August 9, 2018

Gone Fishing


While the big players in the publishing biz slow way the hell down in August — they take Fridays off, for god’s sake — we work all the harder in indie world. It’s kinda like what Ginger Rogers said about her more famous dancing parter: that she did everything he did, but backwards and in high heels. At Melville House, the only thing we slow down on is MobyLives, because we’re putting that energy into our fall list. So, while the blog is on hiatus, check out what’s coming up:


The Marginalized Majority
by Onnesha Roychoudhuri
July 10, 2018

“‘Wait’ is what you say when waiting does not threaten your, or your family’s, daily existence and dignity.”



Ways to Hide in Winter
by Sarah St.Vincent
November 6, 2018

“If I fell through, I thought, no one would see me. I would just disappear into the water.”



Death and Other Holidays
by Marci Vogel
November 13, 2018

“They say winter is the season of death, but anyone I’ve ever known who’s died, they died in the spring.”



The Philosophy of Beards
by Thomas S. Gowing
October 23, 2018

“The Beard intended… to impart manly grace and free finish to the male face.”



Let Me Be Like Water
by S.K. Perry
August 14, 2018

“Some days it’s wanting to escape, I think, but on others, I’d just like to be a kite.”



Revolution Sunday
by Wendy Guerra (tr. Achy Obejas)
December 4, 2018

“It was them, the secret police. By now I knew it was always them because no one else wanted to get involved in my tragedy.”



The Diary of a Bookseller
by Shaun Bythell
September 4, 2018

“I sighed inside & explained where the jewellery section was.”



Julia Child: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
December 4, 2018

“During the McCarthy thing we were in Marseille… [Roy Cohn and David Schine] were sleeping off a night at Montmartre. They had ruined everyone’s weekend.”




Kathy Acker: The Last Interview and Other Conversations
December 4, 2018

“Dreaming and masturbation are different techniques of writing.”



How We Win
by George Lakey
December 4, 2018

“For us campaigners, we had set it up so that with either choice the authorities strengthened the grassroots campaign.”

Michael Seidlinger is the Library and Academic Marketing Manager at Melville House.