Sunday, July 3, 2016

Clarence Major's long awaited story collection ''CHICAGO HEAT and OTHER STORIES'' - book tour this fall in USA

More great news about one of Vermont's Green Writers Press authors:

Clarence Major is getting booked for his October New England Book Tour —  October 15: Brattleboro Literary Festival; October 17: Harvard Coop Bookstore, with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 7 PM reading, October 18: Emerson College morning reading, ETC.  When asked why Clarence Major choose to submit his long awaited story collection Chicago Heat and Other Stories to Green Writers Press, Major responded:

—Clarence Major

Chicago Heat and Other Stories

Chicago Heat and Other Stories by Clarence Major, employs a gorgeous purity and simplicity of language in a series of masterful analyses examining human interaction.

Each narrative voice comes forward all at once, individual and complete, without obstacle or complication, enabling the reader to see the characters and feel their emotions.

Major does not shy away from the bitter or the harsh; we get to hear it all. Like paint on an easel he blends lyricality with moxie and the blunt with the beautiful.

The characters come together as easily as they part; people leaving, coming back, going, staying—it all sticks and fades like heat on your skin.

The imagery is completely accessible and generously given. Toni Morrison comes to mind. His work is like jewels.

His list of works and achievements is an impressive one. From awards like the Pushcart Prize and National Book Award, to fellowships like the Fulbright Fellowship and National Council for the Arts Fellowship, Clarence Major has established himself as a prominent literary figure. Having written more than eight novels, including My Amputations and Dirty Bird Blues, alongside a dozen books of poetry, Chicago Heat and Other Stories is only his second work of short fiction and first book with Green Writers Press.
Signed First Edition/Pre-Order HERE!

“Clarence Major has a remarkable mind and the talent to match.”     Toni Morrison
“A pioneer on the cutting edge of contemporary fiction.” —Charles Johnson
“[Major’s] language is both lyric and precise. His vision is both humorous . . . and serious.
His story is our own.”                  
National Book Award Finalist — citation for Configurations
“Clarence Major’s… gathering of short stories has extraordinary technical and emotional force, that pushes the form to its contemporary limits without losing contact with its sources in legend, tall-tale, conte, yarn…Major…proves that he is one of only a handful of American writers capable of doing significant work in more than one genre.” —Russell Banks

About the Author
Clarence MajorCLARENCE MAJOR is a prizewinning short story writer, novelist, poet and painter. As a finalist for the National Book Award he won a Bronze Medal for his book Configurations: New and Selected Poems 1958-1998.  Major was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Bay Area Book Reviewers Book Award and The Prix Maurice Coindreau in France. He is the recipient of The Western States Book Award, The National Council on The Arts Award, a New York Cultural Foundation Award, The Stephen Henderson Poetry Award for Outstanding Achievement (African American Literature and Culture Society of The American Literature Association), the Sister Circle Book Award, two Pushcart prizes, the International Literary Hall of Fame Award (Chicago State University), the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Fine Arts, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and other awards. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Davis.
The cover painting is by Clarence Major, entitled “Lady,” 60 x 36 inches; acrylic on canvas.
Chicago Heat and Other Stories by Clarence Major
PUB DATE: September 6, 2016
6 x 9; Hardcover with dust jacket; 200 pages; $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-9968973-2-7
Author available for readings and interviews—major publicity planned for launch and book tour with festival readings.
Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, Ingram’s, Baker & Taylor. Available wherever books are sold.
Green Writers Press is a Vermont-based, global publisher whose mission is to spread a message of hope and renewal. Review copies available upon request.
Dede Cummings, who runs the GWP imprint, tells this blog:

I'd like to compile a list of all the Cli-fi books published in 2015-2016, beginning with this great news:

Green Writers Press author, 
M Jackson
was awarded
the 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment along with the Santa Monica Public Library! They want her to come to Santa Monica September 22nd to accept the award!! The evening program will feature Eames Demetrios, grandson of Ray and Charles Eames (of the chair fame!)

Other cli-fi books 
from Green Writers Press
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A Children's cli-fi book, The Order of Trees, was named an Honor Book from the Green Earth Book Awards and the ceremony will be held at the National Press Club in October. 

Last, but not least, a nonfiction title of ours, Picking Up the Flute, by retired environmental humanities professor John Elder, explores the changing world of climate change through the lens of science, memoir, and music. There is even a section of being part of the first "Climate March" across the state of Vermont with 350 founder, Bill McKibben. 


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