Book Fair Program Details!

The NYCIP is located in the General Society Landmark Building at 20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves) in Midtown Manhattan. All programs are FREE.

See below for a list of this year’s Book Fair sponsors!

Saturday, December 1st: 11am to 5pm 

Indie Press Author Read-A-Thon: Notable Indie Authors Read Their Work

Deborah Landau – Intima Press
Claude Clayton Smith – Pocahontas Press
Garth Risk Hallberg – Mark Batty Publishers
K.C. Washington – Harlem Writers Guild Press
Matthew Rohrer – Wave Books
Laura Marie Henion – Whiskey Creek Press
Veronica Paulina – Hague Clinton
Francine Trevens – GNYIPA
Perry Brass – Belhue Press
Toni Quest – P.R.A. Publishing

In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica

Learn how to break into the rapidly growing erotica genre, including short stories, novellas, and how to incorporate sex scenes into longer works of fiction. Learn what makes for quality erotica, where to submit your work, joining online critique groups and professional sites, and about the various subgenres of erotica, including erotic romance. Moderated by editor and writer Rachel Kramer Bussel, with authors Polly Frost, Tsaurah Litzky, and Sofia Quintero.

An Insider’s Look at Book Publicity: Essential Tips from Publishing’s Publicists

A discussion among book publicists from a variety of backgrounds about the book industry today. Topics include how a writer should interact with his or her publicist, how a typical publicity campaign works, outside vs. in-house publicists, and how technology has become an increasingly important factor in the book world. With Jean Anne Rose, Pocket Books, Moderator; Lauren Cerand, PR consultant; Sarah Reidy, Soho Press; Kristin Dwyer, Simon Spotlight Entertainment; and Terrie Ackers, Other Press.

Ian MacKaye on Independent Culture: Q&A with an Introduction by Ian Svenonius

A Q&A with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens and co-founder of Dischord Records). Bring your questions regarding the parallels between the worlds of independent music and book publishing, sustainable models for truly independent companies, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Keep Your Eyes Open: Ian Svenonius Interviews Photographer Glen E. Friedman, with Slide Show Presentation

Glen E. Friedman, considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, became well known for working with such rebellious artists as Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., KRS-1, and Public Enemy. Many of his photographs are recognized as the subjects’ definitive portraits. His most recent book, centered around the band Fugazi, is titled Keep Your Eyes Open (2007). Ian Svenonius has been the singer and spokesman for various music groups, including Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, and currently Weird War. Svenonius is also the author of The Psychic Soviet.

Celebrate 20 Years of the Independent and Small Press Book Fair with Tama Janowitz & Arthur Nersesian

In celebration of the New York Center for Independent Publishing’s 1987 inception, this program offers readings from classic works of the 1980s. Tama Janowitz will read from her seminal novel, Slaves of New York, and Arthur Nersesian will read from his cult classic, The F*ck-Up.

Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive

Katha Pollitt is known as a good old-fashioned feminist and leftist columnist for The Nation, as well as a prize-winning poet. Her most recent collection of essays, Learning to Drive, establishes her as an affecting memoirist as well. Katha will read from her collection of witty essays and and reflect on recent political happenings.

Sunday, December 2nd: 11am to 5pm

Indie Press Author Read-A-Thon: Notable Indie Authors Read Their Work

Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) – Allbook Books
Richard Willis – Greenpoint Press
Ihsan Bracy – Cool Grove Press
Doug Snelson – Petalous Publishing

Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye

Literary agent Katharine Sands offers an eye-opening, nuts-and-bolts introduction to pitching fiction and nonfiction book proposals to agents.

Authorpreneurship: Achieving Success with Self-Publishing and Other Publishing Options, With Richard Ridley and Stephanie Gunning

Richard Ridley, award-winning self-published author and publishing consultant for BookSurge, is intimate with the complexities of the publishing industry. Maverick publishing consultant Stephanie Gunning teaches her clients how to partner with their publishers and how not to feel @#%*ed when their books come out.

Qu’est-ce Que C’est Sex and Violence: Permissibility in Translation with Panelists Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, and Sinan Antoon

Sex and violence are universal traits but are different cultures ready to share and experience each other’s transgressive writings through the bridge of translation? A panel with Bruce Benderson, Slava Mogutin, Sinan Antoon and Amy Scholder moderated by Tom Roberge, Managing editor of A Public Space.

Rugged and Raw: Cutting-Edge Urban Readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich

It is rare to find exceptional authors whose verbal presentation is as captivating as their written word. This program presents three of those rarities. For anyone who equates readings with boredom, this will be a welcome blast of literary caffeine.

