Sunday, March 27, 2011

Upcoming events

There are several very exciting things in the works for Life After Sleep in the near future, a couple of which I can let you in on right now:

I was thrilled to be invited for the first time to Centuries & Sleuths bookstore in Forest Park, IL for Daddy-Cool: An Author Book Signing and Discussion, alongside my fellow Chicago authors Ben Tanzer and Victor David Giron.  I anticipate talking quite a bit about Life After Sleep and the fatherhood portions thereof, and I will have copies of Thank You, Death Robot and Red Ivy Afternoon on hand to sign and sell.

Here's the info:

Daddy-Cool: An Author Signing and Discussion
March 30th 2011, 7:00 PM
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison
Forest Park, IL 60130

Also, I'm returning to the stage at The Whistler in Logan Square for the Orange Alert reading series, invited by the very awesome Jason Behrends and joined by Brandon Will, Heather Palmer and Cassandra Troyan.  As always the Orange Alert reading series is held on the third Sunday of every month at 6:00 PM at the Whistler.

Orange Alert Reading Series
feat. Brandon Will, Cassandra Troyan, Healther Palmer and Mark R. Brand
April 17th 2011, 6:00 PM
The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647

If you're in the Chicago area on either of these dates, come and hang out.  I can't speak for myself here, but I know for a fact that there will be some stellar readings happening with the other folks at these events, particularly that handsome devil Ben Tanzer, and his new book You Can Make Him Like You, which is taunting me from the top of my reading list, and which I'll have a review of as soon as I finish Patrick Somerville's The Universe in Miniature in Miniature.

life after Life After Sleep

Well, it's been three weeks now since Life After Sleep dropped, and the reaction has been very warm so far. A few kind words were said by both Ben Tanzer and Jason Fisk at their respective blogs This Blog Will Change Your Life and Jason's Blog, and the book was recently given a very kind shout-out and feature by the Daily S-Press.  Also check out my editor Jason Pettus's essay "Why I Signed Life After Sleep: an Apologia", which does an excellent job of encapsulating our goal with making the book.

And while you're at it, I did a very fun half-hour CCLaP podcast with Jason as well where we talk all sorts of fun sci-fi stuff including books, technology, the healthcare industry, and awesomely bad 70's cinema.

I've had the pleasure of a number of people showing me the book on their nifty iPads and Kindles, which I was thrilled about, and if any of you have a Nook, I'd love to see what it looks like on those devices, too.

This Blog Will Change Your Life (Ben Tanzer)
Jason's Blog (Jason Fisk)
The Daily S-Press
The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

And of course, click HERE to download and read the book yourself!

Monday, March 07, 2011

There is Life After Sleep

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my first long-format work in over 5 years, the novella Life After Sleep, published today by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.

Available now on your Kindles, iPads, iPhones, Sony Readers, Nooks, Crannies, Beepers, Jeepers, Flim-Flams, Whiz-Bangers, and whatever else you kids are reading books on these days. Also available as a good ol' fashioned printable PDF in either American letter or European A4 sizes, though if at all possible I would highly recommend checking out the MOBI or EPUB versions on your digital readers because this book was designed by none other than the stellar Jason Pettus, and the man can put together one hell of an eBook. Trust me on this. To that effect, be sure to also check out my fellow CCLaP authors Ben Tanzer and Sally Weigel and their books Repetition Patterns, 99 Problems, and Too Young to Fall Asleep, respectively. Awesome, awesome reads.

I was thrilled (and humbled) to have the chance to work with Jason and our team of very generous and gentle proofreaders, and to see this project evolve into something I'm enormously proud of and that I sincerely hope you enjoy.

Point your browser here to read more, and for how to get your very own high-tech digital copy. Next up: flying cars. We can hope, right?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

And I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep

(Robert Frost)