One step closer to the bookstore, or wherever; Small Beer Press announces that Endless Things can be now be "pre-ordered" -- I'm notsure if you have to pay now, get later, or just sign up, but the following page will tell you, if you care: <http://lcrw.net/lcrw/preorder.htm>
Note that just above mine, to further incite bibliophilia, is the new Elizabeth Hand novel, Generation Loss. Anyone who's heard her read from it knows that this is an ambitious new tack for this endlessly inventive writer to take. Keep the credit card handy after putting in for mine. (The Small Beer edition of mine, by the way, is invisibly numbered: those who go for it now wil get copies numbered 1 through whatever, and though the number can't be discerned or discovered in any way, YOU WILL KNOW.)
The beautiful photograph that forms the cover is by Rosamond Purcell , asjoculum has noted. SHe is the photographer who has ong been associated with Stephen Jay Gould, taking lushly beautiful photographs of moldering scientific collections, bottled fetuses, etc., and also of decaying things she has collected for years from a junkyard in Maine which she celebrates in a new book, more writing than pictures, called Owls Head (pub. The Quantock Lane Press, also publisjer of her new picture collection Bookworm, wherein the picture chosen for my cover can be found as well as other minatory and cautionary pictures of ruined and moldering books. I replied to joculum as follows:
I have long admired Purcell's work, and first saw that picture that's to be my cover at the Mount Holyoke College appearance of the Olaus Wurm recreation. In their full form the pictures are even more wondrous, of course, in part because huge and powerful color laser printers can print them on what amounts to watercolor paper, making them trompe-l'oeil works (or maybe you'd have to call them fake trompe-l'oeil). It was my suggestion to use the picture, which Small Beer waws glad to do; in looking for an image of it to show them, I learned of the new books "Owl's Head" and "Bookworm", and now am working on an essay-review for the Boston Review of Books about her work. She is an astonishing writer -- which I hadn't known.