After participating in the Pop-Up Bookfair at The Empty Bottle last Sunday, I think all bookfairs should be at a bar. It was great fun–the patrons and sellers got mellower as the music amped up.
To my right were Gina Frangello and Leah Tallon representing Other Voices Books. In addition to publishing books like Currency by Zoe Zolbrod and How to Hold a Woman by Chicago’s own Billy Lombardo, Other Voices will be holding its first summer writing workshop, Other Voices Queretaro, July 5-14 in Mexico’s beautiful central highlands. Workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction will be taught by Pam Houston, Josip Novakovich and Rob Roberge.
I shared a table with John Wawrzaszek and other writer/artists from the Chicago Zine Fest. If you don’t know about Chicago Zine Fest, it is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work.The goal is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact, and swap skills through tabling, community events, and workshops. The next Chicago Zine Fest will be held March 8 and 9 at Columbia College.
Also on hand were friends I had made at previous bookfairs such as Jason Pettus of Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). CCLaP’s books are one of a kind. CCLaP’s latest book is Famous Drownings in Literary History, Essays on 21st Century Jewishness by Kevin Haworth. I also wished congrats to Moira Pujols whose Revista Contratiempo just celebrated its 100th issue.
Want to submit to Graze? Here’s what editors seeks: “We’d like you to contribute some literary scribbles to our project. This could be … A piece of fiction—humorous, serious, or not quite either; a journalistic look at food politics; a poem; a play or scene; a pseudo-scholarly look at food in literature, history, music, or film; a creative non-fiction essay; a weird, surprising thing that you put together. We ask that written pieces be under 5,000 words. Graze issue three deadline: December 20, 2012.”
The poetry publisher that caught my attention is Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes affordable, well-designed chapbooks, broadsides, french folds, and other printed matter featuring lyrical writing that quakes and rattles. On hand at the table was Nathan Hoks, a poet whose book Reveilles was put out by the London publisher Salt Publishing.