"Another marvelous and whimsical narrative project from one of the most interesting small presses you're likely to encounter."
—Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble
Long associated with children's games and acts of divination, paper cootie catchers find new and exciting use in Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog, a haunting, interactive story by GennaRose Nethercott. Illustrated by artist Bobby DiTrani, the twenty-six fortune tellers unfold to reveal a kaleidoscopic tale of cruel beasts, daring thieves, lost sweethearts, and a family on the run.
Each cootie catcher features eight possible endings—but the endings are also beginnings, complications, transformations, jumping-off points for other parts of the tale. Read them alone or with a partner, using any method you like: counting off bolded words and numbers, choosing panels that strike your fancy, or simply laying them flat. From jailbreaks to kissing practice, murders to museum heists, each trip through Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog reveals new sides of this wild, multifaceted tale of wonder and terror.
"I absolutely adore this haunting, dark, strange, glorious work of art.... I have been playing this book/game for hours and I'll never get enough of it."
—Edward Carey, author of Little and The Iremonger Trilogy
❖ STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED ❖ $20,000: An inner sleeve to hold the cootie catcher flats, packed with liner notes, illustrated instructions, and additional art by Bobby DiTrani.
All backers pledging at the $12 level or higher will receive a PDF of the twenty-six cootie catchers. If printed on standard size paper, the sheets will have to be cut square before folding.
All backers pledging at the $18 level will receive a physical copy of Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog at a discount (post-Kickstarter, the retail price will be $20 or more). The cootie catcher flats will be professionally printed and packed in an illustrated sleeve. We are committed to having all parts of the physical edition produced in the US.
Backers pledging at higher levels may claim additional copies of the physical edition, including signed copies. We are also making previous Ninepin Press publications available at some levels. More information about each is available on our website:
☼ Cosmogram, an anthology of tiny horoscope stories
☽ Zodiac B, a chapbook in cards by Travis Smith
♡ The Family Arcana, a story in cards by Jedediah Berry
Note: Our stock of The Family Arcana is running low, so for the time being we are making a limited number of copies available only through this Kickstarter campaign.
At even higher levels, backers can secure some of the few remaining copies of the uncut sheets (about 26" x 22") of The Family Arcana as part of The Ninepin Press Collection.
Finally, you'll find opportunities to claim some of the original Lianna art by Bobby DiTrani. Each piece is about 10" x 10".
About the Author
GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her writing has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally performing from her works and composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.
About the Illustrator
Bobby DiTrani's formative years were spent in the small (once smaller) town of North Bend, WA. A graduate of the Aristides Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, he frequently tours with his band, DiTrani Brothers and the Hammer of Spring.
About Ninepin Press
We are a small publisher of literary objects that blur the lines between fiction, poetry, and games. Our first publication, The Family Arcana: A Story in Cards by Jedediah Berry, was a World Fantasy Award finalist. Other publications include Zodiac B by Travis Smith and Cosmogram, an anthology of tiny horoscope stories by Kelly Link, Victor LaValle, Alexander Chee, Alice Sola Kim, and others.
Editors: Jedediah Berry & Emily Houk.
Risks and challenges
This is our most ambitious publishing project to date, and it will require us to work in a new and unusual format. This can result in unexpected challenges, but those challenges are also why we're excited about the project. No one has done anything quite like this before!
The good news is that we have working prototypes, and we've identified a printer that can handle all aspects of production. We believe strongly in the vision our author and illustrator have brought to us with this project. With one successful Kickstarter campaign already under our belts—along with many years of experience in publishing—we feel confident that we can pull this off in style.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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