Village of One Thousand Cranes

Village of One Thousand Cranes

There is a Japanese legend that says whoever folds a thousand cranes will be granted a wish. Papaveria Press presents a moving and perhaps timely short story by Danny Adams: Village of One Thousand Cranes. It is the tale of a young Japanese-American girl who, while living in an internment camp, comes to understand how wishes can change the world.

The book is case bound with a reinforced spine including headbands. It is covered in a red cloth patterned with cherry blossoms and inside it is lined with thick, red endpapers.

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Danny Adams is the co-author, with Philip Jose Farmer, of the short science fiction novel The City Beyond Play, forthcoming from PS Publishing at the end of 2006. He is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and has far too many publishing credits to list here.

Genesis

Genesis

Part creation myth, part fable about the power of belief, Genesis by Joel Fried gives voice to one of the founding principles of Papaveria itself. Such a seemingly simple thing is belief—we either have it or we don’t, and usually whether we have it or not depends on factors so varied that we cannot name them all. And yet, it is a simple thing, for we only do those things in which we believe.

The book is case bound with a reinforced spine including headbands. It is covered in a celestial print paper with standard black bookcloth on the spine and the title in gold, metallic paper. Inside, the endleaves are of a gold translucent paper and images are included on the inner front and back covers.

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Joel Fried studied philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he is not thinking deep and important thoughts, he writes fiction and poetry, unless he needs inspiration, in which case he probably has his nose in a book.

Ghosts of Gunkanjima

Ghosts of Gunkanjima

Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island, is a tiny island in Nagasaki Prefecture on which coal was discovered in 1810. A boom followed, and the island was heavily populated and owned from seabed to rooftop by the Mitsubishi Corporation. At one point it was the single most densely populated area on the planet, before or since. Everything was imported to the island, including building materials — not even a blade of grass grew there.

It is said that the wind there always tastes like metal.

A tale of wind and metal by Catherynne M. Valente. This handbound book is perfect bound with a Japanese paper cover and black satin spine. The book is overlaid with stained metal, below which rests the skeleton of a leaf. Because of the nature of the materials used in this creation, no two of these books are identical.

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