11:50 AM CDT, April 30, 2013
As if I have to give you multiple reasons to buy the weird, hilarious, off-kilter travelogue I just published called “Tales of Iceland,” there are a few very specific weird, awesome things about this book. In no particular order, they are:
1) “Tales of Iceland” comes with its own website, where the publisher, GiveLiveExplore is searching for your tales of Iceland. Have you been there? Do you know people who’ve gone there? We’re looking for photographs, stories, videos, and any other Iceland-related content you want to share with the world. Seeing as how Iceland’s tourism industry has seen a 19% spike, we can’t be the only ones who loved this place.
2) “Tales of Iceland” features the illustrations of Icelandic artist and graphic designer SiggaRún. Improbably, Sigga, the winner of three awards from the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers, agreed to extrapolate my strangest stories into fantastic comic illustrations for the book.
3) Five percent of the proceeds from “Tales of Iceland will go to benefit the non-profit Icelandic organization SEEDS, which is a “volunteer organisation designed to promote intercultural understanding, environmental protection and awareness through work on environmental, social and cultural projects within Iceland.” This partnership is perhaps my favorite part of what we’re doing with this book, a large part of which I spend exploring Iceland’s fascinating and sobering environmental history. SEEDS hosts volunteers from all over the world for a variety of environmental projects around Iceland, and we’re extremely lucky to have partnered with them.
4) If all that’s not enough to pique your interest, perhaps try reading this interview with ChicagoNow blogger Patrick O’Hara of “Comedy, Tragedy or Me?”
5) Some guy in an Amazon review said, “Markley has created a genre.” As far as I’m concerned, that’s about as great a review as an author can get.
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