posted by Caroline Picard

What great news, I can’t hardly believe it. Two Green Lantern books were shortlisted in the IPPY Book Awards. Terri Griffith’s So Much Better is a finalist in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category and Ashley Donielle Murray’s Fascia is a finalist for the Short Story Fiction category.

huzza!

You can see the complete list of titles/categories by going here.

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Another great review!go to this site to read the whole thing…I’ve just included an excerpt.

tawny grammer says,

So Much Better is a really impressive example of a novel that allows small things to take on big significance, and of a character study that makes a not always admirable protagonist both deeply sympathetic and deeply believable — Liz’ decisions and actions, even the most regrettable ones, arise organically and convincingly from who she is, and from how expertly Griffith has crafted the character and her world.

* Also, with so many recent articles and columns listing or asking for novels about work, So Much Better very much deserves to be part of that conversation.

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What a crazy awesome week! Terri Griffith’s So Much Better just got written up in Bookslut. And again, in such good company.

Three Novellas: So Much Better by Terri Griffith, A Happy Man by Hansjörg Schertenleib, Sandokan by Nanni Balestrini

Here are three novellas, like dark little pills, for the girl on the go. Terri Griffith’s So Much Better starts out remote, perfunctory, and inert. I wanted to throw it boring and colorless against the wall, smoosh it like a bug. The human element can seem lost at first. It seems like a story not about Liz and Jenny, but Table and Chair. But don’t give up. The dramatic moments are indifferent to themselves; there are no histrionics here. Terri Griffith’s writing recalls mumblecore. Dialogue and description don’t figure much in this story, more ideological than character driven. This all becomes haunting and real and as always, dystopian. So Much Better is a performance of real life, the kind you might want to shake, say “Yes! That’s It!” but sadly. There are details that Griffith gets astonishingly right, especially vis-à-vis the workplace. We need more literature about work, where most people spend their time.

you can read the rest of the article (including the info on these other books,) by going here.

posted by Caroline Picard

Terri Griffith’s book, So Much Better, was called out as one of the five books to read now. The article begins, “In a time when Sarah Palin’s memoir is a best seller, it can be hard to locate books by out women at major bookstores. But even if you have to use the internet or (even better) support your local feminist/queer shop, there are quality books being published that are way more worth your time.” And So Much Better is one of them! You can read the whole piece by going here; Terri keeps great company with Terry Castle, Barbara Hammer, Joan Schenkar, and Michell Cliff. About So Much Better, they say, “It’s refreshing to read a story about a lesbian whose sexuality is the least of her problems.” Which is one of the many  reasons that I love Terri’s book so much.

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I wanted to send you all a shout out, since we’re very happy and fortunate and psyched to say that the catalogue has been updated! That means that you can buy our books on line, via the green lantern press website. Which is supersweet, right?

Go here to check it out. All you need is a paypal account-

Some of our latest titles include:

A SEASON IN HELL

by Arthur Rimbaud
translated by Nick Sarno

A new translation of the groundbreaking work of French Symbolism. Featuring color plates by artist Gerald Bacasa. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer.

**

LOVE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF FLOWER

by Stephanie Brooks

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is an extensive index of love metaphors culled from poems ranging from the classics to sentimental greeting card verse. Continuing in Brooks’ deconstruction of Romance, Love Is… provides an amusing and sometimes poignant reference for emotive description.

Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower is number two in the Pocket Lantern Series.
Printed in an edition of 250.

**

SO MUCH BETTER

nominated for the 2009 Lambda Literary Prize

by Terri Griffith

Liz is an employee at The Unified Telecommunications Credit Union, a job she has not missed a day of for three years. In between her daydreams of moving someplace warm, she peers at the bank account of her former lover, runs background checks on herself, attempts to dodge the young girl she has started an affair with, and hopes to reconnect with her missing sister. At first glance, it may seem as though very little happens over the course of the novel, but before long the minor events which seem so unimportant build upon one another until they collapse completely, as Liz forces herself to explore the depths a person will go to be alone.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer. Featuring a color plate by LA artist Zoe Crosher. 2009

**

FASCIA

by Ashley Donielle Murray

n. pl. fas·ci·ae 1. Anatomy A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body. 2. The debut collection of short fiction by Ashley Donielle Murray.

Like the tissues binding the heart to its arteries, the stories in Murray’s collection describe the threads, sometimes thin, sometimes strong, that connect daughter to father, husband to wife, and ourselves to our own histories. Each story is its own quiet revelation and has the ability to bind the reader to the book long after the covers have been closed.

