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Black Balloon Publishing is a critically acclaimed independent press headquartered in New York, NY. Our books have been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, Bon Appetit, Esquire, and on All Things Considered, among others. Our books are risky but not gimmicky, whimsical but never light, intelligent but not precious. We publish new voices and familiar ones, and our list ranges from illustrated fiction to creative nonfiction, memoir to literature in translation. Have a question or concern? Shoot us an email at [email protected].

"After I left him, I stopped wearing long sleeves. I stopped offering abridged versions of myself. He had never asked me...
10/22/2019
I Tried To Save My Dying Relationship With 12 Pounds Of Dead Pig

"After I left him, I stopped wearing long sleeves. I stopped offering abridged versions of myself. He had never asked me to do that. But he taught me how to stop," writes author Melissa Febos in her stunning and heartbreaking essay featured in the anthology Eat Joy, out on October 29th. BuzzFeed excerpts it here:

If I could master those fifteen pounds of meat so outside the realm of my own tastes, maybe I could stay inside a life that didn’t quite fit, writes Melissa Febos in an excerpt from Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers.

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced lattes, piles of crunchy leaves, and seeking comfort food on chilly nights. Eat Joy i...
10/05/2019
13 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in October

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced lattes, piles of crunchy leaves, and seeking comfort food on chilly nights. Eat Joy is more than a cookbook. Edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, this coobook features stunning illustrations and essays by some of your favorite authors, including Carmen Maria Machado, Claire Messud, Lev Grossman, and many others. PureWow calls Eat Joy one of the "13 Books to Read in October", and with the holidays around the corner, I suggest that you buy two copies because your friends and family are bound to "borrow" it: http://bit.ly/2mDWdh9

Covering comfort food, surprise pregnancies, female rage and more these are some of October’s best new books.

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced lattes, piles of crunchy leaves, and seeking comfort food on chilly nights. Eat Joy i...
10/01/2019
13 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in October

'Tis the season for pumpkin spiced lattes, piles of crunchy leaves, and seeking comfort food on chilly nights. Eat Joy is more than a cookbook. Edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, this coobook features stunning illustrations and essays by some of your favorite authors, including Carmen Maria Machado, Claire Messud, Lev Grossman, and many others. PureWow calls Eat Joy one of the "13 Books to Read in October", and with the holidays around the corner, I suggest that you buy two copies because your friends and family are bound to "borrow" it: http://bit.ly/2mDWdh9

Covering comfort food, surprise pregnancies, female rage and more these are some of October’s best new books.

Catapult
07/19/2019
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"VERDICT: This book is a feast for avid lit lovers and foodies alike."

Check that 🤩 review for our forthcoming EAT JOY in Library Journal!

We're putting out the call for one full time and one part time intern in our New York office, both paid. Spread the word...
05/23/2019
Catapult Community | Intern with Catapult in NYC!

We're putting out the call for one full time and one part time intern in our New York office, both paid. Spread the word!

People of color, LGBTQIA people, and disabled people are especially encouraged to apply.
Yes we mean you!

by catapultbooks. Intern with Catapult in NYC! Apply to be a full-time publishing intern or a...

Soft Skull is hiring an Editorial Assistant for the New York office!
05/14/2019
Soft Skull Press

Soft Skull is hiring an Editorial Assistant for the New York office!

Spread the word: we're looking for an Editorial Assistant to join us in our New York office.
People of color, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Help us make good stuff, maybe.
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Incredible essay here from Maryse Meijer in Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) on Andrea Dworkin, Mr. Rogers, and sex be...
04/23/2019
How to F**k Your Neighbor - Los Angeles Review of Books

Incredible essay here from Maryse Meijer in Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) on Andrea Dworkin, Mr. Rogers, and sex beyond patriarchy.

What Mr. Rogers can teach us about the radical feminism of Andrea Dworkin.

