“If you have perchance produced a book which has met with some little measure of success, you are certain to get a letter from some lady whom you scarcely known to bow to, asking you “how it can be got.” She knows the name of the book, its author, and who published it, but how to get into actual contact with it is still an unsolved problem to her. You write back pointing out that to have recourse to an ironmonger or a corn-dealer will only entail delay and disappointment, and suggest an application to a bookseller as the most hopeful thing you can think of. In a day or two she writes again: “It is all right; I have borrowed it from your aunt.” — Saki.
My friend Russell recently related to me that quote. It’s as good an answer as any I’ve heard to the question, “Where can I get a copy of your book?”
My answer to that is simple. “A bookstore!” This is especially exciting since, for many years, procuring my writing involved attending small press book fairs, readings, or other events where I was physically present to sell it. Now, with Encyclopedia Gothica, I have a publisher and a distributor getting my book on shelves all around the world. In North America right now you can buy it from on-line shoppes like Amazon USA and Chapters and my publisher ECW Press. Many Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores across Canada have it in stock, or they will order it for you. Some of my favourite independent bookstores seem to be carrying it, such as Quimbys in Chicago and St. Mark’s Bookshop in NYC. I heard that Sunrise Records on Yonge has a stash.
The book is also in the library system, and I couldn’t be more delighted. There are copies coming soon to the Toronto Public Library. According to World Cat, it can be borrowed from public libraries in Cleveland and Denver, too, and what fun to see a copy in the British Library! I know my hometown public library in Penetanguishene will have a copy as I am delivering it myself this weekend. And my favourite librarian has assured me it will soon be in the stacks at York U.
All this doesn’t mean you can’t still get a book from me directly. Soon, I will have a mail order system set up on this here site, offering signed copies and deluxe packages including Gary Pullin’s art. For now, send an email to email@example.com with a special request and I’ll take care of you. And you can still track me down at special events. Oh, look! There is one this very weekend…..
6 Nobel Street (West of Dufferin, steps North of Queen) 11am to 7pm. FREE.
A marketplace of independent artists and craftspeople and entrepreneurs with a macabre bent. I will have a booth selling/signing/stamping books. Come and say hello!