Thursday, February 12, 2009

Normal School

This is just a quick shout out for the new literary mag here at Cal State Fresno. I've been amazed at how quickly it's grown into an awesome journal. This is mostly due to the work of Steven Church, the main dude in charge of the thing (and author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record and the forthcoming Theoretical Killings: Essays, Experiments and Accidents).

Not only was the debut issue pretty fabulous, the magazine has recently been picked up for distribution by Ingrams. You may see the next edition in... in... Barnes and Noble and such places! For an upstart literary journal that's rather amazing. To win that shelf space during this economic cycle is... well, whatever comes after amazing.

Here's our site; pretty stylish, huh?

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Blogger Unknown said...

David I know this is off topic but i thought this would be the best way to bring this up. I was just over at and they had the Otherlands up with the cover and a synopsis. I was just wondering if this was the real deal or not because you and I had just talked about you not having a cover yet a couple of days ago. Also the cover they have looks eerily similar to one of the foreign covers for Acacia.

8:19 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Travis,

It is the real deal. Doubleday just dropped it on me today and I let a few bloggers get the first crack at displaying it. And, yes, it's more than "eerily" similar, it's the same illustration used on the German cover. They've put their own spin on it, but it's the same.

Doubleday basically said they like that cover so much that once it got stuck in their head they didn't see how they could improve on it. And they thought it suited this book even more perfectly. So... they grabbed it.

Obviously, folks like yourself that follow all this more closely may notice, but the general reader will probably never come across the German version.

And I... will post about this here tomorrow. Not sure why I did it this way, it's just that when the cover came through I thought, "Oh, man, I wanna show this to Robert and Aidan and Graeme and Dave..." So I did!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Don't feel bad for those of us that follow your works finding out about it through another website. You have other things to do. I wouldnt expect you to hop on the net every time you take a sip of water. I like that cover a lot. I wonder though, was there ever any talks about the artist for Acacia doing this cover? I loved the cover. I judged your book by its cover(i know, i know). I think covers make all the difference. I thought the Italian edition was absolutely beautiful too. Ive actually started ordering books from the book depository so i'll have the UK editions. I dont understand why the US gets such ugly covers. But I digress. Youre still batting a thousand in my opinion as far as covers go. Thanks for the quick response.

9:55 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


It seems strange to say it, but I still have to admit that I don't know what deliberations went into the cover for this book. That stuff remains way out of my hands. At the moment, with the publication mergers and with Doubleday getting moved into Knopf, etc, etc... People are loosing their jobs and books are getting dropped. I've been... uh... pleasantly surprised and reassured at how things are moving forward with this book. It ain't that way for everyone...

So, all I really know about this cover is that Doubleday wants it. And... I do too. I'm pleased, and I'll leave it at that.

11:52 PM  

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