Jun 8, 2015
Thanks so much for backing our Nomfiction project and for following along. It's been a great first few days of the campaign and we hope you've had a chance to check out the two essays from the collection that we've shared — Deb Fleischman's "Arancini" and Vivek Shraya's "Feed The Birds."
When we started putting the collection together, it was unanimous decision to lead things off with Deb's story. We saw it as everything we wanted the anthology to encompass: it crosses boarders and tempts us with new tastes and new smells, but it also deals pointedly with more serious, far-reaching issues like race relations and personal histories that are both challenging and humbling. Deb is a fantastic writer (as you'll see evidence of here) who also runs a writing workshop for high school students in Vermont.
Vivek Shraya is many things. A writer, a singer, a film maker. An artist. My first real introduction to Vivek was seeing him sing a Janet Jackson song, a cappella, at the book launch for Shawn Syms (another writer you should definitely be checking out). My first reaction was Damn, now that's what I like to see at a book launch. My second was Damn, and this guy can write, too? Now, after getting to be a part of his writing up close and personal, I have a whole new reaction: Damn, what can't this guy do? His story "Feed The Birds" is about the moldy consequences of not eating your school lunches. You've been warned.
We'll provide another update soon, with more stories and a first look at the exclusive Nomfiction Litographs design, included with the Prix Fixe option.
Stay tuned, and thanks again.
Troy + Amanda