Wessells’s political art

Sat 5 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

http://www.avramdavidson.org/edition-fullsize.jpgEarlier this week Henry Wessells and wife took the space elevator up to our Independence Day Viewing Platform (best place to watch thousands of firework displays all at once) and showed us a thing of two about publishing books.

Wessells’s Temporary Culture puts out some of the most carefully and well-made books that we’ve seen in recent years—including (pictured) a hand bound edition of John Crowley’s Endless Things, which is one of the most beautiful (and surprising) books we own.

Henry’s next project is a book of etchings by Judith Clute to go with a poem by Joe Haldeman, “Forever Peace. To Stop War” (first published as “ Endangered Species ” in Vanishing Acts, edited by Ellen Datlow).

If you’re going to Readercon you can see the mock-up Henry knocked us over with. It’s just slightly out of our price range but you can acquire one if you get elected to state office in the US or the UK, so quick, go run for office:

Forever Peace. To Stop WarAfter publication of Forever Peace , a photocopy edition will be distributed to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and of the House of Commons in London.

Forever Peace. To Stop War
Poem by Joe Haldeman
Nine Etchings by Judith Clute

11 x 14 inches, [4] pp. + 9 original etchings (each signed by the artist).
30 copies on fine paper, letterpress printed by David Wolfe, with aquatint etchings printed by the artist from the original plates (two with added color), numbered & signed by the artist in pencil, hand bound in patterned paper over boards.

Twenty five copies, numbered 1 to 25, signed by the artist and author ; and five copies lettered A – E. The lettered copies are reserved for the artist and author.

An advance copy will be available for preview at Readercon (July 2008).

Please note the above images are reduced in size from the original etchings.

ISBN : 0-976-46604-X / ISBN 13 : 978-0-976-4660-4-8

By subscription only : $1000 (includes shipment).

Inquiries and orders to:
Henry Wessells
P.O. Box 43072, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043-0072 USA
Electronym : [email protected]



A New Logo

Mon 21 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

http://lcrw.net/images/logo/black-smallbeer3a.jpgWe just received another potential new logo from artist, illustrator, and webguy extraordinaire Theodor Black.

Ok, now we need some beer to go with this label:



Mon 22 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

What would we like for a present? Oh, you’re too kind! How about something like this panel carved by Deborah Mills. We found Deborah’s work through Daniel Rabuzzi (who had a story in LCRW 19) and have been admiring it online. Need to go see it one of these days.



Mon 22 Oct 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 1 Comment| Posted by: Gavin

What would we like for a present? Oh, you’re too kind! How about something like this panel carved by Deborah Mills. We found Deborah’s work through Daniel Rabuzzi (who had a story in LCRW 19) and have been admiring it online. Need to go see it one of these days.



Mon 8 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Latest logo comes from Terry Lau of Beehive Design. Terry did the wonderful logo for Jim Munroe’s No Media Kings. The first of these came in a couple of stripes, with Small Beer Press at the bottom or at the side. The second is cut from a spine mockup. What do you think?
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Kelly is in Maine reading tonight at the Stone Coast MFA program. Sunday we leave for Australia where Kelly will teach Clarion, we’ll be at the Aurealis Awards, visiting Pulp Fiction, Galaxy, Infinitas, and as many other bookshops as we can. (Just the usual, then.) Maybe see some sights, maybe hole up and hide from the heat.



Mon 8 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | 5 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Latest logo comes from Terry Lau of Beehive Design. Terry did the wonderful logo for Jim Munroe’s No Media Kings. The first of these came in a couple of stripes, with Small Beer Press at the bottom or at the side. The second is cut from a spine mockup. What do you think?
http://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau1.gifhttp://lcrw.net/images/logo/Lau2.gif

Kelly is in Maine reading tonight at the Stone Coast MFA program. Sunday we leave for Australia where Kelly will teach Clarion, we’ll be at the Aurealis Awards, visiting Pulp Fiction, Galaxy, Infinitas, and as many other bookshops as we can. (Just the usual, then.) Maybe see some sights, maybe hole up and hide from the heat.



Logo redux

Thu 28 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

And so the web did us more good than harm again and we did receive another set of logos, these all from Candace Bradbury-Carlin:

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SBP logo

Tue 26 Dec 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A long time ago (April 5, 2005) we posted this in our newsletter:

Possible logo
Ok, so we don’t have a logo, have never really felt the need for a logo, have rejected a couple of ideas, and laughed when we were told we’d disappear without one. We’re still here, right? You can see this? Is there anyo

Okay, so (reprise). Here’s the gig: make us a pretty Small Beer Press logo and we’ll hide it, ah, put it up somewhere on our site, put up a poll to see who likes
which one, and maybe at some point even use one. If we do use it we’ll pay you something (you like chocolate, right?). If we don’t, well, you had fun, right?

