Friend of Billtown Blue Lit, Peter Damian Bellis, gives you his book. For free.
I’m writing today to introduce Peter Damian Bellis, American author, and neighbor to Billtown Blue Lit. Peter met with us yesterday to talk about our project, his novel The Conjure Man, and all sorts of matters of marketing and publishing.
Here’s Bellis’s bio as it appears on the marketing site for his book:
Peter Damian Bellis grew up in a household of books. His father was an English professor, so by the time he was sixteen he had read Twain, Hawthorne, Melville, most of Conrad, and also Tolkien, Heinlein, and Asimov. After he graduated from Northwestern University, where he majored in English Literature, he read Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Morrison, and Walker. He spent his boyhood winters in Minnesota and his boyhood summers in Florida and South Carolina, all of which has given him an appreciation for extremes of temperature. He currently lives and works in Pennsylvania. His daughter lives with her husband in London and his son attends Gettysburg College.
His collection of short stories, One Last Dance with Lawrence Welk & Other Stories, was a 1997 Minnesota Book Award Finalist.
Bellis lives just 30 minutes from here.
In addition to being a genuinely lovely guy, he pointed out that the opportunity exists for us–that’s you, me, and everyone we know–to reclaim literature. To give it a voice, an audience, to take back part of the market, thwart the gatekeepers of mediocrity, grass roots style.
He views the work Billtown Blue Lit aims to do as important and relevant to the pivotal moment in publishing as it exists. That is, to promote literature–it its smart, experimental, revolutionary forms–and foster writers of it.
So before the end of the campaign, or around the same time it ends, we’ll be doing a beta event. Peter will read from his new work, and we’ll let folks know about the project, this campaign, and the important, cultural work we hope to do.
Bellis is so excited about the project that he’s offered a free PDF of The Conjure Man. Download your copy here.