ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | The Guild of Saint Cooper by Shya Scanlon



The Guild of Saint Cooper by Shya Scanlon

Shya Scanlon’s The Guild of St. Cooper is about an obscure author in a near-future post-evacuation Seattle who is drawn into writing a revisionist history that sets the book itself unspooling backward into its own alternate history and into a world—featuring giant rhododendrons, space aliens, and a certain Special Agent Dale Cooper—increasingly both familiar and unrecognizable.



“Just when I thought I’d had my fill of dystopian novels, along comes the The Guild of Saint Cooper; a playful, imaginative, and wildly unpredictable ride through alternate Seattle. Scanlon delights in turning history on its ear in this daring and thoughtful high wire act of a novel.” —Jonathan Evison, author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Praise for Border Run:
“Like a Philip K. Dick of the American Southwest, or a futuristic Cormac McCarthy.” —Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nightttime and Some for the Day

“Strikes a flawless balance between satire and heart, adventure adn meditation.” —Laura Van Den Berg, author The Isle of Youth


Publisher Information

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (May 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936873613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936873616



Shya Scanlon is the author of the novels Forecast and Border Run, and of the poetry collection In This Alone Impulse. He received his MFA from Brown University, and lives in Manhattan and Bearsville, New York, with his wife.

A Different Bed Every Time

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A Different Bed Every Time by Jac Jemc


A thief steals the air from a room. Children invent a nursery rhyme to make sense of their fate, and a band of girls rot from the outside in. These characters stumble through joy and murder and confusion, only to survive and wait for the next catastrophe to arrive. Moments so brief and disturbing you can’t afford to look away.



“To Jemc the world is a place where each person, every human cypher, must devour another. What then can we do, if we are devoured, if we are overcome with our own devouring? Her escape plan is inspired and ancient — to become protean, to dwell in costume after costume, parcelling away the truth that can be found in each. But where is it hid? Ask her, though she may not say.” — Jesse Ball, author of Silence Once Begun

“Jac Jemc is an artisan. A Different Bed Every Time stays with you long after you’ve finished reading. Every story is painstakingly crafted with words and imagery that are honed and placed just so, creating a mosaic you feel grateful, exhilarated, thrilled to experience.” —Lindsay Hunter, author of Don’t Kiss Me, and Ugly Girls


Publisher Information

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dzanc Books (October 14, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936873531



jemc headshotJac Jemc lives in Chicago, where she writes fiction and poetry. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was a named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. A chapbook of stories, This Stranger She’d Invited In, sold out at Greying Ghost Press in March 2011. Jac received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has completed residencies at Ragdale and the Vermont Studio Center. She is a web fiction editor for Hobart and poetry editor at decomP.


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