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Why I Love Indies

If you’re planning a whitewater rafting trip down an alligator-infested lava flow without a life preserver, may I suggest you retain the manager of your local independent bookstore as a guide? In the world of books and publishing, few have been more buffeted by change and circumstance than your local “indie,” and if there’s one still standing in your neighborhood, I can pretty much guarantee its run by hard-working optimistic survivors with one potentially fatal weakness: they love books, and just won’t quit.

And thank goodness for that. Thirteen years ago, when Population 485 was released, it was hand-sold into existence by independent booksellers–but they just won’t quit.

How do I know?

Because thirteen years later, out of the blue, I get an email with proof that the indie crew is still out there, hand-selling every day:

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I don’t know why it’s back on the list. But I know it didn’t pop back up there on its own. Thank you, indies.

 

New Paperback Covers

Over the next year, Harper Perennial is re-releasing my paperbacks with new covers, each designed by the same artist who designed the cover of The Jesus Cow.

New cover art always elicits varying reactions, including from me, but in short, I’m grateful my publisher is doing this, as it is a way for all of my backlist to have a similar look, thus making it easier for new readers to identify them as a group despite their various subjects. Also, as I have learned over the past 20 years, change often leads to unexpected new opportunities.

First up is Population 485:

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The original cover of Population 485 will always be my favorite, in no small part because it was created by my dear friends John Shimon and Julie Lindemann, who have been an integral part of my work since the 1990s. As such, until they run out, we’ll be keeping some copies of the classic cover in stock here at the Sneezing Cow store. But we’ve also set up this fun deal: All orders for copies of the new edition will include an autographed copy of an early “Population 485” paperpack promotional postcard (which features the original cover art by Shimon Lindemann) signed by Mike.

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Population: 485. Miles: Who Knows.

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Thirteen years ago this book arrived at my house on Main Street in New Auburn. I took it on tour and haven’t stopped since. Still not stopping. But gonna retire this edition, park it within sight of my desk as a reminder of good fortune, good people, and the everlasting thicket of tangents.

Special thanks to “Nobbern” and the NAAFD, John and Julie for the cover, and the late editor Robert Jones, who called from New York City one day and said, “Michael the chapter on death is perfect…and the rest…can be fixed.”

Lonely Guy Music

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I was a bachelor for 39 years. Pretty poor batting record relationship-wise. Back around the time Population 485 came out, my friend Gene burned a series of CDs for me to play on book tour. I recently uncovered one of them in a dusty corner. As you can see by the cover Gene chef’d up he’s a physical therapist, not a graphic designer. But you can also see he possesses a pitiless sense of humor.

Track Listing:

Lonesome Day Blues — Bob Dylan

Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room — Dwight Yoakam

Long on Lonely — Randy Travis

High Lonesome Sound –Vince Gill

Walkin’ the Streets Alone — The Marshall Tucker Band

Alone So Far — Old 97’s

One and Only — Texas Tornados

Lonely Weekends — Tom Petty

Lonely Yukon Stars — Riders In the Sky

Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie — Riders in the Sky

Lonesome Valley — Fairfield Four

Solitude — Billie Holiday

It’s a Lonesome Old Town — Frank Sinatra

Only the Lonely — Frank Sinatra

I’ve Been Lonely for So Long — Frederick Knight

So Lonely — The Police

Co-Signing Population 485 for Eaux Claires

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News from the Eaux Claires music and arts festival: Justin Vernon and author Michael Perry co-sign 50 copies of Perry’s book, Population 485. “This book specifically and devastatingly defines the admiration and deep relationship I have for and with northwestern Wisconsin,” says Justin Vernon. Email Pop485@eauxclaires.com with a copy of your two-day ticket receipt and you will be entered for a chance to win one of these signed books! Festival site with additional photo and more details here.

Justin Vernon Signing Population 485

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News from the Eaux Claires music and arts festival: Justin Vernon and author Michael Perry co-sign 50 copies of Perry’s book, Population 485. “This book specifically and devastatingly defines the admiration and deep relationship I have for and with northwestern Wisconsin,” says Justin Vernon. Email Pop485@eauxclaires.com with a copy of your two-day ticket receipt and you will be entered for a chance to win one of these signed books! Festival site with additional photo and more details here.