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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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An excerpt from Alex Segura’s SILENT CITY. | Crimespree Magazine

An excerpt from Alex Segura’s SILENT CITY. | Crimespree Magazine.

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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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Long Live (Weirdness Involving) the King

Lots of Elvis in the news these days – mainly thanks to those guys down in Tupelo (one of whom is an Elvis impersonator) who were Elvis Presleybeing eyed as part of some weird plot to poison President Obama and a couple of other officials with ricin.

Weird? Yes. But as we all know, that’s nowhere near the extent of the weirdness that surrounds the late King of Rock n’ Roll.

Alien abduction plots? Check.

The real Elvis (maybe?) roaming the Southwest, doing good for anonymous strangers? Check.

Elvis in a nursing home with JFK, battling for the souls of residents while battling an ancient mummy? Check.

But this whole business with assassination plots is as weird as it gets, right?

"Don't Be Cruel"

Not really. Codorus Press author Mike Argento speculates in his novel Don’t Be Cruel that the King would make the perfect basis of a fake church. Too bad the lawyers for the real Elvis (Inc.) came down on the low-rent mobster who had the idea that all the potential profits were sucked away.

Want to see just how weird? Well, along with the First Church of Elvis, Scientist, you’ll also find a couple of pitifully unqualified hit men, a law student stripper (who works at a club called The Happy Beaver) and a not-very-motivated police detective who’s assigned the case.

It’s all tied up with a bow of insanity in the spirit of hilarious crime fiction by the likes of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.

So if you like your Elvis-based conspiracies hilarious and improbable – just like in real life! – then you really need to give Don’t Be Cruel a spin in your literary jukebox.

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Some Love for the Shaman

The Codorus Press gang just got word today of a great review of Wayne Lockwood’s Acid Indigestion Eyes: Musings and Essays on Generation X, courtesy of the fine folks at The Compulsive Reader.

Wayne, of course, is the founder and shaman of this happy tribe we call Codorus Press. Acid is a collection of 65 of his newspaper columns from his days as a nationally syndicated Generation X columnist in the early 1990s.

Reviewer Sara Hodon says:

“Lockwood’s writing is just the right mix of snark, sarcasm, and cynical observational humor to make it universally relatable to readers. He’s the type of writer that points out the common everyday occurrences that happen to all of us, and as you read you find yourself slowly realizing, “Hey…that happened to me, too!” All at once he is able to capture what makes us all more alike than we think at first. Who hasn’t had the horror of realizing that yes, we are becoming our parents? Or that (gasp!) we may have to find a job that has nothing to do with the successful career we always dreamed of or the schooling we paid thousands of dollars for?

“Lockwood is not pretentious—he doesn’t try to pass himself off as cooler than anyone else. I get the impression that what you read is what you get—he’s this writer earning a living putting sentences together about the world he’s living in.”

You can read the complete review here.

Thanks to Sara for the great review! Read more of her work here.

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