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Hi. My name is Adam Gnade. I'm from the bordertown of San Diego, California, but I've spent the last ten years homesteading in rural Kansas. I write novels as well as a connected series of audio recordings of writing released on cassette. I've also published a nonfiction book about fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad.

I want to make something big and substantial, something of lasting value--a book you will give your heart to, a record of tracks you can live through during rough times.

This is why I'm here. I don't (just) mean on Patreon, but also HERE and ALIVE and sticking around while so many signs point to throwin' in the towel.

The main thing I look for in the books that I read and the records and films that I love is something to make me feel less alone, to give me a sense of commonality and connection with a world I feel increasingly estranged from.

I want to make art that does the same for other people; the sort of work that makes you go, "That's me. I feel that way too!" or "Okay, this week was hard, but I feel a little stronger now having read that."

I believe storytelling goes beyond entertainment. It's part of how we navigate, heal, and survive. (And sometimes it really is just plain ol' entertainment, and sometimes entertainment is how we navigate, heal, and survive. Both are vital to any culture, global or small.)

In my book the Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad (Pioneers Press, 2013) I tried my best to give ideas that comfort or act as a lantern in the stupid, shitty darkness we all trudge through at some point.

My fiction, both in the books This is the End of Something But It's Not the End of You (Three One G/Pioneers Press, 2020). Locust House (Pioneers Press/Three One G, 2016), Caveworld (Pioneers Press, 2013), California (Double Suns, Oxford UK, 2011), and Hymn California (Dutch Money, 2008) and their recorded audio companion pieces, like my cassette Voicemails from the Great Satan (Three One G), have the same set of ideas--which are what amounts to my own code of ethics and truth. Unlike the Big Sad book, in my literary work they're buried in story, the answers sometimes hidden behind the questions.

If any of my writing has helped you at some point in your life, please consider doing me a solid favor and become a patron of my art. You will keep me fed, housed, and working and I promise to deliver my best, truest things as often as they come.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Please keep fighting, treating people well, and being who you are in this brutal mess of a world.

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