CityPages 2020 Award-Winner Eat My Words Bookstore Distributes What Haunts Us

Congratulations to Eat My Words, Best Used Book Store in the Twin Cities! CityPages announced their annual Best of the Twin Cities on July 29.

Located at 1228 2nd St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413, Eat My Words Books is well-loved by local writers and book lovers. When you’re in Minneapolis, you’re well advised to stop by and browse their 25,000 books in cozy surroundings. Currently open during the COVID-19 pandemic, mask up and check out great deals. Eat My Words carries a wide variety of used books, as well as new publications from Minneapolis and other local authors. Comfy chairs and wi-fi, too. They are happy to fulfill pick up, mail, and nearby delivery orders if you call or email with your reading list.

Through the end of August, Moonfire Publishing is running a special promotion of “What Haunts Us,” by storyteller Loren Niemi. As we announced back in June, Moonfire will be donating all publisher’s profits from the sales of Loren’s 2019 collection of stories to benefit the Black Storytellers Alliance. We’ve now extended the end date – we will donate proceeds from all sales of “What Haunts Us” through August 31, 2020.

When will you have another opportunity to buy an award-winning great summer collection of ghost stories, at an award-winning used bookstore, while supporting a Twin Cities Black-focused arts organization all at the same time?

Like winning the trifecta, you might say!

Eat My Words has plenty of copies of Loren Niemi’s Midwest Book Award Winner “What Haunts Us” in stock. Call the shop at 651-243-1756 or you can stop by from 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm on Sundays.

Moonfire Publishing’s promotion directly benefits The Black Storytellers Alliance (BSA). Since 1976, the Alliance’s master storytellers, educators, and community supporters have been dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora. Find out more on the web at

Smashwords Summer / Winter Sale

12th Annual 
Summer/Winter Sale
Runs July 1-31

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in southern hemisphere. That means it’s time for the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale, our biggest sale of the year!

Moonfire has special deals on selected titles, such as Go Fork Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife, The Vampires Guide to Dining, and The Zombies Guide to Dining.

Whether you’re looking for a great summer beach read or something to warm your heart in front of a crackling fireplace, you’ll find it here!

The 12th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31. Visit the sale now at

The sale already features over 55,000 ebooks with deep discounts of 25%, 50%, 75% and FREE. Over 700 series starters are enrolled in the sale and available for free, joining over 6,000 series starters that are free every day.

Browse by featured titles, discount levels, recently added, and recently purchased. Use our multi-dimensional search filters to drill down to your favorite subcategories.

You’ll find exclusive deals across all major categories in non-fictionromanceeroticafantasymystery & detectivegay & lesbian fictionscience fictionYAhistorical fictionthrillers, and more.

Check out the deals from Sheila MarshallBrenda K. DaviesGemma HallidayLindsay BurokerGinger ScottErica StevensCynthia SaxSam CrescentLeslie LangtryRandolph LalondeJ.M. SynderCarmen DeSousaShani Greene-DowdellJoseph LalloMelissa WrightShayne ParkinsonLaura BaumbachHP MalloryAimee EasterlingL.P. DoverR. CooperElizabeth ReyesLaura LovecraftMia DymondMelissa FosterJeffrey M. PooleRita Hestand, and other awesome authors too numerous to name.

Be sure to visit the sale throughout the month because thousands of new titles will join the promotion each week as the month progresses.

Browse the sale now


Now Accepting Manuscripts

Moonfire Publishing currently has an open submissions period.

Moonfire Publishing seeks out the strange and the unusual. The macabre and the unconventional. Food for the moon to feed the heart and mind, and new expressions of all that is dark and enchanting.

We know that you are creative, talented – you are likely strange and unusual. We like that – you’re our kind of people. And we’d love to see some of your creative work.

We want you to submit your words and art today.

If you have a manuscript or sample chapters, feel free to send a Word doc (or PDF, if you prefer) to submissions @, along with your contact information. View our Submissions page for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Smashwords July Summer / Winter Sale starts tomorrow!

Special sale on Moonfire Publishing E-books during the month of July. Now’s a good time to pick up a Moonfire e-book and take advantage of lower prices. Discounts of 25% off to 50% off on selected titles.

Go Fork and Live Your Best Knife. Now is the time!

Pick up the Smashwords e-book version of Moonfire’s latest release for a special 25% off sales price during the month of July. “Go Fork, Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife!” today.

