Leaves of Grass by the late Walt Whitman is a vintage 19th century poetry collection, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tantor Audio.
This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April, which is National Poetry Month, and is read by actor Mel Foster.
Leaves of Grass was originally published in 1855, though Whitman continued to revise the poems throughout his lifetime. It was considered controversial at the time due to its sensual imagery, and has become an influential and enduring classic. Several lines from the poems have inspired other authors, such as science fiction author Ray Bradbury’s short story I Sing the Body Electric, titled after Whitman’s eponymous poem, which was adapted into a The Twilight Zone episode.
Offered worldwide through April, available as a DRM-free MP3 download directly from the publisher.
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RIME by Welsh author Tim Lebbon, a multiple British Fantasy Award winner, is his science fiction space opera novella, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This is a newly-written original novella, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and retelling its themes in deep space.
The story is set on a generation sleeper colony ship escaping the devastated Earth in search of a new home, which encounters strange and potentially hostile alien forces along the way, forcing one of the crew members to make a harrowing decision.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Dylan the Bard: A Life of Dylan Thomas by Andrew Sinclair author British, a novelist, historian, filmmaker, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 20th century Welsh poet, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1999 by Constable.
This is a comprehensive biography of the late Welsh poet, playwright, and short story author Dylan Thomas, who was active during the early-to-mid 20th century and left a lasting legacy of modern classic poems, exploring his personal life and travels and influences, as well as the attraction of his work to mass audiences, and also the particular creation of his radio play Under Milk Wood, which biographer Sinclair himself had adapted into a film in 1972, starring iconic actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, and many more.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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The Best of Edgar Allan Poe by the late Edgar Allan Poe contains a mix of his classic poetry and prose stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This selection of the classic 19th century author’s unabridged poetry and prose stories is read by narrator Edward Blake, and includes such spooky horror tales as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more.
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on October 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, for today only on Canada Day, Canadian small press specialty publisher ChiZine Publications is holding a giveaway of all their ebooks from their Canadian authors for free (modest pay-what-you-want donation suggested).
Their catalogue includes many award-nominated and -winning genre authors, both local and international. Although the bulk of it is tilted towards horror, there’s also a generous selection of fantasy, science fiction, paranormal mystery, and even some sfnal literary fiction and poetry in the lot. Overall, the selection is quite high quality (and you shouldn’t miss picking up the offered Imaginarium anthology volumes of yearly best-of feature short stories) and anything you pick up will likely be pretty decent (click on the covers to go to the descriptions of the books). Some of the download filesizes are very large, so be warned.
I especially recommend out of the authors I’ve previously bought: Quebec author Claude Lalumière (excellent multi-genre short stories), Caitlin Sweet (some traditionally epic fantasy, some mythologically-based), Gemma Files (steampunk magical western with LGBT elements, also horror shorts), Nancy Baker (dark fantasy with legendary creatures), Geoff Ryman (Hugo nominee for science fiction, but he has a fantasy novel in this), Quebec author Yves Meynard (Aurora Award-winner with quite good multi-genre short stories).
Offered DRM-free worldwide through July 1st, 2017 until midnight Eastern Time, directly at the publisher’s special promo page and you can read more about it at the announcement on their blog.
AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, are as follows:
- Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes, a teen contemporary fiction novel about young people in the inner city learning to express themselves when a teacher begins an “open mic” night for poetry, from Recorded Books, read by a full cast
- Teenage Diaries: Then and Now by National Public Radio, an award-winning personal history documentary programme which followed a group of teens as they recorded interviews, audio journals, and daily life experiences, and then revisited them 16 years later to find out how their lives turned out, from Highbridge Audio, hosted by Joe Richman
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 18th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).
Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig edited and translated by Edward Broadbridge, British expat and long-term resident of Denmark, is the 2nd volume in the N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English series collecting and translating the works of the noted Danish historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This volume in the series contains the translated poetry, psalms, and other songs written by N. F. S. Grundtvig, a highly influential 19th century Danish author, philosopher, and teacher whose proposed models for continuing education are still used today, and includes an introduction by author Uffe Jonas, who has composed a number of musical settings for Grundtvig’s words. While not exactly an annotated edition, many of the psalms and poems are footnoted with brief but helpful explanations for references and imagery which might not be obvious to a non-Danish, non-19th century, non-religious reader; and there’s a listing of the context of each work as it fits into the late author’s personal timeline and creative intentions.
Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.
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Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses, edited by Michael Montlack, an award-winning poet and Berkley College faculty member, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men as tributes to the famous and/or fictional women who inspired them, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This collection was named as part of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and contains contributions by a hundred poets both established and new, including Kenyon Review Prize-winner Randall Mann, Lambda Literary Award-winner Mark Bibbins and many more, with tributes to influential women as ancient as Sappho and as modern as Lady Gaga (with a detour into pop culture with the X-Men and Buffy the Vampire Slayer et al.)
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Coming Up Hot: Eight New Poets from the Caribbean with a preface by Ghana-born Jamaican author Kwame Dawes, a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and also an Emmy Award, is a literary anthology of poetry by Carribean authors, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.
This is the second title in a Caribbean-centric joint venture between Akashic Books in the US and Peepal Tree Press in the UK. This anthology contain an extensive selection of works spotlighting promising upcoming new poets from countries throughout the Caribbean.
Offered DRM-free through midnight December 20th, available worldwide directly from the publisher.
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As a special holiday treat, publisher Open Road Media is making free literally hundreds of ebooks in every genre, for a limited time.
ORM was founded by ex-Random House editors, and has made a specialty of bringing back into print older works by well-known authors in their fields, as well as publishing newer works by them as well.
The freebies in their catalogue includes authors such as Howard Fast (author of Spartacus, the novel which the movie was based upon), Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple, also the basis of a film), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize winner), and many more.
A very brief sampling of the genres and authors available (there’s literally probably something for every taste):
- For non-fiction: history (Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, which a film about the Titanic was based upon); political history (Rebecca West); literary & arts criticism (Mary McCarthy); travel writing (Laurence Durrell); cookbooks (James Beard); biographies (Marion Meade); autobiographies (Candy Darling, a celebrity involved with Andy Warhol); author advice (Richard Curtis, a former literary agent)
For fiction: science fiction & fantasy (Andre Norton, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, all SFWA Grandmasters); historical fiction (Cecelia Holland); westerns (Paul Lederer); murder mystery novels (Susan Dunlap); suspense thrillers (Geoffrey Household); LGBT novelists (National Book Award-winner Paul Monette, Jane Rule, and more); romance (Elizabeth Chadwick); YA suspense (Caroline B. Cooney); YA fantasy (Bruce Coville); YA horror (Diane Hoh); childrens’ picture books (The Berenstain Bears series)
Offered in the US only, at Amazon only, through December 20th or 21st. Unfortunately, it looks like the promotion was withdrawn early on the 19th. Nice while it lasted, though.
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