Are you ready for the APRIL Summer Blockbuster? Put down those beach reads and join us for some cinematic small press goodness August 29th at the Northwest Film Forum. Tickets available here:

This isn’t your elementary school’s book fair

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richard Hugo House, not only can you day-drink with some great authors and watch performances, but you can also buy a bunch of books directly from some of our favorite independent publishers. Read about them in alphabetical order below!

A through F

Alice Blue Review & Books is published on a hidden mountain-top between Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. They’ve published writers like Bill Carty, APRIL’s own Tara Atkinson, Brooklyn Copeland, and others. Mike Young has said some nice things about them: “One of my favorite online litmags … and their aesthetic reminds one pleasingly of mint leaves, gangplanks, polar bears, and polar bears who hitchhike.”

Beach Weirdo is a zine/short quarterly (broadly) comprised of short fiction and visual art. In their own words: “We initially intended the first issue as a showcase for our own works, but soon opened it up for submissions as well. [We] are about to release a second issue, and have a third waiting in the wings. We’re doing our best to create a strong and visually cohesive series of compilations.”

Big Fiction Magazine celebrates the soul of the long story: generous, transportive, and a little wild. They’re an independent journal publishing ambitious and delicious fiction twice a year, in hand-designed letterpress issues.  Sweet.

Black Ocean is based out of Boston, New York and Chicago, and aims to saturate the public with skillful and passionate forms of expression through a wide variety of mediums. They have published 2013 APRIL reader Rauan Klassnik, APRIL 2012 reader Zachary Schomburg, Feng Sun Chen, and others.

Calypso Editions  is an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. They say their only criterion for publication is excellence. They publish original works, previously out-of-print titles, and  English translations.

Dark Coast is an independent publisher of books by both established and unknown authors, specializing in literary fiction, fiction, poetry, essay, and experimental works, seeking overall invention and innovation in writing from all genres. They have (or will soon) published writers like 2012 APRIL reader Matthew Simmons, Jennifer Natalya Fink, and others.

Factory Hollow Press - Flying Object is a volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit art and publishing organization with a storefront space in Hadley, Massachusetts where they provide resources to artists, writers, musicians, publishers, and community members. They have (or will soon) oublished Heather Christle, Mark Leidner, Rachel B. Glaser, and others.

Featherproof Books is an indie publisher dedicated to doing whatever they want. This might take the form of publishing an idiosyncratic novel, design book, or something in between. They produce some of the most beautiful books out there including titles by Blake Butler, Patrick Sommerville, Amelia Gray and others.

Future Tense Books is one of the longest-running small-presses around. Run tirelessly by Kevin Sampsell, they put out books and chapbooks including those by Chloe Caldwell, Gregory Sherl, Chelsea Martin and others. 

G through Z coming up next!


This isn’t your elementary school’s book fair

Remember your elementary school’s annual book fair where you’d spend your lunch money on Goosebumps? We certainly do!

We’re excited to announce the almost complete line-up for our grown-up book fair (complete with a fully-stocked bar!), the third annual Small Press Expo, co-presented by Richard Hugo House, at Richard Hugo House on March 30, from 11 am – 4 pm. There you’ll have the chance to buy books from great presses like Hobart (SF/LD Books), Future Tense, Featherproof, Jaded Ibis, Caktrain, Magic Helicopter, and more. Are you with a press that would like to be involved? We still have table space, so apply here.

But it will also be so much more than a book fair! All throughout the day we’ll have readings and musical performances from:

12:30-1:30: SPLAB Poetry Bout: New Mexicans (Amalio Madueño and Nadine Maestas) vs. Cascadians (Stephen Roxborough and Anastacia Tolbert), hosted by Paul Nelson.

1:30-2:30: The Bushwick Book Club presents original music inspired by The Furnace, featuring Brad Loomis and Nancy K Dillon and others from the BBC.

2:30-3:30: Breadline March on an APRIL Afternoon, featuring Portland poet Michael Heald, and all-girl string trio “the Ink & the Echo.” Hosts Greg Bem and Jeremy Springsteed will perform pieces with string accompaniment. 

3:30-4: Other People’s Poetry & Prose: We’re bringing back a favorite event from Pilot Books. Bring your favorite small or independent press title and read to us. 

Mark your calendars! It’s going to be a great way to end the festival. And because we like you and want you to come, there’s no entry fee and the first ten attendees will get an APRIL tote.

Today in Stuff #2

For your Friday reading pleasure, here are a couple of the things the APRIL crew dug up/dug in the last few days.

- Comics genius Lisa Hanawalt’s review of “War Horse” is probably the best movie review ever.

- Black Ocean's Janaka Stucky has an excellent essay on the future of the bookstore up at Poetry Foundation. A pertinent selection:

…if what you want to do is promote a love for reading and the books you love to read, then you can begin transforming your store into a valuable resource for other people who share your passion.

(via GalleyCat)

- H.L. Mencken gives some grim advice to an aspiring journal editor at Letters of Note.

That’s what we’ve got for now. If you’re going out on the town this weekend, why not listen to the original “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” now with more masculine outrage!

Oh, and be sure to check out our Kickstarter if you haven’t already. Some amazing authors are just itching to write a post with your name as their muse.