Yesterday was publication day for Adam Maxwell's short-story collection, Dial M for Monkey. This is a book recommended by Chris Stein on Debra Hamel's Buy a Friend a Book site, which gives it some credibility, and the author has also written for Dave Eggers's McSweeney's.
The publisher of Dial M for Monkey is Tonto Press, which is based in the North of England. They've been mentioned here before, briefly, and are looking for novels as well as non-fiction books. The firm has Arts Council support, but we'll forgive them for that. And, if you live in the north-east, they are offering some creative-writing courses.
The Dial M For Monkey launch party will be held this Thursday, 29 June, at Opera Piano Bar & Lounge, on the ground floor of The Gate complex in Newcastle upon Tyne. Doors open at 7.30, and admission is free. I believe this is what's known as a networking opportunity. A little too far away for me, though.