Butler Center Books will publish Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany this fall.

  • Butler Center Books will publish “Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany” this fall.

Portisologists rejoice, for scuttlebutt an official press release has it that Butler Center Books will publish “Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany” this fall!

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The collection — edited by journalist and humor writer Jay Jennings — will pull together fiction and nonfiction pieces, as well as a play and memoir by the author of “Norwood,” “True Grit,” “The Dog of the South,” “Masters of Atlantis” and “Gringos.” The title is taken from a quote by Ray Midge, the narrator of “The Dog of the South.”

“A lot of people leave Arkansas and most of them come back sooner or later. They can’t quite achieve escape velocity.”

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I’m very excited about this collection, but I’ll refrain (at least in this space) from going on and on about how much I love Portis’s books and how I’ve read them over and over and whatnot.

The press release is after the jump.

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