Cat Editors: AMONG ANIMALS contributors and their feline muses

By Midge Raymond,

Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about authors and their cat editors, and among them are three contributors to the first edition of Among Animals. Learn more about the brilliant felines behind these wonderful writers…

Diane Lefer and Junie (click here to read more about Diane’s many muses…)

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Suzanne Kamata and Sumi (learn more about these two here):

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Jean Ryan and Tango, whom you can learn more about here.

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We would like to officially thank these felines for keeping these terrific authors in their chairs; without them, we may not have received their stories, and we are most grateful. And if you have a feline muse of your own, please feel free to get in touch!

 

Announcing our 2016 Siskiyou Prize judge!

By Midge Raymond,

We are delighted to announce our 2016 Siskiyou Prize judge: JoeAnn Hart.

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JoeAnn Hart is the author of two novels, Addled (Little Brown, 2007) and Float (Ashland Creek Press, 2013). Her essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and national publications, including Orion, NewfoundTerrain.org, and the Boston Globe Magazine. JoeAnn’s work has won a number of awards, including the PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction.

JoeAnn’s work has been praised as “witty, profound, and beautifully observed” (Margot Livesey), “joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative, and introspective” (Necessary Fiction), and “very funny and very moving” (Booklist). Her novel Float, writes the Cape Ann Beacon, is “a stellar model of eco-literature.” JoeAnn is currently working on a play with strong environmental themes, and she is a contributor to EcoLit Books.

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The Siskiyou Prize will open on September 1, 2016, and will close on December 31. Please visit the Siskiyou Prize website for complete details.

ACP books available on demand at Shakespeare & Co. and Powell’s

By Midge Raymond,

I’ve had a wonderful time over the last few weeks promoting My Last Continent, including a reading and signing at New York’s fabulous Shakespeare & Co. on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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One of the fun things about this bookstore is its Writers’ Corner, which offers myriad services for writers via its Espresso Book Machine. The EBM is also great for readers: Many publishers’ backlist titles, including all Ashland Creek Press titles, are available on demand via this technology.

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The Espresso Book Machine has come a long way … just a few years ago, it took more than twenty minutes to print out an on-demand title; now, you can have a book printed in just five minutes, says Françoise Brodsky, Director of Community at Shakespeare & Co. Check out the store’s author services for more information.

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My travels also took me to Powell’s City of Books, which also has an Espresso Book Machine available to readers and writers.

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Click here to learn about Powell’s EBM services. Not only can you publish your own work, but within minutes you can access print-on-demand titles from small presses, out-of-print titles, and Big Five backlist titles.

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We love print-on-demand because as an environmental press, we feel it’s important to save as many resources as we can — which is one of the major reasons we print books only as readers need them. We’re delighted to see that the Espresso Book Machine is offering booksellers the opportunity to save more resources by avoiding shipping and by printing titles directly in the store. We hope you’ll check out Shakespeare & Co. and Powell’s, and help support all that they do!

Introducing the ACP Book Bag

By John Yunker,

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Thanks to Ashland (and many other cities) banning plastic bags, we thought we all could use a great grocery/book/everything bag. (We’re also enjoying the chance to show our Oregon pride.)

We created a small quantity of these recycled-cotton bags — environmentally friendly, fair-labor produced — and so far, it’s been perfect for books, groceries, and everything else we’ve toted around. It’s lightweight (folds easily into a smaller bag), durable, and, if we might say so, quite good-looking.

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If you’d like to order a bag of your own, you can do so here.

Or get the bag free when you order this ACP Book Bundle.

Thanks for your support of ACP and the planet!