Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Very End of the Universe: Five Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form... Chris Bower, Margaret Patton Chapman, Tiff Holland, Meg Pokrass, and Aaron Teel launched on November 6 and there are lots of ways to find out more about both the book and its authors.

You could give a read and a listen to their collaborative "Book Notes" playlist for Largehearted Boy here, or read Tina Boyer's interview with Chris Bower at Rather Be Reading here, or read this excellent review at Chamber Four here.

You could also hear Tiff Holland read from her novella-in-flash, Betty Superman, from the collection at the Next Best Book Club here, or hear Chris Bower read from The Family Dogs for TNBCC here, or hear Meg Pokrass read from Here, Where We Live here, or see Margaret Patton Chapman's work space in the "Where Writers Write" feature at TNBCC here.

You can also see this five-part interview where each of the authors interviews each of the others at Brevity magazine here, here, here, here, and here.

Most importantly, you can add the anthology to your cart here.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Cool New Resource for Reading Color Plates

We are excited to feature a new reader resource for Color Plates, the amazing museum-in-stories by Adam Golaski. Each story in Color Plates is titled after a famous painting, and Adam has indexed all of the titles of the paintings on his blog with links to images of the artwork. So now you can click on each painting and look at the artwork while you read the story of the same title and enhance your reading and art education. It's a win-win! Visit Adam's index of artwork.

If you missed Color Plates when launched in 2010, this is the perfect time to discover it!

Some details about the book:

Color Plates is a museum of stories, curated by a sort-of Mary Cassatt. Four rooms of Mary’s museum are open to the public, and they are named Éduoard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Mary Cassatt. Color Plates contains sixty-three little stories—plates—spun from real paint­ings by these painters. The stories range from sweet to weird, from melancholy to funny. This isn’t just a short story collec­tion, and it isn’t a novel, but something else entirely. The plates each stand alone, offering startling visions and situations. Yet at the same time, Color Plates of­fers the depth of a novel, with recurring characters, themes, and motifs. The mu­seum says: My name is Mary and Mary is my museum. Paintings are brushstroke upon brushstroke. With a pencil I lift each brush­stroke and make lines.
Line upon line, story upon story, the small fictions in Color Plates will engage you, delight you, and challenge you to consider the intersections between art and time.

Visit the Color Plates page on our website.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Printing the Covers for The Imagination of Lewis Carroll

In late June we made our annual trip to The Museum of Printing in North Andover, Mass. to letterpress the covers of this year's winning chapbook, William Todd Seabrook's The Imagination of Lewis Carroll. For two glorious New England summer days, we donned printing aprons and cranked out 400 2-color covers on the Vandercook press under the fluorescent lights of the Museum. Our letterpress printing days are two of our favorite days of the year, and this year was no exception.

Highlights this year included experimenting with printing on dark royal blue felt paper and using gold metallic ink for the first time. Chess and the red king feature prominently in Seabrook's book, a fictionalized and fabulist biography of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. So we wanted to highlight the king by making it the only red one among the chess pieces. This led to some tricky measuring when we printed with the gold ink on Day 2, but the end result was definitely worth it! The covers came out beautifully and the finished books look amazing, complete with Stardream gold endpapers. The book launches August 7, and preordering is available now.

Here are some photos and a video of this year's printing process:

Day 1: Inking the press with hand-mixed red ink

Day 1: With the first color printed, the covers are laid out to dry by the hundreds

Day 2: The gold metallic ink!
Day 2: The gold ink on press

RMP intern Maria DiPasquale helms the Vandercook, with designer Rebecca Saraceno
Day 2 printing crew with finished covers: Heather Butterfield, Katey Corrigan, Abby Beckel, Rebecca Saraceno, Maria DiPasquale, and newest printer-in-training Emilia!

Day 2: Finished covers drying everywhere
The finished cover!

Special thanks to Katey Corrigan and Frank Romano of the Museum of Printing for their help and support, and as always, to the Museum for the use of it amazing presses!

Order your copy of the printed and bound version of The Imagination of Lewis Carroll here!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Foreword Reviews Has Announces Winners of the 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards...

...and Liliane's Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater by Kelcey Parker has won the Silver Award in the Adult Literary Fiction Category.

Huge congratulations to Kelcey, and to the winner of the Gold Award, Christopher Fisher for his novel A History of Stone and Steel, and to the winner of the Bronze Award, Kenneth Womack, for his novel Playing the Angel.

You can read more about the awards, categories, and all the finalists here.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Trailer for Contest Winner The Imagination of Lewis Carroll

We are thrilled to release the book trailer for this year's contest-winning chapbook: William Todd Seabrook's The Imagination of Lewis Carroll. The chapbook will launch in early August.

Special thanks to Nikki Lee and Todd Seabrook for creating the trailer!

About The Imagination of Lewis Carroll, winner of the RMP 8th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest, chosen by judge Michael Martone :

Written in a series of quick, curious moments, The Imagination of Lewis Carroll is a fabulist biography that eschews sense for nonsense and accuracy for truth. A logic instructor at Christ College, Lewis Carroll was a man who tied knots in words and stared at chessboards, a man who stammered before adults and soared in front of children, a man who lived in a world that was not our own. But Carroll didn't live in Wonderland or the Looking Glass—he lived in a world far more bizarre and far more lonely. This novella-in-flash straddles Carroll's double life, where he teetered precariously between fantasy and reality. William Todd Seabrook's spare but vivid stories invite readers to experience the world as Carroll did—down the rabbit hole of imagination.

Preordering will begin in late June at

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Late Spring Reviews

Major thanks to the many reviewers for their many recent reviews of RMP titles, including this one of Gregory Robinson's All Movies Love the Moon by Christy Crutchfield at the Small Press Book Review, and this one by KC Kirkley of Curbside Splendor, not to mention this fantastic feature on Gregory by Jarret Keene of the Vegas Seven. Shadowplay also admires this book and they say so here. But that's not all--thanks to Shawnte Orion for his review here, and to Brian Sheridan of the Short Curator for his here, and to Michael Jauchen for his review at the LA Review of Bookhere. But wait--there's more! Thanks to Alyssa Walker for her review of Robinson's book at Lit City 312 here.

Thanks also to Ryan Bradley of Redivider for his coverage of Kelcey Parker's Liliane's Balcony here.

And last but far from least, thank you to Kate Flaherty for including Rose Metal Press in the Indy Spotlight Series at the Ploughshares blog here.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Awards and Accolades

Huge congratulations to Kelcey Parker!

Her novella-in-flash Liliane's Balcony won the Silver Independent Publisher Book Awards Prize in Literary Fiction.

Also, congrats to Barrie Jean Borich, a contributor to The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, for her Gold Prize win in the Essay/Creative Nonfiction Category for her book The Body Geographic.

And speaking of awards, Liliane's Balcony was also a double finalist in this year's Foreword Book of the Year Awards in Literary Fiction and Historical Fiction. Stay tuned for the results later this month!

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