The Kick-Ass Debut by Breakout 8 Writer Amy Lee Lillard
Atelier26 Books is tremendously pleased to announce acquisition of the short story collection Dig Me Out, the debut book by Berlin Prize Finalist and Breakout 8 writer Amy Lee Lillard, for publication in October 2021.
Spanning genres, continents, and eras, Lillard’s multilayered collection is all at once outrageously imaginative, provocative, and deeply absorbing. Ranging from the speculative to the historical, from magical realism to forensic realism, Dig Me Out carries the reader somewhere new — and newly thrilling — with every story, and constitutes a dazzling and rightfully dangerous work of literary art.
“I’ve been following Lillard’s bold and brilliant work for a few years now,” said Atelier26 founder and publisher M. Allen Cunningham, “and I’ve hoped all along to have the privilege of bringing it to readers. Maybe not since I first read Jayne Anne Phillips’ Black Tickets or the work of Ali Smith have I been so electrified as a reader. The stories in Dig Me Out take on huge and important themes like institutionalized misogyny and homophobia, societal and climatological violence, and the specter of our technologized future. But these stories also astonish on every other level, from the rhythms of each sentence to the breathtaking plots and the deep humanity of the authorial vision. This is the kind of fiction Atelier26 exists to celebrate and share.”
For the launch of Dig Me Out, Atelier26 is planning intensive regional promotion in the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, including author events.
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