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Three Rooms Press is a fierce New York-based independent publisher inspired by dada, punk, and passion. Founded in 1993, it serves as a leading independent publisher of cut-the-edge creative, including fiction, memoir, poetry translations, drama and art. In addition, Three Rooms Press produces and promotes a variety of literary and cultural events worldwide, including readings, plays, workshops, and concerts. Three Rooms Press books are distributed by PGW / Ingram.

BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr
with an Introduction by Gea Carr
and an Afterword by Betsy Carr

BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr

BAD: The Autobiography
of James Carr

“For those interested in prison reform, James Carr’s autobiography, BAD is a must read. His life is a testimony to the need to make fundamental changes in our system of prisons. We all will benefit if changes are made that stress education, rehabilitation and employment opportunities instead of just incarceration. Reading Carr’s autobiography forces us to think about just that.” — Jim Beall, California State Senator

“An inside look at late fifties/early sixties inner city LA street gangs . . . Learn about Carr’s lifelong friendship with Soledad Brother and prison reform leader George Jackson . . . A view inside Soledad and San Quentin that is neither romanticized nor sensationalized. . . . amazing and insightful.” Razorcake

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BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr, is the harrowingly brutal and unapologetic story of the notorious African-American career criminal who went straight out of Compton to a reformatory after burning down his school at the age of 9. Originally released in 1972, BAD remains a harsh indictment of the American penal system and a primer for the seeds of institutionalized racism in this country. BAD goes where no other book has ever gone before and so did James Carr. After years in and out of prison (mostly in) Carr wound up bunking with George Jackson (Soledad Brother) in Folsom Prison where they fought their way to a position of strength along the radical stream of the 1960s. READ MORE

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Weird Girl and What’s His Name
by Meagan Brothers

Weird Girl and What's His Name

Weird Girl and What’s His Name
by Meagan Brothers

“The characters are wonderfully likable, the story is smartly written.” Booklist (Starred review)

“Transcends the LGBTQ genre… reminiscent of
Judy Bloom’s Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret . . . It has all the makings to become a classic of this generation.”
Foreword Reviews (Starred review; IndieFAB YA Fiction Book of the Year!!)

“Say hello to one of my new benchmarks for great YA fiction. Weird Girl and What’s His Name is absolutely wonderful, heartbreaking, and utterly engaging stuff.” Manhattan Book Review

Top 17 New YA Books of October 2015 Bustle

Best 12 Books of October 2015 Brit+Co

Top 18 New YA Books of Fall 2015 BuzzFeed

Best YA Books of Fall 2015 StyleCaster

In the tiny podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. But then Lula discovers that Rory—her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for—has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away… READ MORE

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Still Night in L.A.
by Aram Saroyan

Still Night in L.A.

Still Night in L.A.
by Aram Saroyan

“A superbly crafted mystery from first page to last, this is a cliff-hanger of a read that will please any and all hard-boiled private eye enthusiasts.”Midwest Book Review

“Neo-noir . . . flexible enough to be a treatment for the big screen. . . The enclosed photographs also maintain the solemn mood.” Manhattan Book Review

“Aram Saroyan nurses the accelerator in a deceptively laconic way, channeling the faultless ratiocination of Charles Willeford (Miami Blues) and Paul Cain (Seven Slayers). STILL NIGHT IN L.A. keeps still until, at just the right moment, he floors it.”—Barry Gifford, author, Wild at Heart

Michael Shepard, a detective with his own set of problems, is hired one morning by a fashionable young woman at her Hollywood apartment. Soon he’s embroiled in a murder investigation that may shed light on a nearly forgotten tragedy. A divorced father wondering how to set his son on a better course in life, the detective gets into deepening trouble as he negotiates a vivid panorama of the town’s modern-day beautiful and damned…. READ MORE

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Full Moon Stages:
Personal Notes from 50 Years of The Living Theatre

by Judith Malina

Full Moon Stages by Judith Malina

Full Moon Stages
by Judith Malina

“An exceptional memoir rich with detail and an inherently fascinating read from beginning to end.”Midwest Book Review

“An intimate portrait of an innovator and her uncompromising vision of what theater can be.”Manhattan Book Review

“Serious theater buffs will applaud this final performance by a singular artist.” Library Journal

“The music of the repetition, its insistent organizing principle, functions like the serial arrangement in Cage, Steve Reich, or Phillip Glass, and it provides a haunting resonance.”LA Review of Books

