Official Release

Today marks the official publication date for the paperback and kindle editions of our latest title, Eckhard GerdesHow to Read! We're very excited about this book. Gerdes is a veteran author and the longtime editor-in-chief of Journal of Experimental Fiction. Here's the cover description and some blurbage:


For too long, our educational system has oversimplified the practice of reading while pretending that only one method works: Read as fast as you can, from beginning to end, in a straight line, without skipping anything. The fastest reader is the best reader and gets the gold star and the certificate for free ice cream! This, of course, punishes deliberate, careful students and booklovers who delight in the process and incorporate what they read into their everyday lives. The dominant method of reading works for simple linear texts, but it is by no means the only way to go about reading and excludes many other types of texts. In How to Read, veteran novelist, editor and educator Eckhard Gerdes reveals 81 different approaches for reading, opening up new horizons that restrictive educators have been blocking from view for far too long. This innovative guidebook will enrich the experience of textuality for young and old readers alike.

“Eckhard Gerdes has messed up my head—in the best way possible. I haven't been this dazzled by a book since Queneau's  Exercises in Style. How to Read will definitely shake things up.” Derek Pell, author of X-Texts and The Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion

Soyez rĂ©alistes, demandez l'impossible, goes the slogan scrawled across the Parisian walls in May 1968: Be realistic, ask the impossible. That's precisely what Eckhard Gerdes does on every page of his critifiction about how to read, which is to say about how to write, which is to say about how to rewrite, which is to say about how to un-write. It's ingenious, impossible revolution all the way down.” Lance Olsen, author of Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing

Preorders for How to Read

The kindle edition of Eckhard Gerdes How to Read is now available. If you're interested in innovation modes of readings texts—scores of innovative modes, in fact—this is your book.

How to Read

Our next title, Eckhard Gerdes' How to Read, an experimental textbook on innovative reading practices, will be published in October and is currently available for preorder.

Kindle Countdown Deal for The Irreal Reader

Beginning on March 25, there will be a Kindle Countdown Deal for The Irreal Reader. The price will begin at 99 cents and go up one dollar per day. Here's the schedule:

March 25 at 3 A.M. (PST)
$0.99

March 26 at 4 A.M.
$1.99

March 27 at 5 A.M.
$2.99

March 28 at 6 A.M.
$3.99

March 29 at 8 A.M.
$4.99

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of a true masterwork. The Irreal Reader is a collection of the best international stories and essays from the The Cafe Irreal

World Fantasy Award


Raw Dog Screaming Press and Guide Dog Books will be at the World Fantasy Convention this year. Here is a list of our 2013 publications that are eligible for the World Fantasy Award. Our latest publication, The Irreal Reader, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, is among them.

Goodreads Giveaway Complete

Congratulations to Karen Mikusak from Detroit, Michigan. She won a free paperback copy of The Irreal Reader: Fiction & Essays from The Cafe Irreal in Guide Dog Books' recent Goodreads giveaway. The Irreal Reader is currently available in paperback and Kindle formats.