Next Tuesday, 6/21, SF Hub and One Pot host a sit-down dinner with “the most innovative and philosophical publisher right now” (bookforum.com), Portland-based Publication Studio (PS). Novelist and PS co-founder Matthew Stadler arrives for Leif Hedendal’s four-course, tout compris dinner and a focused conversation with Bay Area literary great, Robert Glück. Glück and Stadler have a deep history as writers (Stadler published Glück‘s award-winning collection, Denny Smith, at Clear Cut Press) and broad experience with alternative publishing.
Publication Studio makes books by hand, as needed, and distributes them globally. “Publication is the creation of a public,” Stadler says. PS makes books as a way of making public space. They extend the space of the book into a digital commons (all their titles can be read and commented on, free, online), and into the social space of reading and literary culture. The table tonight at SF Hub is an example. Stadler brings with him a new novel, published by the Studio, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha, and hand-made limited edition copies (made by Bay Area artist, Colter Jacobsen, who runs the Publication Studio Berkeley branch) will be included with each seat at dinner. Everything, book too, included in the $60 ticket.
Advanced tickets required: http://publicationstudio.biz/events/nafta-1
An excellent snap-shot of PS’s approach is posted on Design Observer at http://observatory.designobserver.com/feature/publication-studio-whats-it-like/27758/
Matthew Stadler is the author of five novels, including Allan Stein and Landscape: Memory and former literary editor of Nest Magazine. His work has earned the Whiting Writers Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Prize, Lambda Literary Award, and Guggenheim, Howard Foundation, and United States Artists fellowships, among many other prizes.
The book: Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha — a murder story set in Guanajuato, Mexico; seedy, lavish, panoramic. I wrote it the year I lived there. (“Gripping, full of intrigue, and dripping with atmosphere, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha is the work of an intrepid novelist at the top of his game.” — Jonathan Evison, West of Here. “A conspiracy thriller that doubles as an unflinching essay on the moral decay of neoliberal globalism. The result is heady and spellbinding.” — Roberto Tejada, Mirrors for Gold.)
The dinner: Leif Hedendal is cooking four-courses, locally sourced, for a single table of 40 – 50 people. There will be toasts, brief readings, Matthew Stadler and Robert Gluck in conversation; and wild optimism about the future of books.
The publisher: Publication Studio. These books are special, made one-at-a-time by hand as needed and sold all over the world. A new model. “The most innovative and philosophical publisher right now is Publication Studio,” said Bookforum.com, this week. (More here, here, and here.)