The Literary Trivia Quiz Smackdown: A Public Space vs. The New York Review of Books

A lighthearted face-off between two notable literary publications, A Public Space and The New York Review of Books, with emcee Tim W. Brown and adjucator Dr. Mark J. Noonan, Dept. of English, New York City College of Technology, and Executive Editor, Columbia Journal of American Studies. The New York Review of Books team will be represented by Catherine Tice, Associate Publisher, Michael Shae, Senior Editor and Edwin Frank, Editor, NYRB Classics. They will battle writers and editors from A Public Space.

The New York Center for Independent Publishing gratefully acknowledges the support of amNew York, BOMB Magazine, BookExpo America, Pen American Center, BookSurge, The Brooklyn Rail, Copyright Clearance Center,, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Thomson-Shore, Ingram Publishing Services, Inc., Whitehurst & Clark Book Fulfillment, and WBAI. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.


Important Book Fair Program Change!

Please note the following program change for Saturday, December 1st:

  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) on Independent Culture: Q&A with an introduction by Ian Svenonius
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Keep Your Eyes Open: Ian Svenonius Interviews Photographer Glen E. Friedman (with Slide Show Presentation)
  • For a complete list of 2007 Book Fair programs, click here.

    See you at the Fair!

    Star-Studded Literary Cast Heads Off 2007 Book Fair!

    The 20th Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair takes place on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, at the New York Center for Independent Publishing (an educational program of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen), at 20 West 44th Street in New York City. With over 100 cutting-edge presses from the U.S. and abroad, exhibiting some of the most innovative books in contemporary literature, the Book Fair is classified amongst the most notable independent publishing events of the year. Admission to the Fair is FREE and open to the public, although a suggested donation of $1 is encouraged.

    In addition to the diverse array of exhibitors offering notable books for sale, the weekend is packed with a variety of literary, publishing and cultural events. This year’s events include a Q&A with Fugazi founder Ian MacKaye; cutting-edge urban readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich; an erotica novel panel moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel, a conversation with memoirist and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt, and Katharine Sands will be showing us how to catch a literary agent’s eye in her panel, Making the Perfect Pitch. Also, the literary cafe provides an opportunity to meet and mingle.

    In conjunction with the Book Fair, the New York Center for Independent Publishing hosts its first Mini-Rights Fair on Friday, November 30th at 2pm. This event is designed to provide publishers with invaluable information regarding sub-rights and foreign rights sales. Activities include an educational panel and a keynote address from Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers and former Congresswoman.

    Since its inception in 1988, the Independent and Small Press Book Fair has served as a lively exploration into the world of indie publishing. Over the years, it has grown in size and ambition, but its core purpose remains the same: to draw greater attention to an essential sector of the publishing industry. Last year’s Fair drew over 3,000 attendees.

    This year’s Fair is sure to continue its tradition of excellence. For more information on the Fair, contact the NYCIP at 212-764-7021, or email, or visit the website at

    The New York Center for Independent Publishing gratefully acknowledges the support of AM New York, BOMB Magazine, BookExpo America, BookSurge, Brooklyn Rail, Copyright Clearance Center,, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Thomson-Shore, Whitehurst & Clark Book Fulfillment, and WBAI. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.

    Peter Mayer to be Honored at 2007 NYCIP Benefit

    Click here to purchase tickets to the Gala Benefit

    Peter Mayer, publisher of Overlook Press, will be this year’s recipient of the New York Center for Independent Publishing’s (NYCIP) Poor Richard Award for outstanding contributions to independent book publishing. The award will be presented to Mr. Mayer by special guest presenter Ed Victor, the internationally renowned literary agent, at the NYCIP’s Winter Benefit. The Center is an educational program of the non-profit organization, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen (GSMT).

    The Benefit will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2007, at The General Society’s literary landmark building at 20 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The reception, which begins at 6:00 P.M. with cocktails and music by Judy Garland’s former accompanist, will be followed by an award ceremony at 6:45 P.M. Sara Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of the venerable publishing trade magazine Publishers Weekly, will co-host the benefit.

