Birds and Birthdays has officially released into the wild. It’s been available directly from the publisher for the past couple of weeks, but will be appearing in other marketplaces now, like Amazon.com (where they say it’ll take 1 to 3 weeks to get the book, but that’s only because they’ve just recently placed orders for stock with the publisher themselves).
Surprisingly and already, the book has received its first review yesterday as well! It’s over at Tor.com, and it’s a good one. So if you can’t take my (very biased) word that the book is good, take this reviewer’s.
I’m excited to have this book made real. For a long time, I’d thought it would be very unlikely to find a publisher for it, even a small indie press, who might be interested in a collection of three short stories and one essay, centered around the surrealist art of three women from the early half of the 20th century. But while that was a realistic doubt, it proved not to be true.
For the next few weeks, I’m going to be occasionally blogging here and in some other places about the book, its conception, the process I went through in researching and writing of each of the stories, the artists whose paintings inspired these stories, and how I went about organizing the book itself. It’s a small book, just a little over 100 pages, which seems as small as a grain of sand in a world where hugely huge epic page-turners pound the pavement around it. But I’ve always been fond of small things, the contained and hermetically sealed worlds of snow globes and dioramas, and I know there are folks out there who like things like this too. So I’m hopeful this small book might reach their attention, despite the clamor and bustle of the giants lumbering around it.
If you’re interested in reviewing the book, contact me by email and I’ll see about getting a copy into your hands. And if you read and enjoy the book, and feel so inclined, please help me tell other people about its existence. Share links to it on your social networks, review it on Amazon or Goodreads or other places. I appreciate any help my readers can lend me.
In a day or two, I’ll begin posting about the topics I mentioned above, but for now, if you want a sneak peak at one of the stories in the book, you can read the second story, “The Guardian of the Egg,” for free at The Journal of Mythic Arts, where it was reprinted several years ago. That story was written in response to a painting of the same name by the artist Leonora Carrington.
And be prepared for a giveaway soon, too.
Happy birthday, Birds and Birthdays.