So we lost the Indie and Small Press Books Fair Literary Trivia Smackdown 2.0. Ed Champion has the blow-by-blow (and I do mean blow), though Ed suggests various complicated and equivocational reasons for PEN America‘s decisive 16-13 victory, and I say there’s only one reason: those folks at PEN America know their stuff. They’ve obviously been taking their gingko biloba as well.
It was a great match, and most of all, the well-attended 4 pm event was a fun and lively closer for an inspiring weekend-long celebration of independent publishing in all it’s wide, wide variety. The small press operatives who came out of hiding to gather here this weekend include publishers of tall ship art books, self-publishing experimental authors, anarchist publishers, Marxist publishers, erotica publishers, calligraphical craftspeople, and lots and lots of fiction and poetry publishers. Even as the book industry quavers with the economy, these are the publishers who will remain in business. They haven’t been stopped yet.