March 3, 2014

CCLaP's newest book is here!

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

Happy day! After half a year of dedicated work on this, I'm thrilled to announce that CCLaP's latest book is now ready for your downloading and/or purchasing pleasure, an incredibly charming story collection about failed punk rock bands called Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1, by Austinite Fernando A. Flores. Of course, it's not these bands' failures that are the main focus, but rather the joy that they tried in the first place, as is clear when you read the book's synopsis 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.

Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1: The Hypermodern Paper Edition

This is one of our well-known short "Hypermodern" books, like the ones we've been doing over the last three years before starting paperbacks in 2014; so that means that, as usual, the ebook version of this title is completely free if you want, over at its web headquarters; or for US$20 you can order a special handmade hardback paper edition, including such collectors' details as hand-numbering, a hand-signed provenance page, a full Colophon in the back, and more. Of course, we'd also be thrilled if you'd add this book to your library at Goodreads.com, if you happen to be a member of that "Facebook for book nerds" like we are; and don't forget that Fernando will be making a number of high-profile appearances in Texas over the next few months, including being one of the guests of honor at this year's San Antonio Book Festival, so for all you locals we'll be getting more info about these appearances posted closer to their dates. I gotta say, I'm very excited for this book to finally be out, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what people will be saying about this one as they get their reading finished. I encourage you to do so too, so please make sure to stop by its web headquarters to download a copy as soon as you have a chance.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 3:28 PM, March 3, 2014. Filed under: CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature |