Author, artist, critic, journalist and Arthur veteran Trinie Dalton has a tasty new book out. Sized to fit in a large back pocket, wrapped in a delicious front/back cover by Matt Greene, Sweet Tomb features the short stories “Sweet Tomb,” “Green,” Accessing the Vein,” “Gardeners Anonymous,” Killer Pair,” “Best Cake Ever” and “Death Wish.” 104 pages of high-quality Dalton for only 7 bucks.

Sweet Tomb is published by Madras Press—a new, non-profit publisher of individually bound short stories and novellas, with a mission to donate all proceeds to charitable organizations chosen by the authors. Proceeds from Sweet Tomb are going to the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, a non-profit California native plant nursery, seed source, bookstore, and education center, open to the public year round. Learn more at

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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