Were looking for free-lance copyeditors and proofreaders to ad to our roster . If this post made you wince outof your sk...
03/19/2019
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Were looking for free-lance copyeditors and proofreaders to ad to our roster . If this post made you wince outof your skin drop us an email!

https://www.pw.org/job_listing/freelance_copyeditors_and_proofreaders

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

We're looking for an Accounting Assistant to work out of our Berkeley office. Help us make great things with the power o...
02/11/2019
Publishers Lunch Job Board: Accounting Assistant (#23221)

We're looking for an Accounting Assistant to work out of our Berkeley office.
Help us make great things with the power of... SPREADSHEETS!

People of color, LGBTQIA people, and disabled people are especially encouraged to apply.

Position: Accounting Assistant (Full Time) | Offered by: Counterpoint, Catapult, and Soft Skull Press (Berkeley, CA) | posted: Jan. 28, 2019

"Reading Riddance is an experience in being haunted, not by ghosts per se, but by the growing sense that writing itself ...
12/20/2018
As a Writer, You’re Already Dead – Electric Literature

"Reading Riddance is an experience in being haunted, not by ghosts per se, but by the growing sense that writing itself is a haunted enterprise."

Erin Bartnett spoke to Shelley Jackson for Electric Literature.

Shelley Jackson, author of “Riddance,” on the dead words that haunt her writing

This sale wraps TODAY! Get a great discount on all of our books, including our recent RIDDANCE and NORTHWOOD!
12/17/2018

This sale wraps TODAY! Get a great discount on all of our books, including our recent RIDDANCE and NORTHWOOD!

Today is the LAST DAY to take advantage of our holiday sale! ALL BOOKS are 25% off with FREE priority shipping! Get yours! bit.ly/CATAPULTBOOKS

"This is a visceral book, announcing itself as such early on with passages like 'the foxes f**king their way through the...
12/12/2018
The Familiar and the Wild: Notes on Maryse Meijer’s “Northwood”

"This is a visceral book, announcing itself as such early on with passages like 'the foxes f**king their way through the evenings/ their screams so human it chilled me,/ high slaughterhouse sound'"

Tobias Carroll reads Maryse Meijer's NORTHWOOD for Volume 1 Brooklyn.

It’s been several weeks since I first read Maryse Meijer’s Northwood, and I’m still sorting out how best to classify it. For the record, I mean that in the “this is a feature, not a bug” kind of wa…

"Riddance does the impossible, communicating in written language those mysteries and wonders so deep and unknown they ar...
12/06/2018

"Riddance does the impossible, communicating in written language those mysteries and wonders so deep and unknown they are utterly unutterable."

Samantha Hunt recommends RIDDANCE in her The Millions Year in Reading!

I love this.
11/16/2018
Catapult

I love this.

“Fairy tales and all of these stories we have about what it means to fall in love, a lot of it is about consumption, about consuming each other. And the person being consumed is a woman.”

A fantastic interview with Maryse Meijer about her NORTHWOOD in The Boston Globe.

Don't miss Maryse reading at Harvard Book Store on Monday!

Catapult
11/08/2018

Catapult

Thanks to everyone who made it out for a fantastic event with Maryse Meijer at McNally Jackson Books last night!

For Largehearted Boy Maryse Meijer picked her playlist for Northwood and, no surprise, it's incredible. Including Aldous...
11/06/2018
Largehearted Boy: Maryse Meijer's Playlist for Her Novella "Northwood"

For Largehearted Boy Maryse Meijer picked her playlist for Northwood and, no surprise, it's incredible. Including Aldous Harding, Antony and the Johnsons and Xiu Xiu!

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Catapult
11/06/2018

Catapult

Northwood is here and it's incredible. You need this one in your life.

Catapult
11/06/2018

Catapult

Happy publication day to Maryse Meijer! Her "blissful and broken" NORTHWOOD is in stores today!

Northwood is coming.
11/01/2018

Northwood is coming.

Maryse Meijer has written something really special.
10/19/2018

Maryse Meijer has written something really special.

