Marly had a wonderful Carolina book tour in late August, frolicking with painters and poets, novelists and composers along the way. In the photo above, at Malaprop's Books in Asheville, NC, Marly laughs and talks with her favorite teacher from high school, to whom Marly's novel "Catherwood" was dedicated. She read with debut novelist Nathan Ballingrud. (Photograph by Paul Digby, who came with his wife Lynn all the way from Ohio to hear Marly read!)
Marly Youmans with poet Jeffery Beam after a poetry reading at Flyleaf (Airport Road bookshop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.) Marly also read poetry and fiction at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, McIntyre's in Fearrington/Pittsboro, and Malaprop's in Asheville. Her readings featured poetry from her most recent books, Thaliad (Phoenicia) and The Foliate Head (Stanza:UK).
Marly Youmans is on a mini book-tour in North Carolina this week. If you're anywhere nearby we hope you'll stop in, say hello, hear her read, and, of course, get an autographed copy of one of her books! Here's the schedule:
August 20 Tuesday FLYLEAF, CHAPEL HILL
August 21 Wednesday QUAIL RIDGE, RALEIGH
August 24 Saturday MCINTYRE'S, PITTSBORO
August 28 Wednesday MALAPROP'S, ASHEVILLE
But if you can't make it to North Carolina, we're celebrating Marly's tour with a special sale on books ordered directly from us: paperback copies of Thaliad are available for only $12.00, and the beautiful limited edition hardcover is deeply discounted at $23.00. So please take advantage of this sale, which will run only to the end of August!
(Note: sale not available on Amazon orders.)
In honor of National Poetry Month, paperback editions of all our full-length poetry books are on sale for the price of $12.50 rather than the usual $13.95. The sale price will be applied when you visit the e-store, or any Amazon.com site.
Titles included are:
70 Faces: Torah Poems
Angels & Beasts
Take advantage of the excellent price, and support poetry and independent publishing at the same time!
After reading Thaliad twice, Finnish-Canadian artist Marja-Leena Rathje has posted about it on her well-read blog.
Saying that Marly Youmans' magical writing "swept her into another world," she quoted some favorite lines that reminded her of waves repeatedly washing ashore. "That repetition and rhythm made me think of The Kalevala, a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology."
Marja-Leena is a printmaker and lifelong professional artist; in addition to her remarks on the text, she commented on Clive Hicks-Jenkins' illustrations and the book design by Elizabeth Adams, saying that Thaliad was actually "a collaboration between three artists."
"There's something about [Marly's] writing that I enjoy reading most during the night hours (2 a.m.?) perhaps when the magic feels strongest."
We are delighted today to announce the eagerly-awaited publication of Thaliad, by Marly Youmans, with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Not only is this a literary work of astonishing beauty and power, it is specially designed and offered both as a paperback, and as a collectible, limited-edition hardcover with printed dust-jacket and foil-stamped, cloth binding.
And if you order early, you can receive our SPECIAL BOOKPLATE OFFER. The first 50 people to order either edition of Thaliad before Dec 25, 2012 will receive an original, hand-pulled, relief-print bookplate, specially designed and printed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins for Thaliad. To receive your bookplate, you must forward your order confirmation from the online store, or from Amazon, with your name and address, to us at phoeniciapublishing(at)gmail(dot) com. The bookplate will be sent to you separately by mail. And, once again, this offer will expire on December 25, 2012, so please place your order early to be assured of receiving a bookplate.
Right now, the cover of Thaliad, Marly Youmans' book-length, narrative poem, is beginning to take shape through the mind, eye, and hands of the extraordinary Welsh artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, who generously agreed to take on this project. In a series of posts on his own Artlog, Clive describes and illustrates the process of envisioning and creating the cover art, and I wanted to share this very exciting process with you as it unfolds.
"Marly Youman’s epic poem Thaliad, is to be published later this year by Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal. It is a work of staggering beauty and imagination, and I’m enormously proud to have been asked by the author and her publisher, Elizabeth Adams, to create the image that will speak for it on the cover."
Stay posted for updates!
In other news, all of our titles are now available through Amazon.uk and Amazon Europe, so European readers can easily order books without prohibitive international shipping charges. Just search for the desired title on your country's Amazon site.
There are also e-book editions, for Kindle and iPad/epub readers, of Dick Jones Ancient Lights, Dave Bonta's Odes to Tools, and Ken Pobo's Ice and Gaywings available directly through Phoenicia Publishing.