Two years ago as an effort to move toward more publishing projects, Ladybones held a chapbook contest, and Shruti Swamy's short story, "On Kearny," was the winner.
The book is about family, the supernatural, and difference; difference in the most radical ways possible, difference in how and what we are able to perceive in the world around us.
The design for the book developed organically out of the mood of the story. The illustrations, by Annie Axtell, were developed on concert with design of the book. The papers for the trade edition were chosen collaboratively with the author and illustrator.
The makeup of the deluxe edition came together serendipitously, the result of long consideration combined with stumbling upon the perfect materials at a bookbinding store in Paris.
Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Agni, the Kenyon Review Online, the Boston Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Hedgebrook. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.