Monday, October 17, 2011

Come to Readings and Book Signings . . .

Save These Dates:
In addition to his October 21 reading/book signing on the Missouri State campus, Dr. Blackmon will be reading Thursday, November 3, at 7pm in the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church (on Walnut St.) and at the
Library Center (on South Campbell Ave.) on the evening of December 15.

On Thursday, October 20, listen to KSMU radio for further details, and head to the news stands on October 21
for the Springfield News Leaders' special book review!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Announcing the Latest Work by W. D. Blackmon

Blood and Milk: A Novel in Stories
By W. D. Blackmon
Professor of English
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO 65897

ISBN 978-0-9828184-2-8
In Springfield, copies may be purchased at
Paw Prints Bookstore on the Missouri State campus
and Good Girl Gallery on Walnut St. downtown.
Also, order through

For review copies and press queries,
Visit the press website at

“A Small Press for Big Voices,
Situated in the Ozarks”

Et Alia Press
5001 Woodlawn Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205

What Fellow Novelists Are Saying about Blackmon's Book

Blood and Milk: A Novel in Stories is a most impressive feat of impersonation. Blackmon seems to inhabit the wife and mother at the center of these stories right down to her synapses. It’s as if he knows not only her every thought but her every inflection, the exact phrases with which she speaks to herself in the privacy of her consciousness. There’s not a sentence here without the mark of truth to it.
          —Kevin Brockmeier, author of
The Illumination:
              A Novel
, and
The Brief History of the Dead

Readers will fall in love with the novel’s protagonist, Becky Hawkins . . . . All of the novel’s main characters—Becky’s elderly grandfather; Ruby, her brain-injured child; Jake, her youngest; Claire, her oldest; and Mike, her husband—are drawn with such a deft but loving hand that the reader will begin to think of them as family. Because the characters span four generations, Blackmon is able to touch on themes of birth, death, and rebirth: by the last story, Becky and Mike have come full-circle with one another in a way that leaves them—and us—rounder with understanding.
          —Jacinda Townsend, author of Saint Monkey