Tricia Reeks, publisher at Meerkat Press, announced the acquisition of worldwide English language rights to Keith Rosson’s novel, Smoke City, from Christopher Schelling of Selectric Artists. This is the second of Keith’s books to be published by Meerkat and is set to release in January 2018.

In Smoke City, Marvin Deitz—record store owner, hospital volunteer, remorseful reincarnation of Joan of Arc’s executioner—heads to Los Angeles to ask forgiveness from a woman claiming to be Joan; he’s picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife’s funeral, and as they move through a California landscape populated with “smokes” (ghostly apparitions that’ve inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in their own way.

“Keith’s book is magical realism at its finest,” said Reeks, “with such deep and vivid characters, I found it impossible to put the book down.”

“It’s great to see that Meerkat’s continuing their trajectory of publishing genre-blurring work,” said Rosson, “and I’m very pleased that this novel is going to get released out into the world.”


Keith Rosson is the author of the novel The Mercy of the Tide, and his short fiction has appeared in Cream City Review, PANKDecember, The Nervous Breakdown, and more. He’s also the author of The Best of Intentions: The Avow Anthology, an omnibus collection of his long-running punk fanzine, Avow, as well as an illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that include Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and others.


Selectric Artists is an agency for literary and talent management, founded and run by Christopher Schelling in 2011. Selectric’s client list spans a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including New York Times bestselling memoirist Augusten Burroughs (Lust & Wonder), YA novelists Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and Cinda Williams Chima (Flamecaster) and musicians like New York-based pop-rock duo, the Skivvies.


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