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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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On Fire for the Kindle

One of the big reasons we have so much faith in the success of Codorus Press is that we have always embraced the potential of books in electronic form without being concerned that the hard-copy book will collapse and die in the process.

As evidence, here’s a nice little shout-out from the Kindle-fan site The Frugal eReader promoting Scott B. Pruden’s novel Immaculate Deception in its Kindle format.

We highly recommend that if you, too, decide to publish your own e-book, that you get on board with all the promotional opportunities available to you to get the word out.

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New At Codorus

Greetings, friends! A quick update from the Codorus Press crew to update you on our latest bits of indie publishing daring-do!

Mike Argento, author of the well-reviewed comedy caper novel Don’t Be Cruel, has been making the rounds on his home turf of southcentral Pennsylvania lately, appearing March 11 at the Keystone Record Collectors’ Pennsylvania Music Expo in Lancaster (because all the coolest Amish have great record collections for their steam-powered phonographs). The next sighting will likely be the spring edition of the York Book and Paper Fair April 7 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in York, Pa. Tentatively appearing with Mike are Scott B. Pruden, author of debut Codorus title Immaculate Deception, and Tom Joyce, author of the forthcoming occult thriller The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report. We’ve got other book festivals lined up this spring, so stay tuned for more info!

In other news of Codorus cross-pollination, Scott raves about Tom’s work as the Codorus Press “bar stool development editor” in his latest blog posting, while Tom name-checks Scott in his blog entry on reading James Bond novel Casino Royale for the first time.

Meanwhile, Codorus founder and shaman Wayne Lockwood continues to rock out in front of the crowd and behind the scenes. His band The Shockers are planning their triumphant reunion with their special brand of face-blistering rock. He’s also hitting the virtual pavement seeking reviewers for his Codorus debut, Acid Indigestion Eyes: Musings and Essays on Generation X (already lauded by The Midwest Book Review) and Don’t Be Cruel. If you’re interested in reviewing either title (or Immaculate Deception, for that matter), please contact Kent Richmond, the Codorus minister of information, at

Also, don’t forget that all the Codorus authors are available for interviews, guest blog contributions or regional speaking gigs on writing and indie publishing. Kent is also the man to contact for that.

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Bad Influences

Codorus Press barstool development editor, video propagandist and blogger Tom Joyce recently solicited Mike Argento, author of our new title Don’t Be Cruel, for some thoughts about the examples of “bad people doing bad things badly” fiction. Sure, you’ve got your Hiassen and your Leonard, but the rest of the list is certainly worth a look. Make sure your .45 is loaded and your getaway car is fueled up before you check it out here.

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