Newspaper Blackout on-sale date: April 2010!
Official press release:
HARPERCOLLINS TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT POEMS
July 8—HarperCollins has signed Austin Kleon to write a collection of his popular Newspaper Blackout Poems for a book due from Harper Paperbacks in February 2010. Instead of starting with a blank page, the Austin-based writer and cartoonist picks up a newspaper and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need. Kleon’s poems, which he began posting on his popular blog, have been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and in Toronto’s National Post, and have been widely linked to on the internet.
This has been in the works for a couple of months, and it’s KILLED me not to be able to share it with y’all. But now you know. Couple of thoughts:
- The book is going to be made up of completely new, never-before-seen poems.
Although it isn’t out until Sept. 2009, the manuscript is due by the new year, so I’m going to be incredibly busy for the rest of the year making poems The new on-sale date is February 9, 2010.The on-sale date is April 13, 2010 from Harper Perennial. While I won’t be posting new poems for the next six months, there’s still going to be a lot of activity here on the blog. In August, I’ll have more details about the contest. (So get out your newspapers and start practicing!)Check the blog every week for new poems!
- Obviously, this is huge, and Meg and I are really excited about the opportunity. But, to paraphrase Hugh MacLeod: I’m keeping my day job. The book might sell big, might not. In the meantime, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing: writing, drawing, and blogging.
As always, thanks so much to all of you who read the poems, comment, and link to them. If it weren’t for you and your support, I would have given up what started out as just a writing exercise a long time ago.
Wow! Congrats! This is a very weird feeling looking back on how I stumbled on this blog a few years back via Mad Ink Beard and it seemed like a little intimate conversation with a few like minded folks and now it just keeps getting bigger and bigger!
I’ll buy a copy for sure :)
James Francis Flynn says
Fuck yeah, man! Congratulations of the highest order!
Congratulations!! Very exciting!
I am so practicing for the contest.
WAY TO GO AUSTIN!!!
I guess I’d better be gettin’ to check out my supply of
usable Sharpies! ;-)
Mark Larson says
Hoooooooooooooooooly crap! Can I pre-order like, now?
Adam Norwood says
Congrats, my friend! That’s awesome news.
Okay, this is bringing me out of lurkerdom! I’ve been a loyal follower of your blog for a while: you introduced me to Lynda Barry, for which I will be grateful forever and ever and ever, and I love your work : especially your newspaper blackout poems…
Daniel Vega says
Congrats Austin! If it hits big you can take us out for a big ‘Friday Lunch’ celebration ;)
Oh, that’s wonderful! Congratulations!
Wow – that will be one unique book of poems. Are you going to do anything special for the cover / layout?
Uncle Jeff (and Aunt Connie) says
I’m so happy to hear the news. Actually, your mom just called to tell us, but as you know, I’ve been a fan of your work since I first checked out your site. Can’t wait for the book.
Wow, you’ve made the big time. I’m thoroughly impressed and giddy for you, buddy. And, of course, I plan to submit my own blackout poems for this book — I’m gonna try my damnedest to ride your coattails!
Quite the accomplishment. Best of luck with the work ahead.
Maybe you’ll find some inspiration in this, that Todd found: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/07/table-of-contents-creative-and-beautiful-examples/
Matt Bell says
Congratulations, Austin! That’s great news!
Congrats, man. I’ve been enjoying the blackout poems for some time now, and there’s no doubt they need a wider audience!
Austin Kleon says
Oh wow…thanks, everybody! Y’all are the best.
My Good Buddy!
Your talent has been excellent and inspirational to me as long as I’ve known you. Hard work always pays off.
Congratulations and cheers to you, my friend!
2009: Kleon takes the literature world by storm!
2010: “Patch” follow-up makes Earth’s knees weak!
Huge . . . immense . . . epoch-making.
Tim Godek says
Big news! That’s great. Congratulations!!
Bill Keaggy says
Peter Gaultney says
Hey, that’s excellent! I don’t usually buy a whole lot of books, but I’d say this one has a better-than-average chance of ending up on my bookshelf (if I ever have a bookshelf in a year). Congratulations, and I hope you manage to fill the book with poems half as interesting as the ones I’ve seen so far.
Oh, come to think of it…I’ve gotta admit that I really like the drawing + poem ones, like the alien one. If you can squeeze a few of those in there, that’d really be excellent.
Fantastic news, Austin!
Good job Austin!!! That’s so Awesome!!! Hope to come visit you and Meg soon!! :]
Way to go Son!
I’m very proud of you.
Andreas Matern says
Congratulations! How did the book deal come about? Did they contact you?
Congratulations man! That’s really great. I love your poems and they definitely should be published.
This is fantastic news! I read your site all the time, and I think you certainly deserve to have your awesome work in print. Congrats!
MeGo (Melissa Gould) says
You do brilliant work! I look forward to the book. Congratulations!
Hey buddy…I somehow stumbled across a link to your website that came up as one of those facebook ads (which I usually never click but I saw your name and did a double take). Anyway, just wanted to congratulate you on the book deal, that is great stuff and I look forward to buying a copy. Congrats man!