If you're looking for Christmas presents, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2017 is always a great bet for the essay lovers on your list, BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2017 for the flash lovers on your list. Both hot off the press.
Consider supporting indie booksellers and indie presses! There are many.
Black Lawrence Press offers wonderful chapbooks and books—poetry, flash, short stories, essays, novels. Outpost 19 Books in San Francisco has a great catalog and is doing a terrific promotion for the holidays: 25% off + free shipping. Enter the code winter17 at their shop.
I'm in two Outpost 19 anthologies and I'd highly recommend both of them. ROOTED: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction is a collection of gorgeous creative nonfiction touching on trees by top essayists in the field. NOTHING SHORT OF 100, a collection of stellar 100 word stories by top flash writers won't be out until April but is available for pre-order now. (What's better than opening a Christmas present in April?) Click on the links to see the amazing lists of contributors.
Take a look at the contributors to the anthology THEY SAID: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, where Steve and I will have a collaborative essay. Not out until June 2018, also available for pre-order from Black Lawrence Press.
And while I'm at it, take a look at a one-of-a-kind anthology of flash sequences from White Pine Press, a collection that I love (and not just because I'm in it): NOTHING TO DECLARE: A Guide to the Flash Sequence. Order from your local indie bookseller (or from Amazon, if you must).
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