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To contact Safe Harbor Books either e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Safe Harbor Books, 31 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
Our interest is work by southern photographers or photographs focusing on the South as well as literary fiction (novels or novellas) by southern authors or narratives set in the South.
We are not interested in genre fiction, mysteries being the exception. Since our resources are limited and our list is full until 2018, please query before submitting any material. Our response may be slow.
Photography projects will require financial assistance from the photographer.
Safe Harbor welcomes appropriate submissions for its Southern Crime series. Complete manuscripts should be double-spaced and sent U.S.P.S. to Safe Harbor Books, 31 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. Please include return postage. No electronic submissions.
Be aware that SHB is a small press and is limited to publishing one novel a year.
New Releases: 2017
by Christopher Brookhouse
171 Pages, $15.95 (paper)
Gus Salt never wanted to be sheriff of Harr County, North Carolina. He had planned to study with a famous writer at Harvard College and become a writer himself. Then Pearl Harbor happened, and Gus, deferred from service because of a lazy thyroid, was nearly the only able-bodied man available for law enforcement. Now, fourteen years later, a weary Gus is ready to retire. A new man is ready to take over, but first Gus must determine if the drowning of the local Episcopal minister was accidental, and if Blossom Hall, a young woman in love with Gus, had anything to with it. The old woman who appears and disappears, what does she know about Blossom? What does Blossom know about her? The past is about to catch up with everyone, Gus included.
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Photographs by Michael Carlebach
Limited copies of each title available. Sale price, each title, $20.00 + postage; no returns.
Photographs by John Rosenthal
Photographs by Michael Carlebach
Sunny Land offers a unique view, both realistic and comic, of Miami and south Florida during the last decades of the 20th century, when political and social turmoil, urban decay, and suburban sprawl made Miami a curious amalgamation of glamour and violence, all of it bathed in sunlight. These black and white images portray a Florida left out of the tourist brochures, a place that is in some respects invisible, though no less compelling and meaningful.
Michael Carlebach photographed in south Florida for over three decades. His publications include The Origins of Photojournalism in America; American Photojournalism Comes of Age; Working Stiffs: Occupational Portraits in the Age of Tintypes; and Bain's New York: The City in News Pictures 1900-1925.
“Carlebach's work epitomizes the notion that the best documentary photography is also great art photography. The proof of the pudding is how memorable it is.”
— Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen-Times
60 pages, 12 x 12, 54 b/w photographs Published 2010. BACK TO TOP
Photographs by Elizabeth Matheson
Introduction by Georgann Eubanks
Quartet presents a sampling of the work of Rob Amberg, Elizabeth Matheson, John Rosenthal, and Caroline Vaughan. Their images, for the most part made in North Carolina, are both quiet and passionate, in time and outside of time, revealing both surface and depth.
Mr. Amberg documents life in rural southern communities. Ms. Vaugha's landscapes and portraits detail the increments and textures of time. Ms. Matheson's pictures present the architecture of formality that expresses the character of those who built and lived in such places as well as what is past and passing. Mr. Rosenthal's photographs freeze ordinary moments thereby allowing us to see in them what is extraordinary and permanent.
72 pages, 12 x 12, 34 photographs (29 duotones, 5 color) Pub. 2005. BACK TO TOP
Photographs by Norman Seider
Judged BEST BOOK, 23rd Lopresti Art Publication Awards, 2007
“I think of my photographs as cinematic. I am a filmmaker creating silent movies in single frames. I see movement in each frame, a story ready to unfold, or the ghost of a moment just passed.”
“Norman Seider's work has a European and American sensibility. There are stories and ghosts with each image. His light is mysterious.”
—Jean Claude Lemagny, Director of Department of Photography, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
“This is a book you take out to savor. The printing . . . of the book is stunning.”
—Tom Abrahamsson, Viewfinder
Norman Seider's films and photographs are in the permanent collection of major museums and collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Houston's Museum of Fine Arts; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
94 pages, 111/2 x 91/2, 53 duotones.
Published 2006. BACK TO TOP
a novel by Christopher Brookhouse
122 pages, $12.95
Summer. 1960. Finn grew up in the South. He should have known when the school he worked for admitted a student of color there would be trouble. He should have known not to have an Indian for a friend. He should have known not to get involved with Annabel Spier. But he could not have known what he comes to know: how the secrets of the past shake loose one by one, and what he thought he knew he did not know.
“FINN is the real thing—a southern Gothic tale in which the narrator must solve the mystery of his own nature in order to escape the web of violence in which he is caught. Start it when you have time to finish because you won’t want to put it down.”
— Terry Roberts, author of A Short Time to Stay Here, winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.
“In prose that is as rich and languorous as the summer that serves as the novel’s backdrop, Christopher Brookhouse brings readers a novel that is perfectly crafted, expertly paced, and, most importantly, very, very good.”
— Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy.
“A layered work, mottled and shifting like visions through antique glass, shadowed by ever lurking violence, as if written by a Southern-born Jim Harrison. A novel to be savored more than once, written with the same languorous, rumbling passion of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's film The Long Hot Summer.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Available 15 March 2015. BACK TO TOP
a novel by O. W. Hammond
170 pages, $5.00
James Knox, an aging book seller in a southern college town, confronts his past as he seeks peace and reconciliation in his present of diminishing possibilities.
James is not the writer he wanted to be, not the lover he thought he was, not the father he should have been, but he has the chance to be forgiven and to forgive.
Sex, love, betrayal, and luck are the themes here.
O. W. Hammond presently resides in Asheville, NC. Formerly he lived and worked in Chapel Hill, NC. BACK TO TOP
by Christopher Brookhouse
Christopher Brookhouse is the author of numerous short stories, novellas, novels, and poetry. His early novel Running Out was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005, Fog: The Jeffrey Stories (see below) won New Hampshire's biennial fiction award.
Three novellas that explore reticence and desire.
“Unless Alex” takes place on Valentine's Day years after the narrator has fallen in love with Alexandra (Alex) Kellogg. As the day passes, the narrator unfolds the story of their lives, from the autumn when Alex first kissed him and the summer when he turned away from the invitation of her nakedness to the years they have lived separate but connected lives. At the end of the evening, when Alex offers another invitation, the narrator knows that if he accepts he may lose her forever.
In “Affliction” reticence gives way to desire: Tony for Meredith, daughter of wealthy, self-absorbed Talbot Breed; Talbot for Janet, a painter whose art depicts the present but predicts the future; Crystal, one of Janet's subjects, for Janet; and Dr. Abernathy, a retired physician, for Meredith. As one might expect in a story suggested by Gabriel García Márquez's Of Love and Other Demons, there exists a sensuous psychological and tactile realism, mystery inspired by beauty.
“Loving Ryan” is a story of crime and spying told through the perspectives of several participants: Ryan, an American hired by the president of a Caribbean island nation to tutor his daughter, Isabel. Yvonne, Ryan's mother; Hugo, Isabel's father; Julia Katia, Hugo's wife; Chloe, Julia Katia's ally in forcing Hugo into exile; and the charming and precocious Isabel, who falls in love with Ryan. In exile, Ryan, the reticent tutor, becomes Hugo's devoted companion and caretaker.
“What makes [these stories] unusual is how erotically charged they are, although the central male character always holds back. Somehow that increases the charge. I don't believe I've ever read anything quite like them. Bravo!”
— Joan Joffee Hall, author of In Angled Light, and other collections
“Reading these stories was a most gratifying experience.”
— Jerry Leath Mils, author of “The Dead Mule Rides Again,” and other pieces.
Published 2010, 200 pages, paperback, original price $19.95, now $5.00 BACK TO TOP
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