Wow, has there been a lot of developments recently with CCLaP's newest book, Austinite Fernando A. Flores' ode to failed punk bands and small-town music scenes, Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1! The book has surprisingly become a legitimate mainstream success in Flores' home state of Texas, and we've been struggling to keep up with the overwhelming demand for this handmade hardback. (And speaking of which, thanks to all you mail-order customers who keep staying patient about your shipment! They will all be in the mail by next week, my promise to you!) First up recently was the book's release party, at the great Farewell Books in Austin; as you can see in the above photos sent along by Fernando, the event was packed and fun, and a bunch of Fernando's musician friends came out to help celebrate this long-germinating story collection.
And now? Well, now Fernando is hitting the road a little! First up, he will be one of the guests of honor at this year's San Antonio Book Festival, taking place at the city's main public library all day tomorrow, April 5th. Fernando will be featured on a panel at 4:15 called "A Celebration of Emerging Voices," moderated by the revered Texas author Carmen Tafolla; it takes place in the West Terrace (third floor), and is free to attend. Barnes & Noble will have plenty of copies of the book on sale that day, so I hope all you locals will get a chance to stop by!
And then on April 17th, Fernando will be in the fantastic city of Dallas, performing through the busy local literary organization WordSpace. The reading itself will be at CentralTrak in that city (800 Exposition Avenue), at 7pm, and again this is a free event and with copies of Fernando's book being sold that night. We've been humbled and awed by the vast amount of interest all of you have shown to Bullshit Artists (in fact, it is quickly on its way to becoming the biggest selling title in CCLaP's history, just one month after its release), and we look forward to finally getting caught up with all these handmade books that are still owed to so many of you. If you're a Texas resident, I hope you'll have a chance to go out and see Fernando live on stage soon!