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Imagine that you are walking Portland's Congress Street with the Gentlemen of the Club on a bright fall day when Mr. Eagleton pauses at the window of a favorite book-seller. Mr. Ephram suggests that you all go in. And Mr. Thump first spies the striking cover to a brand new literary journal – The American Zig-Zag – which (in the fashion of the day) offers short stories ranging from the comic to the poignant to the suspenseful, poetry, essays, cartoons, and even music and lyrics – and all illustrated (in the fashion of the day) by a host of fine artists.
Van Reid's picaresque novels about 19th Century Maine have garnered warm reviews (including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and loyal fans with their unique mixture of adventure, romance, and laugh-out-loud humor. Now he returns with this inaugural "Zig-Zag" across the Americas – with six of his own short stories that veer geographically from the Portland waterfront to the Chicago stockyards, from the wilds of Manitoba to a lonely chain of islands off the coast of Brazil and ranging in tone from the suspenseful to the comic.
In the grand tradition of 19th century journals, he has recruited talented poets, humorists, and musicians to bring even more weight and variety to the proceedings – And also ten fine artists to illustrate the resulting stories, poems, cartoons, and essays – All with the express purpose of hearkening to an earlier era of American journals that delights and entertains! - Reviews -
On the back cover reads the following:
The American Zig-Zag: Volume One (Soft Cover), 192 pages, $12.00 each plus $2.98 total postage (USPS media mail in USA – please contact us for other shipping options) for any quantity to the same address. Maine residents please add 5% sales tax. Libraries and Schools: please contact us for discount pricing.
Mail a check or money order to the Moosepath Press (address here), or pay with a credit card using our PayPal shopping cart: (You do not need a PayPal account.)
While supplies last, we are offering to anyone who buys a copy of The American Zig-Zag a signed, hardcover edition of Van Reid's first Moosepath League book – Cordelia Underwood, or the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League (normally $24.00) for an additional $12.00 only! So a copy of The American Zig-Zag with a signed hardcover copy of Cordelia Underwood is $24.00 for both and the postage is still only $2.98 (USPS media mail in USA – please contact us for other shipping options)! Maine residents please add 5% sales tax.
Mail a check or money order to the Moosepath Press (address here), or pay with a credit card using our PayPal shopping cart: (You do not need a PayPal account)