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Meerkat Press to publish Smoke City by Keith Rosson

Tricia Reeks, publisher at Meerkat Press, announced the acquisition of worldwide English language rights to Keith Rosson’s novel, Smoke City, from Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists. This is the second of Keith’s books to be published by Meerkat and is set to release in January 2018.

In Smoke City, Marvin Deitz—record store owner, hospital volunteer, remorseful reincarnation of Joan of Arc’s executioner—heads to Los Angeles to ask forgiveness from a woman claiming to be Joan; he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral, and as they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in their own way.

“Keith’s book is magical realism at its finest,” said Reeks, “with such deep and vivid characters, I found it impossible to put the book down.”

“It’s great to see that Meerkat’s continuing their trajectory of publishing genre-blurring work,” said Rosson, “and I’m very pleased that this novel is going to get released out into the world.”

ABOUT KEITH ROSSON:

Keith Rosson is the author of the novel The Mercy of the Tide, and his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANKDecember, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He’s also the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others.

ABOUT SELECTRIC ARTISTS:

Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and talent management, founded and run by Christopher Schelling in 2011. Selectric’s client list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Lust & Wonder), YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster) and musicians like New York-based pop-rock duo, the Skivvies.

ABOUT MEERKAT PRESS:

Meerkat Press is an Atlanta-based independent press committed to publishing irresistible, unforgettable prose and poetry, ranging from literary to genre fiction. Visit them online at www.meerkatpress.com.

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Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons Blog Tour & Giveaway


With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

“These powerful stories will leave readers unsettled in the best ways.”

– Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Tour Schedule

Feb-22 – All Things Jill Elizabeth – Excerpt
Feb-22 – Sadie’s Spotlight – Excerpt
Feb-22 – Nonstop Reader – Book Review
Feb-23 – b for bookreview – Interview
Feb-23 – Speculative Fiction Showcase – Excerpt
Feb-23 – The Faerie Review – Book Review
Feb-23 – Books, Beans & Booze – Book Review
Feb-23 – The Qwillery – Excerpt
Feb-23 – NB Magazine – Book Review
Feb-24 – Tomes and Tales – Interview
Feb-25 – Vol.1 Brooklyn – Interview
Feb-25 – Literary Gadd -Excerpt
Feb-25 – My Corner of Books – Interview
Feb-26 – The Complaint Letters – Book Review
Mar-1 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Interview
Mar-1 – 100 Pages A Day – Book Review
Mar-2 – The Next Best Book Club – Guest Post
Mar-2 – T Kent Writes – Guest Post
Mar-3 – PaulSemel.com – Interview
Mar-3 – Big Indie Books – Guest Post
Mar-3 – Michelle Meng’s Book Blog – Book Review
Mar-4 – A Bookish Wonderland: FrumiousReads – Book Review
Mar-5 – Celticguardian’s Bookish Ramblings – Book Review
Mar-5 – Crazykidjournal – Book Review
Mar-11 – LargeHearted Boy – Playlist



Other Books by Keith Rosson

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons
Road Seven

Smoke City

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Behind the Mask

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Booklist Weighs in on Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons by Keith Rosson

We are excited to share a review of Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons from Booklist. This reviewer’s insight was spot on about Keith’s stories. The book hits stores on 2/23 but you can preorder using links below.

Rosson’s stories are often cynical tales, with hope dotting their cores: stories centered on people who are stuck, who are longing for something in their pasts, who are floundering within addiction, struggling through recovery, or who have been in some way left behind. 

Leah von Essen | Booklist
Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons

With Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons, award-winning author Keith Rosson delves into notions of family, grief, identity, indebtedness, loss, and hope, with the surefooted merging of literary fiction and magical realism he’s explored in previous novels. In “Dunsmuir,” a newly sober husband buys a hearse to help his wife spread her sister’s ashes, while “The Lesser Horsemen” illustrates what happens when God instructs the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to go on a team-building cruise as a way of boosting their frayed morale. In “Brad Benske and the Hand of Light,” an estranged husband seeks his wife’s whereabouts through a fortuneteller after she absconds with a cult, and in “High Tide,” a grieving man ruminates on his brother’s life as a monster terrorizes their coastal town. With grace, imagination, and a brazen gallows humor, Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons merges the fantastic and the everyday, and includes a number of Rosson’s unpublished stories, as well as award-winning favorites.

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2021 Releases from Meerkat Press

We are super excited to share our 2021 book schedule! We’ve got such a great lineup ranging from a prose-poetry speculative collection by Eugen Bacon and Dominique Hecq, a literary-leaning speculative fiction collection by Keith Rosson, a dark fantasy novel by J.S. Breukelaar, the next entry in Seb Doubinsky’s addictive City-States Cycle, a dark fantasy/horror novella by J. Ashley-Smith, and the final book in G.D. Penman’s Witch of Empire LGBT urban fantasy series.

We’ll be sharing more on each of these in the months to come and encourage you to check them out and preorder your copy today!


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