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Events Sun Feb 02 2014

Chicago Indie Publishers Talk Shop @ The Cliff Dwellers Club

A look around at the wealth of Chicago small presses doing interesting things these days is almost enough to make you think that the reports of print media's demise have been widely exaggerated. On Tuesday, February 11, the Society of Midland Authors brings representatives of four indie publishers to The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan, to divulge how they do it. Some even seem to be benefitting from the condition of the larger industry: in an August interview, Curbside Splendor founder Victor David Giron noted that the current publishing climate allows the Logan Square-based upstart to work with "some really strong Chicago authors who, 10 years ago, might have been published by a New York publishing house."

465px-Printer_in_1568-ce.pngGiron also estimated that about half Curbside Splendor's roster will always be composed of Chicagoans. His fellow panelist Emily Clark Victorson's Allium Press is more narrowly targeted: she publishes only fiction with a Chicago connection, and often with a historical bent. Meanwhile, Everything Goes Media will be represented by Sharon Woodhouse, who's just launched a new imprint for titles treating "ideas, history, trends, and current events," and Ian Morris reps the not-for-profit publishing sector with a look at the eclectic Fifth Star Press. A reception with snacks and a cash bar starts at 6pm, with the discussion itself at 7pm; admission's free.

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