Crossborder’s spring issue is on its way!

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Somewhere out there, at this very moment, a copy of Crossborder’s stellar spring issue is winding through the channels of the US Postal Service, working its way toward your mailbox. Keep an eye out.

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Attention book enthusiasts of Western New York!

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We’ll be at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair on April 18th and 19th, along with more than 100 other outrageously cool booksellers, artists and assorted craftspeople. We’d love to see you there.

We’ll have the new issue of Crossborder for sale, and back issues for free if you subscribe at the fair. We’ll have books for sale at discounted prices, and every purchase you make will enter you into a raffle to win an awesome frog painting that you can hang on your wall as a reminder to submit to our fiction contest, which is still open until May 1st.

And we’ll have our beautiful faces, waiting to look at and talk to your beautiful faces.

Check out the BSPBF’s website for directions, detailed schedule and any other information you might need.

We’ll see you there!

5 other notable sequels to take your mind off “Go Set a Watchman”

We’ve all heard that Harper Lee is releasing a sequel to her famed debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Last week, Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, released a statement from the author saying she was “extremely hurt” by claims that she was being pressured into releasing Go Set a Watchman. There have been instances where the posthumous publication of a writer’s work has been questioned — like the unpublished J.D. Salinger stories that are supposed to come out later this year — but it’s rare for a living writer to be this opaque about a book of theirs. Considering Lee’s lawyer has herself come under scrutiny, and most official statements are being released through her, it’s difficult for anyone to make any definitive kind of sense out of the whole thing at this point.

So, to take your mind off the whole confounding issue, here are a few other noteworthy sequels to famous novels.

1. Ulysses, by James Joyce

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Source: theaustinreview.org

Ulysses is not necessarily a sequel. But it does take place in the same world as Joyce’s debut, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and it does prominently feature Portrait’s protagonist and Joyce’s literary alter-ego Stephen Dedalus. It’s also the most famous book on this list.

2. Tales From Watership Down, by Richard Adams

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Source: bridgemanimages.com

Twenty-four years after he published his most famous novel, Watership Down, Richard Adams published a follow-up collection of nineteen short stories set in the same rabbit-populated world. Tales From Watership Down is divided into three sections. The first two sections tell some of the rabbit mythology of El-ahrairah, their trickster folk hero, and the final section follows several of Watership Down’s characters through adventures that take place after the novel.

3. Closing Time, by Joseph Heller

Source: barnesandnoble.com

Source: barnesandnoble.com

Like To Kill a Mockingbird, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 is frequently taught in high school classrooms across the U.S. Closing Time picks up with Catch-22 protagonist John Yossarian fifty years after the end of the war, as he struggles with his advancing age. Other characters from the Catch-22 make appearances as well, including Milo Minderbender and Chaplain Tappman.

4. No Longer at Ease, by Chinua Achebe

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Source: african-sweetheart.com

Chinua Achebe’s 1958 debut novel Things Fall Apart is arguably one of the more influential works in the African literary canon. Two years after its publication, Achebe published a sequel of sorts, titled No Longer at Ease, which features Obi Okwonko, the grandson of Things Fall Apart’s protagonist, Okwonko. No Longer at Ease is often considered the second in a three-part series, the third of which is Achebe’s 1964 Arrow of God. 

5. Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

Source: goodreads.com

Source: goodreads.com

Stephen King’s first novel was Carrie, which has since become a popular and influential story in its own right, but the book to really cement King’s status as the reigning king of horror fiction was The Shining in 1977. In 2013, King published a sequel, Doctor Sleep, which features an adult Danny Torrance dealing with, among other things, a psychic cat and marauding band of torture-addicted vampires called the “True Knot.” King has called it a “return to balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror” on his website.

Great review of “Going Anywhere” at The Literary Review

Elizabeth Bales Frank had some good things to say about Going Anywhere by David Armstrong over at The Literary ReviewRead some highlights below.

“In spare, sometimes wry prose, Armstrong evokes characters who always feel more than they can articulate, who find themselves in a place they don’t remember setting out for. ”

“It is Armstrong’s gift to weave the fantastic into the mundane in order to show us how ordinary lives are streaked with both terror and tenderness.  Even the stories that don’t explicitly wander into Twilight Zone territory are fundamentally about mystery:  how we love, why we can’t, how we continue on regardless. ”

“The characters in … ‘Going Anywhere’ live in the darkness on the edge of town.  Fractured by loss—aimless infidelities, deflated ambition, damaged or absent children—they limp through landscapes rural but not pastoral, urban but not sophisticated. They live on the raggedy edges of urban sprawl in shabby strip malls, through nights ‘still as a crime-scene photo.’”

Read the whole review here.

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Call for manuscript submissions!

Leapfrog Press is currently reading submissions for our annual fiction contest. We’re proud to welcome author Mark Brazaitis (The Incurables, Truth Poker) as this year’s finalist judge. Check out our submission guidelines, then send us your work.

Once you’ve done that, take a few minutes to check out some recent contest winners.

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The Lonesome Trials of Johnny Riles, Gregory Hill (2014 first place winner)

(review of Hill’s previous novel East of Denver)

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Going Anywhere, David Armstrong (2013 first place winner)

(review at The Literary Review, “Declarations” at Narrative)

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Being Dead in South Carolina, Jacob White (2012 first place winner)

(interview at Crossborder, review at Publishers Weekly)

Green Mountains Review Open for Submissions!

The 2014 Neil Shepard Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction is now open for submissions. The contest is hosted by Green Mountains Review, edited by Leapfrog author Jacob White.

http://greenmountainsreview.com/?p=3737

Short Stories — For FREE!

Our short stories are now free online! Bookslinger comes preloaded with short stories from independent publishers around the world. Every week we let fly a free story from one of our award-winning publishers. Available on iTunes.

Just out:

“Our Big Game” from “Immanence of God in the Tropics” by George Rosen

 

 

 
Recent Leapfrog Press stories available on Bookslinger:

 

 

“Shadowboxing” from “Dancing at the Gold Monkey” by Allen Learst
http://thebookslinger.com/?s=Dancing+at+the+Gold+Monkey

 

 

 

 

 
“The Floods” from “And Yet They Were Happy” by Helen Phillips
http://thebookslinger.com/?s=Helen+Phillips

 

 

 

 

“Men in Brown” from “How to Stop Loving Someone” by Joan Connor
— this one is guaranteed to make you fall out of your chair laughing!
http://thebookslinger.com/?s=joan+connor