Big news: Unnamed Press was just featured on Publishing Perspectives. From the feature, a quote from our very own C.P. Heiser: “[Unnamed is on a mission] to launch books with international settings that have universal themes, titles that are relatable, interesting and have international flair.”
Read the full feature here.
Only one day remains: Edan Lepucki will be making her *only* stop in #Georgia TOMORROW at Avid! Thanks to @@flagpolemagazine’s Barbette Houser for this awesome write-up. See you guys SUNDAY, JULY 27TH at 7:30pm. #edanlepucki #californianovel @littlebrown @littlebrownbooks (at Avid Bookshop)!!!!!!!!
Amazon pays me more from the sale of a $3.99 Kindle download than my publishers pay me from a $26 hardcover sale.
With each Kindle sale, I get 70 percent. With a publisher I see royalties once or twice a year — after they hold back a reserve against books that might be returned, which are never clearly accounted for to the author. Amazon pays every month, and I can go online and see what my book is earning.
Traditional publishers are opaque and backward in their marketing and accounting. Unless you are a celebrity author married to the clueless publishing world and afraid of the future, it’s time to wake up to the fact that Amazon is a bookseller — in other words, a friend to working stiffs like me.
—Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (via vintagecrimeblacklizard)
Art from our main page today:
Left: “Leaping Woman”
Center: “Thinker #2” (detail)
Right: A Thought Went Up My Mind Today”
"Govan’s rather breathtaking sleight of hand, however, should not be given a pass: a private choice for such a public project half funded with public money and largely proceeding outside public comment sets a very arrogant precedent that wouldn’t pass muster in a publically funded governmental building. Govan has privatized a public process."
Contributor Joseph Giovannini offers a biting critique of LACMA’s proposed redesign.
"Ritu and I, along with Ash’s friends Annette and Sarah, had read The Fault In Our Stars this spring at Ash’s insistence. During a rough bout of chemo when she could barely eat or drink, Ash read it ravenously, immersing herself in the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager who has incurable Stage IV cancer, a hot boyfriend, and a distinctively wise and nerdy voice combining perceptiveness and snark. Afterwards Ash bought extra copies to give away. “You have to read it!” she kept telling us.”
Earlier today, author John Green said Briallen Hopper’s essay was “the best essay about The Fault in Our Stars” he’s read. Check it out here.
Our LARB A.V. team’s Jerry Gorin interviewed former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books about his battle with the NFL’s intolerance, the fallacy of the single-minded athlete, and his favorite books of all time. Kluwe is currently suing the Vikings over discrimination for voicing his support of same-sex marriage.