Oermead Press is busy this April! We have just published Exit Pursued by a Bear and Others, a poetry chapbook by Virginia Beards. Next up, Jim Breslin’s novel Shoplandia is being released on May 15th.
To celebrate, both books are available as Goodreads Giveaways for a limited time. Are you on Goodreads? Click on over and enter for a chance to win a signed copy for either book.
“A Dairy Queen converted into a funeral parlor, a famous stage direction from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the sands of Afghanistan … everything is grist for Ginny Beards’ clever mill. Full of humor, learning, and dark insight, she wears her erudition lightly, as all the best poets do.”
– Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
In the poems of Virginia Beards, insomnia is a 3-ring circus, a Dairy Queen mutates into a funeral parlor, an 18th century graffito enlivens a bedpost in a Venetian palazzo, a swim in the Nile both lulls and terrifies. What she sees both directly and via a sideways glance, the inanities of the overheard as well as of the zeitgeist, and the stresses of domestic relationships are some of her themes in Exit Pursued by a Bear. Whatever the focus, she is committed to the pleasures of language and to multum in parvo, much in a small space.
If poetry is your game, click HERE for the Goodreads Giveaway page for Exit Pursued by a Bear and Others.
“Compelling and poetic, Shoplandia’s stories have all the insight and complexity of the best novels. Breslin gives us a thoughtful meditation on consumerism and the American Dream.” – Terry Heyman, Greetings From Insanity
Jake Meecham has been dropped down a rabbit hole. As a new production assistant at Shoplandia, he quickly realizes America’s third largest home shopping channel is much more than smiling show hosts, quantity counters, and sparkling jewelry. Everyone visiting the live studio—reality TV stars, beloved country musicians, drunk baseball icons and A-Team actors—is striving to cash in on their own version of the American Dream. Meanwhile, a motivational guru inspires manager Warren to plot out a life-changing career strategy and fledgling show host Renee searches deep to find her “sales gene.” Marketing VP Johnny tracks down a troubled long lost show host while back in the studio, producers Dottie and Dylan struggle to keep the live show from imploding.
A humorous novel told through stories, Shoplandia peels back the curtain to reveal the emotional bonds that form in our working lives.
If you want a chance at winning a free copy of Shoplandia with Goodreads Giveaway, click HERE.
Jim Breslin’s first novel SHOPLANDIA will be launched with two events in mid-May 2014. SHOPLANDIA is a novel told through stories that follows the lives of show hosts, producers and the crew that work at the fictional shopping channel known as SHOPLANDIA.
When Jake Meecham takes a production assistant job, he quickly realizes he has been dropped down a rabbit hole. Everyone visiting the live studio—reality TV stars, beloved country musicians, drunk baseball players and A-Team actors—is striving to cash in on their own version of the American dream. Meanwhile, manager Warren doubles down on his career after being inspired by a motivational guru. Fledgling show host Renee tries to determine if she has the “sales gene,” and Marketing VP Johnny Wake tracks down a troubled long lost show host. Back in the studio, producers Dottie and Dylan struggle to keep the live show running as a cascade of catastrophes unfolds on every shift.
A surprising novel told through stories, Shoplandia peels back the curtain to give a humorous and tragic glimpse into the familial bonds that often form in our working lives.
The two scheduled events are free and open to all:
SHOPLANDIA Book Launch
Thursday, May 15th, 6-8 p.m., short presentation at 7 p.m.
Chester County Book and Music Company
957 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
SHOPLANDIA Book Launch Weekend
Sunday, May 18th 3-6 p.m.
BOOKPLACE, 2373 Baltimore Pike
Jim Breslin is a former TV producer who worked at QVC for seventeen years. His debut collection, Elephant: Short Stories and Flash Fiction, is available in paperback and for Kindle. Jim’s fiction has been published in Turk’s Head Review, The Molotov Cocktail, Think Journal and Metazen. Jim’s first published pieces were even shorter, his tweets were included in the book, The World According to Twitter, which was edited by NYT columnist David Pogue. Jim is the founder of the West Chester Story Slam and the Delco Story Slam.