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National Small Press Month: An Initiative to Promote Independent Publishers Jointly Sponsored by PMA, CLMP, and the NYCIP


Small Press Month is a nationwide promotion highlighting the valuable work produced by independent publishers. From March 1-March 31, a string of independent, literary events will be take place from coast-to-coast, showcasing some of the most diverse, unique, and significant voices being published today. Some of this year’s featured authors include Walter Mosley, Mike Farrell, Eileen Myles, Hatti Gossett, Steve Katz and many more.

New York, NY, February 01, 2008 --(PR.com)-- National Small Press Month, March 2008:
A Special Focus on the Independents of the Publishing World

As best-selling author Walter Mosley—the face of this year’s Small Press Month Poster—states: "The life's blood of contemporary and modern literature is in the custodianship of so-called small publishers. Without them there is no future for literature."

In celebration of Small Press Month, a nationwide promotion highlighting the valuable work produced by independent publishers, from March 1-March 31, a string of independent, literary events will be taking place from coast-to-coast, showcasing some of the most diverse, unique, and significant voices being published today. Some of this year’s featured authors include Walter Mosley, Mike Farrell, Eileen Myles, Hatti Gossett, Steve Katz, and many more.

The month long celebration kicks off on March 6th at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, followed by readings at the Rain Taxi Reading Series in Minneapolis, Chicago’s Poetry Center, and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles. The month long initiative will be coming to a close with events at New York’s Symphony Space, Portland’s Powell’s City of Books, Virginia’s Festival of the Book and WordTheatre in Los Angeles. Please see below for a more detailed schedule of readings.

Small Press Month, which takes place every year in March, is a grass-roots effort to raise awareness about the pressing need for broader venues of literary expression, as large, international conglomerates are taking fewer risks and publishing for a narrowing perspective. For more information visit, www.smallpressmonth.org.

This initiative is co-sponsored by The New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP), the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), and PMA, The Independent Book Publishers Association, with additional sponsorship from American Booksellers Association/Book Sense (ABA), Small Press Distribution (SPD), Reed Exposition Services (BookExpo America), Association of American Publishers (AAP), Selfpublishing.com, ForeWord Magazine, Ingram Publisher Services, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, and others.

March 6
City Lights, San Francisco, CA
New Lit Generation (Small Press Distribution)

Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY
Eileen Myles (Wave Books), Noella Kocottomblin (Wave Books), Camelia Entekhabifard (Seven Stories Press), Hatti Gossett (Seven Stories Press), Sharon Mesmer (Hanging Loose Press), Dedra Johnson (Ig Publishing), Grant Bailie (Ig Publishing), Camilla Trinchieri (Soho Press), Anne Landsman (Soho Press), Jason Schneiderman (Four Way Books), Alex Rose (Akashic Books), Paul Mills (Bowery Books) and others.

Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI
Patrick Durgin (Atticus Finch)

March 7
Rain Taxi Reading Series, Minneapolis, MN
Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Goransson (Action Books)

Chicago Poetry Center, Chicago, IL
TBA

March 20
Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR
Loila Yuknavitch (Fiction Collective 2), Steve Katz (Fiction Collective 2), Carlton Melick III (Eraserhead Press), Jeremy Robert Johnson (Eraserhead Press), Keith Rosson (arrow Zine), Danielle Dutton (Tarpaulin Sky), Kimberly Warner-Cohen (Ig Publishing), Geronimo Tagatac (Ooligan Press), Kate Lopresti (Microcosm), Mary Rechner (Cloverfield), Mykle Hansen (Afterbirth Books), Kristopher Young (Another Sky Press), Tom Blood (Marriage Records & Books) and others.

March 26
Symphony Space, New York, NY
A night of stories mined from the anthologies of The Pushcart Prize, the honored series that has featured the best stories, poems, essays and “literary whatnot” from hundreds of small presses for over 32 years. Introduced by series founder and Editor Bill Henderson.

March 28
Baroque Literary Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Maclay (University of Tampa, Beyond Baroque), Stephen Kessler (Littoral), and Ralph Angel (Sarabande)

March 29
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H (Akashic Books)

March 30
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
Walter Mosley

March 31
WordTheatre, Los Angeles, CA
TBA

For additional information, please visit www.smallpressmonth.org

Contacts: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
National Small Press Month Coordinator
smallpressmonth@gmail.com
713.449.3129

Debra Williams
Diamond & Company Public Relations
debra@diamondandcompany.com
212.247.3692

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