Printed in an edition of 500 with silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer. 2009

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You can hear an excerpt from Terri’s book, “So Much Better,” what was read at Women & Children First!

posted by Caroline Picard

Jonathan Messinger wrote an awesome piece about Terri and her new book. I thought I’d post an excerpt here. And then of course, you can go here to read the entire thing!

Nothing feels good

A debut novel builds drama from doldrums.

By Jonathan Messinger

BETTER LIVING Griffith is all smiles after the release of her debut novel.

Someone forgot to tell Terri Griffith that all first novels are supposed to be autobiographical.

Liz, the protagonist of Griffith’s So Much Better (Green Lantern, $20), is defined by her detachment. She works at a credit union during the day and lives with her girlfriend whom she rarely sees at night, and as the book moves along, it’s clear she’s a loner. She wears her detachment as a badge to ward off potential friends.

But when we meet up with Griffith at a South Loop coffee shop to discuss the book, she’s anything but detached. In fact, she’s all smiles about the fact that her book is out in the world after nearly a decade of trying to place it. And she has the good grace to acknowledge the tiny victories that mark a new literary career.

“I sent it out, with I think tremendous success,” she says. “I probably sent 50 queries and got the book read 40 times. I’ve had agents read the book and call me, and I’ve had lovely letters from editors. It’s sad that I have to judge everything by the kindness of the rejection.”

Read more: http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/books/81009/terri-griffith-discusses-so-much-better#ixzz0Z7wrDZK3

posted by Caroline Picard

PRESS RELEASE:

Book Launch and Live Reading on

NOVEMBER 21st 2009 at Women & Children First at 5:30 pm

www.womenandchildrenfirst.com
5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640-2122
(773) 769-9299

*For more information please contact Caroline Picard at lantern.g@gmail.com (773.266.4234) or Nick Sarno at: sarno@thegreenlantern.org

 

We’re at it again!

The Green Lantern Press is proud to announce the simultaneous release of three brand new titles :

Love is a Certain Kind of Flower, an artist book by contemporary artist Stephanie Brooks, So Much Better, a debut novel by badatsports correspondent Terri Griffith & Fascia, a collection of short stories by an emerging writer, Ashley Donielle Murray

On Saturday November 21st at 5:30 Women & Children First will host a reading featuring each of the three authors, Stephanie Brooks, Terri Griffith and Ashley Donielle Murray. Each title follows an independent course of love (or the lack there of).  Authors will read a selection from each of their books and a question and answer /book-signing session will follow. Books will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

 

THE SPREAD:

LOVE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF FLOWER by Stephanie Brooks printed in an editing of 250 with full color plates supplied by the artist/author. This small chapbook features an extensive index of love-metaphors used in dime-store poetry collections. Continuing in Brooks’ deconstruction of Romance, LOVE IS A CERTAIN KIND OF FLOWER provides an amusing and sometimes poignant reference for emotive description. 2009 $10

In addition to being an artist, Stephanie Brooks is an Adjunct Professor in the Sculpture Department at SAIC. Her work has been exhibited at the MCA in Chicago, The Hyde Park Art Center, Rotunda in Brooklyn, Center for Contemporary Art in Louisville, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and Gallery 400 in Chicago. She is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago and Peter Blum Gallery in New York. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

So Much Better: a debut novel by Terri Griffith, printed in an edition of 500 w/silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer and a color plate by LA artist Zoe Crosher. This book describes the inner life of a Credit Union worker as her life slowly unravels. In the absence of her sister and girlfriend, the protagonist becomes increasingly disassociated with her life, until she eventually, unemotionally, comes loose. 2009 $20

Terri Griffith’s writing has appeared in Bloom, Suspect Thoughts, Bust and in the anthologies Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class and Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Health Care in America. Along with Nicholas Alexander Hayes, she is co-authoring a transgressive retelling of the Greek Myths. Terri is the literary correspondent for the popular contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports and she also co-hosts the online reading series The Parlor.

Zoe Crosher is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Vancouver, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York City.

 

 

FASCIA a collection of short stories by Ashley Donielle Murray printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer. FASCIA describes a series of Southern vignettes, describing various angles of life, from the silent-movie starlet, to the high school prom queen in middle age, to the adolescent boy. In each story three is a delicate web of familial and communal relationships that intersect, overlap and impede on the landscape. 2009 $20

Ashley Donielle Murray was born in 1982. She was raised in Texas and North Carolina, which serve as a backdrop for many of the stories in this collection. A graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Columbia University, she now lives in Queens, New York, and works as an adjunct English professor in Manhattan. She is currently at work on a novel set in the twenties.

