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Temporary People: A Trip Into The Backlist


Dear Black Lawrence Press Friends, Family, and Fans,

In 1946, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot opened and closed in London in less than two months.  Worse, a year later, ‘Godot’  ran for less than 40 performances on Broadway.  60 years later, ‘Godot’ is recognized as one of the greatest plays in the English language.

Joeseph Heller’s Catch 22 was rejected by 32 publishers before being published in 1961, and becoming one of the literary landmarks of our time.

Between 1953-1954, Nabokov’s Lolita went unpublished and rejected for over 14 months, before it, too, found its way into the pantheon of American literature and was published in 1955.

Who knows if Steven Gillis’ novel, Temporary People, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.  What we do know is that in April of 2008, Temporary People received glowing reviews by the few sources which read the novel.  Wary of the material, the majority of major reviewers shied away.  Stores were unsure as well what to do with the novel which, since its release, has proven prescient in its commentary on the state of the world and human nature at its best and worst.  A love story and political satire, Temporary People is a book which like many of its predecessors is initially misunderstood and neglected, but – we hope – through your readership destined for greater things.

Here’s an excerpt from the first page of the novel:

The babies’ heads are fat as fruit grown ripe beyond all natural measure. I remember the first time I saw one, her woebegone look and swollen scale, with hair stretched out in gossamer patches, as ill-proportioned as an artist’s lampoon. Startled, I couldn’t help but stare and wonder what had happened. Three months later, as the numbers rose and hinted of an epidemic, the truth came out and to no surprise gave us Teddy Lamb, a.k.a. the General…

You can order a copy from Black Lawrence Press or from Amazon.

Happy reading!


Diane Goettel

SIGNS OF LIFE Reviewed at NewPages.com

SIGNS OF LIFE by Norman Waksler

SIGNS OF LIFE by Norman Waksler

NewPages.com has just reviewed Norman Waksler’s Signs of Life:


For more about Norman Waksler, please see http://www.blacklawrence.com/waksler.html

TEMPORARY PEOPLE at legendary Strand Bookstore in NYC

A Fable by Steven Gillis

TEMPORARY PEOPLE: A Fable by Steven Gillis

TEMPORARY PEOPLE by Steven Gillis is now available at Strand, legendary NYC bookstore.

Check it out:

http://www. strandbooks. com/app/www/p/profile/?isbn=0976899361

From Strand Bookstore:

“Steven Gillis teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the author of “Walter Falls”, “Giraffes” and “The Weight of Nothing”. Gillis’s “Temporary People” is a fable about a failed television actor, Teddy Lamb a.k.a. The General. Teddy Lamb has turned into a banana republic dictator of Bamerita, a Caribbean island that Teddy has turned into a large movie set. This fable is told through the voice of insurance salesman Andre Manfante, who believes that Teddyhas set out not to make a movie but to blur the edges of reality so that he can claim all acts of violence are mere make-believe. A stunningly original, cautionary tale for our present time. A stark warning for our post-9/11 world.

Or pick it up at Black Lawrence with a special fall deal:

http://www. blacklawrence. com/specials. html

TAR Named One of the Best On-line Literary Magazines

TAR named one of the best on-line literary magazines

Black Lawrence Press original publication The Adirondack Review, founded in April 2000, has been named one of the best on-line literary magazines by Every Writers Resource:


Steven Gillis reads from TEMPORARY PEOPLE (Video)

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Black Lawrence New York

This is old news we are transferring from our website, but nonetheless, it happened one summer…

Black Lawrence has moved! We are now located in New York City, but will always be grateful for the peaceful upstate surroundings that made the founding of a literary press especially wonderful. We are growing faster than we ever thought possible in such a short time, so moving to New York City, center of the publishing world, was just the right idea.