Archive for January, 2012

Karapanou in Australia, San Francisco, and beyond

Friday, January 13th, 2012

This week brought the lovely news that Margarita Karapanou’s The Sleepwalker is currently featured on the readers’ blog of Pages & Pages, an independent bookstore in… Mosman, Australia. “The Sleepwalker would make a terrific Book Club read,” the review notes, “I thoroughly enjoyed this highly imaginative novel with its blend of farce and tragedy and I highly recommend it to you.” Read the review in full here. And here’s to good distribution!

This is also a good time to note that Karapanou’s Rien ne va plus is currently a staff pick at the great indy Green Apple Books in San Francisco. Thank you to independent bookstores worldwide!

And The Sleepwalker also appeared on Scott Esposito’s list of “Favorite Reads of 2011“: “[A]n amazing little book, certainly one of the leanest, most interesting pieces of writing you will have the pleasure of reading.”

Experiments in publishing: Alex Epstein!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Alex Epstein writes this morning to say that his newest stories are all available digitally, for free, on Facebook (!). You can read them on any computer, iPad, smartphone, what have you—you don’t even have to be on Facebook. (Of course, you have to be able to read Hebrew. So I guess I’m really just taking his word for it that these are what he says they are…) Behold:

Wow.

And for those of you who don’t read Hebrew, you’re still in luck: read Alex’s work in Becka McKay’s stunning translations in Blue Has No South and Lunar Savings Time.