Book & Record Fair
Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Record Fair
Free & Open to the Public!
Brought to you by the good folks at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, celebrate independent culture at The Flyover Fest book and record fair, taking place Saturday, May 12, from 11am - 5pm at Ace of Cups and Spacebar.
The book & record fair will feature nearly thirty independent book publishers, record labels, comics writers and artists, and booksellers, from all across the United States.
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run book publisher and film producer based in Columbus, whose books have been honored by the National Book Foundation, named Notable Books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and placed on best-of-the-year lists at Oprah Magazine, NPR, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Slate, Salon, and others.
BELT Magazine publishes longform journalism, op-eds, and personal essays, and has been heralded by the New York Times, American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, PRNewswire and elsewhere. Belt Publishing focuses on quality non-fiction by and for the region, and consists of the City Anthology Series, Notches, and Neighborhood Guidebooks. Our titles have been praised by Vanity Fair, Ebony, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications. Both the digital and book publishing arms of Belt are committed to carefully edited, complex writing. We believe in quality over quantity, community over analytics, and the importance of the Rust Belt.
Open Letter—the University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that we hope will become the classics of tomorrow.
Recently named one of five small presses “slyly changing the industry for the better” (Flavorwire), Dorothy, a publishing project is dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women. Each fall, they publish two new books simultaneously. They work to pair books that draw upon different aesthetic traditions, because a large part of their interest in literature lies in its possibilities, its endless stylistic and formal variety. The Atlantic says that, "Dorothy powerfully demonstrates the deft curation that’s possible with a small press." Dorothy is based in St. Louis.
fem rag lit mag is a low-budget feminist garbage zine. Chronicling incidents of misogyny and the normalization of casually abusive behaviors is imperative in our mission as a micro-press.
Ken Eppstein is a writer, editor and publisher from Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his own rock music and record store themed imprint Nix Comics, Ken has been a contributor to the Columbus Alive, Red Stylo Media Comics, Rocker Magazine, Roctober Magazine, WFMU’ Rock and Soul Ichiban, and the satirical comic website, The Outhouse.
Hobart is an American literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays. Founded as an online magazine in 2001, Hobart grew into a biannual print magazine in 2003. Past issues have been dedicated to topics such as luck, the outdoors, and games. In addition to print and web content, in 2006 Hobart added a book division (Short Flight/Long Drive Books), with Elizabeth Ellen as editor. Several pieces appearing in Hobart have received awards or were selected for anthologies: recent selections include Roxane Gay's story North Country and Mike Meginnis' Navigators that were selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012.
The Journal, originally titled The Ohio Journal, was founded in 1973 by William Allen of the English Department at The Ohio State University, and has been published continuously ever since. David Citino served as Editor from 1985 to 1990 and was a contributing editor until his death in 2005. Michelle Herman and Kathy Fagan became Fiction Editor and Poetry Editor, respectively, in 1990 and currently serve as Advisory Editors. The graduate staff has maintained The Journal’s commitment to publishing the best work by new and emerging writers around Ohio and the nation, including writing not easily classified by genre, excerpts from novels, longer stories, and other daring or wholly original pieces.
Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1939, the Kenyon Review has evolved from a distinguished literary magazine to a pre-eminent arts organization. Today, KR is devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. Our flagship print magazine, with artful fiction, poetry, and essays, is published six times per year; KROnline, published every two weeks at kenyonreview.org, reaches out to new audiences. Recently, readers have delighted in the stories and poems of Charles Baxter, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Ruefle, George Saunders, Solmaz Sharif, Safiya Sinclair, and Javier Zamora.
Monster House Press (est. 2010) is a nonprofit publisher & circuit of literature, art, & thought in the Midwest. We exist in print & online, as well as in the corporeal world via the organization of readings, events, & tours which intend to connect via an intentional being-with through the container of literature & art. We publish work that fuses, deconstructs, grafts, (re)imagines, connects, & disentangles the myths, customs, language, narratives, ideologies, apparatuses, & presuppositions of the contemporary milieu & moment. Emergent voices & writers make home & collaborate alongside established ones in books that illuminate the quotidian to raise it up into an eternal. We publish constantly evolving, challenging, accessible, multi-faceted & pertinent books + texts. We wish to graft a new world with what is most monstrous & necessary to continue. We live in Bloomington, Indiana.
Ohio University Press is a leading publisher of Ohio interest books and scholarly titles. Through our trade imprint, Swallow Press, we release a wide variety of creative works and regional guides. Known for our focus on African studies, Midwestern history, and Appalachian studies, we also publish the yearly Hollis Summer Poetry Prize winner. Our books have been lauded in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Electric Literature, Southern Cultures, Orion, and elsewhere.
