Dear Friend of Good Literature,
Rooted in the tradition of O'Connor and other greats, Wiseblood Books is forging a new idiom in faith-fueled literature, an idiom that reaches beyond the "ghetto" of Christian culture. We publish works that find redemption in uncanny places and people; wrestle us from the tyranny of boredom; mock the pretensions of respectability; engage the hidden mysteries of the human heart, be they sources of either violence or courage; articulate faith and doubt in their incarnate complexity; and suffer through this world's trials without forfeiting hope.
Within the first year of our existence we will have published six original works of fiction, including Micah Cawber's The Unfinished Life of N. , Amy Krohn's A Flower in the Heart of the Painting, Holy Cross professor Lee Oser’s second novel, The Oracles Fell Silent, Robert Vander Lugt's short story collection Sand, Smoke, Current, and Geoffrey Smagacz's A Waste of Shame and Other Sad Tales of the Appalachian Foothills (the first chapter of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize). The 2014 publication calendar is expanding in production and genre: Elena Maria Vidal's historical novel The Paradise Tree; F.J. Rocca's Master of Wednesday Night; Kaye Park Hinckley's Birds of a Feather; a screenplay by Christopher Yates; Charles Hughes' poetry collection Cave Art and James Matthew Wilson's first full-length book of poems Some Permanent Things. With page-turning exhilaration we are also proud to announce that Wiseblood Books will republish Andrew McNabb's The Body of This, originally published in 2008 to great acclaim, now rounded out with five additional stories and an introduction by Katy Carl. And, finally, 2014 will see the release of our first Wiseblood Essay in Contemporary Culture, the definitive edition of Dana Gioia's instant classic The Catholic Writer Today, available for pre-order HERE.
Launching and sustaining a small press requires a fortitude that borders on pigheaded stubbornness. It means countless unremunerated late nights at the desk, as well as a dangerous willingness to take risks so that brilliant new books may be brought into being. We are working with a lawyer to acquire non-profit status. We are expanding our line of Wiseblood Classics, creating editions tailored for use in university classrooms across the United States. All of this said, and in spite of our pigheaded stubbornness, without your donations we will simply be unable to forge a timely yet enduring idiom in faith-fueled literature. Thus far generous contributors have helped us to raise $2,000. On this the last day of our first formal fundraiser, please 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 immense title of “Wiseblood Caesar” and will receive the entire catalogue of Wiseblood originals. Remember, the culture you save may be your own.
With profound thanks,
Joshua Hren, Ph.D.
PO Box 11612 | Milwaukee, WI 53211
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