Grab a copy of The Zombie’s Guide to Dining.

Moonfire’s humorous illustrated dining and drinking guide to the world of zombies explores the various zombie types, and food and drink to sate their ravenous cravings. Get your copy of The Zombie’s Guide to Dining for a special 50% discount.

Drink and Dine with Your Moonfire Desire!

Moonfire’s humorous illustrated cookbook and compatibility guide explores the world of dating and hosting the various vampire personality types that make up the vast legions of the undead. The e-book is 50% off through the month of July at Smashwords. Buy your copy of The Vampire’s Guide to Dining now!

Moonfire Wins 2020 Midwest Book Award!

CONGRATULATIONS to the editorial pros of Moonfire Publishing and to author Loren Niemi on winning the 2020 Midwest Book Award in the Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal category!

Pick up your copy of “What Haunts Us” today. If your local indie bookstore doesn’t have it in stock, the book is distributed by Ingram and they can order it for you. Paperback and Kindle copies can be bought online through Amazon. If you prefer other e-book formats like epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, text, or html, Smashwords can get you hooked up.

If you buy a copy of “What Haunts Us” right now, your purchase also goes to a good cause. From June 12 through August 30, we’re running a special promotion on sales of the title. Moonfire will be donating all publisher’s profits from the sales of the book to benefit the Black Storytellers Alliance and their ongoing work dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora.

We’d like to thank the judges for their selection of this Moonfire Publishing title for a 2020 Midwest Book Award. The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) serves the Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information. MiPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). See the organization’s website at

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Jack Zipes Virtual Book Launch: “The Castle of Truth” and “Johnny Breadless”

A virtual book launch will be viewable on Facebook Live on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 7:00 pm CDT.

Jack Zipes will present two new translations of modern fairy tales: Hermynia Zur Mühlen’s ‘The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales’ and Paul Vaillant-Couturier’s ‘Johnny Breadless.’ The event is being hosted by Magers and Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, MN. Professor Zipes provided review quotes for Loren Niemi’s book “What Haunts Us.”

The author is the translator of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm and editor of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (both Princeton), as well as editor of The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (Norton). He is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Tune in to the Facebook livestream event by accessing this link:

The Castle of Truth is available for purchase online through the publisher:

From the Princeton University Press website; “Hermynia Zur Mühlen (1883–1951), one of the twentieth century’s great political writers, was not seemingly destined for a revolutionary, unconventional literary career.

Altogether, Zur Mühlen wrote thirty novels, mysteries, and story collections, and translated around 150 works, including those of Upton Sinclair, John Galsworthy, and Edna Ferber.

The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales presents English readers with a selection of Zur Mühlen’s best political fairy tales, some translated from German for the first time.

In contrast to the classical tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, Zur Mühlen’s candid, forthright stories focus on social justice and the plight of the working class, with innovative plots intended to raise the political consciousness of readers young and old.

This new Zipes translation of “Johnny Breadless” is available through the publisher’s website at

From Wayne State University Press; “During World War I at Christmas time in 1914 there were sudden widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front organized by the French, British, and German soldiers. They crossed trenches to exchange food, souvenirs, and ideas.

“Paul Vaillant-Couturier (1892–1937) was one of the French soldiers among those who celebrated truce. …after enlisting in the French army and serving in the infantry and artillery, he came to realize how cruel war was and caused the deaths of thousands of young men who sacrificed their lives to protect the interests of the ruling classes.

“Concerned about the future of young people, Vaillant-Couturier published numerous books about the war, and one of his most significant works was Jean sans pain (Johnny Breadless, 1921). It describes a much different education than he had received, for Johnny Breadless is an orphan and does not understand why and how his parents died and why there is no help for him. It is only after he encounters an amazing rabbit who takes him on a trip to various parts of France during World War I that Johnny begins to grasp the true conditions that lead to the exploitation of common people and to wars that benefit the rich. It is in this remarkable fairy-tale novel that a ceasefire takes place—one that gives Johnny hope that people can live together in peace. It is a truce that Vaillant-Courturer “waged” for most of his life.”

Moonfire Special Promo to Benefit Black Storytellers Alliance

Moonfire Publishing is pleased to announce a special promotion of “What Haunts Us,” by storyteller Loren Niemi. Moonfire will be donating all publisher’s profits from the sales of Loren’s 2019 collection of stories to benefit the Black Storytellers Alliance. The donation will be made from all sales of “What Haunts Us” from June 12 through June 27, 2020.

