A Greater Monster named to two top 10 lists

By on January 5th, 2013
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A Greater Monster was named as one of the Top 10 Books of 2012 by Common Ills Blog as voted by members.

“… Beth championed it near weekly in her column for the gina and krista round-robin. It is a jigsaw of writing and you find yourself falling down the rabbit hole. ‘A book to ponder and to read for the sheer life on the page,’ Beth observed.

It was also called one of “10 books every Chicagoan needs to read right now” and highlighted on Refinery29.com.

Signing on Sunday Dec 09 at Chicago Writer’s House Book Fair

By on December 8th, 2012
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I’ll be at the Empty Bottle from 3- 4pm with my publisher for The Kickstarter Letters on Sunday. I’ll be signing copies of A Greater Monster and Death by Zamboni. There may be one or two copies of The Kickstarter Letters available as well. It should be a great event, so please come down.

Chicago Writer’s House Book Fair

Chicago Writers House with the support of Curbside Splendor Publishing and The Chicagoan present a book-fair at The Empty Bottle Sunday December 9 from 2pm to 7pm. The bar will be open, there will be music, and a cross-section of Chicago independent publishers will be on hand showcasing their lovely books and journals. Live performances throughout the day to be announced. Come support Chicago’s thriving independent publishing and writing community and get some holiday shopping done.

Empty Bottle (best indie music venue in Chicago, fyi)
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-276-3600

Tickets to the event are here.

Review in The Chicagoist

By on December 7th, 2012
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12/7/12 A great review appeared in The Chicagoist for A Greater Monster.

Some highlights: “This is a psychedelic-Burroughs-dream and an aggravated-Lewis-Carroll-nightmare, a world in which we must continuously re-adjust our bearings….The brilliance of his imagination aside, we must also consider that this novel is a lot to absorb….Yes, the novel is difficult to read at times. Yes, you will have to read certain passages more than once and often read them in various ways. Of course, your face will start to hurt from the perplexed look you’ll be wearing over the duration of the book. However, you will be refreshed with new characters and situations every few pages–all of which will be other-worldly. You will stumble onto sparks, which will snowball into a catharsis more than once. Most of all, you will be challenged as both a reader and a thinker. If the pros outweigh the cons for you, then David David Katzman might just be your new favorite author.”

New book launched on Kickstarter – available until 11/21 @ 9:27am

By on October 23rd, 2012
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Visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daviddavid/the-kickstarter-letters-a-handmade-and-illustrated to watch the entertaining video I created to introduce you to my third book, The Kickstarter Letters.

The Kickstarter Letters is collection of 52 letters I wrote to the supporters of my A Greater Monster Kickstarter project featuring 20 illustrations, a music playlist and a fantastic cover by Mike Wilgus. It’s available as a limited edition, handmade hardback edition–signed and number–and as an ebook. Please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daviddavid/the-kickstarter-letters-a-handmade-and-illustrated for details. The handmade edition, which will retail for $40 after the project ends, is available for $25.

Shortened URL version, handy for tweeting: http://bit.ly/KICKLETTERS

Newcity (print) and Bookcast (audio) interviews live

By on September 5th, 2012
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I was interviewed by Lara Levitan a writer for Newcity, Chicago’s oldest arts weekly newspaper, which appeared in the August 30, 2012 print edition and on the web here. I was also interviewed for Bookcast by Bill Thompson who is a radio journalist currently on the air on a major station in Washington, D.C. He also worked for the Associated Press Radio Network, USA Today SkyRadio, and Voice of America. That interview can be listened to on his website here.