New Novel, Tollbooth, Officially Released, yo

tollbooth cover b&W

Ok, just skidded into my office and put on Led Zeppelin IV. I’m guzzling coffee and I’ve got the window wide open. New York City is going haywire. They’re filming a Jennifer Aniston movie on my block.

So, I wanna mention, Tollbooth is officially out today. By that, I mean, the novel is finally available on Amazon as a print, on Kindle as an ebook and I am mailing out signed copies of it to whoever is interested. I’ve got a few boxes of the books sitting around from the publisher, Piscataway House, because I am sending them out to reviewers and gotta have them available for readings, so if you would like one direct from me, don’t be shy, sir or madam, but you know the deal, I’ll gladly send you one (The Idiom has donated a ton of free zines and such that I will include in the package.)

Otherwise, you know, the internet will always have the damned thing in stock.

If you wanna see what’s going on with the novel, here is a sample (I will eventually serialize THE ENTIRE BOOK, on this website, Tuesday and Thursdays at noon, so subscribe to this site if that’s your bag, ya know, reading a  serialized novel on company time or whatever.)


 Tollbooth logo

“A gloriously deranged, endless orginal adventure through every day bat country.” – Gabriel Ricard, Drunk Monkeys

Jimmy Saare collects tolls on the New Jersey Parkway. He’s had a mental snap, as a result, is becoming uncontrollably fixated with the 19 year old Gena who works the copy machine at Officetown. Despite his wife Sarah’s impending pregnancy, Jimmy pursues his desire for Gena, unexpectedly becoming more entangled with the strange manipulations of an anarchistic teenager, Kid with Clownhead, who wants to start his own destructive cult when he grows up.


I am also signing copies
and snail mailing direct to you for
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Here’s what peeps are saying:

  • “A tantalizing joyride of contemporary American dysfunction …”
    – Zygote in My Coffee
  • “Bud Smith’s Tollbooth is like the car accident of a book that everyone slows down for, to watch along their way to wherever–the type of car accident that creates a 30 mile stretch of idling vehicles.” Aaron Dietz, author of Super
  • “At the intersection of the mundane and the surreal you’ll find Bud Smith. Poetic, profane and bizarre, Smith’s characters and the world he creates simultaneously attracts and repulses; just when you think you’ve got the characters pegged they do something wonderful like shitting in a box or disgusting like falling in love. Outrageous and frighteningly real, Bud Smith’s writing is always beautifully written and  wildly entertaining.” – Martha Grover, Author of One More for the People.
  • “There are two types of people: tollbooth operators and people who think there are people who aren’t tollbooth operators. Bud Smith’s Tollbooth is about you, whether you like it or not. You most likely do not work in a tollbooth but chances are you do know what it’s like to work a mind-numbing job. Chances are you also know what it’s like to make life-changing mistakes. And I hope to goodness and back that you also know what it’s like to take a risk that will possibly change everything for the better. Tollbooth has all of these things, but you probably know that already because you’re in it.” Aaron Dietz, author of Super
  • “Tollbooth: better than Madame Bovary, not as good as masturbation.” – Martha Grover,  Author of One More for the People.

Thanks again for reading, I sure do appreciate it. Much love to the guys at Piscataway House and The Idiom for all their hard work on the book. It’s been a real great project. Check them out, by clicking on the doghouse down there.



14 Replies to “New Novel, Tollbooth, Officially Released, yo”

  1. Hello, This book sounds very interesting!! Need to read it!!! Could I please get a signed copy! Thank you so very much!!

  2. I’ll order a copy if you promise to sign it in blood and inscribe something completely inane, like, “I have a red fishing tackle box on the kitchen counter. It is glowing.”

    Or I could just shut the fuck up and order it, and you can sign a copy of your book. Either way, it’s a win-win for both parties.

    I’m looking forward to reading this. Much luck to you, brother!

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