Starcherone Books, a nonprofit publisher of innovative fiction, needs $1,500 to publish Niagara Digressions by E.R. Baxter III.
"It took me seventy years to write Niagara Digressions," says E. R. Baxter III, a lifelong resident of Niagara County. Niagara Digressions is an "indirect memoir" via cut-up method, a rich fabric of familiar and unappreciated histories mingled with the personal, from ancient cave paintings to 1960s mimeographed poetry, the massacre of the buffalo to the manufacture of shredded wheat cereal, and all-points in-between. As well, it is a naturalist's meditation on land as the canvas upon which all the stories are painted.
"If readers can be sensitive enough to absorb its complexities, they can also absorb its riches, and discover, as this book suggests, that they 'can spread-eagle themselves on the ground and feel the earth's slow revolving and, simultaneously, here in Western New York, its rebounding, too, from its compression of thousands of years under ice." - Eric Gansworth, member of the Onondaga Nation and author of Extra Indians, from the Introduction to Niagara Digressions.
"Baxter is one of those people who need only one name like Thor. Him with his big beard and cigarette smoking smoke wafting up like a white thunderstorm, and his heavy work shirt white and black checked, and his eyes piercing out with his intelligent cigarette voice deep as the old woods. And he has a herd of beef cattle and knew mimeo royalty like d. a. levy and tangled with politicians to give the Niagara River back to people. This is the book. 'Everything is connected.' This prose is a life’s work of writing the pattern of living." - Michael Basinski, Curator of Poetry and Rare Books, University at Buffalo Libraries, and author of All My Eggs are Broken.
The Niagara Digressions Kickstarter project is the first run of a new type of Starcherone's annual fundraising, where we will look to communities local, national, and international to help support books they would like to see published. Thank you for your support, however it is made.
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A signed copy of Niagara Digressions, our new Starcherone Books logo t-shirt, AND copies of all of our 2010-11 titles: Unclean Jobs for Women & Girls by Alissa Nutting, Shhh: The Story of a Childhood by Raymond Federman, 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Younger Authors, and books by Joshua Cohen, Sarah Falkner, Stacey Levine, Leslie Scalapino, and Thaddeus Rutkowski. As well, all contributors at this level will be thanked both on Starcherone's website and on the copyright page of Niagara Digressions.Estimated delivery:
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