Catbird Press publishes, among other
notable books, a number by Czech writers in translation, including Jaroslav Seifert, whose
THE POEMS OF JAROSLAV SEIFERT is the first large collection of his poems published in
America; a garland of these poems appeared in our last
issue. A volume of Czech fiction from the post-Kundera generation, is
DAYLIGHT IN NIGHTCLUB INFERNO. Robert Wechsler, publisher of Catbird, has written an
interesting book-length essay, WITHOUT A STAGE; THE ART OF LITERARY TRANSLATION; worth
Chelsea Green Publishing Company in White
River Junction, Vermont, specializes in books about sustainable living, with selections of
environmentally friendly, thoughtful, and hopeful books. GAVIOTAS, A Village to Reinvent
the World, by Alan Weisman, received has received much attention. The editor in chief, Jim
Schley, wrote us about our conversation with Michael and Cornelia Bessies (Archipelago, Vol. 1, No. 4; Vol. 2, No.
1): As a younger editor who has every intention of emulating such ...
predecessors, I find this conversation to be truly illuminating. This press has high
Columbia University Press puts up a
utilitarian site through which their useful catalog of books and reference works,
including CD-ROMS, can be ordered. Two noteworthy CD-ROMs are THE COLUMBIA I CHING and THE
CLASSIC HUNDRED POEMS; the latter is very expensive, but delightful. William Strachan, the
director, speaks about publishing elsewhere in this issue.
The Harvill Press publishes, among many
estimable authors, Richard Hughes, Richard Ford, and in translation, Anna Maria Ortese
(THE LAMENT OF THE LINNET), Ismael Kadare, Javier Marķas. Many of their titles are
available in the U. S., particularly at independent bookstores. We urge our Readers to
look for their books. (Orteses Where Time Is Another
appears in this issue.)
The Lilliput Press is an Irish publisher
founded in 1984 by Antony Farrell. Some 150 titles have appeared under its imprint: art
and architecture, autobiography and memoir, biography and history, ecology and
environmentalism, essays and literary criticism, philosophy, current affairs and popular
culture, fiction, drama and poetry - all broadly focused on Irish themes. Since 1985 they
have brought out four volumes of the essays of the late Hubert Butler. Hubert
Butlers The Artukovitch File appears,
with their permission, in Archipelago, Vol. 1, No. 2.
McPherson & Co publishes such writers
as the fascinating Mary Butts (THE TAVERNER NOVELS), Anna Maria Ortese (A MUSIC BEHIND THE
WALL, Selected Stories Vol. 2, just published), and the performance artist Carolee
Schneeman. A beautiful story by Ortese, The Great
Street, appeared in our inaugural issue, and the writers testament, Where Time Is Another, appears in this issue.
Mercury House is a not-for-profit
literary press in San Francisco. Members of the staff used to be associated with the
respected North Point, before that imprint closed its doors. Alfred Arteagas HOUSE
WITH THE BLUE BED is out now; Beat, from that volume, appeared in our Vol. 1,
No. 3. They are to publish NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH,
a non-fiction narrative by Katherine McNamara; a chapter of it appeared in our last issue.
Online Originals is an internet
publisher of literature who take the position, one we find ourselves much in agreement
with, that Conventional book publishing has changed dramatically in recent years.
Most of the worlds publishers are now owned by a handful of media conglomerates,
ruled in turn by their finance and marketing departments. To guarantee high profits, they
tend to accept manuscripts only by celebrity writers than authors whose output conforms to
the conventional mainstream market. ... We believe that the Internet is the way forward
for all kinds of publishing. But for the benefit of our authors, we do not prevent them
also publishing printed versions of their works at a later date. They deliver
book-like texts by e-mail.
Sun & Moon Press is a fine, serious,
literary press with a long backlist. They publish classics as well as contemporary fiction
and poetry; writers and poets such as Arkadii Dragomoschenko (astonishing Russian poet),
Paul Celan, Harry Matthews, Djuna Barnes, Paul Auster, Russell Banks. In 1999, they will
publish Maria Negronis LA JAULA BAJO EL TRAPO/CAGE UNDER COVER,
tr. Anne Twitty, in a Spanish-English edition; a selection appears elsewhere in this
Colophon Page and Photo Arts are two handsome sites devoted to the
fine arts. Colophon Page reproduces artists books, which are displayed in pages as
if in a gallery; there is an attendant shop, and review and forum pages. Photo Arts
presents and offers for sale the works of fine-arts photographers and photojournalists.
The design and quality of reproduction of these sites are excellent. Read Jeanette
Watsons Off the Wall, book
reviews by the owner of the now-closed Books & Co., Manhattan. The Ancient
Jewish Cemetery at the Lido in Venice, On the Photographs of Claire Turyn, hosted by
PhotoArts, appeared in our last issue.
Fray. Strange. Cool. Heartbreaking. A delight.
Incompetech. We cant quite figure this
site out, but we like it very much. They want to publish interesting and good material and
have resigned themselves to not making money at it. Laura McLeod does a fine job with her
British Authors section, from which we downloaded John Donnes The Flea for Endnotes.
Octavo is a digital publisher committed to
conserving books, manuscripts, and antiquarian printed materials via digital tools and
formats. They make original works available to readers and book lovers through
partnerships with libraries, individuals and institutions. As a sample, they offer a PDF
download of William Shakespeare Poems. We are always pleased when web publishers use PDF
files, as we do for our Download edition.
is Alta Vistas
foray into arts coverage on the web. The logo links to their arts section.
Arts & Letters Daily A portal
site organized and selected for intelligent readers, directing us to information about
books, authors, and commentary worth reading; nothing flashy or entertaining
here, thank goodness.
The Barcelona Review, Jill Adams,
Editor. A fine, multi-lingual offering published in Catalonia by a multi-national group.
Intelligent editing; interesting reading.
Jacket was founded and is edited by John
Tranter, an interesting Australian poet. For more than thirty years he has been at
the forefront of the new poetry, questioning and extending its procedures, according
to his biographical note. His own work has been published widely and deeply; and in this
quarterly literary journal he publishes the work of other writers generously.
The Richmond Review received approving
notice (along with Archipelago) in the TLS last year. The founding editor, Steven Kelly,
lives and breathes literature as an editorial consultant for various English
publishers. He set up this site in October 1995, when it was the UKs first lit
mag to appear exclusively on the World Wide Web. Published ten times a year.
Politics and Prose is the largest
independent bookshop in Washington, D.C., with a full and beautifully-chosen stock-list
and a nicely-arranged web site.
The Village Voice Bookshop lives in the
heart of Paris, and makes American and English books available to customers on several
continents, via phone, fax, post, and e-mail.
Odile Hellier, the proprietor, is a Contributing Editor of this publication.
C-Span 2 : C-Span 2 now offers its complete weekend
programming to books, and matters related directly to books; their host, and a founder of
C-Span, Brian Lamb is particularly interested in non-fiction.
The Financial Times: For those who want to watch
intelligently not merely the movement of stocks but the expansion of capital, this
newspaper (on-line; in print) is essential. We are told that Alan Greenspan reads the FT;
his assistants do not. Late note: to our regret, the FT webmasters keep re-reorganizing
their format, making it ever less engaging and less interesting to use.