THREE YEARS OF TMB / Book Clubs & Book Bundles & More Books

It's our BOOKSIVERSARY! That's right, Third Man Books turns the big THREE this year, and we are celebrating all month long. It only feels right that we begin with a big bang—which is our first ever chapbook—available for pre-order today!

 VANTABLACK by Nashville poet Ciona Rouse will be available online and in both storefronts August 15th for just $7 (available for pre-sale at the nice price of $5). These limited edition (only 350 made) chapbooks will include a special audio flexi disc postcard of Rouse reading her powerful poem, "On the Sidewalk of Troy, TN, 1904."

What is VANTABLACK? It is Ciona Rouse’s first chapbook of poems and Third Man Books debut title in the publisher’s new chapbook “C" series. It is Rouse’s quiet music played within the language of her poems waiting to scream. It is the music of place, race, sexuality, home, growing up, being grown. It is everything in the life of a word. 


Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poetry has been featured in Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, Native Magazine and She believes in poetry being very public, and curates many poetry events in Nashville.

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And that's not all we got in store. We're including some new book bundles & deals in honor of this momentous occasion because we like to be the gift-givers on our birthday.

TMB roulette

  • Language Lessons for $30 — Saturday, August 5th will be 3 years of Language Lessons and the debut of TMB as a literary publisher. A multimedia boxset of award-winning prose, poetry and music, it would be a sin to not add this set to your shelf and your turntable.
  • Book Club Pricing — Buy 3 or more of the same title and receive 30% off! Get your friends on the same page — books are the gifts that keep on giving. Coupon code at checkout: bookclub.
  • The 3 for $30 — Get 3 different titles for the wow-factor deal of $30! (Some exclusions apply). 
  • Hidden Water Special Edition Giveaway — Both Nashville & Detroit storefronts will have entry slips for book buyers to enter for a chance to win this beautiful boxset honoring the late Southern poet, Frank Stanford

Three cheers for many more to come!