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01/25/2012

I Just Hitched in From the Coast

I Just Hitched in from the Coast Horsefeathers

Counterpoint Press has  published, as a paperback original, a new collection of my stories titled I JUST HITCHED IN FROM THE COAST: THE ED McCLANAHAN READER. The book is a gathering of 14 stories, both fiction and non-fiction, including, to my unspeakable and no doubt insufferable delight, all three stories in A CONGRESS OF WONDERS, my favorite book, which has been out of print for a long  time. (My friend and collaborator and  cohort Tom Marksbury has been  immeasurably helpful in the process of assembling the collection, and is officially its editor.) This is a big fat old book — 288 action-packed pages! — and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And you don't have to take my word for it. Here's a review from the pages of Relix Magazine:

Relix review

But wait, there's more! Here's another long-delayed announcement:

Wind Press has just published HORSEFEATHERS: STORIES FROM ROOM 241, a contributor-edited anthology by the students in a University of Kentucky undergraduate Advanced Creative Writing Class I ostensibly taught in the Fall of 2009. The book, which is available on Amazon and in local bookstores, is a sprightly, eclectic collection of fiction and memoir. Scotty Adkins, one of the contributors, is the Associate Editor, I copy-edited the stories and wrote an introduction, and Johnny Lackey, bless his artistic little heart, did that terrific block print cover (above) for us.

In October I visited classes and did readings and signings with my old Prankster pal Ken Babbs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, our mutual alma mater. (I graduated in '55, Babbs in '58) .

Babbs presented his first novel, WHO SHOT THE WATER BUFFALO? (Overlook Press, 2011), the original draft of which he wrote almost 50 years ago, when he was a Marine helicopter pilot in the very early days of the Vietnam War.

Whos Shot the Water Buffalo? Ken Babbs
Photo by Brian Lanker

You can read my reflections on my long friendship with Babbs—and on his wonderful book, including the blurb I wrote for him, here.

On October 12, Babbs and I brought our two-man show down to Lexington, where we read at Morris Bookshop in their beautiful new Chevy Chase location. Check out some great pictures of the Morris Bookshop signing taken by Matt Goins, courtesy of the fine folks at the Lexington Herald-Leader by clicking here. Go ahead. You know you want to.


Photo by Matt Goins.
  Photo by Matt Goins. Used with permission.

Here also, belatedly, is a very good piece (with an equally good sidebar interview) that appeared in LEO, the Louisville alt-weekly.


Other Entries from Ed:

01/25/2012 I Just Hitched in From the Coast
9/24/2011 Eschew Higgledy-Piggledy
08/22/2011 Ode to Bubbleheads
08/19/2011 The Magic Trip
08/16/2011 The Congress of Wonders on DVD - Update!
06/01/2010 The Essentials of Western Civilization
05/31/2010 Free-Wiki-You
04/05/2010 McClanahands!
03/23/2010 My Nervous Breakdown
02/16/2010 Congress of Wonders - The Musical!

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