People are encouraged to purchase “What Haunts Us” from their local independent bookseller. In the Twin Cities, bookstores include Eat My Words in northeast Minneapolis; Magers & Quinn in Uptown, Minneapolis; Boneshaker Books online; Subtext Books in Downtown St. Paul; and Next Chapter Booksellers on Snelling and Grand Avenue in St. Paul

The Black Storytellers Alliance (BSA) was founded in 1976. The Alliance is an organization of master storytellers, educators, and community supporters dedicated to maintaining the oral storytelling tradition as practiced by African people in the Diaspora. BSA provides training for those interested in using African-based storytelling methods to reach their audience. Black Storytellers Alliance hosts an annual Master Storytellers Festival at the end of September each year. Find out more on the web at

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association selected Loren Niemi’s What Haunts Us as a finalist in the Science Fiction/Horror/Paranormal category for a 2020 Midwest Book Award. Winners will be announced at the upcoming Midwest Book Awards Gala which will be live-streamed on Friday, June 27 at 7:00 pm. Check the Midwest Book Awards page on Facebook at

Eat My Words in NE Minneapolis has copies of What Haunts Us in stock for purchase, and they are now open for in-store browsing as well as curbside pickup.. Store hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 6 pm on Sundays. Visit Eat My Words on the web at

People can order Loren’s book through Subtext Books, Orders can be phoned in or placed online, and they offer curbside pickup in downtown St. Paul. Next Chapter Booksellers in the Macalester neighborhood can ship your order or have it ready for you curbside. See to order a copy.

Boneshaker Books in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis ships orders placed through their website at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis Uptown is now open for browsing from 12 noon to 5 pm daily, and still offers contactless delivery, if preferred. Check the website for details at

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) serves the Midwest publishing community in a collaborative sharing of publishing, production, promotion, and marketing information. MiPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). See the organization’s website at          

Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MiPA assists members in their publishing initiatives and ongoing endeavors. MiPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other.

Moonfire Publishing LLC is an independent publisher in Minneapolis, Minnesota that specializes in words of wyrd and fascination, stories and images that speak to both the humorous and the Marvelous. Magical realism, paranormal thrillers, and works of speculative fiction realized through text and image.

Live Your Best Knife!

GoForkCanva8x10_XsmallMoonfire Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Go Fork Ye Crooked Spoon and Let Me Live My Knife! by Sheila Marshall and Illustrated by Sarah Marie Wash.

“Nothing is more unsightly and unappetizing than a moiety of chicken with the bones chopped at all sorts of angles with splinters of bone in the meat.”

This whimsical guide to cooking and carving meats is both educational and entertaining. It is written in Shakespearean language and includes amusing quotations – and almost-quotations – from the Bard. Filled with striking illustrations that complement the instructive and sometimes irreverent text, it is a must for every kitchen that holds William Shakespeare and his works in high esteem.

Learn to cook and carve, with hearty laughs all the while!

Now available in Paperback, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords E-Book Editions.

Stories Now and Then

Moonfire author Loren Niemi will be appearing this upcoming weekend at Stories Now and Then at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis. The theatre is located at 506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis MN 55404. It’s a great venue for storytelling.

Loren will be telling “Finding Gregory” on Sunday, the 22nd at 2:00 PM. Also, there’s a great lineup of storytellers all weekend ready to regale you with a wide variety of tales. Click here and scroll down the page for ticketing information and directions.

This will be a great time and an excellent show. Hope you can make it!

It Pleases the King to Perform at the Feast

“Loren Niemi is one of my life and writing heroes. If you don’t know his work, you have wasted your life. Start over and do it right this time, dumbass!”
– Mike Finley, King of St. Paul Poetry

Mike Finley joins the august troupe of performers at the celebration of Loren Niemi’s new book What Haunts Us. Free admission! 7 pm April 13, 2019. Black Forest Festaal auditorium, 1 – 26th Street East, Minneapolis, MN.

Mike Finley’s work has appeared in over 200 books, 400 magazines and periodicals, 2,000 blogs and essays, and more than 25 textbooks and anthologies, including Pushcart Prize IX. He is the 2011 winner of the KPV Kerouac Award for Writing. Mike makes his living writing in St. Paul, Minnesota. He recently made his debut as a bad singer. Kraken Press has been publishing in paper and bits since 1974.