Hey, everyone, sorry that we had another week here at the website with no updates, which has been happening this year more often than I want, since we've been so incredibly busy with new projects and cross-country tours and the like. But behold what's been keeping me so busy this particular week -- it's version 2.0 of the CCLaP Factory, i.e. the corner of my apartment here in Chicago where I make all of the center's handmade paper books. This stuff's been scattered all over the place for the last year, so I'm glad to get it all organized into one central, safe, spill-free location, and even with room left over for a new stand-up work area; but this basically involved me moving an entire half of my apartment over to the other half, and the other half over to the former half, and I wanted to get all this done before we start up our brand-new 12-part special podcast project in a few weeks, which is going to keep me insanely busy every week pretty much all the way to Thanksgiving.
And speaking of coming projects that are going to keep me super busy this fall, I'm giddy to announce that CCLaP's newest original book now officially has a cover! That's it you're seeing above, for a new book of essays on 21st-century Jewishness that's coming out in October, entitled Famous Drownings in Literary History by an Ohio professor named Kevin Haworth. These are essentially funny yet insightful looks at being a youngish, creative Jew in a post-9/11 world, right up the alley of existing Believer and This American Life fans, and has already won a grant from the Ohio Arts Council even before publication; and since we did so well this spring by offering Lauryn Allison Lewis's solo/down for pre-order, we're doing the same for Kevin's book, which can be ordered right this minute for US$20 (with recycled paper, $25 for cotton sheets), handmade in our brand spanking new bookbinding factory and shipped to you the literal day in October when the book is released. This is going to be a big release for CCLaP, our first book expected to receive national mainstream publicity and a manuscript we've been working on for an entire year now, and I'm very happy that we're now in the final stages of editing and also finally have a pretty stunning cover (image courtesy of Evan Mitchell, and used with his kind permission). I hope you'll have a chance to order your own advance copy soon!