Green by Nick Earls
I’ve got two super-cool things to tell you about this evening. The first is Green, a newly released collection of fiction by one of my favourite authors, Nick Earls. Green includes a short story Nick wrote in 1995, a few more short stories in 1999, a novel he wrote in 2001 (called World of Chickens), and a brand new short story written earlier this year.
What’s the link between the stories? They all feature the same two main characters, the always-hilarious Phil and Frank, who start off as newbie med students at Qld Uni in the first short story and end up as 50-year-olds in the final one. Apart from the stories themselves, there are two awesome facts about Green.
Awesome Fact 1: Nick took a risk with the last short story, and it kind of bit him in the butt. He explains in his latest blog post:
“I figured Frank would be prone to a big mid-life gesture and, in May this year [when Nick was writing the last short story], I decided it would be, of all things, the 2012 New York Marathon. Okay, so it was slightly in the future but, in its more than 40 years, nothing had cancelled the New York Marathon, right?…
Then along came Hurricane Sandy, causing damage and loss of life in the Caribbean and eastern US. The New York marathon, which around now should be a litter of Gatorade cups on New York streets, was cancelled.
So I’ve got myself a brand new 7500-word Frank and Phil story that can only exist in a parallel universe, where the weather was November average and the only chaos affected my two characters…”
BAHAHAHA! Is it evil of me that I find that hilarious? 😀
Anyway… moving on to Green Awesome Fact 2:
Nick and his publisher are donating every cent that comes in from sales of Green to the New York Mayor’s Fund, to help the city recover from the hurricane. At the moment, Green is only available outside of Australia and New Zealand (BAH!), but I know that suits many of my wonderful followers who hail from America and other parts of the globe. If you’re interested, you can read more about Green over at Nick’s blog (but not until you’ve read the rest of this post!).
NA Alley’s New Adult Online Book Club
Remember how, at the beginning of the post, I said there were two super-cool things I wanted to tell you about? Well, this is the second one. Today, Bailey Kelsey announced a new feature on the NA Alley blog. It’s called Alley Reads, and it’s a New Adult Online Book Club. In Bailey’s words, “Alley Reads is designed to be a leisurely book club, giving all of us a chance (and the motive) to tackle that NA reading list while still managing other life priorities.”
A new New Adult book will be announced every seven weeks. People will have plenty of time to read the book, and then, at the end of the seven-week period, Bailey will host a live blog discussion about the book in question.
Now, as if that wasn’t cool enough, guess which book is first cab off the rank? Yes, that’s right. It’s THE BIG SMOKE!!! How exciting is that?! I am so looking forward to it!! I strongly encourage you all to get involved and make this book club a success (and my encouragement has nothing to do with the fact that you have to buy my book to participate! Okay, maybe a little. But I’d be encouraging you to participate even if it was another NA book, I promise!).
If you’d like to find out more about Alley Reads, head on over to NA Alley!