Jonathan Lethem gave an almost ecstatic review in yesterday's NYT Book Review to Lorrie Moore's new book--which is now in stock with lots of other fall releases coming in day by day.
The downside of the massive list of big-name authors with new books is that, even more than usual, it becomes more difficult for small press books to get review attention or other prime placement. No attention=no sales regardless of how fine a book it is or who publishes it.
So we've decided to do a little focus on some of our smaller friends in the book world. For the next month we'll have a rotating display of books from presses such as Ugly Duckling Presse, Fence Press, Wave Books, Dzanc Books, Telegram, Persephone Classics, Atlas and Co., AK Press, Europa Editions and Hotel St. George Press to name just a few currently displayed. This, of course, without even mentioning our local friends and any number of university presses.
Small publishers fight the same fight we do. To get noticed despite larger places. To grab people's attention without massive advertising budgets. To do quality work and contribute to art that they think matters.