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.


  1. It might be a good idea to include your address where one can easily find it.

  2. Thanks for the great suggestion, Dean! We’ve included our address in this post, as well as in the “About the NYCIP” page on the blog. You can always, of course, find general information on the NYCIP at our website:

  3. Hey folks .. great line up …but one small complaint ..why all women In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica. When I see that that Perry Brass a gay author I have been reading for years will be present … why shouldn’t a gay male writer also be on this ind of panel .. walking a path between narrative fiction and porn is one that Brass is an expert at ….. Or if it is a panel about women writes and erotica .. than simply say it ..No beef here with that concept … but the panel is listed as something else.


    I trust that one of hte women listed is a lesbian author ..

  4. Are all of the events a part of the book fair free to the public? Thanks!

  5. All events are free to the general public, but get there early if you want a spot!

  6. is there any place we can see a list of the exhibitors?

  7. of course! Just go to our homepage at and click the link to the “2007 Book Fair Program PDF.” Everything for the entire weekend is there!

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  10. […] En la reunión anual de publicaciones independientes de este año, los músicos independientes también tienen algo que decir. El sábado, Ian MacKaye productor de hard core y miembro de Fugazi, Ian Sevonius de The Make-Up, van a compartir su experiencia anti-establecimiento en una charla sobre los parelelos entre la esfera punk ‘ rock y la literatura. También hay lecturas de autores como Tama Janowitz y Amiri Baraka y diferentes conferencias. la programación completa acá. […]

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