When I included Scott McClanahan’s Stories V! on my list of favorite books from 2011, I mentioned that he might be one of the great Southern storytellers of our time. I think an important component in his greatness is how he doesn’t seem to stop putting out books.
Sometime in the spring, Tyrant Books will release his latest, Hill William. What will it be about? No clue. We’re excited regardless, and now we’re double excited because it has been announced that next year he’s got another book already lined up on another of our favorite indies. Via Publishers Weekly:
Eric Obenauf, at the Columbus, Ohio, indie Two Dollar Radio, bought world rights to Scott McClanahan’s memoir, Crapalachia. McClanahan, who did not use an agent in the deal, has had his work appear in magazines like Bomb and Vice; he has a novel, Hill William, coming out from Tyrant Books this year. Obenauf said the memoir—it chronicles the author’s late teen years in West Virginia living with his grandmother and uncle, who had cerebral palsy—“interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing a powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.” Crapalachia is scheduled for March 2013.
So there you have it. Go ahead and buy all of McClanahan’s books so you can catch up in time for Hill William and Crapalachia. Also, read this interview he recently did with his new publisher.