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A Mile Down

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* Extract to be placed in national newspaper on publication * Interviews in major broadsheets in Australia and New Zealand * Interviews on national radio such as Radio National's Life Matters and Radio NZ's Kim Hill * Wide review coverage in broadsheet and tabloid newspapers * Wide review coverage in women's magazines, literary journals and other magazines * Wide review coverage online * Author will be a guest of major writers festivals in Australia in 2014 * Limited number of reading copies available to the trade * Shared advertising in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review and the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups, including book lovers like CAE and Good Reads * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Banner advertising on bookseller websites

About the Author

David Vann was born in Alaska and comes from a family of sinkers. His father sank a new cabin cruiser in Alaska, right in the marina, by forgetting to put in the drain plug when he launched. Vann's grandfather sank an old converted Navy cruiser on a lake in California. His uncle sank the same boat twice in Idaho. Vann himself sank in the Caribbean on his honeymoon, as chronicled in his best-selling memoir, A Mile Down- The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea. Every family has to be good at something, and Vann is hard at work continuing the tradition. Last year, he built a 52-foot aluminum trimaran for a nonstop solo circumnavigation for Esquire magazine and had to turn back because the boat was about to fold in half. He's also had run-ins with pirates in Mexico, which he wrote about for Outside magazine, and he's sailed by land from Florida to California for Men's Journal on a 'Blokart,' a tricycle with a sail (made in New Zealand, where Vann has residency). He also loves to sail the Mediterranean, and once lost a rudder off Morocco. In Legend of a Suicide, though, Vann turns to fiction to write about the defining disaster of his life, the suicide of his father when Vann was 13. The book is the winner of the Grace Paley Prize and was named a Notable Book of 2008 by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star,


'David Vann has created a tale of hubris and endurance that is both exciting and beautifully written.' -- Keith Scribner 'A Mile Down would be a cautionary tale for anyone who dreams of the freedom of the high seas-if only it wasn't so damn exciting...' -- Stewart O'Nan, author of Songs for the Missing 'At once memoir, confession, travel book and thriller, David Vann's A Mile Down is so vivid and intense you will dread to see it end...The book is a testimony of passion and courage in deadly storms and scarier calms, of a man wrestling with his ghosts and gifts in the very shadow of paradise.' -- Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek 'A fast-moving story of endurance.' NZ Listener 'A Mile Down is a gripping story and an incredibly candid character exploration. And Vann writes so well that even the technical details are a joy to read.' Bookmunch 'Rarely has a memoir combined such raw self-exposure with such ultimately consoling insight.' New Statesman

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