The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to present its first-ever premier publishing event, exquisitely done high-priced handmade books created specifically for professional collectors and hardcore fans. In this case, it's a compendium of two smaller ebook story collections by Ben Tanzer, Repetition Patterns from 2008 and So Different Now from 2011, entitled The New York Stories since all the pieces are set in the same small upstate New York town, similar to the one where Tanzer actually grew up. The book features a full Colophon, signature/provenance page, and 30 illustrations by Chicago artist Laura Szumowski (six in full color and inserted via special vellum sheets), the whole thing held together with faux-suede covers and external Coptic stitching. A must-have for serious book collectors and diehard Tanzer and Szumowski fans, The New York Stories is very likely to go up in value as the years progress, so make sure to order your own copy right away.
The electronic version of this book is being offered for free download to increase readership, although you're encouraged to make a voluntary payment through Paypal. (Because of the many illustrations found within, this ebook is only offered as a PDF, not in EPUB or Kindle forms.) To start the process, choose one of the options below:
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In June and July of 2012, Ben and Laura both embarked on virtual tours for The New York Stories, including a few dates they did together. Click below to check out archived versions of all the tour stops:
6/15: Mourning Goats (Ben) | 6/18: Caleb J. Ross (Ben) | 6/19: Ryan Bradley (Ben) | 6/20: Pete Anderson (Ben) | 6/21: Baby Got Books (Ben) | 6/25: Mel Bosworth (Ben) | 6/26: Patricia Ann McNair (Ben) | 6/27: Curbside Splendor (Ben) | 6/28: Cort Bledsoe (Ben) | 6/29: Another Chicago Magazine (Ben and Laura) | 7/2: The Next Best Book Blog (Ben and Laura) | 7/3: Dead End Follies (Ben), Baby Got Books (Laura) | 7/4: WordPlaySound (Ben), Caleb J. Ross (Laura) | 7/5: Artifice Magazine (Ben and Laura) | 7/6: Mark R. Brand (Laura) | 7/9: Untoward Magazine (Laura) | 7/11: Big Other (Laura) | 7/12: David David Katzman (Laura)
This book has been released under a Creative Commons license (click the above icon to actually read it in full); this gives you permission to make unlimited copies for yourself, convert it into other formats, translate it into other languages, and use it as a basis for nonprofit multimedia projects (audio, film, animation, stage performance, calligraphy, etc), in return for you not changing the contents or removing the credits.
CCLaP is always on the lookout for great unsigned manuscripts. Click here for more on how to submit your own.