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Matchbook Stories! New issue!

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

So much love! Hello, Matchbook Stories Issue 4!

Ali Smith! <3 Etgar Keret! <3 01_matchbookstories_4 02_matchbookstories_4 ali_smith_01_matchbookstories_4

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!

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

totoro

too tired for pictures

Book Ex Machina has a brand new website!

Matchbook Stories Issue 1 was featured on Design *Sponge!

I took new Polaroids, some are on the Impossible Project website!

And now I am exhausted, probably from excessive exclamation mark usage.

:)

be back soon xoxo

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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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a sneak preview

It’s only January but things have already been real busy.

A lot of new writing and lots of different projects in development. We are making travel plans for later in the year.   Book Ex Machina is getting a site revamp.

But here’s a little sneak preview of a tasty literary treat we call Matchbook Stories.

Each matchbook is a  tiny story in prose or poetry form. They are stories about meetings fleeting and temporary, about moments and places, invoking the feeling of real matchbooks. A few words that can be carried in a pocket and shared with a friend, or perhaps a stranger.

The first four made their debut in a Nicosia Christmas market. But there will be more on the way.

To kick off the project me and Matchbook Stories poetry editor Lee Jing-Jing contributed two each. Mine: Paris, Las Vegas and Cha Cha Chicken. Jing’s: An Old Wives’ Tale and Last Fall.

In due time we will post ways to buy and submission guidelines. But in the meantime, this is a sneak preview.

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Hamburg

In early September Book Ex Machina went to Hamburg for Photo+Art Book Hamburg ’11

We also wandered around and took in the scenery.

Visited with friends.

Ate nice food.

And took some pictures.

POSTED BY IOANNA  [ edited Nov 24, 2011. Life isn’t static, why should posts be? ]

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