It was a hell of a time on March 22nd. A nice crowd of people and the rest of the Blacksmiths For Literary Progress joined me at Freebird Books in Brooklyn to officially celebrate the release of my new short story collection, The Love Book. We drank beers, huddled around with friends old and new, and made with the prose like circus performers. We even had a nice sunset coming through the front windows as we read (check the photo). It felt fantabulous to be back at Freebird Books, where we always feel at home and the readings have never failed turn out great. Many thanks to Rachel and Peter for making it all happen. And of course it made me proud to do the gig with my fellow Blacksmiths — Brian Cogan, Tim Hall, and Mike Faloon — as it was the first time we could all be in the same room in over a year-and-a-half. If you were there, I thank you for making the trek out and supporting The Love Book.
And for those of you who missed it, here is a video of me reading an excerpt from “Taking the Happy Bus on Home,” the last story in the collection (and apparently the hands down favorite amongst fans). Also below, are a few pics from the evening. Enjoy.
I’ll be making two appearances at the end of March to celebrate the release of THE LOVE BOOK.
The Love Book Reading/Release Party When: Saturday Mar 22, 2008 @ 7:00 PM Where:Freebird Books 123 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231
What more could you ask for: booze, used books, and four bastardos a-readin’. Joining me will be fellow Blacksmiths for Literary Progress, Brian Cogan, Mike Faloon, and (flying all the way in from Chicago) Tim Hall. C’mon down to scenic Red Hook and join us at the finest little book shop in all of Brooklyn. More info at www.freebirdbooks.com.
This will be my third appearance on “Meet the Author” with host Jilly Kidd at the Red Sky Club in the Written Word Area. The show kicks off at 2pm SLT (or 5pm EST, 10pm GMT) and will be broadcast on SLCN TV.
It just goes to show what cheap wine and crushed-up amphetamines can do for your career. But I do consider it an honor as Bookslut has actually been championing good books and independent authors for quite some time now. They were kind enough to let me wax poetic about podcasting, free downloads, Second Life, and of course, The Love Book, my new short story collection.
What more could you ask for: booze, used books, and four bastardos a-readin’. I’ll be celebrating the release of my new short story collection, The Love Book, by hosting a reading at Freebird Books. Joining me will be fellow Blacksmiths for Literary Progress, Brian Cogan, Mike Faloon, and (flying all the way in from Chicago) Tim Hall.
This will be the first all-original member Blacksmiths for Literary Progress reunion since the infamous McLintlock Affair at the Grassroots Tavern that disbanded the group back in ’78.
C’mon down to scenic Red Hook and join us at the finest little book shop in all of Brooklyn. More info at www.freebirdbooks.com.
When: Saturday Mar 22, 2008 @ 7:00 PM Where:Freebird Books 123 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231
Here are two great quotes about the stories you’ll find in THE LOVE BOOK:
“If The Velvet Underground’s debut had been a short story collection, it may well have read like The Love Book.”
—Mike Bennett, author of One Among The Sleepless and Hall of Mirrors
“When Ken decided to shut down Bully, I wondered what he was going to do. The Love Book is part of the answer to that. Ken has transformed himself in the last several years from a Menckenesque curmudgeon, hilariously skewering all aspects of pop culture, to a serious short story writer with a truly original and refreshing vision. These are stories that actually dare to be about things—that is, they have characters who are invested, committed, or otherwise trapped in certain strange or absurd lives who are looking for freedom and release. It’s the basis of all great fiction, imo.”
—Tim Hall, author of Half Empty and Triumph of the Won’t
“You’ll dig Ken Wohlrob’s The Love Book, whether you like yourself or not. In fact, if you compare its cavalcade of kooks to you and the folk you call friends, it’ll probably make you like yourself more.”—Miami Sun Post
Five gritty, absurd and darkly comic tales. Five characters at a crossroads in their lives.
A brand new interview with yours truly. LDP, a small press distributor and friend of independent publishing, recently interviewed me about self-publishing in the digital age. Check it out and link to it/post it if you can. Cheers!
I’m happy to say that The Love Book, my new short story collection, cracked the iTunes Top 100 Literature Podcasts list this week. It jumped up to #76 as of Tuesday, October 2nd (click on the image to enlarge the listing).
It’s great news and nice to see that more and more people are discovering the audiobook podcast. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, here is what a few readers have already said about the collection:
“This is very dark and has highly amusing moments. Deep and somewhat thought provoking.”
“Quirky, darkly entertaining stories. The fab ohmar might be my favorite story as well. Some of the imagery in there was just too good.”
“This kept my attention and was very visual even the implied references to abuse. My hat goes off to Mr. Wohlrob.”
“Loved the first installment of the fab ohmar. Can’t wait to hear the next one.”
So if you still haven’t checked out the audiobook podcast of The Love Book, what in the bloody ‘ell are you waitin’ for? You can subscribe to the audiobook podcast via:
Once again, I had a blast appearing on the Meet the Authors show in Second Life. Adele Ward (aka Jilly Kidd) and I had a great Q&A about short stories, influences, and my writing style. I read excerpts from “Taking the Happy Bus on Home” and “The Fabulous Omar,” both of which are part of my new collection of stories, The Love Book. Not only could the people who showed up enjoy the event, but it was broadcast throughout Second Life by SLCN.
A special “DVD Extra” bonus episode for my new short story collection, The Love Book, is now live.
You can subscribe to the audiobook podcast via:
In this special bonus episode you’ll hear a drunk (i.e. the author) wax poetic about the stories behind the stories, the arcane sub-references no one will ever get, and other such nonsense. Extra points if you can hear the cat scratching in her litter box.
Click the arrow below to listen to the first episode of this free audio book: