Cup and Pen Reading Series Continues November 7!

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents
Calamari Press with readings by Michael Peters and Be Blank Consort

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
8pm-10pm
Free as a bird!

November is celebrate-your-local-experimental-poetry-hero and we’re showing solidarity by inviting the soul-saving Be Blank Consort to perform solo readings of text poetry as well as group performances of collaborative sound and visual poetry. The night is led by core members John M. Bennett, K.S. Ernst, Scott Helmes, Sheila E. Murphy, and Michael Peters. This not-to-be-missed performance will be followed by the you’d-have-to-not-be a fan-of-multi-media-spectacularness-to-miss-this performance by Michael Peters reading from the Vaast Bin (Calamari, 2007).

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse hearily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Think Coffee
248 Mercer St and 3rd Street, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway Lafayette/6 to Bleeker/NRW to Prince Street
(212) 228-6226
www.thinkcoffeenyc.com
http://www.calamaripress.com
http://sleepingfish.net

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

Publisher Invite to Prestigious Book Design Show

The 2008 NY Book Show is one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases for book design and production. Sponsored by the Book Binders’ Guild, the Show encourages, recognizes, honors, and celebrates excellence in book production.

For this year’s 22nd Annual Book Show, the Guild wants to celebrate books by small and independent presses and have asked the NYCIP to let independent presses know of this opportunity. It is a chance to gain additional publicity for your title(s) and to be included in a stunning catalogue of beautifully designed books. Complete instructions for entry are found on the NY Book Show Website. Books must be submitted by November 14th. Judging of the winners will take place on Friday, November 16th.

The Book Show will be held on the evening of March 11, 2008 where all winning entries will be displayed. Because March is also Small Press Month, the judges will in addition to judging individual entries in the 6 categories, will also select small and independent press entries of particular merit and display those books and covers in a special way at the show. Membership in any organization is not necessary to enter. The show will take place at The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, 34th Street and 8th Avenue, New York.

i. Book entries cost $40
ii. Book Series entries cost $50
iii. Cover/Jacket entries cost $30
iv. Cover/Jacket Series entries cost $40

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DONATED TO THE LITERACY ASSISTANCE CENTER OF NEW YORK

For more information, please directly contact Jonh Sinclair, johns@tshore.com or at 734/395-3361.

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series Continues

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents the Barnard Zine Library: a One-Two Zine Reading and Zine Making Event Combination

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse heartily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Leaning into the romantic chill of a new fall, we are more than amped to announce that the Barnard Zine Library will be making literary smores over the flame of our passion! Join us for a one two combination where you’re smacked down with a collection of women zinesters reading from their work and helped up again with a zine making event (materials provided)! No one walks away without an ear full of opinions and a hand sticky with gluestick. Readings from Expertly curated by Zine librarian Jenna Freedman and dutifully emceed by Rebecca Alvarez.

To find out more about the next reading, visit http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen/.

Think Coffee

248 Mercer Street
(between 3rd and 4th Streets)
New York, NY
(212) 228-6226
http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen
http://barnardzines.livejournal.com

open till midnight, everyday
we open at 7am M-F
8:30am weekends

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

Best Short Story Gets $10,000

The Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press present the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize. $10,000 goes to the winner.

The Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius Press present the 2008 Willesden Herald International Short Story Prize, adjudicated by Zadie Smith. This contest is open to all, and it’s free to enter.

The forthcoming anthology, New Short Stories 2 (Pretend Genius, 2008), will feature the 10 short-listed stories, which includes the winning story, together with a selection of other stories commended by the editorial team. The winner receives $10,000.

For submission guidelines and to download the entry form, go to www.newshortstories.com and click “2008”.

Free Lectures from GNYIPA Begin November 15

The Greater New York Publishers Association (GNYIPA) again offers several FREE lectures of interest to writers and publishers. First, on November 15 at 1:30 PM at the New York Center for Independent Publishing (located at 20 West 44th Street) will be multi-award winning designer Richard Mantel, who will discuss cover design, followed by a question-and-answer session. In March, Brian Jud will speak about marketing. Also in the works are discussions on getting books into libraries and E-books.

Richard Mantel’s covers are dynamic, colorful, eye-catching and unforgettable. Richard, in his distinguished, award-winning career has served as Art Director for Columbia Records, Atlantic Records and CTI Records. He was a member of Push Pin Studios for five years, Special Sections Design Director for New York Magazine, and worked for over two years with Milton Glaser, Inc. He has won awards from The New York Art Director’s Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Graphis Magazine. He was also honored with a Grammy for Best Record Jacket, a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. The list goes on.

