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 

10:30am-11:45am
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

12:00pm-12:50pm
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.

1:00pm-1:50pm
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.

2:00pm-2:50pm
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.

3:00pm-3:50pm
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.

4:00pm-4:50pm
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.

5:00pm-5:50pm
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

11:15am-11:45am
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

12:00pm-12:50pm
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.

1:00pm-1:50pm
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.

2:00pm-2:50pm
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.

3:00pm-3:50pm
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.

4:00pm-4:50pm
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, mediabistro.com, 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 nycip@nycip.org, or visit the website at www.nycip.org.

    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, mediabistro.com, 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.

    2007 Mini-Rights Fair Program Confirmed!

    How could the NYCIP possibly make a perfect Book Fair weekend even better? All exhibiting publishers are invited to take part in the Inaugural NYCIP Mini-Rights Fair!

    **WHEN: Friday, November 30th, 1 – 6pm

    **WHERE: NYCIP, 20 West 44th St., New York City

    **RSVP TO: christopher@nycip.org

    Sub-rights and foreign rights are an extremely lucrative additional revenue stream for independent publishers. At our first Mini-Rights Fair on the afternoon of Friday, November 30th, we hope to assist you by supplying essential information on how to increase your rights sales, as well as providing a collegial atmosphere to network with some of the movers and shakers in the sub-rights and foreign rights industries. Questions addressed will include:

    • What are the different types of subsidiary rights?
    • How can I increase sales to these markets?
    • What are the best international markets for my books?
    • Should I be attending international rights fairs?
    • How does licensing actually work?
    • Should I be granting electronic rights to my books?

    Pat Schroeder, President of AAP will also be giving a keynote address to conclude the afternoon’s program and kick off the Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception. Participation is currently limited to Book Fair exhibitors and is FREE. See below for program details.

    • [1:00 – 1:45pm] Publishers set up a selection of books in the Library and Balcony exhibition spaces 
    • [1:45pm] Brief Remarks on Copyright from Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center 
    • [2:00 – 3:30pm] How to Get the Most out of Your Foreign and Sub-Rights Sales: A panel with some of the country’s leading rights agents 
    • [3:30 – 4:30pm] Network with Foreign Rights and Sub-Rights Agents
    • [4:30 – 4:45pm] Keynote: Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers (AAP), and former Congresswoman
    • [4:45 – 6:00pm] Pre-Book Fair Cocktail Reception (Booksellers, Librarians and Industry Professionals will also be invited)

    We hope that you will join us for this exciting landmark event! The Mini-Rights Fair precedes the 20th Anniversary Independent & Small Press Book Fair, held on December 1st and 2nd (for more info on how to reserve your space for the Book Fair, go to www.nycip.org).

    The Mini-Rights Fair will take place on the ground floor Library and the Balcony of the NYCIP in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen landmark building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

    **Feel free to leave us a comment or a question on this post!**

    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.

    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.

    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.

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