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Controversial Author Makes Texas Debut at BookPeople

Austin's BookPeople Launches The SpudGun Circus

Austin, TX, August 20, 2011 --( The SpudGun Circus goes on sale today at Austin's leading independent bookstore, BookPeople, which was named Publisher's Weekly 2005 Bookstore Of The Year. New author, Graeme Rylee, will be featured in the store's section dedicated to indie writers.

"The SpudGun Circus has been referred to as, 'Mad Max on the written page -- a veritable disharmony of pulverizing prose,'" Rylee says. "And I don't think there's anything like it...which may or may not be a good thing. It's offensive on so many levels, yet it's funny in a dark, freakish kind of way."

The story follows a British circus that has invaded America on it's way to the Lollapalooza festival. The SpudGun mates are thwarted from their quest by everything from disembodied spirits, to redneck cops, to Oakland Raider fans. But Rylee's story is not the only thing that refuses to follow convention:

"The poet, Charles Bukowski, once said, 'I haven't got time for metaphor.' Well, I haven't got time for useless physical descriptions that so many writers love to indulge in," Rylee states. "I get into the psychology of my characters, but I leave a lot of their physical descriptions to the reader's imagination -- unless of course, I'm making a mockery of them by pointing out their physical deformities."

The SpudGun Circus is only being offered in indie bookstores, and in a past interview, Rylee commented on the vast changes in the book-selling world: "Amazon's margins are razor thin," he said, "and I just don't think the corporate stores have a sustainable business model. There's lots of people hanging out drinking coffee and reading books for free, but when it comes time to buy, they go to Amazon for the low prices or to their independent store where their loyalties lie. The chains can pretend to be like the indies, and can put on events for kids and try for that 'community feel,' but it's contrived, and people can sense it."

He believes the ultimate collapse of the corporate chains will pave the way for indie bookstores to flourish once more, and that's where he's concentrating his efforts.

"Seems like I've lived in L.A. forever," he says, "but I'm originally from Texas -- that's why I included it in part of the story. And Austin has a creative vibe like no other city in Texas, so I was really excited when Michael McCarthy from BookPeople agreed to carry it. The SpudGun Circus is an edgy book -- an assault on the reader's sensibilities, and I only want it carried by the independents. To do otherwise would be inauthentic to say the least."

BookPeople is located at: 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 472-5050

Graeme Rylee's official website is

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