Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Emily Bronte Birthday Celebration and Goth Poetry/Fiction Reading

Celebrate the birthday of legendary goth author EMILY BRONTË at an afternoon of Contemporary Gothic Poetry and Fiction, Sunday, July 30, 4-6 pm at The Parkside Lounge (Houston at Attorney St., NYC). 

The event will feature the phenomenal poet and author Chavisa Woods, whose new book Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, was described by Booklist as “This book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices.” 

In addition, Deirdre Coyle (author of How to Talk to Writers at Parties), and Constance Renfrow (author and editor of Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writers) will read from their work. 

We’ll also talk about the weird and mysterious life of Emily Brontë, whose only novel, Wuthering Heights, is considered a goth classic. 

An open mic precedes the reading, hosted by poet, playwright and Three Rooms Press co-director Kat Georges

Doors open at 3:45 pm. $2 suggested donation and 2 drink minimum. Featured drink: The Dark and Stormy -- the Parkside makes a great one. 

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country (Seven Stories Press, 2017) The Albino Album, (Seven Stories Press, 2013); and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2009). The second edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013. Woods has presented lectures and conducted workshops  on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

Deirdre Coyle is a goth living in Brooklyn. She is the author of the chapbook How to Talk to Writers at Parties, and her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @DeirdreKoala. 

Constance Renfrow's writing has appeared in such places as Portland Book Review, Huffington Post, Cabildo Quarterly, Denim Skin, and Petrichor Machine. She is editor-in-chief of Three Rooms Press, and hosts a monthly open mic series at New York’s Merchant’s House Museum. Her first book, Songs of My Selfie, an anthology of millennial fiction, was a 2016 IndieFAB finalist. She is pursuing her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.

Enter to win THE OBAMA INHERITANCE: 15 Stories of Conspiracy Noir (Goodreads Giveaway)

If you've never entered a Goodreads giveaway before, this one may be just the ticket for you. We're giving away 5 advance copies of THE OBAMA INHERITANCE, which features over-the-top takes on 15 of the biggest conspiracy theories made up (or were they?) about President Obama. 

In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, with nods to the likes of William Burroughs, Asimov and Philip K. Dick, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges who can clone themselves, gear-popping robots of doom, and races of ancient lizard people revealing their true master plan. . . and these are just the tame ones mashed up in the blender of fake news bots, climate change is but a hoax by the Chinese and humans roamed with dinosaurs.

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The Obama Inheritance by Gary Phillips

The Obama Inheritance

by Gary Phillips

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In an era where the outlandish and fantastic has permeated our media 24/7, where mind-bending conspiracy theories shape our views, THE OBAMA INHERITANCE writers riff on the numerous fictions spun about the 44th president of the U.S. Although Obama himself does not appear in most of these stories, contributors spin deliberately outlandish and fantastic twists on many of the dozens of screwball, bizarro conspiracy theories floated about the president during his years in office and turn them on their heads.

THE OBAMA INHERITANCE editor Gary Phillips is a critically acclaimed author of mystery and graphic novels (Peepland, Violent Spring and Warlord of Willow Ridge). Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing and anti-apartheid activism. He was the chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color committee, and is president of the Private Eye Writers of America. 

Contributors include:
Eric Beetner | Christopher Chambers Kate Flora | Adam Lance Garcia 
Danny Gardner | L. Scott Jose Lise McClendon | Walter Mosley 
Andrew Nette | Gary Phillips Travis Richardson | Nisi Shawl 
Robert Silverberg | Anthony Neil Smith | Désirée Zamorano

An Excerpt from the Introduction by Editor Gary Phillips 

It was a cumulative thing really. There was no one particular right-wing, whacked-out conspiracy theory about Obama that stayed with me more than any of the others during his presidency. He was born in Kenya into a secret Muslim sect; had his grandma killed to cover up the truth about his birth; used secret weather machines to cause Hurricane Sandy, and on and on. 

