2007 Book Fair Programs Confirmed!

The 2007 Independent & Small Press Book Fair programs are confirmed!  This year promises another great lineup of public programs, featuring a diverse group of literary and indie personalities. Join us December 1st and 2nd for these exciting events, and bring your friends!

Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 6pm

  • [10:30am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] An Insider’s Look at Book Publicity: Essential Tips from Publishing’s Publicists
  • [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)
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] Celebrate 20 Years of our Book Fair: Tama Janowitz (Slaves of New York) & Arthur Nersesian (The F*ck-Up) read from their iconic 1980s novels
  • [5:00pm – 5:50pm] Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive – Memoirist and Nation Columnist
  • [10:00am – 6:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

Sunday, December 2nd, 11am to 5pm

  • [11:15am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye with Katharine Sands
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] Authorpreneurship: Achieving Success with Self-Publishing and Other Publishing Options, with Stephanie Gunning and Richard Ridley
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Qu’est-ce Que C’est Sex and Violence: Permissibility in Translation – Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, Sinan Antoon
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Rugged and Raw: Cutting-edge Urban Readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] The Literary Trivia Quiz Smackdown: A Public Space vs. The New York Review of Books
  • [11:00am – 5:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

The New York Center for Indpendent Publishing is located in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

The Grolier Club Announces Opening of Exhibition Celebrating Benjamin Franklin as Writer and Printer

Opening December 12, 2007, Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer, takes a fresh, even surprising, look at Franklin’s dual relationship to the book as printer and author.  Benjamin Franklin, Writer and Printer is open free of charge and found in the ground floor gallery of the Grolier Club on 47 East 60th Street.  The exhibition, originally conceived as a centerpiece of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s 275th Anniversary celebration in 2006, is curated by Librarian James Green and University of Pennsylvania English Professor Peter Stallybrass.

Incorporating more than eighty artifacts, the exhibition is divided into three main sections, the first focusing on Franklin’s career as a printer, the next on his writing, and the final section devoted to his Autobiography, an international best-seller and the most widely-published autobiography of all time.

The exhibition will also feature rare artifacts not seen in the Philadelphia exhibit such as Franklin’s edition of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, which is the only known copy of the book and the first novel published in America.  In addition, Stephen Elmer’s oil portrait presentation of Franklin, known as “The Politician,” painted in 1780 will be on display thanks to Stuart Karu, the pre-eminent collector of Frankliniana.

This exhibit is open for viewing on Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with the exhibition running through February 2, 2008.

For further information, visit the Grolier Club website at www.grolierclub.org or call 212-838-6690.

Book Fair Author Nomination Period Closed!

Attention 2007 Book Fair Exhibitors!!

The author nomination period is now closed. Unfortunately, due to an overwhelming response and a shorter period for author readings this year, we’ve had to decline many authors. Our selection process is largely first-come-first-serve, with additional consideration given to the diversity of genres represented. This process is in no way affected by the perceived quality or content of the works represented.

The Read-a-ton will take place over the weekend during the following times:

  • Saturday, December 1 – 10:30am to 11:45am
  • Sunday, December 2 – 11:15am to 11:45am

The list of readers and time assignments will be given shortly – please check the blog for any updates! All readers who have been accepted will be contacted, either directly or through their publisher. Presses: please have author contact info and short bio ready (if you have not already sent it).

Thank you all so much for your interest in participating in this year’s Author Read-a-thon! Please direct any questions or concerns to 212-764-7021.

Richard Mantel leads free cover design lecture!

Latest news from GNYIPA (Greater New York Independent Publishers Association):

New York residents are invited to FREE LECTURE from Greater New York Independent Publishers Association November 15 with multi award winning designer Richard Mantel talking about cover design. A question and answer period will follow.

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, Speical Sections Design Director for New York Magazine, and worked over 2 years with Milton Glaser, Inc. He has won awards from The New York Art Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communicationa Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Graphis Magazine. He also was honored with a Grammy for Best Record Jacket, a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators, and 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 to learn of many events and activities this active organization offers publishers and writers.

  • WHEN: November 15, 2007, 1:30pm
  • WHERE: The New York Center for Independent Publishing
    The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building
    20 West 44th Street, New York NY 10036