Well, yes, I’m on your favorite curb with my card table set up and my thermos of soup in front of me, interrupting your stride by calling out, “Books here! CDs! Great birthday and holiday gifts! (Gift wrap not included.)”

And, yes, I’ll personally sign ‘em. I’ll personally send ‘em. I’ll lipstick-imprint ‘em! I’m proud of my work, including the work that has gone out of print. As much as ever, I want it to reach readers.

Okay, yes, this is also a way for me to take your hard-earned money out of your pocket without doing time.

Keep me in The Garage of mcthebookmechanic and out of the state penitentiary: buy some stuff. And, by the way, the same old stuff and new stuff will be available every September.

Thank you, dear readers!

"Mc" in handwritten purple ink


Image of Mc's book cover: "At the Gate of All Wonder"Click here to order a copy!

2018 Update!
 At the Gates of All Wonder

I’m pleased to announce that my newest work, At The Gates of All Wonder (from Tupelo Press), is available for purchase (released September 30, 2018)!

To order copies, just click on the link to Tupelo Press

For more information about the book, including reviews and a video, make your way to my “New Stuff” page!

Abstract art (a photo of curling green grass, pr bamboo, or other plant), on a dramatic black background with yellow borders -- "57 Octaves Below Middle C" by Kevin McIlvoy" in black type on the yellow stripes framing the art.
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2017 Release:
 57 Octaves Below Middle C

57 Octaves Below Middle C (from Four Way Books), is available for purchase directly from the publisher (September 5, 2017).

To order copies, just click on these links to  and/or

For more information about the book, including reviews and a video, make your way to my “New Stuff” page!

Other Titles Are Available Here:

Prices listed include costs for domestic shipping (5-10 days, continental United States). International shipping costs vary. Added fee – email me!

  • THE FIFTH STATION, hardback: $28
  • THE FIFTH STATION, paperback:(alas, not available)
  • HYSSOP, hardback: $28
  • HYSSOP, paperback: $18
  • LITTLE PEG, hardback: $28
  • LITTLE PEG, paperback: $18

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Soon I’ll be offering recordings of some of my work. Links to these will be available soon.


The Fifth Station (MacMillan Chess Library) [Paperback]

Kevin McIlvoy