Archive for October, 2011

Building upon the success of the first reading at the Barley House in Concord, Live Free or Die, Die, Die! contributor Rob Azevedo has arranged another pub-style night of crime fiction. NH Pulp Fiction will come to the Shaskeen at 909 Elm St. in Manchester on Thursday, Nov. 10. Readings will begin at 6 p.m. and carry on until they toss us out or the band starts to play, whichever happens first. I’ll have a sign-up sheet on hand so any of this year’s contributors can drop in an put themselves on the roster for the night. We’ll try to get everyone a spot but at very least you can have a pint among kindred spirits. Tell your friends and everyone turn out for NH Pulp Fiction, live on the gritty streets of the Queen City. Suzy Geers from Plaidswede will be on hand to sell books and the authors will be more than happy to sign them. Cheers!

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Not sure when Live Free or Die, Die, Die! will appear in bookstores just yet (soon, I hope) but they can be ordered now through the NH Booksellers site http://www.nhbooksellers.com

Still working on some unusual locations for readings. I’ll have news on this very soon.

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We had about a dozen writers, about 20 listeners and a table full of poets laureate from far-off states in attendance for the very first reading of action-packed, two fisted tales from Live Free or Die, Die, Die! Seemed like everyone had fun on either side of the mic and the book looks great in the limelights.

Most readings we staged last time around were in bookstores and those were good too, but the success of the “pub” readings like this one at the Barley House (and the one on the same occasion last year) makes me think we may be missing our best shot at spreading the gospel of NH pulp fiction. One of my writers, Rob Azevedo, pointed out that the Shaskeen in Manchester and lots of other pubs have stages and spaces set aside where we might draw a small crowd to listen on some night when there isn’t a bar band playing. We’ll approach the Shaskeen first to test the concept, but this could be a good twist in the plot. And with October in the air, maybe we can set up one reading where we feature stories from both LFODDD and the original NH Pulp Fiction anthology, Live Free or Undead.

If you have thoughts or suggestions for such venues (or for regular bookstores who you think would have us), drop me a line.


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Long Overdue Update

Dear Pulpaphiles,

In keeping with the suspenseful theme of the second volume of NH Pulp Fiction, the publication process has been filled with mystery and close calls. Actually, the mystery results mostly from my ignoring this blog and not keeping everyone posted and the close calls are all, similarly, the result of slack performance from yours truly. I guess we know who the villain is in this potboiler. Anyway, there’s a happy ending in sight (or is there, hmmm), as cartons of “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!” are being shipped on Tuesday and should be here just in time for a long-planned reading, Friday Oct. 14, 6 p.m. at the Barley House in Concord.

Those of you who were along for the “Live Free or Undead” ride (which had its own share of cliffhangers and hairpin curves) will recall that this was quite a fun night last year. It’s one of a series of cool events associated with the NH Book Festival, October 9-23, 2011, being staged by the NH Writers Project. There are events in numerous locations around the state, so make it a point to attend one. If you come to the Barley House you can meet the other writers and, if you were snubbed, shoot daggers from your eyes at me and refuse to buy me a drink. Info on the festival can be found at the link below.
For those of you who have been wondering who actually made the cut and got into this edition of NH Pulp Fiction, here’s a list of the chosen few:

Rob Azevedo
Robin Curtis
Jeffrey DeRego
Brendan DuBois
Brian Edmonds
Judith Green
Simon Harling
John Hirtle
Margaret Bobalek King
Rebecca Leeb
Gregory Nicoll
Susan Nye
David O’Keefe
Lorrie Lee O’Neill
Douglas Osterhoudt
Adi Rule
J.E. Seymour
Philip Soletsky
Tom Sweeney
Dan Szczesny

Wish it could be more. There were some great submissions I couldn’t squeeze in. But the Pulp Fiction saga continues with the third volume kicking off now.

The next installment will cover science fiction and related weird tales and is tentatively titled “Live Free or Never Die: Speculative Fiction from the Granite State to the Stars.” I’d like all the submission in by the end of the year, but I’ll post more detailed instructions soon.

What? You doubt my word?

Fine, make ME the bad guy.

-Rick Broussard
Editor of the NH Pulp Fiction Series

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