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Happy new year! Let’s hope 2017 turns out great while we continue to recover from the longest year in memory. (Bye-bye, 2016.) Last year felt simultaneously endless and where did time go?! Last time I posted something here it must have been June! I guess time gets away from you when you try not to have a panic attack/are publishing books. And what a wonderful year it was for my tiny publishing house. I got to publish work by my some of my most favorite writers in the world in two beautiful books: Matchbook Stories 4, and The Letters Page, Vol.1 (edited by Jon McGregor). I coudn’t be prouder or more excited about these books! (And the ones we got cooking for 2017. No spoilers, but they will also be great! If all goes well *knocks on wood* Who’s there? Well, just in case, you know?)  

Anyway, this is just to say hello and that I am still here, and to wish you all the best shiniest happiest new year! Fight the forces of evil! Do creative things! Read books and watch good movies, which reminds me, I just watched La la land and loved it and remembered this story I wrote (it was published in the Mojave River Review) a while back about being in my 20s and living in L.A. (maybe that’s why I loved the movie so much)… 

Here’s wishing you all the best 2017.

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P.S FF @ioannaonline and @BookExMachina on Twitter for book updates!

Tiny Stories for Big Bookish Hearts

An interview with Parchment Girl!

matchbook-stories What really makes Matchbook Stories unique is the incredible design work that goes into every issue.

You can read the rest and the interview here.

Thanks Parchment Girl!

Matchbook Stories! New issue!

The tiny literary magazine I edit is back with its fourth issue!

So much love! Hello, Matchbook Stories Issue 4!

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To find out more, check out the website. There are some sweet offers there too right now. I want to write more but I’m too excited!

“Books as Objects Should Be Beautiful.” Interview in The Review Review about Matchbook Stories.

Review Review Interview

An interview in The Review Review in which I talk about all things literary: Matchbook Stories, our Book Ex Machina publishing philosophy, some of my favorite literary magazines, etc.

And some very nice words by the interviewer, Sandy Ebner:

When I pick up a literary magazine I’m usually filled with a certain degree of anticipation. But I’m not usually grinning as I sit down to read. Matchbook Stories is as unique a magazine as you are ever likely to find. “The tiniest literary magazine in the world,” Matchbook Stories is, as the name suggests, designed to look like a matchbox. Inside each small box are four stories, each printed on its own tiny matchbook, with cover art designed specifically for each. As expected, the stories are very short, but what a delight they are to read, not just because they are well-written, but because the magazine is three-dimensional, thereby making the act of opening the box and choosing which story to read first, much different than opening the covers of a more traditional magazine. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Go read the whole thing in The Review Review!

Happy New Year!

Interview in The Bookseller!

The awesome Anna James interviewed me about Matchbook Stories and Book Ex Machina.

Here’s the whole story in The Bookseller.

Matchbook series strikes a match

Matchbook Stories Praise

What to do when your literary heroes love a thing you made:

  1. Jump up and down.
  2. Run around screaming: Yaaas!
  3. Thank the hell out of them.
  4. Put a post on your website.
  5. Go swimming.
  6. Get back to working on the thing.

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Praise for Matchbook Stories:

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Matchbook Stories | Book Ex Machina news | Current Issue | Book Ex Machina everywhere | twitter

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I’ve been away from the blog for a while, mostly working on Matchbook Stories Issue 3 (now on pre-order, coming out July 22nd!), reading submissions for Issue 4, and planning new Book Ex Machina things. Also: writing! I got two stories accepted for publication in two of my favorite literary places: Electric Literature (their newest coolest magazine Okey-Panky) and The Letters Page.

Here’s to the next half of the year!

News! Links! Etc.!

So many good Matchbook Stories things happened lately! With Issue 2 out we started work on what promises to be an amazing Issue 3; also on some other great Book Ex Machina projects. To top that, one of my stories got nominated for The Best Small Fictions of 2015. What a great way to start the new year!

For more Book Ex Machina news check the tumblr  and the blog; to find out about upcoming events, the events page and the Facebook.

And now because that was a lot of information, here’s a picture of a Totoro I made using this pattern.

xoxo

IOANNA

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Matchbook Stories 2 launch in Oxford: the polaroids

We officially launched Matchbook Stories Issue 2 in Oxford earlier this month at the wonderful Blackwell’s Bookshop with our writers Erik Boman, Pat Cash, and Marc Cinanni, followed by a second event at our beloved Albion Beatnik Bookstore with musical guests The Oh So Many.

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us. We’re taking this issue far and wide, and then on to Issue 3!

Here are some of the polaroids.

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Matchbook Stories 2 is here!

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It took us a while but the new issue of Matchbook Stories is here and it will knock your socks off.

It was such a pleasure to edit and design this issue, featuring three great new writers.

Go check it out!

Oxford – If I Could Tell You book launch

Of course when I arrived it rained. But I was there for my friend Jing’s book launch, so hurray!

I was so excited I almost forgot to take pictures, which was my de facto job. (There are just  a few more posted on our Shy Oxford Writers page.)

I did remember to take a video of Jing reading an extract from If I Could Tell You. (see below.)

And after, the sun came out. [To be continued…]

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Matchbook Stories. Issue 1.

The first issue of Matchbook Stories had its first launch in Oxford in May, and now it’s here for the rest of the world. Get it while you can! (Limited edition)

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a good week that ended with an angel in the snow

Our publishing house’s first book Nicosia in Dark and White won a prestigious POYi Book of the Year award

It snowed in Nicosia (this happens less often than a leap year)

Wrote a new short story

Spent all Saturday in Troodos playing with the snow [snow angel not pictured]

A good week indeed

Snow falling on tropical trees and our little fish pond

I made these as a tribute to Bill Watterson

Moon over frozen lake

The award winning photographer taking pictures of frozen lake with his homemade pinhole cameras

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