Speaking of the indie scene, there are at least two new Atlanta indies that need your support.
The first is a new independent publisher, Mercury Retrograde Press. From their web site:
Mercury Retrograde Press publishes fantasy, science fiction, and the unclassifiable: fiction that propels the reader through unknown territories in this world and others unlike it. Here you will find complex characters and compelling stories: an alchemical blend of the sense of wonder we all crave with the hard edges and tough questions that thinking readers need.
MRP’s first book is Shorn by Larissa N. Niec. There is a launch party for the book and the press this Saturday night at Wordsmiths. Show some love.
The second local indie venture that has wandered onto my radar (via Criminal Records) is P is for Panda Records. The label is celebrating their first release on July 25 with a shindig at The Highland Inn Ballroom that will include live performances and an art sale to benefit the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation (you’ll remember Valentino from Dave Egger’s What is the What). Check out P is for Panda for the full scoop