TROPIC OF KANSAS — final copies unboxed

Via the Instagram feed of my publisher Harper Voyager, awesome video of my amazing editor David Pomerico unboxing the first box of final copies of my novel Tropic of Kansas, which will be hitting the shelves three weeks from tomorrow.

New excerpt from TROPIC OF KANSAS at Tor.com (plus a review at Boing Boing)

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There’s a new excerpt from the opening of my forthcoming novel TROPIC OF KANSAS up at Tor.com, in which a young fugitive is deported back to a U.S.A. that has been walled off—from the other side. Over at Boing Boing, sharing the excerpt, Cory Doctorow provided a preview of his amazing and generous review, saying “Brown’s novel is just what you’d hope for from a long-awaited debut like this: a book that excites, provokes and terrifies.” 

Tor.com: Tropic of Kansas

Boing Boing: “An excerpt from Tropic of Kansas, a novel about a Trumpian, dystopian America”

Kelly Link on Tropic of Kansas

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“The great American novel about the end of America.” Pretty stoked by this wonderful quote from the amazing (and generous) Kelly Link—2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and award-winning author of GET IN TROUBLE, PRETTY MONSTERS, and MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS—about TROPIC OF KANSAS, coming your way in just a few more weeks.

Preorder details here.

Tropic of Kansas Audiobook and other news

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The flat proofs of the full cover of Tropic of Kansas arrived here at the hobbit hole yesterday, and they look fantastic.

I’m pleased to share the news that the novel will also be available as an audiobook from Blackstone Audio, narrated by Josh Bloomberg and Bahni Turpin. I got to hear early samples, and they sound amazing, adding tremendous depth and feeling to what’s on the page.  You can preorder it for download or compact disk from Blackstone or Amazon. (Still working on the mixtape.)

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Bahni Turpin (L) and Josh Bloomberg (R)

And the first major trade review is in, a generous and mostly spoiler-free one from Publishers Weekly, with a great synopsis, and this:

Debut novelist Brown brings a mordant sensibility to his depiction of a ‘flyover country’ that is no longer willing to have its patriotism exploited and its land degraded for other people’s profits. His characters do not easily triumph, because he respects them too much to cheapen the costs that they must bear to succeed.”

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TROPIC OF KANSAS—the galley proofs

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Detail of the half title page from the galleys TROPIC OF KANSAS, in from the printer last week and about to be sent out to early readers. Design by Renata de Oliveira.

(Yes, I had to read a glossary of publishing terms to learn what a half title is.)

Forthcoming July 11, 2017. Preorder details here. Now available for preorder at HarperCollinsAmazon, and Barnes & Noble.

TROPIC OF KANSAS—the unboxing

Cross-posting this video of my editor David Pomerico unboxing the ARCs to TROPIC OF KANSAS. Just got my first copies and they look amazing. The design team did an incredible job of conveying the aesthetic of the text in the cover and interiors.

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Cover by Owen Corrigan. Analog broadcast flag, signal and noise.

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Interiors by Renata de Oliveira. I especially love this image of Old Glory as street art chipping away.

Forthcoming July 11, 2017. Preorder details here. Now available for preorder at HarperCollins, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Democracy, dystopia, and the cult of the CEO

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“In the year 2018, nations have bankrupted and disappeared, replaced by corporations.”

Over at Medium, I just posted some thoughts on CEO presidents and the idea of “running government like a business.”  And the more important question of what Rollerball has to do with it all:

You’re Fired—Democracy, Dystopia and the Cult of the CEO