While big corporate trade publishing may have suffered a temporary collective brain fart these past couple of weeks, there's another segment of publishing that is thriving: small and independent presses.
Some of the best new writers - especially in fiction - come out of these great alternative publishers, publishers like Small Beer Press, Soft Skull Press, Manic D, Soho Press, Akashic Books, and others.
This weekend you can meet some of the people behind more than one hundred of these small, innovative publishers (and buy some great books while you're at it!) at the 21st Annual Indie & Small Press Book Fair. It runs all weekend at the New York Center for Independent Publishing, located at 20 W. 44th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues.
So instead of sitting around at home and bemoaning the Great Publishing Meltdown of 2008, why don't you go out and explore a segment of the publishing industry that seems to be doing something right? (And pick up some awesome gifts while you're at it!)
** Oh, and if you see me, say hi! I'll be the fat dyke with glasses wearing a bright orange hoody and a black pea coat, looking perpetually cranky. (I'm not; I just look that way.)