Saturday, October 1, 2011

Book giveaway: Volt

TNBBC is nearly beside itself with joy - 
Alan Heathcock will be participating in our Author/Reader Discussion series in November!

In order to stimulate discussion, we are offering 10 domestic copies of 
his short story collection Volt!!!

(Domestic means US residents only)
(Sorry, international peeps!)

Here's the Goodreads Description
A blistering collection of stories from an exhilarating new voice One man kills another after neither will move his pickup truck from the road. A female sheriff in a flooded town attempts to cover up a murder. When a farmer harvesting a field accidentally runs over his son, his grief sets him off walking, mile after mile. A band of teens bent on destruction runs amok in a deserted town at night. As these men and women lash out at the inscrutable churn of the world around them, they find a grim measure of peace in their solitude. Throughout Volt, Alan Heathcock’s stark realism is leavened by a lyric energy that matches the brutality of the surface. And as you move through the wind-lashed landscape of these stories, faint signs of hope appear underfoot. In Volt, the work of a writer who’s hell-bent on wrenching out whatever beauty this savage world has to offer, Heathcock’s tales of lives set afire light up the sky like signal flares touched off in a moment of desperation.
And if you want to know what I think, check out my review!

Would you like to hear Alan reading from his novel? Here's a portion, recorded by yours truly at the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival, of Alan reading from his short story SMOKE:

Like what you hear? Want to enter to win a copy? 

The contest will run through October 8th

Here's how to enter:

1 - Comment here stating that you would like to receive a copy of the book.

2 - You must be a resident of the US and leave me a way to contact you (email is preferred).

3- Agree to participate in a group read book discussion that will run during the entire month of November  over at TNBBC on Goodreads. Alan Heathcock has agreed to participate in the discussion and will be available to answer any questions you may have for him.

*If you are chosen as a winner, by accepting the copy you are agreeing to read the book and join the group discussion at TNBBC on Goodreads (the thread for the discussion will be emailed to you when before November 1st).

 Winners are chosen randomly and will be announced here and via email on October 8th. 
 Good luck!


  1. I would love to read this and participate.

  2. I would like a copy of the book and would gladly participate in discussion. email is

  3. This was such an incredible reading - I can't believe I'm the first person to comment!!! Please count me in.

  4. please count me in - an excellent Christmas present for a friend. :) K. Baluta

  5. I would love to win a copy of Volt.I will join in the

  6. I would love to recieve a copy and partcipate in the discussion

  7. I'd love a copy of Volt. This has been on my to-read list for a couple months now--looks fantastic. (

  8. I would love to be part of this!


  9. based on a recommendation from a friend in Boise, i ordered this for the library where i work. I read the first story but have not had a chance to read the rest. would love to participate.


  10. I would love to read this and participate.

  11. I would absolutely LOVE to win this and do a book discussion!

  12. I'd love to give Volt a read-through and participate in a discussion!

  13. I would love a free copy so I can read and participate!

  14. Just joined the club and am excited to read new authors!

  15. I would love to win a copy of this book and participate in a group reading discussion. These stories sound unlike anything I've read before and I want to experience them and Heathcock's writing!

    Thank you!

  16. Short story collections are always such fun reads. I would love to receive a copy of the book and participate in the Goodreads discussion!

    I am


  17. Would definitely be interested in doing a book club for this book -

  18. I would love to read and participate!

  19. It's time guys! Winners of VOLT are:

    Marcus William Heleker
    Geoff Munsterman
    Heath Wilcock

    Emails are on their way! COngrats to the winners and many thanks to those who entered. Keep an eye out ... there's another one coming soon!