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Featherproof Announces Next Title... With a Book!

By Betsy Mikel in Arts & Entertainment on May 26, 2011 3:20PM

Look for this title in non-mini book form this October.
Some publishers release book trailers to tease their new books. Some of them are pretty okay, but our general feeling towards promoting a book with a movie trailer is apathetic. That’s why we like featherproof Books so much. They use books to promote their books. Crazy!

A couple months before releasing a new book, the local publisher offers a free downloadable mini book. They’re literally a miniature version of the book, a sampler of what’s to come. You can print them out, and fold them up and read them on the El or while you’re waiting in line at Jewel.

Featherproof recently released a mini book of The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense by Tim Kinsella, which is coming out this October. “Administratively, the scene was structured kind of like the anonymous blowjobs in men’s rooms triggered by a coded foot tap...” says the first line. Here’s a little bit more of what featherproof has to say about their next release:

Reunited for a funeral and leery of one another, a family compares splintered memories. Will bathes his grandmother. Mel gives her wig a haircut. Norman is not prepared to take over his father’s club. Jesse has never known how old he is. They each cope with limited options and murky desires. An irreducible collage, as intuitive as it is formal, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense drifts between story lines and perspectives. Long bus rides through a post-industrial gothic Midwest, classic rock, and compulsive brawls hum a requiem for the late-night life of Stone Claw Grove.

From our past reading experience, featherproof books can be a little weird, but not too weird. Weird enough to make you think there’s something wrong with being normal. We don’t know any more about The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense than what’s written above, but we’re certainly going to check out the mini book and will probably like it enough to get our grimy hands on it come October. You should probably do the same.