Welcome to the publishing wing of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. CCLaP Publishing means to "fill the gaps" of the usual commercial literary industry, producing and releasing a series of extra-high-quality projects by mid-level writers that in one way or another simply don't make for good full-length paper retail manuscripts. Whether cutting-edge in nature, prurient, or simply of an unusual length, all books by CCLaP Publishing are designed to serve as a creative punctuation to a writer's career, a book of unusually high stature designed specifically to get them notice from the world's heaviest readers.

Feel like submitting your own manuscript for consideration? Click here for more on CCLaP's submission guidelines.

The Wounding Time, by Hussein Osman

October 2014: CCLaP's newest full-length novel is now out, the Afghanistan war novel and deep character study The Wounding Time by Hussein Osman. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Chicago After Dark: A City All-Star Student Anthology

September 2014: CCLaP's newest full-length book is now out, a "city all-star" student anthology called Chicago After Dark, featuring work from students at ten different universities across Chicago, with a brand-new introduction by Don De Grazia (American Skin). Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Love Songs of the Revolution, by Bronwyn Mauldin

May 2014: CCLaP's newest full-length novel is now out, the Lithuanian spy thriller Love Songs of the Revolution by Bronwyn Mauldin. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Turtle and Dam, by Scott Abrahams

April 2014: CCLaP's newest full-length novel is now out, the insightful comedy about contemporary China Turtle and Dam by Scott Abrahams. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

The King in Yellow (CCLaP Victoriana series), by Robert. W. Chambers

March 2014: CCLaP's first "CCLaP Victoriana" reprint is now out, this time of the influential 1895 horror collection The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

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

March 2014: CCLaP's newest "Hypermodern" short book is now out, the story collection Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1 by Fernando A. Flores. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Humboldt, by Scott Navicky

February 2014: CCLaP's first-ever full-length novel is now out, the intellectual absurdist comedy Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking by Scott Navicky. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

four sparks fall, by T.A. Noonan

October 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the coming-of-age novella four sparks fall by T.A. Noonan. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

On Being Human, by Karl Wolff

October 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the essay collection On Being Human by Karl Wolff. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Long Live Us, by Mark R. Brand

September 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the speculative story collection Long Live Us by Mark R. Brand. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Sad Robot Stories, by Mason Johnson

August 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the absurdist science-fiction novella Sad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Mountainfit, by Meera Lee Sethi

June 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the nature and science essay collection Mountainfit by Meera Lee Sethi. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Women Float, by Maureen Foley

May 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the female-relationship novella Women Float by Maureen Foley. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

The Kickstarter Letters, by David David Katzman

April 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the stream-of-consciousness story collection The Kickstarter Letters by David David Katzman. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Historia, Historia, by Eleanor Stanford

March 2013: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the travel and eating-disorder memoir Historia, Historia by Eleanor Stanford. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Famous Drownings in Literary History, by Kevin Haworth

October 2012: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the essay collection Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful

September 2012: CCLaP has begun its newest multimedia project, a 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology called "A Podcast Dreadful." Click here for the project's online headquarters, including links for downloading each free episode.

solo/down, by Lauryn Allison Lewis

April 2012: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the apocalyptic fairytale solo/down by local author Lauryn Allison. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

Get Up Tim, by Sally Weigel

January 2012: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the story collection Get Up Tim by local author Sally Weigel, author of the 2009 CCLaP novella Too Young to Fall Asleep. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

So Different Now, by Ben Tanzer

The New York Stories, by Ben Tanzer with Laura Szumowski

December 2011: CCLaP's two newest original books are out simultaneously: Ben Tanzer's new electronic story collection, So Different Now; and a new deluxe illustrated paper edition of both it and Tanzer's other story collection Repetition Patterns, known collectively as The New York Stories. Click here for So Different Now's online headquarters, and here for The New York Stories, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the books themselves.

Have You Seen Me, by Katherine Scott Nelson

October 2011: CCLaP's newest original book is out, a runaway coming-of-age tale entitled Have You Seen Me by local author Katherine Scott Nelson. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself.

American Wasteland: A CCLaP Anthology

September 2011: CCLaP's newest original book is out, a dark science-fiction anthology on the subject of 9/11 entitled American Wasteland, conceptualized and edited by Jason Pettus. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its contributors.

Amsterdamned If You Do: A CCLaP Anthology

August 2011: CCLaP's newest original book is out, an anthology on the subject of setting called Amsterdamned If You Do, conceptualized and edited by the center's 2011 intern, Traci Kim. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its contributors.

Salt Creek Anthology, by Jason Fisk

June 2011: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the "micro story" collection Salt Creek Anthology by local writer Jason Fisk. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its author.

Life After Sleep, by Mark R. Brand

March 2011: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the day-after-tomorrow tale Life After Sleep by local science-fiction veteran Mark R. Brand. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its author.

The Year In Books 2010

January 2011: CCLaP's sixth "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's the center's look at the 40 best books reviewed here in 2010. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

99 Problems: A book about running and writing, by Ben Tanzer

August 2010: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the running and writing essay collection 99 Problems by local author Ben Tanzer. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its author.

TwitLit: A CCLaP story series

February 2010: CCLaP Publishing is happy to announce "TwitLit," the center's first-ever story series. Written as a collection of haiku-like chapters, each no longer than 140 characters, TwitLit stories are first published serially through the short-message service Twitter.com, then published here as high-quality, printable poster versions for archival purposes. Click here for them all.

The Year In Books 2009

January 2010: CCLaP's fifth "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's the center's look at the 37 best books reviewed here in 2009. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

The CCLaP 100: Volume 1

November 2009: CCLaP's fourth "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's volume 1 of the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays, which have been published at the site regularly since winter 2008. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

Too Young to Fall Asleep - a novella by Sally Weigel

September 2009: CCLaP's newest original book is out, the youth/war novella Too Young to Fall Asleep by local author Sally Weigel. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its author.

The CCLaP Year In Books 2008

January 2009: CCLaP's third "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's a compilation of the four essays originally chronicling CCLaP's roundup of books for 2008. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

The Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008

December 2008: CCLaP's second "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's a compilation of the four essays originally chronicling the "Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008," in which I dared my lazy middle-aged self to replace all the sad old '80s and '90s rock on my little 1-gig iPod Shuffle with brand-new music by brand-new bands as quickly as possible. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

Yet More Interestingness: The 2008 Election

November 2008: CCLaP's first "white paper" is out, minor publications that simply collect and reprint longer material originally published at the website; in this case it's a compilation of nearly 400 bookmarks to "interesting things" concerning the 2008 US Presidential election, all of which originally ran at the CCLaP site in real time during the election itself. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including direct links for free downloading.

Repetition Patterns - A story cycle by Ben Tanzer

October 2008: CCLaP's first book is out, a "story cycle" called Repetition Patterns by a local author named Ben Tanzer. Click here for the book's online headquarters, including links for purchasing/downloading, and a lot more about the book itself and its author.


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