As cofounder of the internationally-known, highly-controversial radical political troupe, The Living Theater, author Judith Malina is one of the leading female countercultural figures of the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. in FULL MOON STAGES: PERSONAL NOTES FROM 50 YEARS OF THE LIVING THEATRE, she creates an intimate memoir in a unique format with a collection of personal notes written on every full moon for 50 years from 1964 to 2014. These never-before-published entries reveal Malina’s most private thoughts and inform the reader on what The Living Theatre was performing as they wound their way from New York City to Italy, France, Belgium, Germany and Brazil in a nomadic series of notable performances of such underground classics as The Brig, The Connection, and Paradise Now. Malina is relentless in her commitment to the full moon schedule, writing regardless of her current life circumstance…. READ MORE

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Maintenant 10: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art
edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

Maintenant 10

Maintenant 10

“A tour de force of collective beauty, protest, and intellectual cathartic catalyst. . . A post-rock mirror of societies’ ancient wisdom and technological transcendence, containing much word play, pieces of meadow flower and elevator door, digital consumption blended into a potion of inventive pacifism.” –River Pine Anthology of Civic Discourse

“MAINTENANT proves that Dada is not dead. Among the poets are some well-known names in contemporary poetry from several countries, but also some less well known. Interspersed with these are powerful and imaginative illustrations and collages that are very heterogeneous in topics and methods of visual processing.” –MAJDAN Magazine, Serbia

“The variety of pieces in Maintenant from international contributors make use of . . . techniques of collage, photo-montage, and automatic writing. There are a lot of great pieces.”” –Portland Book Review

In 10 years, MAINTENANT: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art has grown from a 12-page stapled black-and-white zine to the current issue: 190 pages filled with provocative, stunning, full color art and writing by some of the most intense DADA creators working around the globe today. . . . READ MORE

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Champagne and Cocaine
a novel by Richard Vetere

Champagne and Cocaineby Richard Vetere

Champagne and Cocaine
by Richard Vetere

“Vivid, detailed descriptions . . . fast-paced narrative . . . This well-crafted thriller will appeal to fans captivated by noir and the mystique of mob life.”
Foreword Reviews

“I devoured it.”–Tony Danza, actor

Champagne and Cocaine is everything the title promises: heady, dangerous, and utterly addictive. Bringing an astute literary sensibility to a noirish premise, Vetere paints a beautifully gritty portrait of New York in its disco heyday. For those of us longing for that vanished city of filth and vice, Vetere’s new novel is a gift straight from the graffitied heavens.”–Stefan Merrill Block, author, The Story of Forgetting

In New York City, 1980, Danny Ferraro believes he is living “the life”: late-night discos, call girls, and hits of cocaine between pick-up games across the city. But it all comes crashing down when his luck runs out and he finds himself in debt to the mob. Frightening and fascinating in its depictions of drug-fueled, sex-infused, winner-take-all poker bouts, Vetere’s compelling novel . . . READ MORE

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SONGS OF MY SELFIE:
An Anthology of Millennial Stories

edited by Constance Renfrow
with a Foreword by Meagan Brothers

Songs of My Selfie

Songs of My Selfie

“An enchanting, heartrending, and utterly relatable read for any and all millennials. This is a wonderful collection of stories from some of the brightest young writers today.”Portland Book Review

“If you want a preview of some writers with brighter futures than the newspapers anticipate, well, here you go.” ——JF Sargent, Editor, Cracked.com

Being twenty-something isn’t as cut and dry as it once was. For many, the early twenties is a time of tumultuous upheaval: unpaid internships, tiny apartments filled with roommates, and worries about what the future holds. For others, this is a time of stagnancy: of waiting and hoping and hometowns, and wondering what the hell college degrees are good for anyway. Instead of first jobs, first marriages, and first homes, millennials have been faced with greater stresses and challenges than any other generation—yet, in the process of navigating a fast-changing world, they have been publicly maligned again and again. SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories celebrates the millennial through the works of up-and-coming fiction writers, all under the age of twenty-six. This collection features seventeen short stories by millennial writers about actual millennial issues, exposing this generation’s true ambitions READ MORE

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MY OLD LADY: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay with an Essay on Adaptation
by Israel Horovitz

My Old Lady

My Old Lady

“This is essential reading for serious film students and filmmakers.”–Bette Gordon, film director and professor, Columbia University School of the Arts Film

“Adapting a play to the screen can be a perilous undertaking….Luckily, Israel Horovitz is the perfect guide for this undertaking….Essential reading for anyone wanting to take on the challenge.”—Barnet Kellman, director, Key Exchange (stage and film), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Murphy Brown, Mad About You; Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Co-Director, USC Comedy Dept.

