Fight for Your Long Day, the original adjunct novel, won the 2011 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 2016, it was reprinted as a corrected Classroom Edition by Hard Ball Press, and my second novel, Auggie's Revenge, was released by Beating Windward Press. In 2015, summer e-singles "Frade Killed Ellen" (Dutch Kills Press) and "Turquoise Truck" (Mendicant Bookworks) were published. Please see my author pages at Amazon or Goodreads for more information.
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Auggie's Revenge at Beating Windward Press
Beating Windward Press to Publish Alex
Kudera’s Tragicomic Novel Illustrating
Precarious Times for College Adjuncts and Contract-Wage America.
UPDATED JANUARY 19, 2016: As the issue of destitute adjunct
professors breaks into the mainstream with articles appearing in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Salon, and The New Republic, Beating Windward is
excited to publish Alex Kudera’s second adjunct novel, AUGGIE’S REVENGE this
AUGGIE’S REVENGE is a satiric crime novel packed with small cons, betrayals,
vigilante justice, stolen vegetables, and clandestine romance. Michael
Vittinger is an adjunct philosophy instructor on his last contract and
searching for a life worth living. Disenchanted with academia, he finds himself
drifting into late-night supermarket friendship with Auggie, a man on the make,
and Jonny November, a one-legged grifter who is Auggie's protector-mentor, of
sorts. As the economic recession drags on and the marks dry up, the three plot
to murder Auggie's abusive stepfather and divide Auggie’s rightful inheritance among them.
At 75,000 words, AUGGIE’S REVENGE offers
a fast-paced thriller while illustrating some of the critical labor issues of
Alex Kudera is a Philadelphia native who teaches contemporary
literature at Clemson University in South Carolina. His debut novel, FIGHT FOR
YOUR LONG DAY (Atticus Books) won the 2011 Independent Publishers Gold Medal
for Best Fiction from the Mid-Atlantic Region. Reviews and interviews can be
found in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, Inside Higher Ed, The Southeast Review, and other locations.
Beating Windward Press is an independent publisher of novels, short
story collections, and non-fiction. They are based in Orlando, Florida and
produce 4 to 6 titles a year. Their books reflect the individual tastes of the
small staff - mostly mainstream fiction with a literary edge. Print books are
distributed internationally through Ingram; E-books are distributed in all
e-reader formats through VitalSource and Smashwords. Matt Peters established
Beating Windward Press in 2011. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the
University of New Orleans.
L.U.S.K. is excited to feature a guest post from Aisha O'Connor-Fratus, writer, editor, parent, and blogger at Hell's Domestic Backside. Enjoy this list of Aisha's ten favorite Russian novels: 1. Anna Karenina
(Lev Tolstoy, 1873 to 1877). Anna is rich and bored. Anna hates the way her
husband chews his food. Count Vronsky—played by Christopher Reeve, so handsome)
sweeps Anna off her feet! But things do not end well for Anna. 2. The Brothers
Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880). Not about a traveling circus acrobatic
troupe. Its sweeping explorations of God, free agency, and morality are
timeless and haunting. My favorite part is Ivan’s reciting of the poem “The
Grand Inquisitor” in which Christ is resurrected during the Spanish
Inquisition. 3. Crime and
Punishment (Dostoevsky, 1866). Life-long graduate student Rodion
Raskolnikov tries to justify an unspeakably immoral act with eugenics and hey—a
guy needs to eat. 4. Rudin (Ivan
Turgenev, 1856). Dmitry Rudin talks the talk, but…
Iain Levison's Dog Eats Dog was published in October, 2008 by Bitter Lemon Press and his even newer novel How to Rob an Armored Car will be published by Soho Press in October, 2009. Back in '00 or so, L.U.S.K. first discovered Levison's A Working Stiff's Manifesto in hardcover with its original subtitle, "Confessions of a Wage Slave." That memoir established Levison's scalding wit and ability to hold the attention of an ever-tweeting audience. It was later released as a trade paperback with a supercharged second subtitle, and Levison has managed to survive, publish, and publish again. With long-terms roots in Scotland and Philadelphia, Levison currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina where he commits literature and carpentry as much as he can.
USK: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and when did you first identify as a writer? IL: Writing is the only thing I've ever been any good at. Well, the only legal thing. Early on, I realized t…