We here at Burnside Books can’t tell you how pleased we are that the Wild Goose organizers chose to hold their first West Coast iteration in our backyard. Though, by “backyard”, I suppose I mean “a two-hour drive south”. Corvallis is a pretty town, even if it houses only the second-best college football team in Oregon. (Go Ducks.)
We’re also happy that Wild Goose West coincides with Burnside Books’ first official release. We’ve been working diligently for the past year on sculpting our daring little indie publishing house. We’re now mere weeks away from the release of Thin Blue Smoke, a beautiful and engaging novel penned by journalist Doug Worgul. We can’t imagine a better book to start with, or a better place to launch than Wild Goose West. On top of being a highly compelling read, Thin Blue Smoke captures themes close to Wild Goose attendees’ hearts: community, beauty, story, and faith. It’s a novel I compare with David James Duncan’s The Brothers K and Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. It’s a novel we think you’ll love as much as we do, which is to say a great deal.
Since Wild Goose folks are the people we want to read our books, and since the Festival marks our initial foray into publishing, we figured a special promotion was in order.
For this week only, we’re offering electronic copies of Thin Blue Smoke for $3.99 on Nook and Kindle. We hope you’ll download it, read it, and spread the word, partly because we don’t have massive advertising budgets and word-of-mouth is the best kind of marketing anyway.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! We’ll also be giving away some copies of our print edition to new Twitter and Facebook followers. Click on those links, follow or like us, and we’ll be reaching out to some lucky folks during the Festival who will be some of the first to get their hands on our very exclusive first print run.
We hope you enjoy Wild Goose West as much as we’re sure we will, and we hope you’ll swing by our booth to say hello.
*This assumes it’s not raining right now, which is not at all outside the realm of possibility.