Excelsior! I'm happy to say that CCLaP's newest original book is now out and ready for your downloading pleasure; it's a new anthology, in fact, specifically regarding the subject of setting and how it can affect modern literature, entitled Amsterdamned If You Do. As regular readers know, this has been the summer project of the center's 2011 intern, Traci Kim; and while we technically had a prototype of the finished book ready to show people at CCLaP's big party last week, it's only today that the title is getting released to the general public. Here's the jacket copy for the book, for those who want to get a little better idea of what it's about:
Of all the basic building blocks that go into modern literature, the issue of setting may perhaps be both one of the trickiest and one of the most powerful; and now the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to announce a new anthology that specifically examines this subject, conceptualized and edited by the center's 2011 intern, Traci Kim. The compilation features a dozen noted writers from around the world, each penning a story in which their locations play a pivotal role -- from Brandon Tietz writing about a post-disaster Joplin, Missouri, to Jenn Winter discussing rush hour in Nairobi, and from Nora Bonner detailing the adventures of a white girl in Thailand to David Harris Ebenbach chronicling a family drama unfolding at "Jewish Day" at New York's Shea Stadium. (Also featured in this collection: Dan Treadway, Robert Duffer, Heather Skyler, Elva Maxine Beach, Joseph Bates, Delphine Pontvieux, Emma Riehle Bohmann and Lorraine Boissoneault.) Featuring multiple award winners, academic stars, and contributors to the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Chuck Palahniuk Writers' Workshop among others, this novella-sized anthology is a smart and satisfying read, a globe-spanning look at how physical location can still profoundly affect us in these online-everything times.
Anyway, as with all of CCLaP's other books, there are electronic versions that are available under a "pay what you want" scheme, including the option of "pay nothing" if that's what you choose, the book itself available as a PDF for either American or European laserprinters, an EPUB for most mobile devices, and MOBI specifically for adding to an Amazon Kindle; and there is also a handmade, hardbound paper edition available as well, for either $15 or $20 depending on whether you'd like recycled paper or cotton sheets, and with varying shipping rates based on where on the planet you're located ($5 for Americans, $13 for international customers). We'll be getting all the ancillary stuff for this book posted over the next week as well, including its Goodreads page and its Amazon listing, so please keep an eye out for that; but in the meanwhile, I hope that you too get a chance to download the book and enjoy it for yourself. Congratulations to Traci once again for a thought-provoking and highly entertaining literary compilation.