GO TELL IT ON THE FOOTHILLS: A WASTE OF SHAME AND OTHER SAD TALES OF THE APPALACHIAN FOOTHILLS IS HERE!
Today, December 15, 2013, it is with no small enthusiasm that Wiseblood Books announces the much-anticipated release of its third original publication, A Waste of Shame and Other Sad Tales of the Appalachian Foothills, by Geoffrey Smagacz. Order a copy for only $11.00 HERE or order through Amazon HERE.
As the Russian great Anton Chekov infamously noted, when a loaded rifle appears on page one, it absolutely must go off. In A Waste of Shame Geoffrey Smagacz does not ignore this dramatic principle. Before the last page is turned, someone sadly pulls the trigger.
Smagacz debuts a short novel and an accompanying collection of short stories written in a vein that carries the blood of Hemingway, Wodehouse, West, and Sherwood Anderson. Enter a small town where tragedy collides with fish fry cooks, soap-opera addicts, and the convenient but strained friendships of youth. Minimalist through and through, this is literary fiction that scrupulously avoids being literary.
We strongly recommend that you click HERE to learn more about Smagacz, his book, and in particular to read a selection from M.A. Peterson's review, which is forthcoming in the next edition of Dappled Things.
Finally, Wiseblood Books is still holding its first formal fundraising campaign, THE CULTURE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN. Since the start of our campaign we have forged an important partnership with Villanova University, which has incorporated some of our Wiseblood Classics into its curricula, and we are excited to announce our forthcoming (starting March 2014) series of "Wiseblood Essays in Contemporary Culture," which will include an inaugural contribution by Dana Gioia, winner of the American Book Award and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Support us with a “Wiseblood Widow's Mite” of $5; a “Wiseblood Wiseguy/gal” gift of $25; a “Wiseblood Book Hound” gift of $50-99; or a “Wiseblood Seraphim” gift of $100-$300. Donors who give $333 (or more) will be dignified with the immense title of “Wiseblood Caesar” and will receive the entire catalogue of Wiseblood originals. Remember, the culture you save may be your own.
With perpetual gratitude,
Joshua Hren, Ph.D.
Founder & Editor-in-Chief