To attend this Free lunchtime lecture following the monthly business meeting of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association, make reservations at GNYIPA@aol.com. Your reservation is automatically accepted, no reply will be sent unless there is a problem. You are also welcome to attend the GNYIPA meeting which begins at 12:30 PM.

LibraryThing Launches Wiki-ish Initiative Called Common Knowledge

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LibraryThing has recently begun a “social cataloging” wiki-ish initiative called Common Knowledge in order to supplement their existing database with more comprehensive information about authors and their works.  They have already recorded over 17,000 edits from 650 site members.  Common Knowledge will gather more detailed information about the authors (places of residence, awards and honors, agent) and books (important places, character names, publisher’s editor, description).

The appeal of LibraryThing stems from its range of functions as some are interested in its cataloging features while others are drawn to its social aspects.  All information accumulated through Common Knowledge will be fully shareable, under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Publisher Spotlight: Cool Grove Press

coolgrovepresslogo.jpgCool Grove Press is an independent publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. Founded and run by Tej Hazarika, the press is a current recipient of the Jerome Foundation, CLMP Face-Out Re-grant awarded to raise the profile of two of its authors. ‘Small enough’ to publish an average of two titles per year, Cool Grove Press is a member of the New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP) and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).

To better serve and encourage creative communities, on December 8, 2007 the publisher launches the very first WordBridgeFair. This Cool Grove venue was created to help cultivate and showcase talent, and to provide a web based bulletin board and resource site for participating artists and their audiences. Click the link for more information!

Hotel Accommodations Update!

bookfair1.jpgWe recommend that you book your hotel reservations as soon as possible, in order to find less expensive accommodations during the busy holiday season.

The list of hotels below isn’t comprehensive by any means, but is a fair representation. It also includes several hotels located on the same block as the NYCIP. All rates are for a single room for two adults. Many of the hotels seem to offer an AAA discount, so when making reservations, we recommend you mention if you are a AAA member. Also note that rates in Brooklyn may be cheaper, and that Hotel Reservations Network has discounted rates at over 50 hotels in New York.

Various hotel booking websites can be found below.

For your convenience, this information contains up-to-date pricing as well as contact information. Prices listed do not include tax.

Affinia Dumont
150 East 34th Street
212-481-7600
From $432/night 

The Algonquin
59 West 44th Street
212-840-6800
From $579/night

Doubletree Metropolitan
569 Lexington Avenue
212-752-7000
From $299/night

Hotel QT
125 West 45th Street
212-354-2323
From $325/night

Hotel Sofitel
45 West 44th Street
212-354-8844
From $609/night

Hotel Stanford
43 West 32nd Street
800-365-1114
From $309/night

The Iroquois
49 West 44th Street
212-840-3080
From $529/night

The Milford Plaza
270 West 45th Street
1-800-311-4307
From $380/night

New York Helmsley
212 East 42nd Street
212-490-8900
From $415/night

The Mansfield
12 West 44th Street
212-277-8700
From $399/night

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn
888-436-3759
From $459/night

The Pod Hotel (formerly The Pickwick Arms)
230 East 51st Street
212-355-0300
From $139/night

Royalton
44 West 44th Street
212-869-4400
From $799/night

Super 8
59 West 46th Street
212-719-2300
From $389.99/night

The Time
224 West 49th Street
877-846-3692
From $339/night

For reservations, you can book online at www.hoteldiscount.com. Other websites with discounted hotel rooms include www.expedia.com, www.hotels.com, www.hotwire.com, www.priceline.com, www.quikbook.com, and www.travelocitycom. We also suggest checking www.newyork.craigslist.org for private rentals. Bed and Breakfast accommodations are another option.

2007 Book Fair in Six Weeks!

bookfair.jpgAttention All Publishers!

December 1st and 2nd mark the 20th Annual Independent & Small Press Book Fair. This year’s Fair promises to be another great success, as we already have an impressive and diverse list of participating presses.

In addition to our schedule of exciting public programs over the course of the weekend, including a Saturday morning indie reader marathon, we are introducing the Mini-Rights Fair, an industry-exclusive event that will take place Friday, November 30th (check the NYCIP blog for updates).

Would your press like to be a part of this longstanding industry tradition? Come exhibit your books and promote your press with 100 other top-notch indie publishers, as we prepare to take this event into its 20th year.

Our beautiful historic building stands in midtown Manhattan. As the Book Fair’s location for the last 19 years, our home provides a unique ambience – the perfect venue for a book-lover’s paradise!

We’re filling up fast, so be sure to register for your space today! To download the 2007 Book Fair Registration Form PDF, click here. Please keep in mind the Ground Floor Library and Balcony spaces are sold out. All table dimensions and basic Fair info can be viewed in the registration form.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing is an educational program of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen and is located at 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Visit our website at www.nycip.org.