In 2007, I created the Book Bike, a three-wheeled, custom-designed behemoth from which I gave away over five thousand books to people in Chicago’s public parks. For four years I pressed paper to flesh and made new friends from all walks of life. On quieter days, I basked in the lazy haze of Chicago in summer, reading beneath the shade of a tree, getting lost between the covers of whatever world I fell into, never wanting to be found, always wanting to discover. And I carried this love of the printed word forward with ANTIBOOKCLUB, which celebrates ten years of independent publishing this year.
But as I hunker down in my apartment and bear witness to the irrevocable alteration of life as we know it, I recognize the time to adapt is now. After making the difficult decision to delay our fall 2020 releases to next year, and feeling helpless as I read the news of bookstore closings, bookseller layoffs, and canceled author tours, I needed to do something. Now more than ever we need new books to read. After all, literature is community. Literature is humanity. Literature is an essential service.
And so, beginning today, we offer you our first-ever line of ebook originals. We hope these novels, exclusively available from ANTIBOOKCLUB, can provide a blissful escape in this uncertain time.
March 30, 2020