Monthly Archives: July 2013

Just Google “Gabe Durham” and “Dicks for Days” and Click on the First Thing That Pops Up

One of my favorite things I got to do while on tour was hang out in Julie Klausner’s kitchen and record an episode of her podcast, How Was Your Week. Now it’s up!

How Was Your Week: Episode 124“Dicks for Days”: Brent Weinbach, Gabe Durham

Or stream it at The A.V. Club.

Julie asks about the book, gets me reading FUN CAMP favorites, and weighs in on whether I’m handsome.

Also recommended: The one with David Sedaris, the one with Gillian Jacobs, and straight-up subscribing on iTunes.

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FUN CAMP reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail by John Domini

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 11.44.55 AM“So frisky an attitude towards getting naked feels welcome in a fictional experiment. More commonly these days, younger American writers who eschew narrative tend to abstain in their fiction, as well, from pleasures of the flesh … It’s great to have Gabe Durham give those impulses fresh play, on a midsummer’s night in the woods.” – John Domini, author of A Tomb on the Periphery

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If you’re in the Seattle area tomorrow night, come see me read with Matthew Simmons and Sean Beaudoin!

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Last: The other night, Evan Karp taped my Oakland FUN CAMP reading.

FUN CAMP in Small Press Book Review + Call for Chrono Trigger Pitches

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“There’s a level of sophistication here—the gut punch while you’re laughing—and it’s so subtle as to be stealthily disarming. Autumn comes and then winter, though in the summer it’s easy to live fast and maintain a kind of temporary short-sightedness that comes with warm water and soft skin.” – Mel Bosworth, author of Freight

Bulk-size thanks to Mr. Mel Bosworth for reviewing FUN CAMP for his site, The Small Press Book Review. Might be a good idea to add his site to your Google Re… Feedly feed.

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I also want to mention on here…

Boss Fight Books is now accepting book pitches.

The only catch is: They have to be about Chrono Trigger.

No major guidelines. Just be sure to tell us about yourself, send us to some other things you’ve written, and give us a good sense of what you’d do with the book: What’s your angle?

We’d love to hear from writers of all stripes, including those who in some way deviate from the straight white male template.

No hired guns, please: We only want to hear from people who already know/care about Chrono Trigger.

Send your pitch to bossfightbooks at gmail.

New Fun Camp Review in decomP + The Vouched Vouch

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Spencer Dew’s review of FUN CAMP is in the new issue of decomP. It’s one of those next level reviews that focuses less on good/bad and instead closely examines what the book is up to, folding the book into Dew’s own understanding of the world. It’s a real pleasure to read:

The Pumping Company is one of those bars that, at a certain hour, becomes a college bar, but earlier is a mix of alcoholics and working folks, people coming in alone to stare at the televisions or in pairs to complain about their jobs, or alone to get drinks bought for them or alone to complain about the jobs they’re currently on-shift at, down Broadway. Older people come in on dates, ordering the rancid pasta dishes. Younger people pre-drink with their cell phones in their hands, waiting for the real event, somewhere else.

Meanwhile the ambitious-and-expanding Vouched Books has indeed vouched for FUN CAMP: “This book will stain your lips with barrels of bug juice, callous your fingers from failed archery attempts, and give you the crisp thrill of a post-popsicle kiss: revel in the confusion and anarchy of summer camp.” They also included it on THE BEST SUMMER READING LIST EVER over at Scout Mob.

Other news? Small Press Distribution now carries FUN CAMP.

FUN CAMP is on Goodreads. That’s not news, I guess.

I updated this page with all FUN CAMP reviews and interviews. If you are a human or publication and would like to review FUN CAMP, let me know.

Boss Fight Books is on its way to being a proper business, which makes the state of California get a crazed look in its eye and go, “give me all your $$$$$$$$, sucker,” and then I do.

Mike Young made the big Tumblr leap.

Oakland, I had a great time with you this weekend! Let’s do it again.

Seattle, I am coming and reading on July 18! More details soon.

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A Few Campaign Stats for the Curious

We’re funded! I hope to write about the Boss Fight Books Kickstarter campaign sometime soon, but in the meantime, here are a few stats from the back end of our campaign.

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FUN CAMP interview in the Short Form, Book Notes at Largehearted Boy, and Review at JMWW

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Thanks so much to everyone giving my book their time!

You can order it from Publishing Genius or Small Press Distribution.

Review/press copies also available. Email me or Adam Robinson.

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