To many of us, the daily roll out of these preposterous notions about the nation’s first black president was laughable. But damned if these bizarro scenarios crept in from the fringes to find purchase on outlets like Breitbart, Alex Jones and what have you. . . . 

 This collection is a nod to the Great Depression pulps of the 1930s, portrayals of the odd 
and the strange, lost worlds and larger than life characters, has a soundtrack by Parliament/Funkadelic and Hendrix, and is inhabited by the sensibilities of the hardboiled and the damned. In The Obama Inheritance, in an era that might be cast as the depths of the Great Deception, you’ll discover sobering truths amid the fantastic fictions these new pulp stories deliver from the first page on. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Het, X-FILES Lovers! Enter to Win 1 of 5 copies of the IndieFAB YA book of the year, WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME by Meagan Brothers.

We at Three Rooms Press read Jezebel’s feature, “The X-Files Revival Doesn’t Have a Single Woman Writer on Staff” and immediately wondered where in all the universe Chris Carter could find a woman writer who also knows a lot of things about the X-Files.

Surely it couldn't be Meagan Brothers, author of Weird Girl and What’s His Name—a YA novel about two best friends obsessed with the X-Files. Nope. Definitely not.

So as we prepare for a brand new season of The X-Files, we’re giving away 5 copies of Weird Girl and What’s His Name on Goodreads! Enter to win a copy of this incredible book by a female X-Files-obsessed writer(!!) about fandom, friendship, and finding one’s place in the world.

WEIRD GIRL was awarded IndieFAB YA Book of the Year 2015, and was also named to Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2015. But don't think it's only for youngsters. Readers young and old love this book.

Here's what folks are saying:

"What could have been a niche novel only for X-Philes is a quirky, thoughtful illumination of identity formation and the difficulty of assigning labels to love." —The Globe and Mail

“Voices are crisply and intimately drawn. Minor characters are equally vibrant . . . Carefully and subtly imagined.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Fanboys and fangirls, rejoice! This wise and witty book is pure teen-geek heaven!" —--J.C. Lillis, author, How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

"Meaningful, original, and truthful. As someone who's been both a weird girl and a what's her name, I heartily endorse this book." —Janice Erlbaum, author, I. Liar and Girlbomb

"Rory and Lula might bond over out-there sci-fi, but their relationship is as real as it gets. To paraphrase their favorite show: The truth is in here." —D.C. Pierson, author, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To

Sign up for the chance to win one of FIVE (5) advance reader print galleys. No purchase necessary. To enter click Weird Girl Giveaway Entry Form.

Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, age 14 or older.

Sweepstakes begins July 6, 2017. Entries must be received no later than July 20, 2017 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. Winners will be selected on or about July 21, 2017. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Anyone entering more than once will be disqualified.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Now thru July 15: Enter to win Robert Silverberg's latest collection

We're giving away Advance copies of FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES, a new collection of classic tales by the legendary sci-fi Grand Master ROBERT SILVERBERG—all written in the first-person! Oh, and, by the way—the intro is by Hugo-award winning sci-fi phenom and notorious blogger JOHN SCALZI. But don't wait too long to enter! This contest ends at midnight on Saturday, July 15. So hurry! Click here or the button below and get your name on the list, fast!

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First Person Singularities by Robert Silverberg

First Person Singularities

by Robert Silverberg

Giveaway ends July 15, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Each story in FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES offers a one-of-a-kind narrator: a dolphin feeling the pangs of love for a human being; a computer eager to convince us of its sanity; a Greek good who has surreptitiously survived into modern times; an alien visitor living in disguise in a New York City hotel. Even a pudgy, timid Henry James gets the Silverberg treatment as the witness/narrator of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Each story features a special introduction by Silverberg, providing the inside scoop on his experience writing for, and publishing with, the greatest science fiction magazines of the past and present. For more info about this brilliant title, and to find out how to pre-order, click here.