Marry Me in America, and new book news

COVER marry meThe US edition of Marry Me is out now, in an excellent and very pink paperback from our friends at Europa Editions.

In other news, at the tail end of next month I’ll be releasing a whole new novel – “When the Professor got Stuck in the Snow”. To mark my twentieth year in the book trade [starting as an unpacker at Waterstone's in 1994] I’m going to be treating myself to a publication without a publisher. Apparently you can do that sort of thing these days. It’s looking set to be a low-key and ramshackle event, perhaps even shambolic, but we’ll get it out there somehow. It’ll be an e-book, and there will also be a run of old-fashioned paper copies for sentimentalists and Luddites like me.

I see many jiffy bags in my crystal ball. More details closer to the time…

In the meantime, it turns out the Christmas story I co-wrote for the Independent on Sunday can be found here. I know the decorations have come down, but never mind.

Happy reading.

Something for the weekend

I’ve got some brand new writing lurking in the Independent on Sunday’s magazine this coming weekend (22nd December) so don’t forget to rush out for your copy. And if you look really hard you might just spot a dramatic announcement… [Don't panic if you missed this - the news will be dramatically re-announced several times in the coming weeks.]

More will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime here’s a song from my favourite album of the year, Samson & Delilah by VV Brown:

Happy reading.

Spot the mistake

IMG_0734Dan Rhodes is a seasoned veteran when it comes to error-strewn media coverage. This latest nugget is from Publishers Weekly:

Briefs

Kent Carroll, publisher at Europa Editions, bought U.S. rights to Dan Rhodes’s story collection, Marry Me, which Canongate acquired in the U.K. The book marks Rhodes’s third work, after his 2000 collection, Anthology, and 2003 novel, Timoleon Vieta Come Home. Europa said the book, set for a January 2014 release, is a “raucously unsentimental look at love and marriage.” Given the timing of the book, Europa is planning a Valentine’s Day–themed marketing approach.

Never mind the five missing books or the erroneously titled debut collection – the good news lurking in there is that our friends at Europa will indeed be publishing Marry Me in the U.S. early next year. So three cheers for them. And we are delighted to have fulfilled our long-cherished ambition of seeing Dan Rhodes in Briefs.

Rhodes is off the road now. He has exclusively contacted us to pass on his thanks to everyone who came along to the gigs, to the people who set them up – Bookslam and the Edinburgh Book Festival – and to the other acts who joined in: Aiden Moffatt! Tim Key! Sam Smith! Stewart Lee! Neil Forsyth! Richard James! It was, he assures us, a pleasure and a privilege.

Rhodes has every intention of keeping a low profile for the rest of the year before exploding back on to the world stage in early 2014, with a bunch of foreign editions and some news that will shake the book world to the core…

Happy reading.

A firm bill. Like a duck’s bill.

There is now a firm bill in place for Dan Rhodes’ imminent one-off variety show at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square. Taking place in their Spiegeltent on Friday 16th August at 9 o’clock ’til 11, it will be free to get in and there will be all kinds of important things like a bar and an interval, so there’s no need to worry. The other acts will be:

Richard James, who does this kind of thing,

Neil Forsyth, who does this kind of thing,

and top secret surprise guest

Stewart Lee , who does this kind of thing.

All are top notch. Rumour has it that Rhodes will be DJing, which sounds like good news for fans of Thin Lizzy and early Sugababes B-sides. It’s a smashing venue – get there on time for a decent seat. Official details live here.

This is Rhodes’ second and final public appearance of 2013. He’s been keeping a low profile lately, but this recent photograph appears to show him doing a writerly chin-stroke on a tram in Llandudno.

IMG_1091_2Happy reading.

Ten Years of Timoleon

We’re not 100% sure, but we think this month marks the tenth anniversary of the first publication of Rhodes’ widely misunderstood novel Timoleon Vieta Come Home. It’s close enough, anyway. We were going to mark the occasion by writing an interminable fact file on the subject, but instead of boring ourselves, and you, to tears with that, we’ve decided to reduce our retrospective to a brief breakdown of the book’s thunderous impact on popular culture.

First off, here it is being enjoyed by Frankie out of The Saturdays:

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And being bought by Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up:

Knocked Up

And best of all, here’s Cate Le Bon singing a song about it:

Rumour has it that Rhodes still isn’t quite sure how the book’s title is pronounced. (Note to aspiring authors: make sure you can pronounce the title of your book.) Readers are invited to say it however they want.

That’s enough of past glories – Rhodes’ latest novel, This is Life, is coming out next week in a handsome mass market paperback edition. Read all about it here. So the Eiffel Tower at the top of the page is relevant again.

And we’ve done a vague Marry Me reviews digest here.

Happy reading.