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des. 19, 2012, 3:28 pm

I thought it would be interesting to have a group that could discuss the new books published by And Other Stories. I'd add that I have no connection to And Other Stories apart from being a devoted fan. I've been a subscriber from the beginning, as have been several other members of LibraryThing.

One way to organise the group would be to create separate threads for each book, as well as threads for anything else we want to discuss.

Anyway, I hope people don't mind my sending invites around - I've selected invitees who have books from And Other Stories in their libraries. (And I haven't finished inviting yet!)

des. 19, 2012, 3:44 pm

Great idea. I have been a subscriber from early on and have the full set of books (all numbered editions). Can't claim to have been there right at the start, but heard about And Other Stories when Down The Rabbit Hole was was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and then went on to win.

Fantastic success story since then, and they've been especially fortunate make it to the Booker shortlist. Personally I was drawn by the subscription model and the unpredictability of what books you would ultimately receive. Managed to get my way through the first three books so far.

des. 19, 2012, 3:56 pm

I love the numbered books! I think the subscriber list has really grown. When I get my copy of Black Vodka (should be tonight as someone is bringing me my copy) I'll be able to have a look at how long the subscriber list is. Really excited that there are six books a year beginning in 2013.

I first found out about And Other Stories when I heard about their reading groups in spring 2011. I participated in the Russian reading group in April 2011, and two books have come from that - Happiness is Possible published in 2011 and a book by Oleg Pavlov (I can't remember whether it's Steppe Book or Asystole), coming out in the coming year. Anyone can participate in the groups - there are virtual meetings for readers who can't meet in person, and sample translations for readers who don't know the original language. I love this approach to choosing books.

How did you like Happiness is Possible? Or perhaps I should start a thread!

gen. 4, 2013, 5:38 am

Thanks for the invite, I have only tried (and loved) Down the Rabbit Hole and not tried anything else. Any suggestions?

gen. 4, 2013, 7:58 am

I adore Down the Rabbit Hole. My personal favourite so far is Oleg Zaionchkovsky's Happiness is Possible.

What about other people?

gen. 6, 2013, 2:02 pm

Thanks for the invite I have read down the rabbit hole and the islands

ag. 29, 2013, 12:31 pm

Just wanted to mention that Juan Pablo Villalobos author of Quesadillas and Down the Rabbit Hole is coming to Bath, UK bookshop (Mr B's) next Wednesday. I managed to tickets and I am really looking forward to it!

set. 3, 2013, 7:06 am

Gosh I am jealous. Would love to hear how it goes! (Would add that Villalobos's translator, Rosalind Harvey, is herself spectacularly talented!!)

There will be a few other events, too - Norfolk and London... let me see if I can pull up dates and times, etc...

Ah, there's an event tonight at the Waterstone's in Norwich:

And then there's this event on Friday (6 September) at Rich Mix in London, featuring Juan Pablo Villalobos, Roslaind Harvey and DBC Pierre:

set. 3, 2013, 7:16 am

Well, Villalobos is really in the air! He's just contributed this, today, to PEN Atlas:

set. 5, 2013, 12:13 pm

The event in Bath was a lot of fun - there were songs by the Bookshop band, there was great food from the Firehouse (including Quesadillas of course) and Villalobos was a great speaker - he read the first paragraph in Spanish and then the first page or so in English. The conversation ranged across Mexican politics and the writing process and was really fascinating.

set. 6, 2013, 4:30 pm

Ooh, thanks for update. (And real quesadillas. Yum.)

What did Villalobos have to say about his writing process??