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Indiespensable Author Cards, Part 3

By now, of course, you know about Indiespensable, the new subscription service from The first two books have sold out, but there's still time to subscribe for Volume Three (title not yet announced).

In addition to the featured book, we're throwing lots of other goodies into the packages. And in the case of Lydia Millet's How the Dead Dream, we added the first three of our new generation of author trading cards!

We asked Lydia Millet to introduce our subscribers to two authors worth their time. The first author she picked was Kate Bernheimer. The second was Stacey Richter, author of Twin Study, a collection of twelve short stories about which Publishers Weekly wrote, "Richter has a great feel for dialogue and conflict, extreme and otherwise."

Lydia Millet on Twin Study:

What woman doesn't want a pet Neanderthal? Or maybe Cro-Magnon. If I could have one, I would keep him in his own little house, like a dog, and take him out for a bath with soap, a soft towel, and cuddling. The doghouse would be comfortable, I promise. And the bath would be important. No one would know. This book is like your very own hominid.

Here's a peek at Stacey Richter's card.



(Click on either image for a larger view of the back of the card.)

While the first volume is completely sold out, you can still get our "unbound zine" containing the author card above and more, absolutely FREE!

Just leave a comment below describing your Favorite Superstition by noon PST on Friday, April 18th. One random name will win the whole pack of cards!

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Twin Study: Stories Used Hardcover $4.50
  2. How the Dead Dream
    New Hardcover $22.25

4 Responses to "Indiespensable Author Cards, Part 3"

    Mark Yedo April 11th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Knocking on wood. Do it compulsively.

    Robert Levi April 11th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I don't remember the last time I walked under a ladder, I always go way around them.

    Dave April 11th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    My lucky number is 13. I've always sought it out. For example, my high school football number was 58. 5+8=13.

    There's also this one little habit: For more than twenty years, whenever I've set an alarm clock, I've made sure that the 'wake' time adds to 13. 6:07, 6:16, 6:25, etc. Honestly. In boring high school classes, I would catalog all the qualifying times on my notebook pages. And on the odd occasion when I've needed to wake up at, say, 10:00 -- after college I tended bar, which led to some untraditional sleep patterns -- I'd have to set the clock to run really fast (always fast, never slow) because there isn't a time that adds up to 13 between 9:40 and 10:39.

    I could go on, but I'm saving the best details for a deserving psychiatrist.

    Jon Lauderbaugh April 13th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I worry about seeing magpie at the start of a journey because it is a bad omen---or at least that's what the Ancient Romans believed. As for myself, I'm prevaricating because I have no superstitutions that I'm aware of.

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