This year Stephen and I published The Untold Gaze, a, 11 x 11 fine art book featuring his paintings paired with short fiction by a terrific group of writers. We edited and designed the book together. It was a labor of love and such an exciting process. And loads of work. But so worth it. The book is being featured currently at Powell's Books and is available various places. You can find more info and order copies here.

 

The authors featured are:

 

Stephen Arndt, Liz Asch, Jude Brewer, Matty Byloos, Doug Chase, David Ciminello, Sean Davis, Monica Drake, Colin Farstad, Dian Greenwood, Sara Guest, Robert Hill, Lisa Kaser, Megan Kruse, Kathleen Lane, Margaret Malone, Kevin Meyer, Karen Munro, Whitney Otto, Michael Sage Ricci, Bradley K. Rosen, Sam Roxas-Chua, Stephen Rutledge, Edie Rylander, Liz Scott, Evelyn Sharenov, Tom Spanbauer, Scott Sparling, Laura Stanfill, Adam Strong, Vanessa Veselka, Suzy Vitello, and Lidia Yuknavitch

 

The latest Forest Avenue Press title is The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred. This book is doing really well and is currently on the Powell's Books "Great Gifts Under $25" holiday list.

 

I'm currently at work designing the cover for Forest Avenue Press' next book - and first ever memoir - This Particular Happiness by Jackie Shannon Hollis.

 

Other books I've recently designed covers for are Animals After Midnight by Jeff Johnson (Skyhorse Publishing), the third in Johnson's Darby Holland crime series, which is due out in February of 2019; Jenn Stroud Rossmann's The Place You're Supposed to Laugh (7.13 Books), which is out now; Melissa Duclos' Besotted (7.13 Books), which comes out March of next year, and Liz Scott's gorgeous memoir This Never Happened (University of Hell Press), due out next spring but pre-orders get you early shipment (meaning now).

 

 

My baby is still City of Weird.

 

City of Weird is thirty different weird and otherworldly tales about Portland, including, among other things:

 

1 giant killer sturgeon

1 half-decayed Russian water spirit

2 teen aged zombies

2 alien invasions—1 of the classic kind and one of the ravening slime mold variety

1 beer-can toting rampaging super- human Santa Claus

Newt creatures, mantis creatures, killer orcas

1 sentient, somewhat sex-starved volcano

1 gigantic octopus monster

1 semi sea monster

1 giant crack in the floor of the Max train

1000 lost things

1 secret underground biosphere

1 sky with all the blue stolen away

The krampus

Cavemen, blood-drinkers, men in black

A 500-plus year old wizard presiding over a miniature city

1 pet robot, 3 angels, 2 ghosts, 1 gorgon, 3 magical books, 1 aging vampire

And Alex Trebek

 

I can't say enough what a joy it was to curate this collection with these fantastic authors. The book is doing tremendously, which is a huge tribute to them, and to our publisher, Forest Avenue Press.

 

There's some more info, here.

 

 

Gigi Little's essays and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies including Portland Noir, Spent, and The Pacific Northwest Reader, and she's the editor of the collection City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales. She's also a freelance book cover designer and the staff designer for Forest Avenue Press. She works for Powell's Books and lives with her husband, fine artist Stephen O'Donnell, and a Chihuahua named Nicholas. In her earlier days, Gigi spent fifteen years in the circus as a lighting director and professional circus clown. She never took a pie to the face, but she’s a Rhodes Scholar in the art of losing her pants.


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