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McSweeney’s To Offer Two-Foot Tall Collection, Bookstories On California Bookstore Day, May 3, 2014


California Bookstore Dayis on Saturday May 3, 2014. Independent bookstores all over California are hosting readings and offering limited-edition goods.


McSweeney’s is participating in this state-wide celebration by releasing Bookstories ($30), a sturdy two feet-tall collection of bookstore-related renderings, which will be read at the following shops:

Page Books, Manhattan Beach

Warwick’s, San Diego

Vroman’s, Los Angeles

Book Soup, Los Angeles

Lyon’s Books, Chico

Small World Books, Venice

UCSD Bookstore, San Diego

Distant Lands, Pasadena

Granada Books, Santa Barbara

USC Bookstore, Los Angeles

Chaucer’s, Santa Barbara

The Book Den, Santa Barbara

Skylight Books, Los Angeles

The Library Shop, San Diego

Diesel, Santa Monica


The book will feature poetry, fiction, essays and art and as a special bonus, Bookstories will come with a copy of Jason Jägel’s beautiful Topsy Turvy booklet.

Topsy Turvy frontback

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McSweeney’s Issue 40

McSweeney’s first issue of 2012 features all kinds of amazing stuff so much, from so many good people, that they turned it into two beautiful little books.

McSweeney’s # 40 ($28) contains new stories from Neil Gaiman and Etgar Keret and David Vann, there is Saïd Sayrafiezadeh awaiting the uprising at Occupy Wall Street and a special compendium of the incredible writing that inspired the Egyptian Revolution, and, in its own volume and finally there is Rick Bass’s extraordinary account of a week in Rwanda.

The issue will be available in April 2012.

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Keep Our Secrets Book By Jordan Crane

Keep Our Secrets by Jordan Crane ($15.95) is a book printed with heat-sensitive, disappearing ink. The publisher promises that the color-change effect does not wear out and is infinitely repeatable!

The story finds two young children touring their noisy house with fresh eyes, discovering along the way that all is not as it seems. Each drawing has hidden images beneath, visible only when the reader rubs the page to warm the disappearing black ink. Among the hidden images: a giant dog slumbering in a piano, a wishing puddle full of dimes, a raccoon that is actually a robot and a camera secretly made of cheese.

Coming in November 2011 from McSweeney’s McMullens, the brand new children’s imprint from McSweeney’s Books in San Francisco.

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McSweeney’s Issue 38

McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal that published only works rejected by other magazines. But after the first issue, the journal began to publish pieces primarily written with McSweeney’s in mind. Since then, McSweeney’s has attracted works from some of the finest writers in the country. Today, McSweeney’s has grown to be one of the country’s best-read and widely circulated literary journals, with an expanding, loyal subscriber base and strong independent bookstore following. McSweeney’s is committed to finding new voices — Gabe Hudson, Paul Collins, Neal Pollack, J. T. Leroy, John Hodgman, Amy Fusselman, Salvador Plascencia, Wells Tower, and Sean Wilsey are among those whose early work appeared in McSweeney’s — and promoting the work of gifted but underappreciated writers, such as Lydia Davis and Stephen Dixon.

McSweeney’s Issue 38 ($18) contains stories pulled in from all over the world—a grand tour, in prose, of a dozen places you have perhaps neglected to visit, up to now! There is Ariel Dorfman in Paris, with one eye on Chile, Bisi Adjapon in Ghana, Chanan Tigay with the Israeli Arabs of the Desert Scouts Brigade, Nathaniel Rich exploring the Northeast Kingdom, and Steven Millhauser somewhere far away, deep, deep in the woods—and more stories, a comic and color photography.

The 300 page paperback will be available in early July.

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern Issue 37

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern Issue 37 will be a 256-page hexagonal hardcover book that has been designed to look like a 3D representation of a regular old rectangular hardcover book.

This amazing issue features Jonathan Franzen and his thoughts on Upper East Side ambition, Jess Walter on the men who ride children’s bicycles in Spokane, Washington, Joe Meno on women who want to be eaten by lions, Etgar Keret and Joyce Carol Oates on murder and language in a restaurant called Cheesus Christ and at Gate C34 of Newark International Airport, respectively—and ten more stories besides, five of them strange and beautiful pieces from Kenya. Other topics covered include unemployment, drumming vs. painting, and Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square car-bomb attempter.

This full-color issue will feature illustrations on every page and will ship in early April.

