Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kitty Snacks #1 available for download NOW! It's FREE!

Hello everyone,

Kitty Snacks #1 is long out of print so to celebrate our fast approaching one year anniversary as well as the soon-to-be-released Kitty Snacks #3 we're offering up a free pdf download of our first issue featuring Jack Pendarvis, Geologist of Animal Collective, Selah Saterstrom, Sam Pink, King Khan, Kent Osborne, and more. Just click here and read away.

Kitty Snacks #3 is almost ready and will be available for pre orders this week.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kitty Snacks #3 cover photo by Ward Long

Stay tuned for more info and to order your copy!

See more of Ward's work here.

(sorry about the lines on the photo...
they won't be there in the print version)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

VOX gears up for new book release!

VOX magazine (our friends and fellow Oxford natives) is getting ready to release a poetry collection by Zachary Bush. More info can be found here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Issue #3 Update! We're going FULL COLOR...kind of

Kitty Snacks #3 is almost done and will be going to the printer soon.

We're very excited about the list of writers featured in the issue:
Deb Olen Unferth
George Singleton
Rudy Wilson
Mary Miller
John Brandon
Kevin Wilson
and many more...

Photos by Jane Rule Burdine will also be featured along with a few other photographers in all their full-color glory...

Pre sales will start soon so stay tuned.

Barry Hannah and the 2010 Oxford Conference for the Book

So, we here at Kitty Snacks are huge Barry Hannah fans. We're excited about the upcoming book conference.

We just got a look at the schedule for this year's conference. Saturdary, March 6 looks like it will be the place to be. Stay tuned here for upcoming info on the conference.

Here's a sneak peak at the Saturday schedule:

Program sessions on Saturday will be at the Overby Center on the University campus. The 6 o’clock book signing and party will be at Off Square Books.

10:30 a.m. “Survivors of Geronimo Rex”
William Dunlap, moderator

Harry Brown, Rae Hederman, Barnett Jones, Horace Newcomb,
Noel Polk, John Quisenberry

Lunch – picnic celebrating the 40th anniversary of the University Press of Mississippi

2:00 p.m. “Barry Hannah as Teacher”
Tom Franklin, moderator
Anne Rapp, Cynthia Shearer, Jonathan Miles

3:00 p.m. “Teaching Barry Hannah”
Jay Watson, moderator

Donald Kartiganer, George Saunders, Daniel E. Williams

4:00 p.m. “Barry Hannah as Writer”
Richard Howorth, moderator

William Harrison, Amy Hempel, Wells Tower

6:00 p.m.
Marathon Book Signing and Party at Off Square Books

Here are some articles/interviews for now:
-from the Paris Review
-Garden & Gun article written by Wells Tower
-Barry on htmlgiant
-Fiona Maazel interview in BOMB Magazine
-NY Times article

That should tide you over 'til March...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Don Carpenter back in print!

Photographer and friend of Kitty Snacks, Ward Long, recently told us about Don Carpenter's debut novel Hard Rain Falling being back in print by the New York Review of Books. Carpenter was a fascinating character and close friend to one of our favorite writers, Richard Brautigan. This month's issue of The Believer magazine features a great article on Carpenter, his friendship with Brautigan, and his career.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Kitty Snacks Book Klub

Kitty Snacks Book Klub

So, we're starting a book club. Each month we'll pick a new or reprinted book from an independent press, read it, then talk about it (and by talk about it we mean you can post online or we can get together for a beer or something). The books will be available at Square Books and anyone that signs up will get a 10% discount on that month's title. The books will usually be paperback and inexpensive (10-15 bucks). This is a great way to support independent literature and we're looking forward to finding some great titles.

Our first selection, which will be available next week at Square Books, is THE RED TRUCK by Rudy Wilson (Ravenna Press). You can check out their website at Feel free to order from them if you don't live in Oxford or come by Square Books to get the bookclub discount.

This is the first Ravenna Press edition of Wilson's novel, a cult favorite originally published in 1987 by Knopf, with a new Introduction by Marc Kipniss. It is a great piece of evidence in the controversy over the influence of former Knopf editor Gordon Lish (who edited The Red Truck). Lish edited Wilson as he edited Raymond Carver and Barry Hannah, with dazzling results.

To sign up for the bookclub (so we can figure out how many books to order) please respond to this facebook event as "attending" or write in the comments section that you'd like to join. The book will be about $12.

Here's an excerpt from the book:

Teddianne ran out of the house from the backdoor and up over the front yard hill. Parked on the street was Christ. It looked like a red truck.
It sat, facing down the hill.
"It's too big!" she cried. "I can't get in it. It hurts; the truck, it's too big for my heart."
She pressed her hand to her chest.
But then Teddianne fit in it. She got in it. She opened up and got in it.
In the South, in the wintertime, the ground sometimes sparkles with the morning frost. It didn't snow very often and the thin white would be gone by noon. They shot off firecrackers and Roman candles around Christmastime.
One year Teddianne got the flying bird, with the painted face. One winter she got a tattoo put on. It would be there forever. One year she tied a long red ribbon to the wooden gate in the back, down by the shed. And one day, in the winter, when she came outside, she saw a red truck.