Congratulations to above/ground press on their 20th anniversary this month! They’re a small chapbook press based out of Ottawa, and there’s an official celebratory reading and launch being held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Mercury Lounge in Ottawa. Check it out if you can.
I have a brief piece in this issue of Broken Pencil which looks at the origins of above/ground press. I talked with its founder, rob mclennan, and a few of the people he’s published, and give an overview of the philosophy behind the press.
There’s a lot of talk in this issue about the role negative reviews play in critical culture. It makes me a little nervous, because one of the books I read for this issue didn’t get a particularly positive review.
I review because I love books, and I enter into every book hoping it’s great. With BP, I’m fortunate in that I get to choose what I review from stacks of books and zines, and I always try to select something I think I’ll like. There are so many books out there, there’s no sense in wasting time reading and reviewing something simply for the sake of it.