It’s launch day for Souvenirs and Other Stories, by Matt Tompkins! We’re pleased to release this collection of six short fictions, lauded by Beth Gilstrap, author of I Am Barbarella, as “a strange, heartbreaking, and often darkly comical book.” Jen Grow, author of My Life as a Mermaid, also says that Souvenirs is “a compelling universe that normalizes the bizarre.” This funny, absurd, surreal collection is available in select bookstores, and you can get it online using the links below:
Buy it directly from Conium Press.
Buy it on Amazon.
Buy it from Barnes & Noble.
This is also the last day to submit to our “Dis/appearances” theme, guest edited by Matt Tompkins in celebration of his new book.
We also have several Souvenirs giveaways going on right now. Free copies are available through the following promotions:
Enter the Goodreads giveaway.
Enter the LibraryThing giveaway.
Enter our Twitter giveaway here.
Lastly, if you’re a literary reviewer interested in Souvenirs, please contact us to request a copy. If you’re a bookseller or librarian, you can order through our distributor, Ingram Book Group.
We’re excited to see this book officially hit shelves. Get your copy today, and remember to leave a Goodreads and/or Amazon review, chat about Souvenirs on social media, and tell your friends about it. Thanks for supporting small press publishing and independent literature!
Souvenirs and Other Stories releases on June 15th. Through the book’s launch period, we’ll be giving away free prizes on Twitter!
New prizes will be offered each week (spoiler alert: most prizes will be books).
To enter, simply Tweet something about Souvenirs and tag @ConiumReview in your Tweet. This should be a real Tweet that helps spread the word about Souvenirs. You could share a links to our website, Goodreads, Amazon, or whatever. Maybe share a picture. Come up with a jingle. It’s your choice, but make sure your post showcases at least five seconds of actual effort.
Most of the time, one Tweet will count as one entry. However, if we really like your Tweet, we may arbitrarily award you a bonus entry!
You may also increase your odds of winning by Tweeting more than once, but please space out your Tweets over several days. Do not spam. Seriously. Nobody likes spam.
And if we find out that you’ve created fake accounts to boost your odds of winning, you’ll be disqualified. Our prizes are just books, so relax. It’s not like you’ll be winning a million bucks. No need to cheat here.
We’ll make a numbered list of each entry and then roll a d20 or use a random number generator or something. If you’re a winner, we’ll contact you on Twitter and ask for your mailing address. We’ll only mail printed books to winners in the United States. If you live internationally, we can offer free digital copies instead.
The Conium Review: Volume 3 is available for purchase! Support small press publishing, and get a copy directly through our website. The issue is available as a paperback, and we also have a snazzy collector’s edition box set for sale.
You can also find copies of the paperback at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble’s website, and elsewhere on the Internet.
Copies hit brick-and-mortar bookstore shelves in the next couple days (or weeks, in some cases).Past publications have been stocked at the Big Idea Bookstore Cooperative (Pittsburgh, PA), Broadway Books (Portland, OR), Reading Frenzy (Portland, OR), Housing Works Bookstore Care (New York, NY), Quimby’s Bookstore (Chicago, IL), Open Books (Chicago, IL), and Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee, WI). This issue will appear at many of our usual bookstore partners, and we hope to expand to other independent bookstore locations very soon.
For cash-strapped lit lovers, Vol. 3 will also be available at several libraries, including the Mellow Pages Library (Brooklyn, NY), the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library (Madison, WI), the Library of Congress (Washington, DC) ,and elsewhere.
This volume of The Conium Review features new fiction from Olivia Ciacci, Tom Howard, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, Zach Powers, Christine Texeira, and Meeah Williams. In these eight strange and surreal narratives, you’ll find a company that sells night-in-shining-armor-style happy endings, a boy with a second person trapped inside of him, a contemporary fable with a chickadee protagonist, and more. The pieces include flash fiction, short stories, and novella-length fiction.
Rob Dart (contributor to our Spring 2013 issue) recently released his latest novel, Shed, and it’s now available on Amazon. You can also find Rob’s other releases here.