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Our first chapbook, our new website, and calls for submission.
Hello! You’re receiving this email because you signed up for the Appalachia Book Company newsletter. We’ve been busy over the summer. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
The first chapbook in our Made In Appalachia series is available for purchase. “Five Little Fatalities" is a work of short fiction. It tells the story of Honey, a young woman living on the edge of a widower's farm in rural Virginia. Honey sells mushrooms and other intoxicants to the owner of the farm, Mr. An. The two develop a tender relationship despite their differences in age and circumstances. As Honey becomes closer to Mr. An and as his mental health deteriorates, she finds herself speculating as to the cause of his partner's departure. Examining their relationship patterns and artistic temperaments, Honey divines that she and Mr. An are not that unlike after all.
"Five Little Fatalies" is a reflection on how isolation breeds unusual relationships to people, creativity, and art. Get your copy now!
We’re thrilled to add that the book was longlisted for the Perennial Press Chapbook Awards. As one of the contest readers said, "[‘Five Little Fatalities’] is a meditation on loneliness, the ache of creativity, disassociation, the stumbling of love and all the toe-stubbing that happens on the way. This is a very well crafted work of fiction."
Special thanks to everyone who dropped by our booth at Hillbilly Days 2022. Check out our interview with our very own Brian Sperger on WYMT.
Brian will be at Apple Day in Paintsville on Oct. 1. He’d love to see you there.
Our Made In Appalachia series is open for submissions. This series is for emerging authors with a connection to central Appalachia. Fiction and nonfiction are considered. Your story must be at least 5,000 words. We only consider previously unpublished work.
For more information and to submit, visit our Submittable page.
Appalachia Book Company is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. You can make a donation to support our work. You can also become a member. Members receive two chapbooks a year and invitations to special events.
Last but not least, the ABC has a new website. Take a look and tell us what you think.