 

Famed playwright Israel Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays, which have been translated in more than 30 languages worldwide. Along the way, he has also written screenplays for film including Author! Author!, starring Al Pacino, as well as the award-winning Sunshine, James Dean, and The Strawberry Statement. At the age of 75, he directed an adaptation of his play My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. Now he shares tips and techniques on adapting plays for the screen. The book includes the full script of both the play version and screenplay of My Old Lady, along with an in-depth analysis by Horovitz of the challenges of adapting stage work for the screen. READ MORE

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On Earth and In Hell
by Thomas Bernhard

Translated from the German by Peter Waugh

On Earth and In Hell by Thomas Bernhard; translated by Peter Waugh

On Earth and In Hell
by Thomas Bernhard;
translated by Peter Waugh

“These hard won-poems, these furious convulsions, by turns savage and tender, mark the beginning of Thomas Bernhard’s true work, his first startling blows. It is deeply illuminating to have them so wonderfully translated into English.” — Edward Hirsch, poet, Gabriel: A Poem; How to Read a Poem (and Fall in Love with Poetry)

“Peter Waugh offers haunting and beautiful renderings of Thomas Bernhard’s poetry…A fascinating peek into the genesis of Austria’s controversial literary figure.” —New York Journal of Books

“A soul exposed to the very core, explosive.” —from the Foreword by Barbara Hutt, co-author, Thomas Bernhard (biography in French)

ON EARTH AND IN HELL is the first English translation of the earliest poetry collection of brilliant and disruptive Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, widely considered one of the most innovative and original authors of the twentieth century and often associated with fellow mavericks Beckett, Kafka and Dostoevsky. A master of language, whose body of work was described in a New York Times book review as “the most significant literary achievement since World War II,” Bernhard’s ON EARTH AND IN HELL offers a fresh perspective READ MORE

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Dark City Lights: New York Stories
edited by Lawrence Block

Dark City LightsNew York Stories edited by Lawrence Block

Dark City Lights
New York Stories
edited by Lawrence Block

“If Paris is the City of Light, New York is certainly the city of bright lights, burning away twenty-four hours a day. No wonder it’s the city that never sleeps. How could it, without earplugs and a sleep mask? And yet it’s also the capital of Noir. Thus Dark City Lights.”—from the introduction by Lawrence Block

Famed detective and mystery writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones, 8 Million Ways to Die) takes the helm as guest editor for DARK CITY LIGHTS, the fourth edition of the Have a NYC series. Twenty-three thrilling, hilarious and poignant short stories—all based in New York City—written by new and acclaimed fiction masters, including Robert Silverberg (Hugo and Nebula Award multiple winner; grand master of SFWA); Ed Park (author, Personal Days; senior editor, Amazon’s literary imprint, Little A); Jim Fusilli (rock and pop music critic, The Wall Street Journal; author, Closing Time and A Well-Known Secret); Parnell Hall (author, Last Puzzle & Testament); S. J. Rozan (Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero and Macavity award-wining author); Brian Koppelman (co-writer, Ocean’s 13 and Rounders); and Elaine Kagan (author, No Good-Byes; actress, GoodFellas). READ MORE

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Maintenant 9: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art
edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges

Maintenant 9 Contemporary Dada

Maintenant 9
Contemporary Dada

Top artists and writers from around the globe examine the theme of TECH-NO PRISONERS . . . In Full Color!

The spirit of Dada continues to thrive in this stunning annual collection of provocative and disruptive Dada-inspired art and writing culled from a plethora of top international contributors, with 50+ color images. MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART is the latest edition of an annual collection of contemporary Dada work inspired by Dada instigator and Three Rooms Press spiritual advisor Arthur Cravan. This year’s theme, “Tech-No Prisoners,” features art illustrating the increasing dependence on technology taken to its most dystopian and absurd extremes. It features work by a wide range in internationally-renowned Dada artist and writers including Fluxus leader John M. Bennett, punk rock legends Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Exene Cervenka, and Alice Bag, poet and Zapp comix founder Charles Plymell, world-renowned contemporary artists Raymond Pettibon and Mark Kostabi, provocative outsider artists Claude Pélieu and Mary Beach, controversial Japanese artist Rokudenashiko (Megumi Igarashi), and READ MORE.

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