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Codorus Press Takes New York! Twice! ‘Cause We Have Stamina!

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It’s going to be hard to turn around in New York City this weekend without hitting something Codorus Press related, which means our authors are busy, busy getting the word out about their fantastic books.

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Gerry LaFemina

Tonight (Jan. 24), Gerry LaFemina – NYC punk rock vet and prolific poet Gerry LaFamina celebrates the release of his fantastic literary fiction offering Clamor with a Lower East Side shindig worthy of the book’s main character, Johnny Malice.

The party starts at 7 p.m. at Local 138, 138 Ludlow St. Not only will Gerry be reading from the novel, but there will also be music (of course), food, drink and some tasty giveaways. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a couple of other Codorus folks, including our great and glorious leader Wayne Lockwood and fellow authors Alex Segura and Tom Joyce.

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Alex Segura

Speaking of which, if you don’t get enough Codorus Press awesomeness at Friday’s event, why not double your pleasure with another dose on Saturday at Enigma Bookstore (33-17 Crescent St., Astoria, N.Y.) – purveyors of literature about the odd, occult, horrific and science fictional – where Alex, Tom and Wayne will be in the house for An Evening with Codorus Press.

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Tom Joyce

All the authors will read from their works, Alex from his Miami detective noir novel Silent City, Tom from his occult/horror/satire novel The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report, and Wayne from Acid Indigestion Eyes: Collected Essays and Musings on Generation X.

All three will have copies of their books for sale and will be happy to sign and dedicate your copy with something that you’re sure to treasure – or at least to show to friends and say “Isn’t that weird?” – for years to come.

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Wayne Lockwood

In addition to reading and signing, Alex, Tom and Wayne are pretty likely to discuss what led to them writing their individual works and how they came to publish with Codorus Press. You can also take the opportunity to ask about what it is Codorus Press does and how we do it and get an answer straight from the horse’s – that would be Wayne’s –  mouth.

And knowing this crew, there’s a pretty – make that excellent – chance that the festivity will carry over from Enigma to a nearby establishment for beverages and what’s sure to be lots more enlightening conversation between our fine authors.

We’re especially excited about holding the event at Enigma, not just because we love them but because they’re also smack-dab in the middle of our neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. So brave the cold and head out to see the fine fellows of Codorus Press this weekend – you’ll be glad you did!

 

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A Death in the Extended Codorus Press Family (Plus Some Happy News)

The literary world  mourned the loss of Amiri Baraka last week and we here at Codorus Press were especially sad to hear of his deathimamu_amiri_baraka at the age of 79.

For a man who, for much of his life, was perhaps known the most for being controversial, it’s important to note the positive ripples one person can put out into the universe without even realizing it.

In many ways, Amiri Baraka was the godfather of Codorus Press, since working on his final book of poetry was one of the moments that made our founder, Wayne Lockwood, suspect that he could start his own publishing house. You can get a better perspective on the influence Baraka had on Wayne in this post from his jazz blog.

And Now, the Good News …

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Alex Segura, author of “Silent City,” speaks to the crowd at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fla.

Codorus Press had an absolutely epic fall 2013, with the publication of three excellent works which spent the subsequent months garnering some excellent attention from all corners. Gerry LaFemina’s Clamor, Alex Segura’s Silent City and Tom Joyce’s The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report were all stellar additions to the Codorus Press catalog.

Each title made its own splash and covered the spectrum of writing from literary fiction to crime thriller to satirical horror. We’ve received a great combination of positive notices from other authors and impressive reader reviews. Each author has participated in his own events – such as Alex’s signings at the Mysterious Bookshop in Astoria, N.Y., and Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fla. – as well as a couple of great group events like the Frostburg State University Indie Lit Festival (organized, incidentally, by Gerry LaFemina).

So what’s on tap for 2014? Well, a little rest, for one thing. But not so much that we won’t be busy hustling to sell all our titles at a variety of venues. Along with the regional book festivals that we’ve come to love (and who hopefully love us back), we’re branching out. A good portion of the Codorus crew (Tom, Wayne, Alex and possibly Gerry) will be in the house Jan. 25 at Enigma Bookstore in Astoria, N.Y. Tom and author Scott B. Pruden – the guys behind our two speculative fiction titles – will be appearing April 6 with their sci-fi/horror/fantasy brethren at the Central Pennsylvania ComicCon in Carlisle, Pa.

