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Book & Music Fair

Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Music 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 music fair, taking place Saturday, May 13, from 11am - 5pm at Wild Goose Creative, Rambling House, and Used Kids Records.

The book & music fair will feature nearly thirty independent book publishers, record labels, comics writers and artists, and booksellers, from all across the Midwest and Canada.

The fair will also feature readings, panel discussions, kids programming, and more!


Presses

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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.

Fair location: Rambling House

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

Coach House Books is an independent Canadian publishing company located in Toronto, Ontario. Coach House publishes innovative and experimental poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction. The press is particularly interested in writing that pushes at the boundaries of convention. Coach House books have been the recipients of dozens of awards and nominations, including the Governor General's Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Fair location: Rambling House

Disorder Press is a sibling-run literary press based in New Orleans and New York City. They publish fiction, poetry, essays, and, honestly, whatever they believe needs to be out there in the world in the form of a beautiful book. 

Fair location: Rambling House

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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.

Fair location: Rambling House

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drDOCTOR is a lit journal, podcast and reading series hosted by Mila Jaroniec, Luke Wiget and Sam Farahmand. Born in New York, drDOCTOR is based in the space between Akron, Nashville and Los Angeles. See more at drdoctordrdoctor.com.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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. 

Fair location: Rambling House

Photograph by Rob Walker.

Photograph by Rob Walker.

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety is edited, designed, produced, and published roughly twice a year by founders Matt Hart, editor-in-chief, and Eric Appleby, designer and publisher. Each hand-assembled (or disassembled) book features imaginative works of poetry, short fiction, visual art and creative non-fiction from authors and artists both established and new. Additionally, it has been known to include such diversions as recipes, agricultural wisdom, slaughterhouse schematics, and other bits of found and invented nonsense. The journal is made in limited quantities from a variety of unusual materials. In 2012, Forklift partnered with H_NGM_N Books to produce Forklift Books, which publishes 1-2 books/year written specifically for Forklift. 2017’s offering is from Darcie Dennigan—look for it later this year. Forklift, Ink. is proud of its 24-year record without a lost-time accident. It may be previewed and purchased online at www.ForkliftOhio.com.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

Photo: Anna Powell Teeter.

Photo: Anna Powell Teeter.

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Rambling House

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

Sarabande Books is a Louisville-based publisher committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing. With over two hundred titles in print, we have earned a dedicated readership and a national reputation as a publisher of diverse forms and innovative voices.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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Sean Ford is the creator of the comics Shadow Hills and Only Skin (Secret Acres), praised by Slate for its "quiet menace" and Victor Lavalle as "beautifully spooky." He graduated from NYU and The Center for Cartoon Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY, where he works as a book designer and walks his dog, Maggie.

Fair location: Rambling House

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative


Booksellers

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.

Fair location: Rambling House

Gramercy Books is a locally-owned, independently-minded neighborhood bookstore located in the heart of Bexley, Ohio. Our philosophy at Gramercy Books is simple: we’re about inspiration and discovery, community and adventure. We connect readers and writers with books they love, and host special events and ongoing visits by authors, poets and songwriters that provoke conversation.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative


Record Labels

Amethyst Sunset was established in 2009 and focused on releasing vinyl records as well as cassettes and compact discs by artists from around the world. From harsh noise to ambient drones, Amethyst Sunset continues to produce carefully curated sounds for the contemplative mind. Recent releases include Aaron Dilloway and Outer Space. 

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Rambling House

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.

Fair location: Wild Goose Creative

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.

Fair location: Rambling House

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.

Fair location: Rambling House


Book & Music Fair Event Schedule

Midwestern Musings (panel discussion) | 12pm — Wild Goose Creative

Hannah Stephenson brings together an incredible team of Midwestern writers to talk about what it means to be a writer in the Midwest, writing about the Midwest.

 

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (author signing) | 12:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib signs his poetry collection The Crown Ain't Worth Much at the Gramercy Books table.

 

The Appalachian Presence (panel discussion) | 1pm — Rambling House

Much has been made in recent months about rural America, small town America, and working class America. Little has been said about the exodus from rural, small town, working class America. When people leave, where do they go? What happens to their claim on their culture of origin? There is a significant population of former Appalachians in Midwestern cities, as well as still living in the Appalachian region of Ohio, a state that identifies as Midwestern. Amanda Page moderates a discussion about the Appalachian presence in the Midwest.

Mila Jaroniec (author reading) | 1:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Mila Jaroniec reads from her debut novel, Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover. Mila Jaroniec is the managing editor of drDOCTOR and her work has appeared in Playboy, LENNY, Hobart, Joyland, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Catapult, Nylon and Teen Vogue, among others. She earned her MFA from The New School and currently lives in Akron, OH.

 

Community-Building Through Publishing (panel discussion) | 2pm — Used Kids Records

Curator of American Literature at OSU's Thompson Library Jolie Braun joins moderator Haley Cowans and Monster House Press author Bella Bravo to discuss how zines and small press publishing can be used—and have been used in the past—by oftentimes marginalized voices as a platform to share ideas and build communities.

 

Ruth Awad & Alison Stine (author reading) | 2:30 pm — Rambling House Soda Pop

Ruth Awad is the author of Set to Music a Wildfire (forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review Press this year), which won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review, CALYX, diode, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Alison Stine is a writer, artist, and journalist. Her essays, articles, and poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Toast, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, Talk Poverty, GOOD, and others. Her most recent book is a novella, The Protectors.

 

Cloud Cover (music performance) | 3pm — Used Kids Records

Cloud Cover is multi-instrumentalist Jenny Tuite of Dirty Dishes. Featuring sparse instrumentation, droning tape experiments, ambient passages, and electronic manipulation, coupled with Tuite's ability to create eerie hypnotic moods through sound. The dark intensity of her work is offset by its warmness; Tuite's ghostly voice a melodic chant over delicately picked guitars.

 

Craftivism in Action (panel discussion) | 3:30pm — Wild Goose Creative

Since the 2016 election, we've seen a sea of pink pussy hats, and a vast collection of handmade protest placards. The Resistance is taking shape, and some of it is done with knitting needles. Join Claressa Page and Michelle Love Davis, co-founders of Feminist Flag Corps, in a lively discussion with local crafters, activists, and entrepreneurs about the role of crafting in current political activism.

 

Resistance & Refuge: Bookstores & Libraries (panel discussion) | 4pm — Rambling House Soda Pop
In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge. Moderated by Bryan Loar and Andrea Dixon of Cbus Libraries, featuring Charlie Pugsley of Bookspace, Linda Kass of Gramercy Books, and Angela Grandstaff of Columbus Metropolitan Library.


If It Don't Make Dollars, It Don't Make Sense (panel discussion) | 5pm — Used Kids Records

Moderator Justin McIntosh speaks with poet Maggie Smith—whose poem "Good Bones" became a viral sensation—hip-hop artist Dominique Larue whose music has been licensed by major TV networks, and Norman Nehmetallah of Toronto's Coach House Books about the financial realities of producing art.