This month I'm proud to introduce two new books into the world, Seahouses by Richard Barnett and (deep breath) Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space
by Nora Chassler. If you want to bail out of this blog post now, having
visited those two links, you should feel free - I recently asked Mrs.
McGarry if she reads these missives; she sighed and said 'well, they're a
bit long aren't they'. So this is your point to escape ... otherwise, let's push on.
GDMEOS, or Granny
as I've been calling it for short. Set mainly in a small flat in New
York, in 1982, this is a novel that has so far been called 'unabashedly
literary' and 'a bit post-narrative' by those attempting to concisely
explain it. The press release, posted here, offers a more thorough introduction, and there's a sample here.
A launch event for this book is coming up next week in Edinburgh; specifically, at the marvellous Word Power Books,
on Monday 30th March, from 6.30pm. This is a 'drinking and mingling'
type of launch, with minimal public speaking, but the author will read a
few choice paragraphs from throughout the book to whet your appetite -
and sign copies of course.
the debut collection of poetry by Richard Barnett (beautifully pictured
here on a bench by our own Jo Brandon). You may have heard of Richard
through his acclaimed non-fiction writing, or encountered his poetry in Pocket Horizon back in 2013; but if you'd like to get better acquainted, he recently recorded three Seahouses poems for a podcast, which you can find here.
If you prefer poems on the page, where you can keep an eye on them, you
can read the first 17 pages of the book on its homepage here.
This book has a launch event too, though you don't need to get your coat on just yet - the Seahouses launch is on Wednesday 27th May, from 6pm, at Blackwell's Holborn
in London. Richard will be reading at 7pm, but before that, you've
guessed it - drinking and mingling. The literary life is a tough one!
In other news, Valley Press is heading to the London Book Fair on the 15th and 16th April, and this year we really mean business - we're exhibiting,
in a part of the fair which the organisers are calling 'the Poetry
Pavilion'. The precise stand number, if you'd like to come and see us,
is 3A74b; it's a shared one with our perennial allies The Emma Press (who you'll find 50cms to the right, at 3A74a). We're really looking forward to it - we've got our entry badges printed out and everything.
I'll end with a few bits of press: there was a full page on Oz Hardwick's The Ringmaster's Apprentice in the Yorkshire Post a couple of weeks ago; the wonderful Sabotage Reviews tackled Richard O'Brien's A Bloody Mess and (somewhat belatedly) Miles Salter's Animals; Cuckoo Reviews did justice to A Pocketful of Windows and A Bloody Mess; and Helen Mort was full of praise for Matthew Hedley Stoppard's A Family Behind Glass on Twitter last week. Oh, and as I write this very paragraph, Rodge Glass has just declared his love for the writing of Nora Chassler - and says Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space is a great title.
I'll see you next month for details of our two April books, and any news
that might arise from the LBF. Looks like a busy spring for Valley
Press this year!
All the best, and thanks for reading,
Jamie McGarry (VP Publisher)