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.
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.