Publisher Spotlight: A Strange Object

Sometimes it can feel like book publishers are all far, far away from us — in New York or San Francisco or perhaps even Minneapolis. But some are much closer to home. A Strange Object, in fact, is based right here in Austin.

They say they’re “dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemera. We’re talking about fiction that haunts and inspires us—big work that engulfs, that takes risks, that bucks form, that builds warm dwellings in dark places.”

And so far they’ve done just that and more.

man and wifeEarlier this month they released Katie Chase’s new book, Man & Wife: StoriesIt’s a mesmerizing collection filled with ideas about family, love, and tradition, with a wide range of characters who have unique voices and perspectives. Each story kept me guessing, and I continually wanted to know more about each narrator.

Check out the book and then come hear her talk about it here next week on June 9th at 7pm! She’ll be in conversation with Jennifer Dubois, author of Cartwheel, and it’s sure to be a fascinating discussion.

Man & Wife: Stories is just the fourth book published by A Strange Object. Their first book, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail was the debut from Kelly Luce, who’s next book, Pull Me Underis set to be published in November. Luce has been called “one of the most imaginative minds in fiction,” which makes her the perfect fit for A Strange Object.

In 2014 they published Misadventure by Nicholas Grider, which the Austin Chronicle called, “dark and playful and a little bit sexy,” and then Our Secret Life in the Movieswhich NPR named as one of the best books of the year. Our Secret Life in the Movies was a collaborative project by Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree, and riffs on classic and cult cinema in a way that shows how bound to movies we are while telling the narrative story of two boys growing up in the 1980s. Misadventure is a debut collection in which we see a real challenge to the conventional gay narrative, as Grider pushes the envelope in any number of ways.

These books may seem very different, but they are bound together by the fact that they are risk-taking and boundary-pushing, which is just what we are coming to expect from A Strange Object.

We couldn’t be more excited to host Katie Chase here at BookPeople, and we can’t wait to see what this fantastic local press does next. We hope you’ll join us to hear her in conversation with Jennifer Dubois on June 9th.


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