McSWEENEY’S BOOK RELEASE CLUB AND McSWEENEY’S QUARTERLY COMBO SUBSCRIPTION
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Life is too short to worry about not having enough reading material. That’s why we’ve decided to combine two of our most popular longstanding subscriptions into one super-sized combo, bringing you no less than ten McSweeney’s publications—and one special tote—straight to your mailbox. You’ll get four issues of our ever-changing, always boundary-pushing National Magazine Award-winning literary journal McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, PLUS the next six titles from our books division, sent prior to or upon publication and bundled with special letters of introduction from the authors themselves. On their own, these books and quarterlies can retail anywhere from $16–$30, so this is truly a deal worth writing home about. And, like the cheesiest of infomercials, that’s not all! Combo subscribers will also be sent a beautiful green McSweeney’s tote immediately upon purchase.
Take a look at what you’ll have coming your way
McSweeney’s returns with our 61 issue, with a back-to-basics collection of the best literary material we can find. Featuring letters by Maria Bamford, Sally Wen Mao, and Melissa Febos; brand-new stories by Brandon Hobson and Salvador Plascencia; nine full-color comics by Jon McNaught; a housewares catalog for our dysphoric times by Gabrielle Bell; five pieces of posthumously translated microfiction by Argentine author Hebe Uhart; photography by Melissa Schriek; and a good deal more. A luxurious, leather-bound volume, with foil-stamped art by Sophy Hollington, you won’t be able to tear yourself away.
My Gaza: A City in Photographs by Jehad al-Saftawi
My Gaza offers a startling perspective on contemporary Gaza. Photographer Jehad al-Saftawi documents his life there up until his escape, in 2016. His eye is drawn to moments of humanity and tenderness that redefine this place beyond propaganda, beyond prevailing narratives. Through vivid images and captions—a gun to the head, an interrogation, a family in strife—al-Saftawi exposes a situation that cannot withstand further escalation.
Urgent and resolute, My Gaza is the first book of its kind, presenting photos of present-day Gaza by a Gazan journalist.
“Blistering portraits of a territory plagued by violence… atmospheric, visually moving.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
McSweeneys 62: The Queer Fiction Issue
McSweeney’s 62: The Queer Fiction Issue, collects absurd, bold, bleak, humorous, and astonishing works of fiction and art by queer writers of all orientations. Inside this luxurious hardcover, you’ll find stories about storm chasers and Colombian supermodels, about talking plants and DIY bands and camboys and encounters with the dead. Contributors include Bryan Washington, Eileen Myles, Kristen Arnett, Sarah Gerard, Juli Delgado Lopera, Gabby Bellot, Dennis Norris II, Emma Copley Eisenberg, K-Ming Chang, and many more. Guest-edited by Patty Yumi Cottrell, and filled to a surfeit with letters, stories, and dazzling full-color comics and art, you’ll be jealously hoarding this collection for decades to come.
The Game by Alessandro Barrico
Fourteen years after the publication of his cult classic I Barbari, Baricco returns in The Game to the topic of change, in a journey that maps out the transformations that the digital revolution has wrought upon the landscape of human experience. From Space Invaders to the PlayStation, from Windows 95 to the conundrum of artificial intelligence, Baricco traces the trajectory of a revolution in the way we think, feel, and communicate - and seeks to discover what it might actually mean for our future.
“Are our Big Tech overlords rewiring our brains? Do they know precisely how, or what the end result will be? Who can guide us through this territory with the appropriate mixture of slyness and sure-footedness, delight and terror, with subtle and jarring insights arriving at the rate of at least one per paragraph? The answers, respectively, are absolutely, absolutely not, and Alessandro Barrico.”
—The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz
We’ll follow these up with an innovative issue exploring the relationship between print and audio made in partnership with Radiotopia; A new work of nonfiction from Italian master Alessandro Baricco that looks at technology, games, and how we live now; lost classics of the African diaspora, and more collections, novels, and works of nonfiction of the kind of cutting-edge literary content readers of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern have come to expect for over two decades.
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—Catherine Lacey, McSweeney’s contributor and author of The Answers
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—Geoff Dyer, McSweeney’s contributor and author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, and Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
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IMPORTANT LOGISTICAL INFORMATION: All subscriptions placed before October 25 will begin with McSweeneys 61, and My Gaza. All subscriptions to McSweeney’s Quarterly automatically renew after four issues, at a reduced price of $75, while subscriptions to the McSweeney’s Book Release Club renew after six issues at a price of $95. 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 auto-renewal, you can log in to your account and adjust your subscription settings. Or, send an email to email@example.com with the subject lines ”End Quarterly Renew”, ”End BRC 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 the Quarterly Concern as a one-time gift, purchase a gift subscription here. Any subscription purchased with the “gift” option marked at checkout will not be enrolled in autorenew.
International shipping costs for the full ten-book combo subscription: $70