And that’s just within the next few months. Keep you ears open for more events by our authors individually and in groups, not to mention a slate of fall book festivals throughout the rest of the year (Frostburg will again be a pretty safe bet, and we’re hoping to once again hit the Baltimore Book Festival and maybe another ).

And no matter where it is, we hope to see you, our readers, when we’re out and about. If you’ve got someplace you’d like to see us, let us know. And if you want a Codorus Press author to visit you in your town, just give us a shout.

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Alex Segura’s Debut of ‘Silent City’ is a Sellout!

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Alex Segura (second from right) shows off some copies of his debut novel “Silent City” at his launch event at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City last night.

You know what’s even better than getting your first book in your hands? Watching 60 copies sail out the door at your first author event before the book has even officially come out!

Kudos to new Codorus Press author Alex Segura, who sold out of every single on-site copy of this fantastic thriller novel Silent City in one monumental evening at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood.

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All these copies sold. Poof!

Alex, whose day job is working publicity, tapped his experience growing up in Miami, Fla., as well as his time on the staff of the Miami Herald newspaper, to inform the gritty, noir style of Silent City.

This isn’t your Golden Girls Miami, nor is it the one most of us know from Alex’s old Herald colleague Carl Hiaasen. He’s put his own spin and added unique flavors to the seedy underbelly of South Florida, and we couldn’t be happier for the amazing success from last night!

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Alex Segura’s ‘Silent City’ Set for Fall Publication

Silent City frontHere at Codorus Press, we’re always looking for the best and brightest – in any genre. Be it memoir, poetry, sci-fi, humor or mystery. Today, we’re happy to formally announce the latest addition to the Codorus library: Silent City, by Alex Segura.

Silent City gives readers a tour of the seedier side of Miami through the lens of washed up journalist Pete Fernandez, back in his hometown of Miami after the sudden death of his father. Pete’s a mess, slowly drinking himself to death, on the brink of losing his middle-management newspaper job and his fiancée just left him.

But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld – and his father’s past.

Alex Segura is a Miami native now residing in New York City. This is his first novel. Alex also plays guitar and sings in the New York indie rock band Faulkner Detectives. To learn more about Alex, visit his website at http://www.alexsegura.com.

“Codorus Press has a special place in its heart for writers who take risks with characterization and can bend genre rules,” said Codorus Press Publisher Wayne Lockwood. “Alex Segura is one of those writers, and Silent City is one of those books. We’re happy to be its home.”

Silent City will be available in bookstores and all major online vendors on Oct. 29. It is the first in a series.

To request a review copy or for more info on Silent City, please contact Liv Lansdale at publicity@codoruspress.com

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Much Loved Books (Besides Ours)

Tom Joyce here – barstool development editor for Codorus Press. This weekend, I joined Don’t Be Cruel author Mike Argento to man the Codorus Press table at the York Book and Paper Fair in York County. And as always at that particular venue, we had a blast. Kudos to Jim Lewin, event organizer and owner of the York Emporium – one of Team Codorus’ all-time favorite bookstores.

We sold a bunch of copies of all three titles we’ve got out so far: Mike’s Don’t Be Cruel, Acid Indigestion Eyes by Wayne Lockwood, and Immaculate Deception by Scott B. Pruden.

What really made our day was talking to people who’d already picked up our titles at other venues, and wanted to tell us how much they liked them. *Sigh!* It’s nice to be popular.

Since we’re a bunch of bibliophiles (a fancy term for “book geeks”) here at Codorus Press, we figured we’d take advantage of being surrounded by people who like books as much as we do.  We asked everybody who stopped by the Codorus Press table to recommend a book that he or she thinks people should read.

