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!**

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.

Cup and Pen Reading Series Continues November 7!

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents
Calamari Press with readings by Michael Peters and Be Blank Consort

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
8pm-10pm
Free as a bird!

November is celebrate-your-local-experimental-poetry-hero and we’re showing solidarity by inviting the soul-saving Be Blank Consort to perform solo readings of text poetry as well as group performances of collaborative sound and visual poetry. The night is led by core members John M. Bennett, K.S. Ernst, Scott Helmes, Sheila E. Murphy, and Michael Peters. This not-to-be-missed performance will be followed by the you’d-have-to-not-be a fan-of-multi-media-spectacularness-to-miss-this performance by Michael Peters reading from the Vaast Bin (Calamari, 2007).

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse hearily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Think Coffee
248 Mercer St and 3rd Street, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway Lafayette/6 to Bleeker/NRW to Prince Street
(212) 228-6226
www.thinkcoffeenyc.com
http://www.calamaripress.com
http://sleepingfish.net

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

Publisher Invite to Prestigious Book Design Show

The 2008 NY Book Show is one of the nation’s most prestigious showcases for book design and production. Sponsored by the Book Binders’ Guild, the Show encourages, recognizes, honors, and celebrates excellence in book production.

For this year’s 22nd Annual Book Show, the Guild wants to celebrate books by small and independent presses and have asked the NYCIP to let independent presses know of this opportunity. It is a chance to gain additional publicity for your title(s) and to be included in a stunning catalogue of beautifully designed books. Complete instructions for entry are found on the NY Book Show Website. Books must be submitted by November 14th. Judging of the winners will take place on Friday, November 16th.

The Book Show will be held on the evening of March 11, 2008 where all winning entries will be displayed. Because March is also Small Press Month, the judges will in addition to judging individual entries in the 6 categories, will also select small and independent press entries of particular merit and display those books and covers in a special way at the show. Membership in any organization is not necessary to enter. The show will take place at The Grand Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, 34th Street and 8th Avenue, New York.

i. Book entries cost $40
ii. Book Series entries cost $50
iii. Cover/Jacket entries cost $30
iv. Cover/Jacket Series entries cost $40

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DONATED TO THE LITERACY ASSISTANCE CENTER OF NEW YORK

For more information, please directly contact Jonh Sinclair, johns@tshore.com or at 734/395-3361.

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series Continues

Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents the Barnard Zine Library: a One-Two Zine Reading and Zine Making Event Combination

Small press enthusiasts, litterateurs and zine-heads unite! Come to listen actively, converse heartily and drink organic beverages (now including wine and cheese) slowly with the Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series. Cup and Pen, a twice-monthly small press reading series in the back room of Think Coffee, hopes to create a series in which readers discover new presses to support and introduce emerging writers to publishers. Huzzah!

Leaning into the romantic chill of a new fall, we are more than amped to announce that the Barnard Zine Library will be making literary smores over the flame of our passion! Join us for a one two combination where you’re smacked down with a collection of women zinesters reading from their work and helped up again with a zine making event (materials provided)! No one walks away without an ear full of opinions and a hand sticky with gluestick. Readings from Expertly curated by Zine librarian Jenna Freedman and dutifully emceed by Rebecca Alvarez.

To find out more about the next reading, visit http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen/.

Think Coffee

248 Mercer Street
(between 3rd and 4th Streets)
New York, NY
(212) 228-6226
http://thinkcoffeenyc.com/cup-and-pen
http://barnardzines.livejournal.com

open till midnight, everyday
we open at 7am M-F
8:30am weekends

Think Coffee also rents 300 sweet square feet of recently renovated cafe basement to groups of 25 at $15/hr in the daytime and $20/hr in the evening and on weekends; perfect for round tables of tomorrow’s thinkers today!

LibraryThing Launches Wiki-ish Initiative Called Common Knowledge

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LibraryThing has recently begun a “social cataloging” wiki-ish initiative called Common Knowledge in order to supplement their existing database with more comprehensive information about authors and their works.  They have already recorded over 17,000 edits from 650 site members.  Common Knowledge will gather more detailed information about the authors (places of residence, awards and honors, agent) and books (important places, character names, publisher’s editor, description).

The appeal of LibraryThing stems from its range of functions as some are interested in its cataloging features while others are drawn to its social aspects.  All information accumulated through Common Knowledge will be fully shareable, under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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