The Third Annual Wild Onion Novella Contest, Judged by Tim Kinsella!


We're happy to announce that the third annual Wild Onion Novella Contest will be judged by Tim Kinsella. 

We are seeking novella submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words that exemplify the best of Curbside's style — work that is gritty, experimental, speculative, weird, humorous, or any compelling combination of the above. And as always, we're looking for diverse, extraordinary voices.

Tim Kinsella is the author of two novels, Let Go and Go On and On  (2014, Curbside Splendor) and The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (2011, Featherproof Books) and one book of non-fiction All Over and Over (2015, Joyful Noise / Featherproof Books). In 2014 he became the publisher and editor at Featherproof Books.

Since 1996 his band Joan of Arc and its related projects have released dozens of albums and they continue to tour internationally on a regular basis. He is a regular collaborator with the experimental theater group Every house has a door. In 2015 he was both the Artist-in-Residence at Joyful Noise Records and the Visiting Writer at Roosevelt University, as well as serving on the programming committee at Chicago Filmmakers. His life and creative work are the subjects of the Noisey / Vice feature documentary "Your War (I'm One of You).” 

Submissions will be accepted to our submittable page from October 15 to December 15. Previous winners include Joan Mycology for her debut novel Mycology and T. Sean Steele's Tacky Goblin. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Books, News

Halle Butler Nominated for Five Under 35!

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We’re thrilled to announce that Halle Butler has been named one of the National Book Foundation’s Five Under 35 for her first work, Jillian. 

The award goes to “debut fiction writers… whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” We can’t help but agree. Get the full story here and pick up a copy of Jillian in our online store here for only $9.99 on out online store throughout October!

Congratulations, Halle!

"[Jillian] offers up its characters for hatred and ridicule with such energy, obsessive detail and hopelessness that the reader can't help but read on, through exasperating flinches of sympathy and recognition. A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Butler’s aim is perfect, and her touch deft."
—Publishers Weekly

Book Reviews

Ars Botanica for your sanity


In a year full of political and social turmoil, it’s easy to forget some of the good things that have happened this year, such as all the amazing literature published. The folks at The Rumpus compiled a list of their favorite books so far, including Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica.

The Rumpus staff states, these are “the books that have kept us sane, challenged us to work harder and think bigger, and kept us dreaming and hopeful despite, well, everything else.”

We’re honored to have Ars Botanica included in this list and to help retain some sanity. We certainly need it now.


You can read the full list here!

Revise the Psalm review – The New York Times

We're proud to announce that Revise the Psalm has received a New York Times book review by Claudia Rankine, alongside The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press). This is our first NY Times review, and we're are all the more happy to have it be of this book in particular.

Rankine writes that Revise the Psalm is an "expansive response to Brooks . . . we get a keen sense of the poet and her fierce commitment to community engagement," and that "in their shared mission, [Revise the Psalm and The Golden Shovel Anthology] complement each other." 

The full review can be read here, and Revise the Psalm is available for purchase in our web store. We also encourage you to read The Golden Shovel Anthology, which can be purchased here.

We would like to extend our thanks to the New York Times, to our contributors, our editors Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, to you, our readers, and – of course – to Miss Brooks. 

Book Tours

Ars Botanica is Coming Soon!

We’ve been holding onto this gem for so long, and we can’t wait anymore to get it to you! While Ars Botanica  is officially being released July 25, you can preorder from our website to ensure your copy before it hits bookshelves.
Written as letters to his unborn child, Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica describes the infinite pleasures of falling in love — the small discoveries of each other's otherness, the crush of desire, the frightening closeness — and the terrifying impossibility of losing someone.
Publishers Weekly writes it’s "Part epistolary memoir and part emotive taxonomy of significant flora and fauna, the primary endeavor of this book, Taranto’s debut, is transformation: to wring from grief the shape and substance of art."

Catch Tim on tour:
July 21, 7:30 pm
Women and Children First, Chicago
with Suzanne Scanlon
July 24, 6 pm
A Room of One's Own, Madison
July 26, 7 pm
Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis
July 27, 6 pm
Prairie Lights, Iowa City           
July 31, 7 pm
Green Apple Books (Clement St. location), San Francisco
August 1, 8 pm
Stories Books, Los Angeles
with Barret Baumgart
August 2, 7 pm
Mother Foucault's, Portland
with Karen Russell

See You at Pitchfork!

We’ll be at Pitchfork Music Festival again this year as part of Book Fort.
Things are kicking off with the BK4T P4K Pre-Party 2K17  tomorrow, Thursday July 13 at 7pm.
Friday through Sunday, catch us slinging books (including new titles like Ars Botanica and Body Horror) at the Book Fort tent at Pitchfork in Union Park, Chicago.