    Formed in 1971 by Peter Mayer and his father, The Overlook Press ( is a home for distinguished books that have sometimes been “overlooked” by larger houses, although the company’s name comes from Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, New York. At the time of Overlook’s founding, Mayer was head of Avon, a large New York-based paperback publisher. He later went on to head Penguin’s worldwide publishing from London. In 1997, after 19 years with the company, Mr. Mayer began his dream job, at age 61, as a full-time independent publisher. Milestone books by Overlook range from Industrial Design by Raymond Loewy and Milton Glaser’s Graphic Design to the 17th century Japanese martial arts treatise, A Book of Five Rings, which has now become a perennial business bestseller, and Charles McCarry’s legendary espionage novels. Joseph Roth’s The Radetsky March, Robert Littell’s The Company, Penny Vincenzi’s great British sagas, the fiction of Charles Portis and Paul Cartledge’s works on ancient history are further examples of Overlook’s independent spirit. In recent years, The Overlook Press has brought back to life Ardis, the spunky outlet for Russian literature, and Duckworth in England, perhaps the oldest independent publishing house in the UK.

    “We feel privileged to be honoring an independent publisher of Peter’s stature,” said Karin Taylor, the NYCIP’s Executive Director. “The Poor Richard Award is a way of recognizing the importance of independent publishers to our society. Peter’s decision to leave the corporate publishing world and enter the field of independent publishing full-time is an inspiration to our publisher members. Most important, in this era of thinning mid-lists, Overlook is a refuge for meritorious books that might otherwise go unpublished.”

    Past recipients of the Poor Richard Award include Peter Workman (Workman), Morgan Entrekin (Grove/Atlantic), George Plimpton (The Paris Review), Florence Howe (Feminist Press), Andre Schiffrin (The New Press), and NYCIP board member Barney Rosset (Grove Press).

    Benefit tickets start at $75 and are available by calling the NYCIP (212.764.7021) or by emailing Christopher de la Torre ( All proceeds will benefit the Center for Independent Publishing, a non-profit cultural and educational program of the GSMT, serving the independent publishing community. Tickets are fully tax-deductible.

    Entertainment will be provided by cabaret performer and indie press author John Meyer, whose material has been performed by Eartha Kitt, Julie Wilson and Judy Garland.

    About the NYCIP. The NYCIP (, founded in 1984 as the Small Press Center, has been at the forefront of the independent press movement for over two decades. The mission of the NYCIP is to provide access to education and expertise in the field of independent publishing, by encouraging excellence and free expression in book publishing through workshops, lectures, book fairs, exhibits, and an extensive reference collection. The Center carries on the tradition of the historic General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, itself founded in 1785 to provide cultural, educational, and social services to members and their families.

    For sponsorship, tickets or more information about the December 13 fundraising Benefit at the Center for Independent Publishing, please call 212.764.7021.

    Library of Congress Joins World Digital Library Project

    According to The New York Times, the Library of Congress has agreed with UNESCO to join the World Digital Library Project, currently in its testing phase and not available for public use until next year.  “The digital library is searchable in seven languages, with video commentaries from curators alongside material including original maps, manuscripts, photographs and recordings.”  The purpose of this project is to make the collection available to users of personal computers and electronic hand-held devices, including those inexpensive laptops that are being distributed in the developing world, with the intent of bridging the digital divide by providing free online access to the library’s collection.

    Review in Publisher’s Weekly Leads to Multi-Million Dollar Book Deal for Independent Book

    According to Publisher’s Weekly, The Lace Reader, an independently published debut novel by Brunonia Barry, that received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly in early August has now received a seven-figure world English rights deal with William Morrow for that book and a second.  Several publishing houses competed for the rights including Grand Central and Hyperion, with Laurie Chittenden from Endeavor succeeding in acquiring the rights.  “This is the first major book deal for Endeavor’s new literary arm, and Chittenden has had some success with independently published debuts before – most recently, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Christmas Box.”

    The Lace Reader focuses on a young woman who can foretell the future in patterns of lace.  She returns to her hometown of Salem, Mass., for rest and relaxation that is cut short by the suspicious death of her beloved great-aunt.  Excerpts from a fictional book, The Lace Reader’s Guide, written by a fictional character from the actual novel begin each chapter, and provide their own foreshadowing and insight into the novel’s plot.  A projected publishing date for The Lace Reader is fall 2008 for Morrow in the U.S. and Harper in the U.K.   

    Is your newly published work worth $12,500?

    Nominations are now being accepted for the third William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recongizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $12,500 award for the winner in each category,

    The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and sylistic innovation. While normally biennial, this third round of the award is on a triennial schedule, having been timed to coincide with the Saroyan Centennial celebrations taking place in 2008. For more information on the prize, including entry forms and rules, visit the Saroyan Prize website: