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.

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 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.