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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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Feeling Frosty – The Codorus Press Crew Heads to Frostburg, Md.

Frostburg 2013 logoIt’s a late festival season for the Codorus Press crew, but we’re getting things off to a great start with our second annual appearance at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival in beautiful Frostburg, Md.

The first time we hit Frostburg was a bounty of awesomeness for all our authors. Codorus founder Wayne Lockwood and co-founder Scott B. Pruden appeared on a couple of panels each, and the same goes for this year. We love to talk about writing and we’ll do it until your ears bleed, so please feel free to interrupt us before that happens.

Last year we also go to know über prolific author Jessica McHugh, who we’d originally bumped into at the Baltimore Book Festival, as her publisher’s booth was right next door. When Scott sat on the sci-fi and fantasy panel, he joined now Nebula Award-winning short story writer Andy Duncan, also a fellow University of South Carolina alum, in speaking on the topic. (They each managed to refrain from joining in a call-response cheer of “Game!” … “Cocks!”

We also got to know Gerry LaFemina, part of the faculty at Frostburg State University (which hosts the festival), and will be publishing his forthcoming novel Clamor before the end of 2013. Codorus author Tom Joyce, meanwhile, perpetrated the usual lunacy and built some buzz for his novel, The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report, which launched over the summer.

All in all a pretty productive visit, wouldn’t you say?

Tom will be back with us again this year with actual copies of Freak Foundation ( or FFOR, as we like to call it), promotional information on forthcoming title Silent City by Alex Segura, and we’ll also be joined by Junior Deputy Codorus Press Intern, Andrew Pruden, Scott’s 9-year-old son, who’ll be offering his own original work, the short story “Animal Crime Fighters.”

Perhaps best of all, we got to meet and interact with dozens of writers, publishers and – most importantly – readers. We have no doubt the same will be said for this year’s event.

We hope you can join us if you happen to be rambling around the mountains of western Maryland tomorrow at the Frostburg State University Creative Writing Center. Things get rolling at around 11 a.m. and we’ll be in the house until 6 p.m..

 

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We Are the Rainmakers

After a rainy day doing our guerilla marketing thing at the Brooklyn Book Festival last year, then again spending a soggy day at the Philadelphia Book Festival this past April (followed by a severe leg injury to Codorus Press author Scott B. Pruden), we at the press started to joke that if you needed rain in your area, you could solve the problem by inviting us to a local book fest.

Lo and behold, we’re in the middle of a three-day stint at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend, and Friday the Charm City, as we might have expected, was a little moist. This poses a special challenge to those of us who deal in books, as paper and water aren’t exactly friends.

It’s also a challenge to us as publishers and authors, as we attend these events specifically to engage with readers, other authors and publishers. Rain is good for many things (crops, recharging the water supply, accompanying lovemaking, etc.) but it’s hard to hang out with folks when you’re constantly worried about getting drenched or their umbrellas dumping a bucket of water on your display table.

Still, we soldier on with the other vendors and exhibitors at the festival because we, like they, believe in what we’re doing and the philosophy we espouse – that independent publishing can be done well, with a group of similarly devoted people, and it can be successful.

So, if you’re nearby this weekend, grab your raincoat or umbrella and brave Mother Nature in the pursuit of some great new reading, an enlightening conversation about the mechanics of indie publishing, or a low-pressure visit with a most appreciative author (like Wayne Lockwood, Mike Argento and Scott B. Pruden). We’re at booth N14 both Saturday and Sunday, and we look forward to meeting you.

 

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