December 9th, 2010 / 11:47 am

Holiday Sales

I’ve tried to gather after the jump as many holiday sales as I could find over the weekend. Secret Santas, pay attention; some of these sales go above the $20 limit, but you can always keep some books, send other books, or bust the limit knowing you might not get the same in return. Any editors/publishers who’d like to drop their special on our internet, do so in the comments or email me and I’ll add the sales here. For those not in Secret Santa, many of these will still apply to you, though some are only for Secret Santa participants. If you haven’t, please consider signing up to participate in the exchange.

Action Books

Action Books is offering their three latest titles for %50 off. $24 for Don Mee Choi’s The Morning News Is Exciting!, Songs for His Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita, and Hank by Abraham Smith.

Birds of Lace Press

Gina Abelkop of Birds of Lace Press has wonderfully offered HTMLGIANT readers $10 (including shipping) on The Birdwisher by Anna Joy Springer, instead of the usual $16 total. The Birdwisher recently got a nice review at Montevidayo. To take advantage of the sale, go here and enter the following coupon code: htmlgiant.

Black Ocean

Join the Big Black Heart Campaign.


A + J of Caketrain let slip a secret holiday deal in the comments section of our original HTMLGIANT Secret Santa gift exchange announcement. $20 for issues 08 and 06 of Caketrain plus two chapbooks. Free domestic shipping as always. This deal is only for those participating in the gift exchange. You must go to their comment in order to take advantage of the deal.

Coffee House Press

All books in their catalog are 25% off for the month of December. We recommend Kate Bernheimer’s Horse Flower Bird, Andrew Ervin’s Extraordinary Renditions, or Dear Sandy, Hello: Letters from Ted to Sandy Berrigan.

Dalkey Archive

Dalkey Archive breaks wallets with their huge seasonal sales, 10 for $70 and 20 for $125, so you might be out of the $20 Secret Santa limit. Order it early so you can pick out two books to send in your exchange and keep the others. Sleepwalker by John Toomey looks good, as does The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz.

Dzanc Books (including imprints)

For their holiday sale, the people of Dzanc are giving us free shipping on individual titles, and $30 three- and $40 five-book bundles. Send two to in the gift exchange Take a look at Robert Lopez’s Asunder (whose Kamby Bolongo Mean River Blake said was one of his favorites last year), Matt Bell’s How They Were Found from Keyhole, and Terese Svobado’s Pirate Talk or Mermalade, the first chapter of which we published here.


Aaron Burch is sending flasks to everyone who subscribes to the print magazine by December 15th. Note: you’ll have to fill the flasks yourself.


Many titles in the backlist are on sale right now.


Ploughshares says, “For every gift subscription you purchase for a friend or family member, you’ll receive a complimentary 1-year subscription (or renewal on an existing subscription) for yourself!” Go to their site to do the deal.


Sarabande is offering a simple two-for-one sale during the month of December.


The holiday specials at sunnyoutside are too numerous to describe. Click over and look around for yourself.

Ugly Duckling Presse

UDP is doing a special deal on 0 to 9. Of 0 to 9, UDP says, “From 1967 to 1969, Vito Acconci & Bernadette Mayer collected the works of the some of the most exciting artists and writers for their mimeographed magazine, 0 TO 9. Robert Barry, Ted Berrigan, Clark Coolidge, John Giorno, Dan Graham, Michael Heizer, Kenneth Koch, Sol LeWitt, Jackson Mac Low, Harry Mathews, Adrian Piper, Bern Porter, Yvonne Rainer, Jerome Rothenberg, Aram Saroyan, Robert Smithson, Alan Sondheim, Hannah Weiner, and Emmett Williams, among others, were contributors.”

Wave Books

Wave is doing a ‘prose pack special’ through January 1st. You get Bluets by Maggie Nelson, The Most of It by Mary Ruefle, and Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee by James Tate. $40 worth of books for a $25 price sticker and free shipping. Click here to get the fun.



  1. Mark C

      oh my goodness, i’m about to spend so much money on myself.

  2. Ploughshares

      Sorry for the shameless plug, but Ploughshares has a promotion where you get a free one year subscription (or renewal) for yourself if you order a gift subscription before 12/31/10. Details here:

  3. Ryan Call

      not shameless! thanks, i added to the list too.

  4. Ploughshares

      Thanks! Greatly appreciated.

  5. mudlove