in a far rural suburb of Chicago. There's something special about this book, though, which is that it's being released in what's called a "hyperfiction" style; so that is, on top of being able to just read the book normally from beginning to ending in a row, there are also literal hyperlinks embedded within the text of each story as well, with the phrases that are linked giving you a little clue to the subject of the story that comes next. (That's a typical story you're seeing above, appearing as actual clickable links in the Sony Reader and Apple iPhone, and then as colored text and "turn to page XX" references in the PDF version.) And of course this is also the first book in CCLaP's history to be available in a special handmade paper edition right from the very first day as well, title number two in the center's new "Hypermodern Editions" series this summer, special high-quality physical editions of all our electronic books, designed for collectors but reasonably priced.

Anyway, there's a ton of stuff for you to check out regarding the book, including a new half-hour audio interview I did with Fisk for the CCLaP Podcast (coming tomorrow), a critical essay by me on why I signed the book, as well as more about hyperfiction in general, another critical essay by Mark R. Brand, CCLaP's previously published author, and a special new photo essay on the making of the book's paper edition, a special spineless manuscript that ships in a custom-made fabric-lined box. I hope you'll get a chance to check all of it out as we all make our way into the long Independence Day weekend here in the US; and of course, do definitely go download or purchase the book right now if you haven't gotten a chance to yet. Oh, and don't forget this book's listing at Goodreads.com, for all my fellow members of that literary social network who would like to add it to their reading queues there, or chime in with a nice comment or two!

Filed by Jason Pettus at 8:45 PM, June 30, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Chicago news | Literature | Profiles |