We ended up with quite a diverse list – ranging from classics (The Bible? Doesn’t get much more classic than that) to contemporary mainstream fiction, to history, to genre fiction. A number of people included titles that they themselves or acquaintances had written. As advocates of the do-it-yourself approach to publishing, we approve whole-heartedly. Here’s the list of titles people wrote down:

– “The Hanging of Susanna Cox” by Patricia Earnest Suter

– “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

– “The Haven” by Graham Diamond

– “Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs

– “1632” by Eric Flint

– “29 Gifts” by Cami Walker

– “Forced Into Glory” by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

– “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

– “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher

– “John Adams” by David McCullough

– “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough (Popular man, that David.)

– “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

– “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

– “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

– “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann

– “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry

– “Lines of Contention” by J.G. Lewin and P.J. Huff

– “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

– “Writer of the Purple Rage” by Joe Lansdale

– “The Quiet in the Land” by Henry P. Wieler

– “A Fraction of the Whole” by Steve Toltz

– “Seven Gothic Tales” by Isak Dinesen

– “Watership Down” by Richard Adams

– “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov

– “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger

– “Little Big” by John Crowley

– “Desolation Angels” by Jack Kerouac

– “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo

– “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

– “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez

– “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

– “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

– “The Bible”

– “Down River” by John Hart

– “IQ84” by Hurami Murakami

– “Floating Staircase” by Ronald Malfi

– “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom

– “Late Late at Night” by Rick Springfield

– “Kitty Cornered” by Bob Tarte

– “Joy” by Jayne Ann Krentz

– “The Witch’s Daughter” by Paula Brackston

– “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

– “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

– “The Small Catechism” by Martin Luther

– “Indians in Pennsylvania” by Paul A.W. Wallace and William Rohrbeck

– “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne

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Virtually EVERYWHERE

Barnes & Noble’s recent decision to cut back on shelf space for actual books to make room for other elements of its business plan, like baby stuff and toys, has definitely left us at Codorus Press a bit deflated. Not just because we haven’t been able to get our winter offerings, Acid Indigestion Eyes and Don’t Be Cruel the same national coverage that we got for Immaculate Deception just 10 months ago, but because we’ve actually seen entire parts of stores recede and be replaced with Legos.

Now, understand, we LOOOVE Legos. If we were a Lego publisher, we’d be feeling awfully bullish right now (actually, that’s a helluva idea). But we’re not. We’re still in the noun-verb trade.

Between this and a massive return from B&N on ID last month (because the part of the store they’ve most often replaced has been the SCI-FI section), it left your Codorus crew hardcore whiskey depressed the other night. So we did what any self-respecting guy does when he’s been dumped. We started cyberstalking.

And you know how that usually goes.

But this time, we found out how much love there really is out there for Codorus Press. We are VIRTUALLY EVERYWHERE. Of course, virtually meaning online, but the coverage WORLDWIDE is somewhat staggering.

First, there’s Amazon.com. And, yes, I must admit, BN.com. And BooksAMillion.com (an arm of BN, you must be warned). Powell’s.com, one of our favorite still-brick-and-mortar megastores, has us. Buy.com has some of the best deals on Codorus books, sometimes up to 30 percent off, same with Overstock.com. BetterWorldBooks.com has us, and if you buy from them, the money taken in helps to fund literacy programs. Alibris.com caters to the library market, and we are there. BooksRock.com seems to cater to teachers, and their book-club efforts.

Our favorite, though, is the access through the IndieBound website. Thanks to them, Codorus books are available in practically every great independent bookstore in the United States. On their virtual shelves, yes. But still. If you want to order one of our titles and haven’t yet, support one of these stores through IndieBound.

After years of buying rare books through the AbeBooks.com website, it gives us great pleasure to see our books there. Nearly 20 online booksellers are offering Codorus books there, at a range of prices. A few even have some used copies (and we know where these came from, but we’re not telling).

We’re even on eBay! Some of those same AbeBooks sellers are over there.

Slipping the bonds of the U.S., BookDepository in the U.K. has us at 25 percent off.  In Australia, try QBD.com and BoomerangBooks.com.

This is the new reality, and it’s most definitely virtual. None of these online outlets would exist if there weren’t customers for them. So we’re giving love back to all those online bookstores showing us the love today, instead of mooning over the ex.

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