It's May 21st or, rather, 5/21, the day known as "Five to One," the proportions of a perfect dry Martini. In honor of which, Dragonstairs Press is publishing The Evolution of the Martini, a chapbook collection of nine short essays originally published on this very blog and lightly rewritten for physical publication.
Here's Dragonstairs publisher Marianne Porter's press release:
The Proceedings of the American Martini Institute
Report of the American Martini Institute
The Evolution of the Martini
Nine short essays, originally published on Michael Swanwick's blog, tracing the evolution of the martini and what came after.
Text by Michael Swanwick. Cover illustration by Susan McAninley.
Publication date: May 21, 2018 "Five to one"
Published in an edition of 60, of which 51 are available for sale.
Inside the United States eleven dollars, outside the United States, twelve dollars.
Which is a pretty good price for a limited edition signed-and-numbered handmade chapbook. You can, if you wish, buy the chapbook here. It was made available for sale at noon and when last I looked, there were still 26 copies available.
Above: Cover illustration by Susan McAninley and copyright 2018 by her as well.