Below are a few of the logos sent in ages ago and never posted, sorry folks! Rich Stoehr, Brian Worley (#’s 2+3), and Beth Adele Long, are the artists. All of them captured something of the spirit of the concept: tasty comestibles are us. Thanks again everyone who took part.

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http://lcrw.net/images/logo/Worley-chocolate-bar.gif

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Thu 30 Nov 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Just posted a new newsletter. Which contains secrets. It starts like this:

First: Happy St. Andrew’s Day! Get your kilt on, your flask filled, find a partner, and get out on the dancefloor. Scots Wha Hae an’ a’ that an’ a’  that.

Not sure about the dancing? How about raising a glass to Colin Beattie. Who? Alisdair Gray has a blog where he occasionally posts letters and so on. He just posted a wonderful history of the Oran Mor pub (which is a place of beauty due in no small part to Gray’s paintings) which Beattie bought in 2002.

Not such a good thing going on a wee bit south of Scotland. Anyone passionate about theatre and theatre history, please take a minute to add your name to the growing petition to challenge the closing of the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.

VQR has a bandwagon. The fall issue: whew.

Mistype of the day: Skinny Dipping in the Kale of the Dead.



Thu 30 Nov 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Just posted a new newsletter. Which contains secrets. It starts like this:

First: Happy St. Andrew’s Day! Get your kilt on, your flask filled, find a partner, and get out on the dancefloor. Scots Wha Hae an’ a’ that an’ a’  that.

Not sure about the dancing? How about raising a glass to Colin Beattie. Who? Alisdair Gray has a blog where he occasionally posts letters and so on. He just posted a wonderful history of the Oran Mor pub (which is a place of beauty due in no small part to Gray’s paintings) which Beattie bought in 2002.

Not such a good thing going on a wee bit south of Scotland. Anyone passionate about theatre and theatre history, please take a minute to add your name to the growing petition to challenge the closing of the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden.

VQR has a bandwagon. The fall issue: whew.

Mistype of the day: Skinny Dipping in the Kale of the Dead.



Preorder FAQ

Mon 20 Nov 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Q. Can I preorder 2007 books?

A. Yes, you can.

Q. Books. Hmm. Don’t they have authors?
A. Sometimes. These ones we’re working on are new novels by John Crowley, Elizabeth Hand, Laurie J. Marks, and Interfictions: an Anthology of Interstitial Writing, edited by Theodora Goss and Delia Sherman. A little more about the books is available on the preorder page. The covers below are for galleys and will change somewhere between a lot and a little before publication.

Q. And were there artists involved with the covers or did they just fall from the sky?

A. Yes on the former. Liz Hand’s cover is by Jacob McMurray; John Crowley’s features a Rosamund Purcell photograph, and the Interfictions features a photo of a box made (in all senses of the word) by Connie Toebe.
More to come on these as the months slip and stutter by until Bang! suddenly it will be April, the snow will turn to rain, and these books will be getting out there to bookshops. The excitement! The design*! The shipping complications! The paper weights! Wait. The text, baby, the text.

Hand, Generation Loss Crowley, Endless Things Marks, Water Logic Interfictions



eye popping art

Sun 24 Sep 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Do you have hungry eyes? Would they like to partake of a feast? Charles Vess illustrated the upcoming Susanna Clarke collection, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and provides samples and comments. (Yes, these are the DVD extras and no you don’t have to pay for them.) At his blog, n’est pa? Charles, one of the loveliest people around, has also been blogging about giving Clare Danes art and so on. What fun.

Also, at some point last week someone pointed (sorry, no attribution) to the photos from the film adaption of Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. You must go look at those pictures. Satrapi’s simple lines are genius (calling the MacArthurs!—although with the way her books are doing maybe she’s doing fine these days). More good news there: in October she has another slim volume out,
Chicken with Plums, about an uncle who died after his wife broke his favorite musical intstrument.



What else is going on?

Fri 1 Sep 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Alex Wilson recorded “The Girl Detective” — available free.
The Village Voice dumbs itself down some more by firing good people.

Theodora Goss pointed us toward a couple of fascinating artists among them Robert ParkeHarrison and Connie Toebe.

We have a pretty hardcover and we’re maybe going to start sending it out and post pictures and make pretty piles of them and hold them and call them George. Or The Privilege of the Sword.

We’ve been signing contracts and making covers for next year’s books. Wooee! Whatta week. More surprising news on that end sometime soon.

We haven’t been reading LCRW submissions very fast. Sorry about that.

One of our fantastic interns just left, bye Lauren! We miss you. Come back and work for free any time! (Evil R Us.)

In other news: it’s not about Harlan Ellison, it’s the culture. Harlan can get as head-explodey as he wants and his apologists can do what they feel they must, and in the meantime how about a new simple rule: keep your hands to yourself.

Unless you ask or are asked. Or, act like an adult and treat others as you would be treated? How simple can the formulation be? Anyone who can write it in less than 6 words wins something silly.



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