Yippee! It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And that's because today sees the release of her debut book through the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella Have You Seen Me, now available for your downloading and purchasing pleasure. Here's the jacket blurb, for those who would like to know a little about it...
Chris and Vyv have always been close -- as the only two 'weird' kids in their small Midwestern town, they've often depended on each other to survive. But their friendship will be put to the test when Vyv runs away and continues to communicate with Chris in secret. All summer, as the search for Vyv mounts, Chris tries to avoid the pressure by working for Albert, an off-the-grid survivalist writer building an anarchist compound from an abandoned house and barn. But as Albert's plans for the future grow more apocalyptic, and Vyv's emails gradually become more terrifying, Chris will face the complete upheaval of everything he's ever known. The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to present Have You Seen Me, the debut novella of local author Katherine Scott Nelson.
As always, the electronic version has been released under a "pay what you want" system, with "pay nothing" being an entirely valid option during the downloading process; the ebook is available in both American and European PDF forms, for printing out to either 8.5 x 11 or A4 paper, an EPUB for most mobile devices (including iPhones and iPads, Nooks, Sony Readers and a lot more), and a special MOBI just for Amazon Kindles, which you can transfer using your device's USB cord. (There will also be a version available through the Kindle Store itself for a flat five bucks; as usual, there's a delay with getting Amazon to approve the manuscript, so I'll make another mention here as soon as it's ready.) Or if you're one of the gloriously old-fashioned, why not order the book in its special handmade "Hypermodern" paper edition? That comes with a signature/provenance page and an extended Colophon, sandwiched between fabric-lined hardback covers with decorative interior pages and a glossy photo glued to the front, held together with external Coptic-style stitching. Only US$15 for the version with recycled paper (approximately 10 euros, 8 pounds), or $20 for one with cotton sheets, and I can literally ship these to just about anyone on the entire planet via USPS Priority Mail (three to four days for Americans, seven to ten days for international orders, with US customers receiving an online tracking number as well).
Of course, there's also lots of other stuff available today in conjunction with the book; I recently did an interview with Katherine for the podcast, for example, and we were also lucky enough to have professional voice artist Christopher Sullivan do an extended spoken-word excerpt from the book, while CCLaP's previous author Jason Fisk nicely sent in a "passing the torch" style essay about the book as well. And of course, don't forget that the book has its own listing at Goodreads.com as well, and I highly encourage my fellow members of that literary social network to add it to their shelves and to maybe post a few kind words. Oh yeah, and we're having a release party and everything this time! Thursday, November 10th at Women & Children First Bookstore, up in the Andersonville neighborhood! Then we'll all go have some drinks at Simon's across the street, so come out and join us!
I have to say, I'm very excited about this newest book, and think it has the potential to perhaps become the most popular title in the center's history; that's just how universal the ideas are here that Katherine writes about, while still maintaining the dark, unusual edge that you've come to rely on from all of CCLaP's titles. I highly encourage you to download a copy as soon as you have a chance.