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2018 Washington State Book Awards!

By | Fests and Book Events, Learning How to Be a Publisher, Other Presses & Other Rooms, Thoughts

WOW! THERE WE WERE! THRILLING!!!

It was incredible to have our book, Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller with music by Lori Goldston selected as one of this year’s Poetry finalists.

There is no doubt I am competitive and it is true I want all of our books to win all the awards. But working with so many generous and kind authors and artists has mellowed my grim dark heart—  as well as understanding how difficult of every step of book publishing and getting books noticed and read is. So only three years into this, I would like to say, “WOO! WOO!”

Now, we did not win. A heartfelt congratulations to Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and the awards did what it should do which is highlight a Washington State poet get you to add their book to your reading list. I am certainly adding, “Water & Salt” to mine!

And a congratulations to all the winners and finalists! You can see the whole list and learn more about the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library here.

Oh, What Sweet Cookbooks!

By | Other Presses & Other Rooms

Cookbooks Les Editions de l'Epure

Saw this hand-sewn single ingredient cookbooks at Artazart bookstore along the St. Martin canal in Paris. One needs to cut the pages apart due to the print/fold, so I couldn’t get a good look at the recipes until I got home. But they’re smartly laid out, nice materials, and would make charming gifts.

Of course I bought the book on anchovies, but also more interestingly, “l’air”— imagine soufflés and foam.

A very sweet idea done well.

Les Éditions de l’Épure: www.epure-editions.com

Interesting Narrow Format

By | Other Presses & Other Rooms, Thoughts

Iperborea Italian Norwegian Book Format

It’s been interesting scanning bookstores in Milan. The covers are generally more sedate than trends in US book covers. One thing I very much liked were these skinny paperbacks. They measure 4″ x 7.75″ and for certain types of poetry or prose poems, could be very eye-cathing and fun.

I picked this book up at Tempo Ritrovato Libri in Milan, which is a very nice bookstore specializing in Small Press books.

Publisher of this translation is Iperborea Casa Editrice.

Montana Book Fair: Bringing Home the Goods

By | Other Presses & Other Rooms

Books at Montana Book Fair

 

I wonder if I will ever go to a book show and sell more books than I end up buying! And curses for putting us across from Copper Canyon Press!

New books from Alternating Current, The Mountain Press, Willow Springs, plus some subscriptions to help keep a pulse on writing from outside of Seattle with CutBank, Fugue Literary Journal. Plus if that was not enough books by Lost Horse Press and Barrow Street. And, of course, ended up with three more from Copper Canyon Press due some recommendations from Bill Carty. Time to finally read The Lice.

Aaron Shurin: A Lovely Personal Review

By | Other Presses & Other Rooms, Reviews

Aaron Shurin Full Stop ReviewWhile, the mention of “Flowers & Sky: Two Talks” is really just an aside for a longer review of Aaron’s previous book, “The Skin of Meaning”, I thought this review/conversation/tribute is quite lovely.

“…it’s his ability to create beauty, to literally invoke it, that has most captivated me. He is a Romantic Poet in an era eviscerated of romance.”

Yep. And a hero to many for his embrace of it and all the swoon.

READ THE REVIEW HERE.