Mystic Pig back in print

This was just posted in the comments in Hiromi’s blog, by Jon Gifford of Oleander Press: I just wanted you to know that Richard Katrovas’ Mystic Pig is available again as of today [actually amazon USA isn’t shipping it, but Amazon UK is taking pre-orders]. At the beginning of last year I came across an […]

This was just posted in the comments in Hiromi’s blog, by Jon Gifford of Oleander Press:

I just wanted you to know that Richard Katrovas’ Mystic Pig is available again as of today [actually amazon USA isn’t shipping it, but Amazon UK is taking pre-orders]. At the beginning of last year I came across an old post of Hiromi’s mentioning the book; her comments were enough to make me google it and I found Karl’s and Ray’s blog entries. As a result, I then tracked down a copy in NYC, read it in one sitting and decided then and there to republish it. Richard happily agreed.

Oleander doesn’t really publish fiction but, as a direct result of your enthusiastic championing, a novel that shines with humanity, integrity and passion (as well as noir humour), one that really needs to be in circulation and in people’s hands, is back where it belongs.

We may not sell many – such is publishing in a world dominated by Oprah (Richard and Judy over here) and the big houses – but I’m very proud to have made sure that it’s here for when someone tells a friend “Hey, there’s this great book you have to read…” A mention on your blogs would be a great help in getting the ball rolling though. If it does well over here I’m planning a US relaunch in the spring.(I know you’ve stopped posting Hiromi, but just thought I’d let you know anyway. I enjoyed lurking for the last couple years and am glad you’ve found your way to a great new place, geographically and every other way.)

To say I’m excited about this fails to convey the feeling. Mystic Pig is one of my top five favorite books ever; and it’s been tragically out of print for several years now. Having it back, that alone is a huge victory. Knowing that we had a hand in bringing it back? I’m nearly speechless. Jon’s posted a bit about how this happened here.

I owe a thousand thanks to Jon for making this happen, and to Hiromi and Ray for joining me in writing about this amazing book.

Go buy it. Go blog about it. Richard Katrovas should be a household name (at least in literary households), and only by gettin tthis book in people’s hands will this happen.

Note: you can also order direct from oleander press.

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