*Gaspereau versus the Giller. If you don't know Gaspereau Press, they make pretty books in an old-timey way and it takes time to make them. One of its writers, Johanna Skibsrud, just won the Giller and there have been many, many articles written on the scarcity of the book. It's been a topic that eclipses Skibsrud and her win. I wish they would give it a rest. Supposedly, it's a good book, it won the Giller so why can't people wait to buy it? Why do they have to have it noooooooooow?! It will still be a good book tomorrow. It ain't going anywhere. I have yet to read last year's Giller and I read a lot so keep your panties on, Giller groupies.
From Gaspereau's website:
At the core of our philosophy is a commitment to making books that reinstate the importance of the book as a physical object, reuniting publishing and the book arts.I assume Skibsrud read this and was okay with that. If she expected to win the Giller, she might have re-thunk that decision to have them publish it but that was the decision she made at the time. No one has a working crystal ball that I know of. Gaspereau (at this time) was refusing to compromise its morals and I respect them for that. We're a throw away society where everything is mass produced, it's nice to see someone swimming against the current.
PS- Kobo sells e-book versions of The Sentimentalists.
*Amazon and That Book. You know that book, the How-To Guide for Creepy Bastards. Lots of thoughts on this so here they are in numbered fashion:
- The guy got more attention for his book than it ever deserved.
- Boycotts. I feel about boycotts like I do about peaceful protesting, it's your right as a citizen. I might not agree with you or understand why but I respect your feelings. I have my own personal boycotts and I know people who won't shop here or there because of this or that. That's your prerogative. I've never had anyone tell me to boycott some place because they do. I've listened to their reasons but those are personal. I still respect them and vice versa.
- Amazon are you a publisher or what? Any weirdo with a printer and a stapler can stand on a street corner and give out copies of their rantings. Should these 'books' be published? I don't think so. Lots of writings shouldn't be published and not just because of the material, some books are terrible. Amazon allows everyone with a computer to upload their writings. To my knowledge, they do not edit, discuss improvements, make fancy covers, or promote books like traditional publishers do. And this is what will get them into trouble. A publisher will decide whether or not to publish a book based on a number of criteria including its own principles. What are Amazon's principles? Other than making money? They also stand behind the author because they believe in the work. I still believe in old fashioned publishing, that someone is standing between me and the sludge that is out there. Amazon makes the money off the sales but that's it. I'm still confused about what Amazon is- is it a bookseller? Or is it a marketplace?
Hopefully Frey isn't considering hiring Annie Wilkes to keep his writers in line.