Top 5 summer beach reads. What is dada? Meet 2 authors from Japan. And more!
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Top 5 Summer Beach Reads

Here's our suggestions!


#1 Dark City Lights: New York Stories
edited by Lawrence Block

Great if you need to mentally get off the beach and back to the action of The City.
“A gritty new noir collection.” --am New York
“23 tales mirroring the gritty, crazy, comical, heartwarming and tragic faces of The Big Apple.” --Crime Fiction Lover

#2 My Watery Self: Memoirs of a Marine Scientist
by Stephen Spotte

Warning: May inspire you to immediately take up scuba diving.
"An inviting read that stands out from the crowd of either science books or autobiographical pieces." --Midwest Book Review
"Spotte is a master storyteller, bringing to life the coal miners, gang members, and Inuits he meets on his travels . . . Recommended for readers of memoir and those interested in the intersection between culture and the environment." --Library Journal

#3 Hello Devilfish!: A Novel
by Ron Dakron

Be careful, this one might keep you out of the water!
“It’s like Monty Python acting out a Christopher Moore novel, or Christopher Moore writing a Monty Python sketch, or maybe it’s not like either of those things, and it probably isn’t because it’s one of the more unique stories I’ve read in recent memory and unlike anything you’ll read this year.—Ryan Peverly, LitReactor

#4 Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon
by Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman

Be inspried by the true-life tale of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century.
"An important book. Every woman on both sides of the Pacific should know about Beate Sirota Gordon and what she did for the women of Japan."-- Martha Burk, Money Editor, Ms. Magazine; Director, Corporate Accountability Project, NCWO; Equal Time with Martha Burk, KSFR

#5 Light of the Diddicoy: A novel
by Eamon Loingsigh

A well-spun, thrilling tale of early 20th-century Irish Brooklyn waterfront gangs
"Light of the Diddicoy is written with tremendous flavor and panache, and within its pages is a profound understanding that history is most present when revealed through the lives of characters in a story well told.  Historical fiction at its best."- T.J. English. author, Paddy Whacked and The Westies

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What is DADA?

The latest issue of MAINTENANT: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art has hit the newsstands—for the first time ever, in full color! We thought it might be a good time to offer some background on DADA and what makes it so special to us.

The original Dada movement started in Zurich, New York and Paris in 1915-16 and grew from a feeling of desperation in the face of World War I. Many Dadaists believed that the “reason” and “logic” of a bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war. They expressed their rejection of that ideology through artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality. In addition to being anti-war, Dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature. Tenants of the movement continue through today.

Three Rooms Press draws much of its inspiration from Dada and its legacy, including the beat movement, punk rock, pop art and the underground poetry and artscene. Three Rooms Press is particularly inspired by the life and work of Arthur Cravan. READ MORE

Win a Free Book

Congratulations to our Goodreads Giveaway winners for Last Boat to Yokohama and Weird Girl and What's His Name!


You still have another chance to win a Signed Advance Reader Copy of Weird Girl and What's His Name, as well as a Signed Advance Reader Copy of  Still Night in L.A. and chance to win a copy of Maintenant 9

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Author Profile

Making an impact through writing and art with Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman

Last Boat to Yokohama authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman discuss writing, opera, and Beate Sirota Gordon's legacy with Three Rooms Press editor Constance Renfrow.

This May, we at Three Rooms Press released  Last Boat to Yokohama, a gorgeous tribute to Beate Sirota Gordon, the woman who secretly helped write Japan’s post WWII constitution, drafting an article granting women’s equality, and who, for the next four decades, orchestrated the exchange of arts, culture, and ideas between Eastern and Western worlds. Following two triumphant book launch celebrations in NYC, we’re sitting down with authors Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman for a conversation about books, creativity, and upcoming works.

Read more here

Save the Date

Upcoming Three Rooms Press events.

June 5: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART, Official East Coast Launch Party. Featuring DADA performances and readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended. Admission $8 includes a free drink. Cornelia Street Cafe. 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, 6-8 pm. Details here.

June 10: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART, Madcap Dada Salon. Featuring more DADA performances and readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended, come as you aren't! Free admission. Le Poisson Rouge. 158 Bleecker Street (at Thompson), NYC. 7-9:30 pm. Details here.

June 13: MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART, Official West Coast Launch Party. Featuring the top LA DADA artists and performers, plus readings by contributors to the journal. Costumes recommended. Admission $10 ($5 for students and members).  Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, Ph: 310-822-3006, 8-11 pm. Details here.

July 3: That's Independents is part of The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe, a unique series curated by Three Rooms Press that brings together leading writers, intellectuals, performers and budding rebels on a different topic each month. Other presses include: InDigest Press, Seven Stories Press and Great Weather For Media.

For additional information on any of the above events, please visit our website at or drop us a line at

Coming in October
"In tiny Hawthorne, North Carolina, high school geeks Lula and Roryshare everything--sci-fi and fantasy fandom, an obsession with old X-Files episodes, and the feeling that they'll never quite fit in..."  Coming: Pre-order now on amazon.
“Mystery and thriller aficionados will find familiar names here, but undoubtedly will become newly acquainted with others. One cannot ask for better. . . Pick up DARK CITY LIGHTS—and its predecessors—and see what the excitement is all about.” —BookReporter
Tech-No Prisoners. In full color. Includes work from Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Charles Plymell, Joel Hubaut, Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Alice Bag, Exene Cervenka, Giovanni Fontana, Fausto Grossi and more.

All of us have a lot to learn from Beate Gordon--a woman with the courage to match her convictions..”—Yoko Ono

“Spotte is a master storyteller, bringing to life the coal miners, gang members, and Inuits he meets on his travels...As an ode to watery places, this book is sometimes reminiscent of work by writers such as David James Duncan." —Library Journal, Feb 2015
Cover reveal! Famed poet and author Aram Saroyan makes his first foray into hardboiled crime à la Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammet, all overlaid on a vivid panorama of today's Los Angeles. Coming October 2015.

What's Up?


Events, Tidbits, and Highlights from 3RP Family and Friends

3RP Author George Wallace will appear at two prestigious European festivals this summer—the Ledbury Poetry Festival (Ledbury, UK, July 3-7) and the Festival d'Avignon (Avignon, France, July 8-17)—to read, lecture, lead workshops and engage in collaborative writing projects.  The Ledbury Festival is the biggest poetry festival in England, and according to Andrew Motion, "the best in the country."  The Avignon Festival, considered one of the most important contemporary performing arts events in the world, has as its legendary outdoor performance space the main courtyard of the world-renowned Palais des Papes, the place of residence of the Avignon papacy during most of the 14th century.

Michael Fournier writes: "I'm nine days into a twenty-two day, thirteen-reading East Coast tour as I write this, with another week of dates to follow through the Midwest in July.  Thus far tour has been a blast and a blur--highlights thus far include a reading in Trenton NJ with Black Wine's Jeff Schroeck (his first ever!) and Joe Evans III, and a great reading at Red Emma's in Baltimore with Eric DeJesus and Colin Seven (late of Universal Order of Armageddon).  I'll be reading in Buffalo on 6/2 with Cheryl Quimba and Ben Stein at Talking Leaves."  Want to see Fournier in person? Check out his July tour dates here.

Meagan Brothers will be reading at a Patti Smith tribute at Cornelia St. Cafe, hosted by Aimee Herman and Zita Zenda. Friday, June 19, 6 p.m. Details here. See you there!
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