February 28, 2014

Guess what's coming Monday?

Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1, by Fernando A. Flores

Shhh...don't tell anyone, but CCLaP's newest book comes out on Monday! Or, actually, we encourage you to tell as many people as you want, because we're awfully proud of this latest one, Austin Texas resident Fernando A. Flores' Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1. The synopsis does it more justice than I can here off the top of my head, so let me just reprint it below...

McAllen, Texas is the indie-rock capital of the world; or at least it would be, if all their bands didn't have the pesky habit of disintegrating before ever having their first big success. That's the central premise of Austinite Fernando A. Flores' literary debut, and anyone who's ever pawned their guitar to buy more beer will find much in this book to celebrate. Working from the conceit that all acts of creativity are vital to human happiness, no matter what the public reaction, Flores presents a smorgasbord of interconnected tales about artists who can't quite seem to get their act together--from the performance artist whose most important work was only ever seen by five people, to the revered punk singer who never recorded a single album, to the bar band who accidentally become pawns of a local political campaign--and shows how in all these cases, the mere existence of these artists is a magical antidote against day-to-day ennui and adversity, and that it's actually the rest of the squares who are the true bullshit artists. By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and infuriating, this compact story collection is a loving ode to small-town music scenes in all their messy glory, and a welcome slap in the face to our "Yes We Can" times.

This is one of the last of the short handmade "Hypermodern" books we will ever do before retiring the series (title #22 out of the eventual cap of 25), so lovers of books, this is one you will want in paper form -- it features a signed and hand-numbered provenance page among other little collector details, and each one is literally made by me here in my apartment in Uptown. To go ahead and order a copy this moment, so to be part of the first batch of deliveries that are made, just use the Paypal button below (you do not have to be a member of Paypal to use this, just the owner of a credit card):

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These stories have been a big local secret down there in south Texas for years -- Fernando has been slowly compiling and performing these at various open mics down there over a long period, gathering up a large fan base along the way -- and there is already a kind of sweeping excitement there for this book that I feel will catch on with the rest of you nationally once the book is actually out on Monday. In terms of sheer entertainment and emotional response, this is quite clearly one of the better books we've ever put out on those subjects, and I have a feeling that you're really going to love this as much as we do once you sit down and read it yourself. I hope you'll come back on Monday for the chance to do so!

Filed by Jason Pettus at 11:41 AM, February 28, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |