Beyond the Front Tables: Curbside Splendor Publishing

Welcome, my beloved fellow readers!

How has your reading shaped up over the past month? I know I have built quite the scary reads TBR thanks to Halloween recommendation lists! I also spent some time exploring some of my favorite presses and I have another wonderful one to share with you today.

Small Press: Curbside Splendor Publishing

I stumbled across Curbside Splendor in one of my favorite places to find presses: The Twitterverse. After browsing their catalog and making a large list of books to order, I finally settled on a few titles by Amber Sparks to dip my toes into the Curbside pool of awesome.

One thing I love about Curbside Splendor is their origin story, shared within their mission statement:

Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s in an apartment in Urbana, Illinois. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-founded as an independent press in the fall of 2009. We’re located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices and work that is deeply rooted in the Midwest.

I was born and raised in the Midwest so this publisher already has a spot in my heart and they are putting out some amazing fiction, especially women.

Title I read and loved: May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks

Format: Physical book I purchased.

Length: 153 pages

Book description (from the publisher’s website): “May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world’s most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds.”

It is no secret I am a huge fan of short story collections. For me, collections are my gateway drug into an author. If I love what they can do with a short story, I am willing to give any length they write a try. After reading this collection, Amber Sparks has a new fan for life (I have her newest collection on pre-order). These stories were varied in style and content so I never knew what a page turn might bring. I loved the fable type stories and her writing style managed to carry a different narrative voice into each piece. Pure joy.

DesertPlacesCoverTitle I am looking forward to next: The Desert Places by Amber Sparks & Robert Kloss, illustrated by Matt Kish

Format: Physical book I purchased.

Length: 87 pages

Book description (from the publisher’s website): “The Desert Places is a pocket-sized edition of a hybrid text by Amber Sparks and Robert Kloss that explores the evolution of evil in worlds both seen and unseen and features full-color illustrations by Matt Kish, illustrator of the critically acclaimed Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page.”

I am all in on anything Amber Sparks now, but add exploring evil and I am sold! This book is small but it looks mighty. The illustrations are incredible and I look forward to inhaling this little gem very soon.

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I hope you find something juicy to enjoy from Curbside Splendor Publishing! Until next time happy readers, go forth and always remember to search Beyond the Front Tables.