Monday, February 1, 2016

Indie Book Buzz: Freight Books

It's a great day for some Indie Book Buzz here at TNBBC. It's back again and we're inviting members of the indie publishing houses to share some of the upcoming 2016 releases they are most excited about!

This week's pick is brought to you by Laura Waddell
Digital Marketing Executive at Freight Books.

Three Craws by James Yorkston -  7th April

Having already been praised by the likes of Lauren Laverne and Pete Paphides, Three Craws is the debut novel from musician James Yorkston. Set in contemporary rural Scotland, it explores what it's like to return to a hometown after an absence, and coming to terms with failure to make a living as an artist. Centering around friends Stevie, Johnny and Mikey, it's a book about friendship, hope, and disappointment, and it's also very funny. 

Treats by Lara Williams - 3rd March

I wholeheartedly love this book and am proud we're publishing such a compelling new writing talent in Lara Williams at Freight Books. Treats is a debut collection of short stories covering a range of life experiences, and as well as being beautifully and empathetically written, the stories shine a light on issues of the modern day. There's a lot in here - sexual ethics, female friendship, self-navigation, alienation - and it's the observation of small, everyday moments and feelings and what they reveal about us that impressed me most.  As a debut, Treats is special, and makes me feel excited to follow Lara Williams' writing career and see what comes next. 

Gutter 14 - mid April

Gutter is a literary magazine published twice a year, containing prose, poetry, and interview, from both literary heavyweights and emerging writers. Issue 14 has a focus on playwrights and performance poetry, and excitingly, we're putting together a compilation of their readings to accompany the issue. This edition received the highest number of submissions to date; we were impressed and overwhelmed by their strong quality. We haven't released the names of contributors quite yet, but I can't wait to get it out into the world. 


LAURA WADDELL lives in Glasgow and works as Digital Marketing Executive at independent publisher Freight Books and as a freelance literary publicist. As a reader, she's particularly interested in literary fiction, indie publishers and translation and is a contributing writer to, among others, The Glasgow Review of Books and TYCI. Twitter: @lauraewaddell

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