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10/17/2018

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Shelley Jackson's RIDDANCE hits the New York Magazine matrix at Highbrow/Brilliant! https://nym.ag/2yIIR5q
10/16/2018

Shelley Jackson's RIDDANCE hits the New York Magazine matrix at Highbrow/Brilliant!
https://nym.ag/2yIIR5q

The Briar Patch
10/16/2018

The Briar Patch

Eleven-year-old Jane Grandison, tormented by her stutter, is headed to a school that seems to be a sanctuary for children seeking to cure their speech impediments. But inspired by her haunted and tragic childhood, the Headmistress has other ideas. RIDDANCE; OR, THE SYBIL JOINES VOCATIONAL SCHOOL FOR GHOST SPEAKERS & HEARING-MOUTH CHILDREN by Shelley Jackson is set in the overlapping worlds of the living and the dead and told through theoretical writings in necrophysics, the Headmistress’s dispatches from the land of the dead, and Jane’s evolving life as Joines’s new stenographer and central figure in the Vocational School’s mysterious present, as well as its future.

Fun to see NORTHWOOD read in this context. Tor.com looks at it as "a genre-bending hybrid horror story that riffs on myt...
10/16/2018
Eight SFF Stories Written in Verse

Fun to see NORTHWOOD read in this context. Tor.com looks at it as "a genre-bending hybrid horror story that riffs on myths and classic fairy tales as it unfolds in short passages and verse."

Sometimes there is a tale so epic, so lyrical, so otherworldly that plain old prose can’t do it justice! That is when serious writers break out the verse. We’ve collected eight books—so…

Catapult
10/16/2018

Catapult

Happy pub day to the incomparable Shelley Jackson! Her RIDDANCE; or, The Sybil Joines Vocational School for Ghost Speakers & Hearing-Mouth Children is in stores today!

The first new novel in twelve years from Half Life author Shelley Jackson, Riddance is a disquieting supernatural investigation into life after death.

It's a book that will haunt you long after you finally put it down.

Catapult
10/11/2018
Catapult

Catapult

Nice to see Shelley Jackson's RIDDANCE featured in Poets & Writers Page One look at new and noteworthy books.

Awesome. Boris Kachka chooses RIDDANCE as one of the best books of October for Vulture—"[A] brainy but ultimately tender...
10/03/2018
8 New Books You Should Read This October

Awesome. Boris Kachka chooses RIDDANCE as one of the best books of October for Vulture—"[A] brainy but ultimately tender mystery, spinning around a fascinatingly deluded headmistress who thinks stuttering children can channel the dead."

Gothic novels, baseball biographies, and more.

A fantastic prepub review for NORTHWOOD from Publishers Weekly!
09/24/2018
Catapult

A fantastic prepub review for NORTHWOOD from Publishers Weekly!

Maryse Meijer's NORTHWOOD earns a fantastic early review from Publishers Weekly!

“Meijer follows an overwhelming affair and its long reach in this evocative work, constructed as a blend of poems and brief, disconnected snippets . . . Passages crackle with breathtakingly fresh images . . . This challenging but beautiful work will compel readers to fit together the pieces of the protagonist’s lingering trauma.” —Publishers Weekly

"Northwood’s mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it ...
09/21/2018

"Northwood’s mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it in one breath." —Samantha Hunt

Northwood is coming. November 6th.

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Read the old article about Ludacris's use of the anti-simile on airship.com . Great stuff. All the best.
Just so excited to have you all reading along!
How do you submit a manuscript to Black Balloon Press? You give no information on your website.
THE 2018 SHORTLIST - We are thrilled to unveil the final 6 titles that make up this year's Swansea University Intl. Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist. Which of these young authors will scoop the £30,000 prize on May 10th? #IDTP18 http://bit.ly/IDTP18Shortlist Congratulations to the authors - Kayo Chingonyi, Carmen Maria Machado, Gwendoline Riley, Sally Rooney, Emily Ruskovich & Gabriel Tallent, And their respective publishers - Vintage Books, Chatto and Windus, Serpent's Tail, Graywolf Press, Granta Books, Faber & Faber Books, 4th Estate Books & Riverhead Books,
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