Tooting-based publisher and book binder Tangerine Press will host its second book fair for independent publishers in Peckham this weekend.
The Uncorrected Independent Publishers Book Fair, organised by Michael Curran, the founder of Tangerine Press, will take place on Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 at the Peckham Pelican, as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival.
According to Michael, the initial impetus to organise the fair was due to the fact that his press, Tangerine didn’t seem to fit into any genre that fairs usually “like to adopt”, such as graphic novel, comic, poetry, photography.
Michael said: “So I thought why not start a fair for publishers that get involved in all manner of projects and subject areas, often in many different formats. Also some fairs charge quite a substantial sum for a stall, which made it unviable, for me at least.
“In addition to the expense, the size of some these events can mean the chances of selling a decent number of books boils down to factors such as browser fatigue, ‘bad’ stall position, etc.”
As well as Tangerine Press, which publishes ‘misfits, mavericks and misanthropes’, the fair will feature publishers including Fitzcarraldo Editions, which recently won the Man Booker International Prize for its title Flights by Olga Tokarczuk; London Books, which reissues lost classics from the capital’s forgotten authors; and Strange Attractor Press, which publishes ‘everything from UFO conspiracies to Zombie histories to studies on witchcraft and beyond’.
Also exhibiting at the fair will be Test Centre, which publishes a mix of poetry, prose, spoken word on vinyl in unusual formats and designs; Walden Press, which produces handbound chapbooks and letterpress newspapers; and L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, a publisher of limited edition books.
Michael added: “The idea of sitting around in a hall for two days didn’t really appeal. But sitting in a bar talking about books, meeting readers, writers and other publishers did. That’s practically my social life right there.
“So The Peckham Pelican is very much part of what we’re trying to achieve. You can come along, browse a few books, chat with publishers, nurse a beer or sup a coffee, eat a pizza and generally chill out.”
Discussing this year’s fair, Michael said: “If it’s anything like last year, it should go really well. All the publishers sold a good bundle of books, met other publishers, booksellers, book dealers, authors and of course plenty of readers!
“As we’re part of the Camberwell Arts Festival, in theory it should do even better. Perhaps the stars of the show this year are Fitzcarraldo Editions, but all the publishers and the writers they support deserve much credit for pursuing their vision against all the odds.”
- 10000The arrest of a charity worker during a police operation targeting criminals working around Brixton Tube was branded ‘unacceptable’ by Lambeth Council leader. Dozens of officers surrounded Brixton station to carry out a pre-planned operation that was intended to crack down on drugs and weapons just before 6pm yesterday, according…
- 10000From Auckland to the streets of Cardiff, jet-setting Wimbledon teacher Annie Riley admits her fitness journey has changed her life. After deciding to improve her fitness and overall health last year, the 24-year-old set herself the daunting challenge of running five half marathons in five years, and takes on part two…
- 10000Independent bookshops proved they can thrive in a digital age after Surbiton’s Regency Bookshop was named the best in London by the Bookseller Industry Awards. It beat the other shortlisted contenders London Review and Stanford’s to win the prestigious London award, one of eight regional winners in the UK and…
- 10000Two Lambeth libraries are under threat as council austerity plans emerged last week to sell off both public institutions to property developers. The proposition that the Minet library, home of the Lambeth archives, and Waterloo library will potentially no longer be council-owned has outraged Lambeth’s residents. The sales, which have…
- ‘We have nothing to be afraid of’: Defiant South Kensington bookshop owners sell out of Charlie Hebdo within ONE HOUR10000South Kensington bookshop owners sold out of their copies of Charlie Hebdo within an hour this morning and revealed their delight at British support. Crowds formed from just after 12am at The French Bookshop on Bute Street, with the queue stretching around two corners before the 8.15am opening time and…