Chicken Scratch: The Red Hen Press Blog
One Water is a book about Alaska through the lens of a young drifter seeking meaning in this world and discovering it in the Alaskan backcountry and in the stories of some of the people who take a ride in his taxicab.
Rob Mccue takes us on a journey through the Alaska Wilderness to the streets of its second largest city in a quest to better understand whatever in the heck is actually going on in this world. The book is not merely a narrative of his adventures but also contains descriptions of the geological, biological, and climactic circumstances that have shaped this great land. The book is also a coming of age story tracing the course of a hedonistic young drifter slowly accepting his transformation to adulthood (or close to it, anyway) and his role as a member of a family.
Chelsey Clammer offers online writing classes!
Attention writers! Red Hen author Chelsey Clammer, winner of our 2015 Nonfiction Award with her book Circadian, teaches online creative writing classes with WOW! Women On Writing. Offering three different 4-week classes starting in August, September or November, each centers around a different topic: good writing, grief, or the holidays.
Click here to learn more about Chelsey’s classes and to sign up!
Yale Radio Interview: Losing Helen by Carol Becker
Carol Becker had an interview with Yale Radio!
Listen in on author Carol Becker’s latest interview with Yale Radio, associated with the Museum of Non-visible Art, as she discusses her latest book, Losing Helen.
Click here to listen on the Yale Radio website!
Rent Our Event Space!
Here at Red Hen Press, we have a bit of extra space in our nest and would love to share it with our neighbors!
At our location in Pasadena at 1540 Lincoln Ave,
we have our stage area, conference room, and green room available for rent
any day of the week from 8AM to 10PM.
See the image below for specific rates per day and time of day.
Please note that Monday through Friday there is a different rate for the Stage Area between the hours of 9AM-4PM and 4PM-10PM. Additionally, any Stage Area rental between 9AM-4PM will not be a private event as we will all be working in the Red Hen office during the day. Also of note, cleaning fees are a mandatory flat rate: $25 for the Stage Area and $10 for the Conference or Green Rooms.
If you have any questions or are interested in renting any of our three spaces,
please feel free to contact us at (626) 356-4760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private restroom attached to Green Room:
Please note that we are unable to host any events for, in the name of, in support of (or against), or benefiting any political cause. In renting any of our spaces, you also understand that publicity efforts for your event are your responsibility, and not the responsibility of Red Hen Press.
Bad Stories is OUT NOW! And on this official day of release, one last Bad message:
“You can’t advocate for serious discourse and simultaneously participate in the trivialization of discourse. Or rather, you can. But the story is going to end badly.” (Bad Stories 246).
Steve Almond’s Bad Stories is a reflection on how we, as a country, got here. Read it, devour it, but most importantly, understand it. Only when we’re all on the same page, when we all understand how this came to be, can we move, as Steve likes to say, onward, together.
1 Last Bad Stories Chance!
1 Day left until Bad Stories is released!
Today is the last day for the Goodreads Giveaway! Enter for a chance to win one of 100 copies!
2 ‘Bad’ Blurbs
2 Days left! Is everyone excited for Steve Almond’s Bad Stories? Here are 2 advanced praises to whet your appetite!
(1) “It’s a rare writer who has the power to make one aware in every paragraph of the moral necessity of literature, but in Bad Stories, Steve Almond has done just that. With fierce intelligence, moving candor, and dazzling insight, Almond draws on everything from The Grapes of Wrath to the voting practices of his babysitter to dismantle the false narratives about American democracy that got us into the political pickle we’re in. I was enlightened and spellbound by Bad Stories, outraged and consoled. This is a profound and essential book for all time, but especially for now.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
(2) “Steve, I’m sorry but I’ve completely destroyed my copy of Bad Stories. Seriously, there was something in every chapter that inspired furious underlining or dog-eared pages or the scribbling of hasty notes in the margins. The upside is that I feel like I have a much better grasp of the tortured American psyche. The downside is that I can’t loan the book to anyone, because they’ll think I’m a madman. Thanks for the thrilling read.”
—Nathan Hill, author of The Nix
3 ‘Bad’ Reviews
All right readers, get excited! Only 3 more days until Steve Almond’s book Bad Stories comes out. Check out these three fantastic reviews for it!
(1) Publishers Weekly delivers a raving review about Bad Stories. Check it out here.
(2) Portland Mercury discusses Steve Almond’s take on the American Myths that got Trump elected.
(3) A in-depth review from Betsy Robinson about her thoughts and excitement about Bad Stories.
4 ‘Bad’ Interviews
Only 4 more days until Steve Almond’s Bad Stories comes out! Here are 4 interviews to get you excited for its release!
(1) On southflorida.com, Steve talks about his book with contact reporter Jack Cline. They discuss Steve’s thoughts on his book and the different recent events that have happened around the country.
(2) In August of 2003, Steve talks about his previous two books: My Life in Heavy Metal and Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America with bookslut.com.
(3) Steve Almond read from Bad Stories and chatted with Seattle author Peter Mountford and the audience at The Fireside Room at Hotel Sorrento on February 28.
(4) Get to know more about Steve in this article from April 2010 as he talks about himself and his books.
5 ‘Bad’ Influences
5 days to go! Are you excited for Bad Stories?
Steve expertly and poignantly threads literary influences throughout the book, connecting the worlds, words, and lessons of fiction with our own reality. Here are five quotes featured in Bad Stories — and somehow, these quotes mean more now than they ever have before.
(1) “We have never let ourselves think about our being a minority and now it’s hard to get used to the fact.” –John Webb of Ray Bradbury’s short story “And the Rock Cried Out” (featured on page 44 of Bad Stories)
(2) Steve cites a particular scene in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – a botched book club, where the protagonist, Guy Montag, interrupts his wife, Mildred’s, gathering of friends. Mildred and her friends, occupied by the frivolity of around-the-clock on-screen entertainment, cannot fathom when Guy pulls out a contraband poetry book and reads “Dover Beach” aloud. “Mildred is so shaken that she locks herself in the bathroom and downs sleeping pills.” “I often felt a mild version of this dynamic playing out when I tried to talk with friends and relatives and even strangers about the 2016 election,” Steve writes. We’d become so sensitive to discussion of worldly topics, debate, facts, that we, like Mildred, would rather down sleeping pills than face it. (Bad Stories 63)
(3) Steve cites Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness: “Like Bradbury, [Postman] sees the gradual abdication of moral and intellectual rigor as the greatest risk to American democracy. Postman outlines the deterioration of our national standards with such eerie precision that Trumpism comes to seem not only plausible, but inevitable.” (Bad Stories 64)
(4) “It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power or gold. No such tales are told be the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters.” –Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (featured on pages 230-231 of Bad Stories)
(5) “I couldn’t forgive [Tom Buchanan] or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures, and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” –Nick Carraway of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (featured on page 231 of Bad Stories)