Plays Inverse Press is an independent publisher of dramatic literature, publishing plays and performance texts based on literary merit rather than production records from new, established, and cross-genre writers. We believe dramatic literature should be more than just manuals for performance, publishing quality editions intended for a life on the shelf as well as in the hand. We are advocates of radio, collaborative, hybrid, translated, exploratory, digital, experimental, and all other forms of hyphenated drama.
Featherproof Books was founded in 2005 by Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger with the intent to publish whatever they want. In 2014 they passed the torch to Tim Kinsella who—with the help of Jason Sommer and Roosevelt University—will carry on this mission, publishing strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy. They are based in Chicago.
Curbside Splendor was conceived as a punk rock band in the early 90s. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-established as an independent press in 2009. We publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from extraordinary voices, and seek work that explores hybrid forms and examines contemporary culture. In August 2016, Curbside opened the Midwest’s first indie-only bookstore, Curbside Books & Records, located in Chicago’s South Loop. Through a handful of projects (which include publishing books, hosting an annual novella contest, and producing readings, shows, and book fairs) we aim to rewrite the tradition of Midwestern publishing.
Founded in 2005, sunnyoutside publishes paperbacks, chapbooks, and broadsides in all genres. Traditionally focused on short fiction and poetry, we have expanded to longer works while maintaining our focus on well-crafted texts that challenge genre and expectations. We won an Indiana Authors Award with Micah Ling in 2011 and pride ourselves on our ability to find the right vessel for the manuscripts we fall in love with.
Since 1957, it has been the mission of The Ohio State University Press to advance knowledge by disseminating scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences. The Press publishes the highest quality, peer-reviewed scholarly works through its books and journals program, promoting the work of academics throughout the world. As the publishing branch of The Ohio State University, a land-grant and state-supported institution, the Press is also dedicated to serving the university community and the citizens of Ohio through scholarly and popular works about the region’s unique history, diversity, culture, and environment. Additionally, in line with the university’s values of innovation and diversity, the press publishes diverse and creative literary writing that pushes boundaries and explores new ideas.
Booksellers + Libraries
Bookspace is an ever-evolving concept whose main aims are to spread awareness through the Columbus, Ohio area through self-education, self-empowerment, and community involvement. Since summer 2015 Bookspace has distributed quality books and zines via flea markets, poetry readings, and other events throughout Columbus. The ultimate goal is to occupy a full-sized shop of Bookspace's own, to distribute many more books, zines, and art, but also to host community-building events such as readings, small music shows, skill-sharing workshops, art exhibitions, and other educational events/performances.
Cbus Libraries champions Central Ohio libraries, library enthusiasts and the love of reading.
Anyway Records was born out of heartbreak and friendship in 1991 by friends Jerry Wick (of the band Gaunt) and Bela Koe-Krompecher who both worked at the same record store. Launched as a one-off label to release the Gaunt "Jim Motherfucker" single, which was named one of the 25 greatest punk records by Rough Trade, Bela and Jerry soon found a small but captive audience around the world. Jerry left shortly thereafter to concentrate all his efforts on Gaunt. In 1995 Anyway signed a distribution deal with Revolver USA and began releasing full length records in earnest. With press outlets such as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Rolling Stone and MTV covering Anyway releases. Over the years the label has put out over 80 records by bands such as Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Guided by Voices, Ass Ponys, The Whiles, Jenny Mae and others, current anyway artists Connections, WV White and St. Lenox have all been featured on NPR and other media outlets such as Pitchfork, Stereogum and the AV Club.
Cabin Floor Esoterica is a cassette-based music publishing operation founded in smalltown Ohio in 2009. To date, there have been over 60 releases of adventurous music and sound art with artists based in the United States, Finland, Belgium, France, the UK, Venezuela, Egypt, Russia, the Netherlands, Canada and Denmark. The operation expanded in 2014 with the birth of Painted Door Press, a paper-based publishing operation releasing chapbooks, broadsides, art prints and an annual magazine of writing and art titled Woodwasp. Both projects are currently based out of Columbus, Ohio.
Don Giovanni is an acclaimed independent record label and book publisher formerly based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Don Giovanni artists include Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Laura Stevenson, Downtown Boys, California X, The Ergs!, Nude Beach, and many more.
Superdreamer Records is entering their fourth year releasing music from some brilliant Columbus artists. The releases each have something very special about them and highlight some of the city's most interesting and exciting songwriters. They have put out music from Winston Hightower, Pretty Pretty, 20XX, Bloody Show, Aaron Troyer, Day Creeper, Pink Owl, Tasty, Ipps, Sex Tide, Brat Curse, Will Foster, Comrade Question, and Psychic Wheels.