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The Quotable Chloe

Some friends and family have asked for a compilation of Chloe’s best sayings and advice. In honor of her sixth birthday, I’ve put together that book finally, which you can download here:

Quotable Chloe (PDF, 76MB)

And if you’d like a printed copy with all these color pictures, you can order one here:

CreateSpace eStore

All proceeds go directly to her 529 plan for college!

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April 4th, 2017 at 11:20 am

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Auraria: A Novel – Free Creative Commons Download

Auraria has been out for about two years now (in its final form), and thousands of people have read it. The feedback has been great, and I’m humbled by your willingness to share some of your reading time with me.

I’ve got a new novel in the works. The publication details aren’t final yet, but in the meantime, I wanted to share Auraria as widely as possible, with as many readers as are willing to read it. So, Auraria is now free to download. I’ve created formats that are compatible with just about every e-reader. I’ve chosen a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which means that you are free to download, share, redistribute, re-mix, adapt, translate, and do whatever you want with this source material, both for personnel and commercial use.

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Creative Commons License
Auraria: A Novel by Tim Westover is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

You may download, share, redistribute, re-mix, adapt, translate, and do whatever you want with this source material, both for personnel and commercial use. All that I ask (but do not require) is that you let me know about any adaptations, keep my name as the author of the original work, and provide a way for any interested party to get back to the original work. A link to this page would be much appreciated.

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August 9th, 2016 at 10:04 am

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Books I Read in 2013

Here’s the next installment of my annual tradition. A total of 69 books: 6 fiction and 63 non-fiction.

Best books I read for the first time in 2013: A Short History of Nearly Everything, Last Letters from Hav, A Confederacy of Dunces

Worst book I read in 2013: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Books Read in 2013

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (December 2013)
  • A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (December 2013)
  • Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia (December 2013)
  • Signs, Cures, and Witchery (December 2013)
  • Honey, Mud, and Maggots (December 2013)
  • Witches, Ghosts, and Signs (November 2013)
  • Ether Day (November 2013)
  • Old English Patent Medicines in America (November 2013)
  • Rabies (November 2013)
  • Appalachian Folklore (November 2013)
  • Bleed, Blister, and Purge (November 2013)
  • The Prince of Medicine (October 2013)
  • Encyclopedia of the Exquisite (October 2013)
  • Mystic Healers & Medicine Shows (October 2013)
  • The Name of the Rose (October 2013)
  • Southern Folk Medicine (October 2013)
  • Quack: Tales of Medical Fraud (October 2013)
  • Frontier Medicine (September 2013)
  • A Time of Gifts (September 2013)
  • Strange Medicine (September 2013)
  • The Big Short (September 2013)
  • Black America Series: Gwinnett County, Georgia (September 2013)
  • Vanishing Gwinnett II (September 2013)
  • Victorian Pharmacy (September 2013)
  • Vanishing Gwinnett (August 2013)
  • About Lawrenceville (August 2013)
  • Under the Glacier (August 2013)
  • The Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (August 2013)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day (August 2013)
  • The War of the End of the World (August 2013)
  • How Carrots Won the Trojan War (July 2013)
  • Venice: A New History (July 2013)
  • The Island of the Colorblind (July 2013)
  • Dinner with Persephone (July 2013)
  • Backlands (July 2013)
  • Riddle of the Labirynth (June 2013)
  • Video Night in Katmandu (June 2013)
  • Upshot of Irrationality (June 2013)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (June 2013)
  • Heads In Beds (May 2013)
  • How to Travel With a Salmon (May 2013)
  • Worst Case Scenario: Travel (May 2013)
  • Pillars of Hercules (May 2013)
  • Museum of Lost Wonder (May 2013)
  • Pausanias I (May 2013)
  • A War Like No Other (April 2013)
  • Babylon (April 2013)
  • Weird Life (March 2013)
  • The Ancient Guide to Modern Life (March 2013)
  • The Psychopath Test (March 2013)
  • Visions of Infinity (March 2013)
  • A Tramp Abroad (March 2013)
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs (March 2013)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces (March 2013)
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (March 2013)
  • Pagan Holiday (February 2013)
  • 101 Zen Buddhist Stories (February 2013)
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects (February 2013)
  • The Great Influenza (February 2013)
  • Hojoki (February 2013)
  • Eothen (February 2013)
  • Last Letters from Hav (February 2013)
  • Mazes and Labyrinths (January 2013)
  • Sacred Sites Bible (January 2013)
  • Tao of Travel (January 2013)
  • Eaten By a Giant Clam (January 2013)
  • Travels with Herodotus (January 2013)
  • Wicked Bugs (January 2013)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (January 2013)


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January 3rd, 2014 at 9:35 am

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Books I Read in 2012

Here’s my second annual accounting of all the books that I read in 2012. 76 in total. 49 were non-fiction, which surprised me — I would have thought there would be more novels in the mix.

Best books I read for the first time in 2012: Cloud Atlas. A masterpiece. The Pale King is a close second.

