Ben Parzybok

will forget your name, and feel very badly about it

Sherwood Nation – to be published by Small Beer Press

I’m very happy to announce that my second novel will be published (most likely Spring 2014), by the same great people who published Couch, as well as a ton of other truly awesome fiction.

I can’t begin to say how happy I am to have Sherwood Nation delivered (thanks Eddie!). It’s been a long haul on this book, which I started  in earnest during a two month trip to Brazil in 2009, influenced greatly by visiting favelas there. The book was written pretty much entirely in daily short episodes before dawn and has grown much longer than my original conception of it, to officially be, at least word-count-wise, a large book (~500 pages/160k words). I also consider it to be a ‘big book’, at least in my book, but I suppose that’s for the world to determine. I’m also very happy to have yet another book very much on its way (The Voyage, in collaboration with David Naimon) and a fourth in its infancy. Things feel, as they say, to be rolling.

There was a dark period in my writing life after the completion of Couch (~2006) until 2009. Having to do with, in unequal parts, the raising of young children, general artistic malaise, and an interest in other projects. In my 2009 Brazil trip I did a sort of reboot and have kept a disciplined schedule since, turning out, I’m guessing, about a half million words since if you count short stories, rewrites, and work on the novels. While this is certainly way less than many writers, considering how busy my life is I’m very content with the progress.

Sherwood Nation takes place in Portland, Oregon, a town I love. What do they say?: If you love something, first destroy it, and then rebuild it?  I’m sure you will hear much more about the book in the coming months.



Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson



  1. This is great news! I look forward to reading Sherwood Nation. Hope it makes me think, laugh, cringe, and question as much as Couch did!

  2. Thanks Stephanie! Love your Tumblr.

  3. I anticipate with great curiosity and glee the publishing of Sherwood Nation.
    Until that time I shall continue to cook and eat burritos.

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