SPLAT: The First Ever NYCIP Graphic Novel Symposium

The New York Center for Independent Publishing is venturing into a new medium with our first Annual Graphic Novel Symposium entitled SPLAT.  It will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2008. 

As graphic novels move further into the mainstream of popular culture, they are attracting more interest than ever before. 

Addressing this recent graphic novel resurgence into the public consciousness, the symposium will provide an opportunity where those interested in finding out more about graphic novels can share the experience;  and would-be creators can learn what it takes to be a graphic novelist.

There will be three different tracks, scheduled between 9am to 5pm, the first track will feature seminars on topics such as “Who Reads Graphic Novels” and “How to Get Published”. The second track will consist of workshops on subjects such as “Story Telling” and “Where to Start with Art”  and the final track will specifically accommodate librarians with panels on acquisition, shelving, censorship, manga, and graphic novels for adults and teens.

Cost will be $125, this will include lunch and the gala reception with the keynote speaker. Full information including registration details will be posted shortly.  

Matthias Kuentzel’s “Jihad and Jew-Hatred”

The 2007 London Book Festival has named Matthias Kuentzel’s Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of greater attention from the international publishing community.

Kuentzel’s work, released through New York-based Telos Press Publishing, traces the alleged impact of European fascism on the Arab and Islamic world, drawing parallels between ancient prejudice and modern radicalism. Now translated to English and updated from its German publication in 2002, Kuentzel’s examination of the roots of the current strife between cultures and religions and its impact on world affairs has earned him considerable praise.

Look for the January 6th review in this Sunday’s New York Times.

Cup and Pen Reading Series Continues December 12!


Cup and Pen puts Calamari Press back under the looking machine and pulls up the rorschachian images presented by their language-driven magazine sleepingfish. New Pages lit review claims “This is a journal where the swish of the cat’s tail might be appreciated for it metonymical qualities before the cat suddenly leaps off the balcony and into a cloud.”

Readings by Alexandra Chasin, Robert Lopez and Eva Talmadge are prescribed by those who care and want to see you reconnect with your inner beautymaker. Emceed by Rebecca Alvarez with as much love as is musterable.

Think Coffee is located at 248 Mercer Street and 3rd Street in New York City. BY SUBWAY: Take the BDFV to Broadway/Lafayette, the 6 to Bleecker, or the NRW to Prince Street

Wordbridge Fair Tomorrow!

On December 8th: the first WORDBRIDGE FAIR in Manhattan.

Plant consciousness crosses roads with speculative fiction and contemporary art show. All day program with authors and artists. Relaxed ambience and music for art viewing, book signings and chit chat between scheduled readings which will begin on time. Check the full program at www.wordbridgefair.org.

FREE OF CHARGE. All day from 3 to 9pm.
Saturday, December 8th 2007.
Salomon Arts Gallery, 83 Leonard Street, 4th Floor.

Members of the press and for press releases, contact Anjula Duggal of LevitatingMonkey at anj@levitatingmonkey.com

Visionary Plant Consciousness 3-4pm
J.P. Harpignies, the editor, will survey some first hand accounts of science’s attempts to understand these ancient and uncommon ways of knowing.

Sheree Renee Thomas, editor of the Dark Matter Series will host presenting authors: ihsan bracy, Jacqueline Johnson, Linda Addison, Gerard Houarner, Celeste Rita Baker, Jill Robinson and Terence Taylor.

GROUP ART SHOW throughout and viewing every other hour after a reading.

Art show featuring works by visual artists Adger Cowans, Jack White, Loren Standlee, Satyakam Saha, Rafael Leonardo Black, Bob K Hill, and Timujin.

Artist submissions and general inquiries: Celina Davis at celinaD007@gmail.com

Wordbridgefair.org is an initiative of Cool Grove Publishing Inc, and is produced with the kind sponsorship of LevitatingMonkey.com, Salomon Arts Gallery, Wanganegresse Press, East of Eighth, Freedom Academic Movement.

Cool Grove Press is a recipient of the 2007-2008 Jerome Foundation/CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines and Presses) Face Out Regrant.

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.

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 (www.overlookpress.com) 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 (christopher@nycip.org). 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 (www.nycip.org), 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: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/.


Periodically Speaking: Literary-Magazine Editors Introduce Emerging Writers at The New York Public Library

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and The New York Public Library present Periodically Speaking, a reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazine collections of The New York Public Library.  Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines – one poet, one fiction writer, one nonfiction writer – introduced by their editors.

In this second program of the fall series:

  • David Hamilton, editor at The Iowa Review, introduces fiction writer Stellar Kim
  • Robert Arnold, editor at Memorious, introduces poet Beth Woodcome 
  • M. Mark, editor at Pen America, introduces nonfiction writer Sarah Messer
  • Reception follows the reading

For details, visit the website at www.clmp.org/news/092507.html 


WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th, 6 – 7:3o PM

WHERE: DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, The New York Public Library Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd (Please Use 5th Avenue Entrance)