2k to 10k (December 2012)
American Ghost (December 2012)
Amazing Jellies (December 2012)
Speak, Memory (December 2012)
Sacred Sea (December 2012)
Both Flesh and Not (December 2012)
Anabasis (December 2012)
The Woman Who Can’t Forget (November 2012)
Going to Ground (November 2012)
Oblivion (November 2012)
At Home (November 2012)
The Oracle (November 2012)
Creationists (October 2012)
Boneshaker (October 2012)
The Mind’s Eye (October 2012)
Violinist’s Thumb (October 2012)
Taj Mahal (October 2012)
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (October 2012)
Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition (October 2012)
Blind Descent (October 2012)
Laddies and Generalmen (October 2012)
The Riddle and the Knight (October 2012)
Economist Goes to Lunch (October 2012)
The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears (October 2012)
Courtesans and Fishcakes (October 2012)
A Walk in the Woods (September 2012)
The Broom of the System (September 2012)
A Voyage Long and Strange (September 2012)
Mushroom (September 2012)
The River Witch (August 2012)
The Innocents Abroad (August 2012)
Wordy Shipmates (August 2012)
The Art of Travel (August 2012)
Reader’s Block (August 2012)
Cloud Atlas (August 2012)
Glass Bead Game (August 2012)
Packing for Mars (July 2012)
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder (July 2012)
I Should Have Stayed Home (July 2012)
Kruko kaj Baniko el Bervalo (July 2012)
Pluto Files (June 2012)
La Sekreta Miraklo (June 2012)
Sandman: Vol 2 (June 2012)
Green Hills of Africa (June 2012)
Names on the Land (May 2012)
Aristotle and an Aardvark Go To Washington (May 2012)
Consider the Lobster (May 2012)
The Pale King (May 2012)
The Lost Empire of Atlantis (May 2012)
Krakatoa (May 2012)
Gvidlibro por la Supera Ekzameno (April 2012)
Ride the Moon (April 2012)
Fidelity (April 2012)
The River of Doubt (April 2012)
Atlas of Remote Islands (April 2012)
Weird Carolinas (April 2012)
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (April 2012)
State of Wonder (March 2012)
Collapse (March 2012)
Sun After Dark (March 2012)
1493 (March 2012)
Fringe-ology (March 2012)
The Night Circus (March 2012)
The Call of the Weird (March 2012)
Everything and More (March 2012)
Dark Star Safari (February 2012)
Open City (February 2012)
Among Others (February 2012)
The Marriage Plot (February 2012)
The Pale King (January 2012) [yes, I read this twice in 2012]
Ghost on Black Mountain (January 2012)
Absolute Sandman, vol. 1 (January 2012)
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star (January 2012)
Zoo City (January 2012)
Cahokia (January 2012)
Rings of Saturn (January 2012)

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January 1st, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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“The Next Big Thing”

“The Next Big Thing” is a little Q & A making the rounds among literary Southerners (and perhaps other circles too for all I know). Thanks to Beth Duke for tagging me and letting me share a little about my current work in progress (or “work that has progressed”).

What is your working title of your book?
It’s called The Old Weird South, an anthology of new fiction about the eerie, supernatural, macabre, and spooky side of the American South.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
In January 2012, I had the idea to put out a call for short stories from writers near and far. I asked them to submit stories about the supernatural and the South, which is a subject on which I’ve spent years and years. I like editing, collecting, judging, arranging, scheming. And all of this seemed like a good break from the intense five-year project of reading for and writing Auraria, which I’d just wrapped up.

What genre does your book fall under?
There are a lot of genres in this little book. Ghost stories, folk tales, highly literary short stories. What they all share, though, is a Southern setting and the presence of something supernatural. The devil at the crossroads, ghosts haunting a bed & breakfast, Native America legends, immortal mountaineers.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Let’s leave that up to the individual authors. In my own vision, I saw at least two William H. Macy’s, an Andy Serkis, a Morgan Freeman, and a good plenty more.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
“Stretching from the Civil War to the present day, these twenty four new stories visit mysterious bingo parlors and meet devils at the crossroads; they see battles in Florida’s citrus orchards and explore haunted bed & breakfasts.” It’s two independent clauses, but technically only one sentence because of that noble semicolon.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by QW Publishers, LLC.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Submissions came in from January through March. I picked 22 out of 200 by April. Edited throughout the summer, worked with authors into the fall (and recruited two more contributions), got through layout and proofreading by November, and went on sale December 4th, 2012! Just about a year from idea to shelf.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
There’s a great tradition of multi-author anthologies in fantasy and Southern lit.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My own hubris, I suppose. I learned a lot throughout the process, and so the many trials and tribulations were, in the end, rewarding.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
You only have to put up with my writing for two pages, then it’s on to the stories, which are very diverse. Some are humorous, some dark and deadly serious; some in dialect and some not; some as casual and some are dense and literary. Please visit the publisher’s website for two sample stories and more info.

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December 11th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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Mysterious Vegetarian Snack

“Ingredients: vegetarian snack. Warning: do not eat as a snack.” It’s like a Zen koan.

I honestly don’t know what kind of food this is. I found it near the dried mushrooms at the Assi Plaza in Duluth, GA.

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October 17th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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Day 7 Winner: Sarah

And congratulations to Tammy, who was selected by random number as the seventh and final winner of the book-and-gold Auraria giveaway! Thanks, everybody, for helping out!

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July 17th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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Day 6 Winner: Tammy

Congratulations to Tammy, who was selected by random number as the sixth winner of the book-and-gold Auraria giveaway! Today’s the very last day to enter. Find out all the details here:

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July 16th, 2012 at 11:15 am

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Day 5 Winner: Gary

Congratulations to Gary, who was selected by random number as the fifth winner of the book-and-gold Auraria giveaway! There’s still two days to enter. Find out all the details here:

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July 15th, 2012 at 10:49 am

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Day 4 Winner: Mark E

Congratulations to Mark E, who was selected by random number as the fourth winner of the book-and-gold Auraria giveaway! There’s still three days to enter. Find out all the details here:

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July 14th, 2012 at 6:05 am

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