You can listen to Ashley reading one of the stories in the collection by going here.

posted by Caroline Picard

A few weeks ago, Jac Jemc read a selection of her work at the former Green Lantern Gallery space. She read to a full house and it was fantastic–I even figured out how to work the camera on my phone (though I apologize for the hand-jiggling. I haven’t meditated long enough to keep things steady). You can download the entire reading here, along with an intriguing question-answer period in which she talks about her process, the role of time in her work and the weight of naming things.

Here are some images from the evening:

 

Our Forthcoming Catalogue

August 13, 2009

COMING OUT THIS FALL :

OTHER BOOKS FROM THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS


Details on release venues TBA please contact Caroline Picard : lantern.g@gmail.com for more information

THE NORTH GEORGIA GAZETTE

a reprint of an original 1821 newspaper with excerpts from Captain Parry’s log, an essay by John Huston & end notes by transcriber/poet Lily Robert-Foley printed in an edition of 250 w/ silkscreen covers & limited edition 7” record provided by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $30

LOVE IS LIKE A KIND OF FLOWER

by Stephanie Brooks. Released in tadem with The North Georgia Gazette, Love is Like a Kind of Flower lists the various nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs to which love is compared. Printed in an edition of 250 w/ color plates by author/artist 2009 $10

SO MUCH BETTER

by Terri Griffith. A debut novel about a self-sabotaging Credit Union employee, a cold woman at odds with and alone in the world. In the absense of her lover, she seduces her lover’s sister, wades through old storage units and wonders after her own absent family. Printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20

FASCIA

a collection of short stories by Ashley Donielle Murray printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20

THE ARC [ARTISTS RUN CHICAGO] DIGEST

The ARC Digest is meant to archive in print, the activities of Chicago’s artist-run spaces between 1999-2009. Included are introductory essays by the curators; a set of interviews between Dan Gunn and the spaces participating in the Hyde Park Art Center’s summer exhibition Artists Run Chicago, short visual or text essays by additional spaces and a series of short essays and responses by participants, critics and historians of artist-run activities. Published w/ threewalls and scheduled for release at HPAC on October 30th. Printed in an edition of 500, 2009 $20

CONCRETE IN TIGHT PLACES

by Justin Andrews. An untraditional travel guide that re-inserts the exotic by way of abstraction. Printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20

CLOPS.

by Devin King. Using lyrical language, repetition and abstraction, King retells the Odyssey representing Penelope, Odysseus, the city and Patrokles at once. Printed in an edition of 250 w/ color plates by artist Brian McNearney 2009 $10

A SEASON IN HELL

a new translation by Nick Sarno III. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Christmas. 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer 2009 $20

OLDER TITLES:

GOD BLESS THE SQUIRREL CAGE by Nicholas Sarno III printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2006 $20 URBESQUE a collection of short stories by Moshe Zvi Marvit printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2006 $20 ARTS ADMINISTRATOR’S SKETCHBOOK edited by Elizabeth Chodos & Kerry Schneider printed in an edition of 500 w/ silkscreen covers by Mat Daly 2007 $20 LUST & CASHMERE by A.E. Simns winner of the 2008 IPPY Independant Voice award printed in an edition of 500 with silk screen covers by Alana Bailey 2007 $20 FRAGMENTS by David Carl printed in an edition of 500 with silk screen covers by Alana Bailey 2008 $20 TALKING WITH YOUR MOUTH FULL with essays by Lori Waxman, Claire Pentecost & Carrie Lambert-Beattie printed in an edition of 250 2008 $10

BOOKS PUBLISHED W/ THREEWALLS

PAPER & CARRIAGE VOLS. 1, 2 &3 a limited edition publication with silkscreen covers by Dan MacAdam of Crosshair, Sean Stuckey and Dan Wang. Published with threewalls $18/ea. Vol 1 nominated for the Utne Reader Award, Best New Publication 2008 PHONEBOOK 2007/2008 : ANNUAL INDEX OF ALTERNATIVE ART SPACESedited by Shannon Stratton & Caroline Picard $10 PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 : ANNUAL INDEX OF [….]  ARTSPACES edited by Shannon Stratton & Caroline Picard $15