ILLUSTORIA + McSWEENEY’S COMBO SUBSCRIPTION

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“A key barometer of the literary climate.”
The New York Times on McSweeney’s Quarterly

“This is the kind of magazine you keep on your bookshelves with your favorite books.”
— Cece Bell, author of El Deafo, on Illustoria magazine


Whether a literal family in need of reading material to enjoy at the proverbial Sunday morning breakfast table, or an individual lover of both high-quality literature and the very best in children’s illustration, the Illustoria-McSweeney’s Quarterly Combo Subscription has something for every reader in your life.

Subscribe now to receive the next four issues of our always surprising, always redesigned, three-time National Magazine Award-winning literary journal, featuring the best fiction and nonfiction we can get our hands on, AND the next three issues of the beloved art and storytelling magazine for children and their grownups, celebrating visual storytelling, makers, and DIY culture through stories, art, comics, interviews, crafts, and activities, delivered right to your doorstep at an absolutely cannot-be-beat price.

With the sort of year we have planned, there’s never been a better time to subscribe. Here’s what we have up our collective sleeves next:

Illustoria #17: Senses
Dip, dive, revel, roam, and deeply immerse yourself in the visual, tasty, and sumptuous feast that is Illustoria #17: Senses. Peel back the cover, listen to the colors… and see for yourself!

Learn more about Michael DeForge in our cover artist interview, and meet guest curator Lauren Tamaki, who invited four new artists to envision their personal “Garden of Earthly Delights.” Cook up ideas for tactile adventures with Dog Chef, and hear Broccoli Guy talk about ways to enjoy rainbow carrots. Visit our DIY sensory corner for tips on crafting a calm mood, and listen to our playlist recommendations as you absorb and revel among these pages.

McSweeney’s 66
McSweeney’s National Magazine Award-winning quarterly brings you our first issue of 2022, an elegant paperback just waiting for you to peel back its pages and dig in. Featuring new stories by Stephen King, Taisia Kitaiskaia, Hernan Diaz, and T.C. Boyle, new translations of Soviet poet Anna Akhmatova, a full-color comic by Teddy Goldenberg, letters from Samantha Hunt and Kate Folk, and so much more. McSweeney’s 66 promises a rip-roaring time you won’t soon forget.

And then?
Keep an eye out in 2022 for more collections of the kind of cutting-edge literary content readers of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern have come to expect for over two decades, featuring bus driver poetry, mind-bending graphic novels, and more than we could possibly begin to describe here; PLUS issues of Illustoria centered around rainforests, cats and dogs, and more, guaranteed to thrill and delight readers of all ages.

IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: All subscriptions placed by June 1 will begin with McSweeney’s 66 as their first issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly and Issue 17: Senses as their first issue of Illustoria. All subscriptions to McSweeney’s Quarterly automatically renew after four issues, at a reduced price of $75, with Illustoria subscriptions automatically renewing after three issues at a price of $40. In the event of any future rate changes, we will notify you via email. If you’d like to cancel either subscription at any time prior to its renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust settings or send an email to custservice@mcsweeneys.net with the subject lines “End Quarterly Renew,” “End Illustoria Renew,” or “End Combo Renew” depending on your desires, or call (415) 642-5609. Refunds will be accepted only up until the first issue of your renewal is shipped. If you’d like to give just the Quarterly Concern as a one-time gift, purchase a gift subscription here. Any subscriptions bought with the “gift” box marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.

Praise for Illustoria

“[A] beautifully produced print magazine that invites young readers to revisit arresting pages again and again … Illustoria is a visual feast, with a focus on storytelling through art and literature. In addition to crafts and art projects, Illustoria presents stories through comics, and profiles illustrators, artists, and makers … [with] messages of compassion and inclusivity … bursting with creative ideas and inspiration.”
—“Our Favorite Gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds,” Wirecutter, The New York Times

“It’s a rewarding offering that I hope sticks around for many years down the line.”
—Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews, blogger of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

“[A] visually exciting magazine with a DIY attitude … offer[s] plentiful opportunities for engagement, while the quality artwork and inventive layouts are sure to inspire imaginative responses.”
School Library Journal

“Cover to cover, its content and aesthetics are smart, modern and engaging. Illustoria is a magazine I would’ve loved to have growing up.”
— Michelle Sterling, Avery & Augustine

Praise for McSweeney’s Quarterly

“Ever shape-shifting and ambitious, McSweeney’s has redefined what a literary institution can be. Their commitment to publishing strong, strange voices and stories from the periphery has always been an inspiration and I’m always excited to see what they’ll do next.”
—Catherine Lacey, McSweeney’s contributor and author of The Answers

McSweeney’s is so much more than a magazine; it’s a vital part of our culture.”
—Geoff Dyer, McSweeney’s contributor and author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

“Some magazines are comfort reads. We turn to them because we can almost predict, issue to issue, what and even who will appear in them. But others, like McSweeney’s, are challenge reads. They’re feverishly inventive, discomfortingly surprising, and therefore among the best reminders that we are actually alive. I love shouting at McSweeney’s, laughing with it, and rolling my eyes at myself while the magazine reads me like a deceptively perceptive carnival psychic.”
—John D’Agata, The Believer contributor and author of Halls of Fame and About a Mountain

“I’m incredibly grateful for the existence of McSweeney’s. Its embrace of world literature is completely unique, lucid, knowing and indispensable.”
—Francisco Goldman, McSweeney’s contributor and acclaimed author of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle and The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?

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