2014 = Amazing.

February 17, 2014

2014 marks our 5th anniversary, and we’re starting off the year in a big way – by taking on three new projects, each in a different genre, all to be released in May of this year. Without further ado, our 2014 projects are:

Poetry by Sarah Carson!
Fiction by Christopher Lowe!
Creative nonfiction by Davy Rothbart!

We’ll be releasing more information about these fabulous writers and their work in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we’re already hard at work editing, designing, and otherwise obsessing over every little detail. We’re also getting ready for the AWP Bookfair, which will be held at the Seattle Convention Center from February 27 through March 1. We’ll be at table M13. Hope to see you there!

We are beyond thrilled that we will once again be a part of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s premiere arts and crafts fair, now in its tenth year. We will be holding it down at table 96, back by the food and drink area, so please come and visit us! We will have more than a hundred unique journals and sketchbooks to pick from, perfect for holiday gifting, as well as some awesome book-themed seasonal decorations. This will be our third year at Handmade Arcade, so we already know it’s going to be amazing. No, not just amazing – AMAZING. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, you do not want to miss this. Trust us.

Handmade Arcade is FREE to attend and features over 150 artists and crafters from across the country. Note that parking is free in city garages, but not in the convention center garage. But luckily, there is a city garage just one block away!

Saturday, December 7th
11am to 7pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh
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Also, don’t forget that Your Attraction to Sharp Machines is currently available for pre-order. Books will be shipped on or before Monday, December 9, with plenty of time to arrive before Christmas. Here’s the link: buy it here!

Last spring we published Matthew Mahaney’s novella-in-verse, Your Attraction to Sharp Machines, which sold out very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that we decided to do a redesigned second edition!

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The second edition of Your Attraction to Sharp Machines presents a more traditional reading experience, in paperback, but with hand applied touches such as silver leaf and handsewn signatures. A limited number will be produced, so to secure your copy (or copies), you can preorder now though our new storefront at Square. Click here! The rest of our titles will also be going up in the coming days as we transition over from our old storefront.

Pre-orders will be shipped by Monday, December 9.

We’re Back!

August 28, 2013

by Allison Dushack & Kat Ree, Staff

We are back and better than ever! We have some new students on our team this year, including some returning students! Last year was a huge success with Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney (more info on a second run coming soon) and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. We are getting ready to start our year and go through this summer’s submissions, but for now, let us introduce to all of our staff members!

First, our returning staff: photo (2)

(from left to right) Autumn, Sydni, Zack, Rae, Sydney, Alyx, and Allison

And here are our newest staff members:

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Katherine

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Sarah

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And then of course, there’s our wonderful Managing Editor, Ms. Mulye! [Photo not available]

Check back soon – we’ll be keeping you up to date with everything that we have planned this year!

Click here to access our Google storefront, where you can now purchase Matthew Mahaney’s Your Attraction to Sharp Machines and broadsides featuring the poetry of Christine DeSimone. Supplies are limited, so act fast. Trust us, you want these poems in your life.

We’d also like to thank everyone who was able to make it to the official book release at LAVA earlier this week – we all had a blast! It’s been an intense year here at BatCat Press and we’re thankful to everyone for their continued support and interest in both our press and our amazing authors.

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After next week we’ll be dispersing for the summer. We’ll be back in August, refreshed and with new staff members. We’re so looking forward to next year, but first we need your help: send us your work! Our official reading period begins tomorrow, June 1st, and as always we’re looking for complete manuscripts in all genres and forms. For more details on submissions, click here.

…is happening today!

Your Attraction to Sharp Machines by Matthew Mahaney and broadsides featuring poems by Christine DeSimone will be released into the wild today and will be available online by June 3. We’ll post again with more information very soon, but in the meantime, have a look:

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Also, if you’re somewhere in western PA, come to the book release at Lincoln Park’s LAVA festival! 6pm, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, PA. Free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Merch Update!

April 9, 2013

Does “Merch Update” sound hip enough?

It turns out that we have this giant green bag choc-full* of beautiful, slimming, “obsidian black” BatCat t-shirts.  They’re perfect for any situation.  Going on a hot date? BatCat t-shirt.  Going on a safari? BatCat t-shirt.  Geocaching?  BatCat t-shirt.  Hula hooping?  BatCat t-shirt.  The possibilities are endless.

Even J.M.G sports one.

Even J.M.G sports one.

They’re selling for $15 ($18 with shipping).  They’ve got the infamous BatCat logo on the front, and they shamelessly plug our website on the back.  You can get one in our store: click right here. Scroll down in the store gadget to get to the shirts (sorry, we are not internet wizards and don’t know how to make it prettier).

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Grab ‘em while they’re hot (which they’ll always be, ’cause, ya know, look at them)!

*This is a pretty serious exaggeration, we only have a few at the moment.

By Liam McInerney and Nicole Andrasko

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The Little Room

The Little Room.  It’s where we store our book making supplies and magic talismans.  It’s an untold treasure trove of bookbinding goodies, plastic dinnerware, and, of course, Johnathan Michael Gnorack.

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Right now, our Little Room is very messy.  It’s so messy, in fact, that one cannot find anything, no matter how hard one looks.  Awls are in inkwells, paintbrushes are stuck to power drills, and it’s generally just in a terrible state of affairs.

BEFORE:

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The mess…

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THE MESS.

 

Thankfully, a few members of the staff volunteered to tidy the Little Room.  They tackled the hellish paper-scape and labelled as many despondent boxes as possible.  Ill-begotten, discarded bookbinding projects were filed away from sight.  The hand saw was separated from the dinnerware.  All the book board ended up in one place.  They even found a copy of “The Venetian’s Mistress.”

AFTER:

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The tidiness…

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THE TIDINESS!

 

Even J.M.G. looks happier.

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Well, okay, his expression doesn’t really change all that much…

 

 

 

Thanks!

March 13, 2013

Thanks to everyone who came by to visit us at the AWP bookfair in Boston. We had a delightful time and hope everyone else did as well. Don’t forget to friend us on Facebook! Just search for BatCat Press.

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Now we are hard at work designing our 2013 projects by Matthew Mahaney and Christine DeSimone. These will both be released at our annual LAVA festival at Lincoln Park, which will be held on May 28 and 29. Online ordering will be made available shortly after the festival.

Our 2013 submission period officially begins on June 1, but you are welcome to send along your manuscript at any time and we’ll add it to our queue. We go through submissions in the fall so wait times may be long and varied, but rest assured that we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can. For more submission information, click here. Edit: We’ve updated our submissions page! We’ve simplified things a bit, but shoot us an email if you have any questions.

For our second project of 2013, we’re trying something a little bit different. The project is currently codenamed Five and will be a series of poetry broadsides by Christine DeSimone of San Fransisco, CA. These limited edition broadsides will be available as a set and will debut at LAVA at the end of May.

We have one more project in the works that we will announce soon. In the meantime, come visit us at AWP – table J15. We’ll be bringing the goods!

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