INDEPENDENT AND SMALL PRESS BOOK FAIR - DECEMBER 1 & 2, 2007

New York Center for Independent Publishing Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Book Fair
The 20th Independent and Small Press Book Fair will take place on Saturday, December 1 (between 10am and 6pm) and Sunday, December 2 (between 11am and 5pm) at the New York Center of Independent Publishing (formerly the Small Press Center), at 20 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in Manhattan.

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 can be classified amongst the most notable independent publishing events of the year. The Book Fair is open to the public and admission is free, although a $1 donation is encouraged.

Publishers can now register to secure prime exhibition space at the event. The Book Fair is a wonderful, cost-effective opportunity for independent presses to promote and sell their books, as well as to meet and network with important industry professionals. Last year’s Book Fair attracted over 3,000 visitors, and even more are expected this year.

Some of the country’s most acclaimed presses who have taken part in the past include: Soft Skull, Akashic, The New Press, Melville House, Seven Stories, Disinformation, and The Feminist Press. In addition to the diverse array of exhibitors, the weekend is packed with a variety of literary, publishing and cultural events, including panels, lectures, readings, and interviews, and a literary cafe which provides an opportunity to meet and mingle. Last year’s program included an interview with Michael Cunningham, as well as conversations with Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, and Amiri Baraka, among others.

Since its inception two decades ago, the Independent and Small Press Book Fair has served as a lively exploration into the world of independent publishing. Over the years, it has grown in size and ambition, but the core purpose remains the same: to draw greater attention to this essential sector of the publishing industry.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this important event, and symbolizes the strength, perseverance, and continued excellence of independent and small presses everywhere.

The upcoming Book Fair is sure to continue in this tradition of excellence. Independent publishers are urged to register early as the Book Fair sells out in advance. For more information regarding the Fair and registration, contact the NYCIP at 212-764-7021, visit www.nycip.org, or e-mail Christopher de la Torre at christopher@nycip.org.

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