Posts Tagged: small press
As a poet I get it: talking about “literary infrastructure” is boring. Who wouldn’t rather talk about poets, poems, or aesthetic movements? When we start hearing a lot about the organizations dedicated to supporting authors, presses, and readings rather than the people making literature it probably means those organizations are threatened....more
Chicago’s bookstores, bracing against the looming arrival of a physical Amazon store, are stronger than ever. Check out this roundup of local indie stores.
Korea’s oldest bookstore closed fourteen years ago, but Jongno Books is set to reopen in Seoul....more
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice....more
Welcome to This Week in Books, a new Rumpus column that will highlight books just released by small and independent presses.
Books are more important than ever. As we head into a Trump presidency, we’re seeing attacks on basic constitutional rights, increased hate crimes, and denial of accepted science....more
At Lit Hub, Ilana Masad outlines the importance of publicists in generating buzz for new books in a social media saturated-environment, and the struggle many authors face to generate their own publicity at small presses without the resources to do more:
The difference between being published with a “Big 5” publisher versus a small or independent press is not necessarily how much work the writers have to do, but how much that work gets noticed.
From award-winning indies like Graywolf and Copper Canyon, to the fresh crop of young presses like Yes Yes Books and Topside Press, every press begins with just one book. It can start at a kitchen table or at a pinball machine.
Men need not submit to small press And Other Stories this year, as the independent publisher plans on only printing women in 2018, reports the Guardian. And Other Stories prints 10 to 12 books a year. The decision was made in response to the revelation that less than 40% of Booker Prize submissions are written by women, and many fewer are about women, and a challenge issued by novelist Kamila Shamsie to make 2018 the year of publishing women....more
Ever wonder how books were made before modern printers and computers? At PBS, you can see photos from Arion Press in San Francisco, which makes handmade books using letterpress printing equipment that’s centuries old. In honor of their 40th anniversary, Arion is printing Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass with these traditional methods....more
Writing over at Brooklyn Quarterly, Will Evans discusses why he founded a publishing house dedicated to translation:
In addition to being a philosophical problem, literary translation is also a contentious business matter. There are thousands of good to all-time-great books published in the world every year in every language imaginable, but only a couple hundred of those ever get published in English, and that’s in a good year.
Want to start your own small press and wondering how to go about doing so? Spencer Madsen, founder of Sorry House, is sharing everything he’s learned over at The Toast. Spencer thought up Sorry House at the start of 2013, and in the year since has “seen [his] books go from PDF to featured in Vice, Paper, Nylon, and [here on] The Rumpus.”...more
This massive Milwaukee bookstore is overflowing with small press publications—an awesome bookstore size-to-indie love ratio that doesn’t seem to happen as much as it should.
Besides Woodland Pattern’s impressively diverse chapbook section, the bookstore is integral to the literature community in Milwaukee....more
“According to the Post-Gazette article, writers are realizing how great Pittsburgh is, and moving there en-masse.
“Of course, the article makes clear, it’s not about the money (there is not much)—it’s about being able to attend Encyclopedia Destructica’s weekly ‘binding parties,’ where tomes are produced ‘with a zine attitude and a book aesthetic.’
“Or stumbling upon Dirty Poet’s ‘publications,’ all of which are written on lampposts around town....more