Due to Forest Avenue Press’ commitment to encourage its readers to buy locally it’s also available print-to-order through the worldwide Espresso Book Machine network. The machines are located in independent bookstores, libraries, and universities around the world, allowing people to walk into their local establishment, order a copy of the book, and have it printed while they wait. Not only does this encourage keeping one’s money in the community, it also avoids the heavy environmental and financial shipping costs of moving books around the country. Here’s a map of EBM locations.
A Simplified Map of the Real World, fifteen linked stories with a Faulknerian map of the fictional Renata, Oregon, is Forest Avenue Press’ first fiction release.
Author Tom Spanbauer, of The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Now Is the Hour, and the forthcoming I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books) said this about Stevan’s collection:
“You don’t need to be from a small Oregon town to recognize Stevan Allred’s characters. They are your mother, your father, your cousin Cathy. And probably more than you’d like to admit, they even feel a bit like you. A Simplified Map of the Real World is a highly-skilled collection of interwoven stories, surprising in its various styles and voices. But the real surprise is how close Stevan Allred gets to the beating heart of what it means to be human. Petty, profane, sacred, scared, hilarious. We’re all in this book. And that’s quite a triumph.”