Desert Dog Books News

February 13, 2019

Exciting things are happening now, are just around the corner, and coming before you know it. Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley has received its first editorial review with KIRKUS REVIEWS, and we are close to finishing up the lettered edition in collaboration with the author, Carol Es. These will go on sale by March 1st, 2019. These special books will be priced within the $150 range and will only be available here on the Desert Dog Books website.

The lettered edition is signed and limited to 26 copies only. Each come with a vintage cassette mix tape of 1970s and 80s music, an original 5x8-inch watercolor and ink painting (loose), and a colored pencil drawing after the title page. They are hard-cover cloth, wrapped in beige linen with red foil stamping on the spine.

The date is set for the launch party/signing/reading and a short Q&A on Saturday, April 13th at Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, as it is also Carol's first solo show since 2016. Her work will be viewable in the middle gallery. Book signing starts at 4:00 PM sharp. Artist's reception to follow after.

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year everyone. We are still here, alive after the holidays, and focused on officially launching this website in the coming days, so never fear. We haven't gone away. We are working hard behind the scenes and will poke our heads out soon. We will announce ourselves and the coming release of Carol Es's first book. Thanks for being so patient.

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween from Desert Dog Books! We now have some titles listed on the site, and are in the process of preparing a book to launch in the spring of 2019: a creative nonfiction memoir by artist/writer Carol Es. Her first major work, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley, should be available sometime before April. Carol has been keeping a blog during her progress for the last couple years while creating the book at Check it out. It's a candid look into the artist's brain.

October 30, 2018

Test test test. Hi everyone. Welcome to Desert Dog Books. We wanted to tell you a little bit about our new publishing company. We are here and queer (sometimes), and happily used to it. We are looking forward to being at your service. Since we're just starting out, there may be some bumps along the way, combined with the fact that we already have a couple of screws lose to begin with.

Our new website is coming along now. We're not sure if it's done yet, because it will eventually include a store and more titles, of course. It's an exciting time, and scary. It's risky and unknown too, but we like that sort of thing. Starting a business is a commitment and takes heaps of dedication. Small and independent publishers are not usually a get-rich-quick type of endeavor. It's always about the love for the art of the story, so we are hopeful about what the future brings.

While we continue to set up shop, we thought it would be interesting to keep everyone in the loop about our goings on. This week, we are trying to complete some our basic operational tasks and begin a social media presence on channels like, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We've been finalizing legal matters, art department details, and are in the process of procuring contracts for distribution.

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that starting Desert Dog Books couldn't be possible without a grant and the support from the California Arts Council and the National Arts and Disability Center. Thanks guys!

Please read our About Page for further insight on what we're all about.