Friday, June 26, 2009

Scorch Atlas is

Waited for UPS at my parents' house from 10 am to 530pm, trying to relax myself and could not. Finally decided to go for a run in the Georgia heat.

Ran 3 miles came back to find my dad standing on the edge of the street, where they've been ripping sod up to widen the road. A ridge of mud and soil.

Dad says, "They brought these 4 big boxes for you. Big boxes." He measures it out. "Boy they were heavy as hell."

I went inside and took the box back to the room where I stayed when the hurricane hit my apartment, sopping wet with sweat. I took my clothes off and opened the box.










I looked at the books a couple minutes then wrapped in a towel and took one down the hall to my mom. She told me congratulations and opened it also. I went outside and jumped in the pool. I jumped in at a good angle and stayed under as long as I could.

Scorch Atlas will be in stores in September from Featherproof.

42 comments:

Sabra Embury said...

That looks great, Blake. I'm curious.

Cari said...

Fantastic design. Looking forward to reading it. Congrats!

Lily Hoang said...

wow wow wow!! can i have one!?!

nathantyree said...

This looks beautiful

Adam R. said...

Freakin awesome.

Ken Baumann said...

ddddaaaaaannnnngggggggggggg

Dan Wickett said...

Did I read this wrong, or were you naked when you first saw your book? There seems something perfect about that but really only for you and Scorch Atlas, not other authors and their books.

Mel Bosworth said...

Outstanding, Blake. Congrats.

Molly Gaudry said...

Excellent . . .

Michael said...

Please tell me you put some clothes on before running downstairs to your mother.

Congratulations -- the cover is gorgeous.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks friendses

Catherine Lacey said...

YES.

Marc said...

that book looks soooo good

N A said...

Badass.

audri said...

fuck that is one handsome book. congratulatory words.

Shane Jones said...

my excitement for this book is a five star rating on goodreads.

Matt DeBenedictis said...

Cannot wait. My left leg is bouncing as I look at those pictures. Each book should come with a book of used matches.

Nathan said...

Utinni!

pb said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to get it.

Matthew said...

Shit, man. Congratulations. Absolutely absolute. Is there any way to get a hold of this before September? Through you or Featherproof or anything? I don't know if I can wait that long. I mean, because I have brain cancer and am going to die before September. I'm kidding but I'm that excited.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

more thankses to more friends

matthew, yes there are several sneaky ways

we will have them for sale on the dollar store tour if you are in any of these areas...

dollarstoretour.com

press copies are also abound if you think you might review it somewhere?

thanks friends, for real

davidpeak said...

Are you not coming to Chicago for the tour? Damn.

Do you have a gold box? I'll trade you my gold box for a copy of scorch atlas.

Drew Kalbach said...

looking forward to the book (beautiful design by the way) and the dollarstore stop in philadelphia.

1979 said...

I want I want I want

Please pick me to win the contest, even if it isn't fair. Otherwise I will order the book for money out of spite.

sam pink said...

congrats dude. people will like it

Keith said...

Holy shit that's ricockulous looking.

I can't wait to thumb it and strum it.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

i really appreciate people saying nice

BLAKE BUTLER said...

david, yeah, had to skip chicago, as it was 5 days before the next date, and i would have liked to just hang out in chicago for that long, but would have been hard... bummer

BLAKE BUTLER said...

i will, though, surely have a chicago book release party later this year, i believe

Michael Goroff said...

Does your bitch ass ever come to Cleveland?

Cleveland is a dead-zone.

Visit us in Akron instead.

Those pages are the cash $$$ f'real.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks michael, i would like to come to cleveland or thereabouts sometime for sure

Michael Goroff said...

Sweet.

Jon Cone said...

I can hardly wait. I've scorched my liver hands, in anticipation.

j. a. tyler said...

jesus. this looks fucking fantastic. looking forward to it.

BlogSloth said...

Dat be wicked now.

peter b. said...

fuck yeah

Kathryn said...

it looks really beautiful. congratulations!

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks ja sean peter and kathy :)

5c said...

CHOMPIN!

Justin Sirois said...

Wow, man.
Seriously wow.
(and I'm a designer and all).

Wow.

ben spivey said...

Looks great man, good read, looking forward.

Conor Robin Madigan said...

remember when you were like--hey, i wonder can I have this look like the book's old and used, like an almanac from farmers in Medina County?

Y'RE IT.