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ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Fiction Issue’ Produced In Collaboration With McSweeney’s On Newsstands Now

ESPN The Magazine merges sports and fiction in its new issue, on now. With traditional short fiction pieces produced in collaboration with the acclaimed publishing house McSweeney’s, the features explore alternate realities, myths and rumors that are hard to separate from truth. “The Fiction Issue” is the first full issue of a major sports magazine dedicated to literary fiction, and includes contributions from:

– Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dave Eggers, who traces World Series greatness back to its roots, almost literally (“My Life In Baseball, By The Beard”).

– Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner, who imagines alternate realities for some of the most pivotal moments in recent sports history (“What If…”).

– MLB pitcher Miguel Batista, who shows how stickball kindles a grandmother’s memories in his piece “The Family Business.”

– Before Zack Greinke was traded from Kansas City to Milwaukee, rumors had him going to at least 10 other teams. Buster Olney looks inside the modern culture of misinformation.

– David Fleming presents the fantastical story of NFL rushing champ Arian Foster. Good luck separating fact from fiction.

Read more about this special issue HERE.

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McSweeney’s Publishes There Are Many of Us Book, CD & DVD By Spike Jonze

Filled with gorgeous photography, behind-the-scenes ephemera, and funny, inspiring interviews, There Are Many of Us ($35) celebrates the uniquely spontaneous making of Spike Jonze’s new movie I’m Here, a boy-meets-girl love story, set in LA, experienced by robots.

The hardcover book includes the original CD soundtrack as well as a DVD of the thirty-minute haunting, whimsical, and overwhelmingly heartbreaking movie I’m Here, including special bonus content.

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Issue # 36

Inside this 275-cubic-inch full-color head-crate, there are all the things you’d hope for: a 100-page annotated fragment of Michael Chabon’s lost novel, incredible new stories from John Brandon and Colm Tóibín, Jack Pendarvis’s “Jungle Geronimo in Gay Paree”—eight astounding booklets in all, along with some other things on top, enough for hundreds and hundreds of pages of perusal, every bit of it contained in a more-or-less-life-size friendly-looking head. It will fit on your shelf, it is compatible with most hats, and the stuff inside is wonderful—order your copy today and receive it in December!

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Art of McSweeney’s Book

I have been a fan of McSweeney’s books and their Quarterly Journals since the inception of the small and very creative publishing house started by Dave Eggers.  Their books are works of art – desirable, whimsical and unique. In a world where critics say that print is dead, McSweeney’s counters with wonderful tomes that need to be picked up, read and admired.

Over the past 11 years, the San Francisco based publisher has created a novel with each cover hand-illustrated by the author. Literary journals bound by magnets, or designed to look like junk mail. The sharp wit, gorgeous design, and playful why not invention of independent literary publisher McSweeney’s have earned it a large and loyal following and made its journals, books, The Believer magazine, and Wholphin DVDs collectible favorites of readers and graphic designers alike.

Art of McSweeney’s was created by the McSweeney’s staff and published by Chronicle Books to commemorate their 11th anniversary, this book showcases their award-winning art and design across all the company’s activities. It features hundreds of images, interviews with collaborators such as Chris Ware and Michael Chabon, and dozens of insights into McSweeney’s quirky creative process and the visual experience of reading.

The dustjacket is a double-sided poster jacket featuring Dave Eggers drawings and short stories on one side and Charles Burns illustrations on the other; the book’s casewrap underneath mimics a school yearbook.

The book measures 9 x 11 inches and is 264 pages long. You can order the book HERE.

In the video below, designer Brian McMullen and publisher Eli Horowitz page through and talk about the book, showing off the Charles Burns sketch-to-final art pages, and demonstrating the cool foldout poster jacket.

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Cover To McSweeney’s Issue 34

McSweeney’s issue 34 ($20) features new stories of shipwrecks and kidnappings and bad vacations by (among others) Anthony Doerr, Daniel Handler, and T. C. Boyle, new letters about wine and Hawaii from John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, twenty-one dead-on self-portraits drawn by the likes of Michael Martone, Michel Gondry, and Sarah Silverman, and, beyond all this, in a standalone volume, Nick McDonell’s stunning exploration of the latest iteration of the war in Iraq—a ground-level account from within the 1st Cavalry Division. The issue is around 400 pages, and comes in its own custom-made double-sleeve. It will be available in late April.  Order your issue HERE.

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