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


For more information, please directly contact Jonh Sinclair, 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

Think Coffee

248 Mercer Street
(between 3rd and 4th Streets)
New York, NY
(212) 228-6226

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 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 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


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!