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FUN CAMP is Now Available for Pre-Order Through Publishing Genius

My original publisher for FUN CAMP, Mud Luscious Press, has closed. It’s a sad, weird thing that all happened really fast. My book had been contracted with them for just over two years, and it had only another month to go before the book was to come out.

But. I was really lucky to have a bunch of good people immediately come to my aid and we quickly arrived at a solution: FUN CAMP would be put out by Publishing Genius.

This worked out so well. I love the books PG puts out, and I already really like and respect the man at the helm, Adam Robinson.

A thing about Adam: He works fast. The book is now available for pre-order.

$9 is the very limited edition pre-order price, way down from a list price of $15.

Please feel encouraged to jump on it.



Told in monologues, speeches, soliloquies, sermons, letters, cards, and lists, FUN CAMP is a freewheelin’ summer camp novel smashed to bits. Spend a week with the young inhabitants of a camp bent on molding campers into fun and interesting people via pranks, food fights, greased watermelon relays. Along the way, you’ll meet Dave and Holly, totalitarian head counselors who may be getting too old for this, Bernadette, a Luddite chaplain with some kids to convert, Billy, a first-timer tasting freedom, and Tad, a shaggy dude with a Jesus complex.

FUN CAMP is a beautiful flight of tragic-comic prose, so sharply realized it would actually be upsetting, if Gabe Durham weren’t so root-for-able in every way. Come for his astonishing & repeatably funny turns of phrase, stay for his furtive romanticism. Durham is lousy with wit and soul. I loved this book and did not want it to end.”
—Julie Klausner, author of I Don’t Care About Your Band and host of “How Was Your Week?

“A less adept writer would flatten summer camp into mere nostalgic idyll or slapstick farce, but Gabe Durham is alive to the tonal complexity of his subject. I celebrate this book for its formal inventiveness, its rich humor, its exuberant language, its genuine spirituality, and most of all for its tender and abiding regard for the oversized feelings of adolescence. Durham knows his pranks, but he is not a prankster. He’s the real thing.”
—Chris Bachelder, author of Bear v. Shark and Abbott Awaits

FUN CAMP was a semi-finalist for the Lake Forest/&Now 2011-2012 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize.


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The First and Best Way to Secure Your Copy of FUN CAMP Has Arrived

Officially available today! Show your love for Mud Luscious Press by becoming a subscriber to our 2013 Novel(la) Series! Subscribers will receive the following four 2013 novel(la) titles, delivered quarterly to their doorsteps:

Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) by Michael Kimball

Fun Camp by Gabe Durham

American Homes by Ryan Ridge

PLAN/K by Kristi Maxwell

Subscribers will also receive a bunch of bonus items / incentives, including:

free shipping on all four titles (regularly $12)
a thank you note from one of our 2013 novel(la) authors
a free submission during our open reading period in summer 2013 (regularly $15)
a free Nephew title shipped to you at random during the 2013 season (regularly $10)

Need more convincing? Head on over to the subscription page to find out more about each of our 2013 Novel(la) Series authors and titles.

Our goal is 100 subscribers for the 2013 season. Help us out and get a mess of amazing words in return!
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FUN CAMP will be published by Mud Luscious Press

Whoa, whoa, wow: Friends, I am very excited to announce that FUN CAMP, my novel-in-shorts, is going to be released by Mud Luscious Press in 2013.

As a part of their novel(la) series, FUN CAMP will join the ranks of Sasha Fletcher, Ben Brooks, Molly Gaudry, Matthias Svalina, Michael Stewart, and Norman Lock.

A huge thank you to Mud Luscious editors J.A. Tyler and Andrew Borgstrom for giving the book their close attention and interest. I also want to thank Sasha Fletcher, who strongly suggested I send MLP the book. “I don’t know,” I said, “I think this book is too chatty for them.” And then I sent it anyway.

Also, big thank you to the UMass friends who looked at early forms of many of these pieces, and to the editors of Matchbook, Notnostrums, Dogzplot, Everyday Genius, A cappella Zoo, Nano Fiction, Saltgrass, Hobart, Western Humanities Review, decomP, Wigleaf, The Lifted Brow, NOÖ Journal Gargoyle, American Short Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Quick Fiction, Dark Sky Magazine, The 2nd Hand, Pear Noir!, Orange Alert, Route 9, and Diagram.

I’ve posted a lot of google image camp pictures on this blog. Now here are a few personal ones (all enlargeable):

me on the far right

(To be clear, that’s a Skamania ’98 t-shirt I’m wearing in the first photo.)

Two years is both a long wait and not a long wait at all. Two years ago, I’d already written a handful of the earliest pieces in FUN CAMP. Two years from now, I will still occasionally be getting ideas for new Fun Camps and begging J.A. Tyler to stop the presses so I can cram new ones in.

So let’s all promise that in two years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into. I will be the one trying to sell you a book.

** Check out a roundup of Fun Camps here **

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