[act-ma] FW: Local Independent Publisher & Emerging Librarians Partner to Celebrate Small Press Month

AlexS AlexS at southendpress.org
Mon Mar 16 15:48:59 PDT 2009


Hi,

We at South End are still waiting to see our event post‹any idea what the
hold up is? Our event is on Friday, and we urgently need this to be posted.
Thanks!

In solidarity,
Alex

Alex Straaik
Editor/Publisher
South End Press
617.547.4002


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Conversation: Local Independent Publisher & Emerging Librarians Partner to
Celebrate Small Press Month
Subject: Local Independent Publisher & Emerging Librarians Partner to
Celebrate Small Press Month

³Read. Write. Revolt.‹The Legacy of South End Press²

Hosted by Simmons College, and co-sponsored by South End Press and the
Progressive Librarians Guild, this multimedia literary program will bring
together small press authors, independent filmmakers, editor/publishers,
readers, and allies to consider the evolving‹and imperiled‹role of
independent publishing in advancing both groundbreaking literature and
movements for social justice. Panelists include authors Frank B. Wilderson
III, Robert Dellelo, and Jared Sexton; and South End Press collective
members Asha Tall and Jocelyn Burrell. In honor of Small Press Month 2009
(www.smallpressmonth.org <file://www.smallpressmonth.org> ).

Friday, March 20, 2009, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Simmons College

Room MCB*C103

300 The Fenway

Boston, MA

FREE, donations welcomed ($5 at the door = $5 off at the book table!)


FULL PRESS RELEASE--


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Publicity Contact: Myrna Morales, myrna.morales at simmons.edu
<mailto:myrna.morales at simmons.edu> , (973) 474-0478

www.southendpress.org <file://www.southendpress.org>


LOCAL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER & EMERGING LIBRARIANS PARTNER TO CELEBRATE SMALL
PRESS MONTH 

Cambridge, MA (3/11/09): On March 20, 2009, South End Press and the
Progressive Librarians Guild (GSLIS, Simmons College) will co-sponsor an
event in celebration of Small Press Month. Hosted by Simmons College, ³Read.
Write. Revolt.‹The Legacy of South End Press² will bring together small
press authors, editor/publishers, readers, and allies to consider the
evolving‹and imperiled‹role of independent publishing in advancing both
groundbreaking literature and movements for social justice.

South End Press (www.southendpress.org <file://www.southendpress.org> ) is
among the country¹s oldest collectively-run publishers, and one of the few
majority women of color presses in the US. Through a multimedia literary
program, roundtable discussion, and audience Q&A, participants will explore
the history of South End Press as both a veteran press in the broader media
movements to broadcast the most radical and often marginalized voices, and
as a working laboratory in which the pernicious hierarchies and inequities
of the publishing industry and our society writ large are daily struggled
against and subverted, often at tremendous personal and institutional cost.

Over the last three decades vibrant small presses like Third Woman and
Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press have gone quiet, despite the tremendous
popularity of and need for their work. And today, sister presses continue to
be shuttered or swallowed by profit-driven corporations at an alarming rate.
Why do small presses close, and what are the consequences? How can we
safeguard and nourish independent publishing? South End Press and the
Progressive Librarians Guild invite the entire community to join this
working discussion on the future of small press publishing and the stakes it
bears for us all. For, as best-selling author Sherman Alexie puts it: ³The
small presses represent what is most brave, crazy and beautiful about our
country and our literature.²

Please join us on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Simmons College, 300
the Fenway, Boston, in Room MCB*C103. Panelists will participate live and
through videochat technology, books and special merchandise will be on sale,
and refreshments will be available at no charge. This event is free and open
to the public. Donations are welcomed and tax-deductible, and books will be
available for purchase. (Donate $5 at the door and receive a $5 discount off
at the book table!) All contributions will lend to the sustainability of
South End Press. 


Panelists (live and via videochat):

Frank B. Wilderson, III, professor of drama and African American studies (UC
Irvine), filmmaker, and author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and
Apartheid (South End Press, 2008), a winner of the 2008 American Book Award

Robert Dellelo, prison abolitionist and coauthor of When the Prisoners Ran
Walpole: A True Story in the Prison Abolition Movement (South End Press,
2008)

Jared Sexton, professor of film/media and African American studies (UC
Irvine), and author of Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique
of Multiracialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

Asha Tall, editor/publisher (South End Press collective)

Jocelyn Burrell, editor/publisher (South End Press collective) and editor of
Word. On Being a [Woman] Writer (Feminist Press, 2004)


About Small Press Month

Small Press Month, now in its 13th year, is a nationwide celebration
highlighting the valuable work produced by independent publishers. Held
annually in March, Small Press Month raises awareness about the need for
broader venues of literary expression. From March 1­31, independent,
literary events will take place from coast-to-coast, showcasing some of the
most diverse, exciting, and significant voices being published today. Visit
www.smallpressmonth.org <file://www.smallpressmonth.org%20>  for more
information on how you can participate in 2009!


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