Taking two weeks off to do research in Europe, it seems, tends to upset one’s to-do list. The conference for writers that my wife and I run in New Orleans is nearly here, and we also have two books which we’re going to publish early next year. Above is the first book: Postcards from the Dead Letter Office, by Dawn Manning. It’s a collection of English language “tanka,” a Japanese form that is about twice as long as a haiku. Another possible definition, Manning suggests, is that a tanka is a haiku “with a person in it.” In this collection, she uses the tanka into a kind of travel writing, using the short form to capture stray moments on her journeys around the world.
The amazing cover image was handdrawn by the Malaysian artist, Andrea Tan, who I met years and years ago in Borneo. You should visit her store to see her other designs! I edited the book and designed the non-drawn parts.
We’re now waiting for the printer to send us the first batch of Advance Review Copies.