City of Weird

City of Weird Front Cover web sizeNow in its third printing! 

Pacific Northwest Independent Bookseller bestseller

#1 Powell’s Books bestseller

#1 Powell’s Books holiday bestseller, 2016

Powell’s Pick of the Month and Pick of the Season

#1 Annie Bloom’s Bestseller

Powell’s Staff Top 5s

Adapted for live radio by The Willamette Radio Workshop

City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty original stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city’s personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, often chilling, at times surprisingly profound—and always perfectly weird.

Contributors: Stevan Allred, Jonah Barrett, Doug Chase, Sean Davis, Susan DeFreitas, Rene Denfeld, Dan DeWeese, Art Edwards, Stefanie Freele, Jonathan Hill, Justin Hocking, Jeff Johnson, Leigh Anne Kranz, Kirsten Larson, B. Frayn Masters, Kevin Meyer, Karen Munro, Linda Rand, Brian Reid, Bradley K. Rosen, Nicole Rosevear, Mark Russell, Kevin Sampsell, Jason Squamata, Andrew Stark, Adam Strong, Suzy Vitello, Leslie What, Brigitte Winter, and Leni Zumas.

About City of Weird

Gigi Little, Editor
Forest Avenue Press
Adult Fiction, 310 pages
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Trade Paper: 6 x 9
Cover Price: $15.95

ISBN:  978-1-942436-23-2

Advance praise

“If weird makes you think of funny and moving and disturbing and just plain odd in that wondrous Portland way, well, City of Weird is the book for you.”

– Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

City of Weird is a dark, imaginative and entertaining exploration of the bizarre, set against the backdrop of Bridgetown. From the career troubles of the undead to what’s lurking in the basement at Powell’s, this book is perfect for readers who want to know what truly keeps Portland weird.”

– Ian Doescher, Portland native and author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series

City of Weird is everything I love about Portland: its next-gen sensibility, gleeful disregard for expectation, and that undercurrent of darkness which acts as foil to the eccentricity. I popped these stories like the handmade treats they are, and enjoyed every one.”

– Averil Dean, author of The Undoing and Alice Close Your Eyes

“Forget everything you know or think you know about Portland—all that twee Wes Anderson-y Portlandia crap—this is Portland re-imagined as exactly what it is: one more screen on which to project the American Nightmare.”

– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

With work ranging from myths to folklore, science fiction and a surprising dark comedy of eco-feminist post-Fukushima revenge, Gigi Little has collected together a brilliant showcase of literary talent working in the Pacific Northwest.”

– Monica Drake, author of Clown Girl

“Nimbly spanning the gamut from heartfelt to absurd, lyrical to laugh-out-loud funny, City of Weird confirms the suspicion held by many a Portland resident that you don’t have to look far to find the fantastical. It’ll be a long time before I walk on Mount Tabor or wander Powell’s without looking over my shoulder.”

– Fonda Lee, author of Zeroboxer

“Like old pulp magazines, City of Weird runs the gamut from simply odd to straight-up horror, from comic to tragic, from short to long and, because it’s Portland, there’s even one graphic story (Jonathan Hill’s ‘How Do You Say Gentrification in Martian’). Whether you’re already a fan of the weird and horrific in fiction or just enjoy short fiction well-told, City of Weird will have something to satisfy you. Also to horrify you and make you laugh, maybe at the same time. If this is what the bumper stickers mean when they say ‘Keep Portland Weird,’ count me in.”

– Billie Bloebaum, bookseller, Third Street Books

Readings and Events

Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR, 7:30 p.m. October 12: Mark Russell, Brigitte Winter, Rene Denfeld, Dan DeWeese

Broadway Books, Portland, OR, 7 p.m. October 25: Come in costume! Kevin Meyer, Leslie What, Jeff Johnson, Stevan Allred

Lit Crawl®, Wordstock, Portland, OR, 7 p.m., Oregon Ballet School, November 4: Kevin Sampsell, Jonah Barrett, Leni Zumas, Sean Davis

Wordstock Pop-up, Portland, OR, November 5: Jonathan Hill, Karen Munro, Stevan Allred

Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR, 7 p.m. November 14: Doug Chase, Suzy Vitello, Justin Hocking, Art Edwards

Plonk Reading Series, Corkscrew Wine Bar, Portland, OR, p.m. December 7: Holiday/winter themed! Brian Reid, Bradley K. Rosen, Nicole Rosevear

WordFest, Longview, Washington, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 13: Jason Squamata, Kirsten Larson, Frayn Masters

Post 134, 7:30 p.m., January 13, 2016: Sean Davis, Adam Strong, Linda Rand, Susan DeFreitas, Frayn Masters, Karen Munro, Leigh Anne Kranz

Another Read Through, 1:30 to 3 p.m., March 11: Art Edwards, Jason Squamata, Kirsten Larson

Reviews, Interviews, and Other Coverage

Portland Monthly: October’s Pop Culture Hot List!
Powell’s Books: Pick of the Month and Pick of the Season selections
Booklist: review in the Sept. 1 edition (full review text here)
Go Away I’m Reading: podcast with publisher Laura Stanfill
Kirkus: A Savory Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in October
The Oregonian: Interview with Gigi Little
KBOO Radio: Between the Covers with Dan DeWeese, Gigi Little, Karen Munro, and Suzy Vitello
Tor: Fiction Affliction Genre Benders
Art Edwards: Because What’s Weirder than Alex Trebek?
KATU Afternoon Live broadcast: with Gigi Little on Halloween
OPB’s Think Out Loud: Halloween with Gigi Little, Rene Denfeld, and Dan DeWeese
KBOO’s Afternoon Sampler: With Stevan Allred, Jason Squamata, and Leslie What
Maximum Pop: City of Weird giveaway with more than a thousand retweets
Kevin Sampsell: The Beauty of Passing Through
Necessary Fiction: Art Edwards on writing “Waiting for the Question”–and then waiting for Alex Trebek
Go Away I’m Reading: Lit Crawl Edition
The Daily News, Longview Washington
Alan Rose: “City of Weird” review

KGW: Powell’s CEO Miriam Sontz recommends it as a holiday gift

 

 

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