THE SMALL PRESS LITERARY REVIEW
Gateways Books and Inner Journeys both participated in the New Age Metaphysical Expo last June in Denver, and we recommend it heartily for booksellers, June 28-30, 1997, at the Denver Merchandise Mart. For info on attending , call the sponsors at New Editions International at (520) 282-9574. Two authors reviewed in this issue—Lillian Yeshe and Laurellynn Martin—brought their books to us at the Expo. Other exhibitors there whose books we probably will review in future include Ozark Mountain Publishers, Buddhist Text Translation Society, Gateway Books (of U.K.), and Ivory Moon Recordings, who gave us several notable albums from their list. We did moderate trade sales at the Expo, but it was its first year, with the sky as the limit for potential attendance. I spoke to at least one dealer in crystals and specialty jewelry who made sales worth thousands of dollars; needless to say, he was pleased with his show.
We are attending the BookExpo in Chicago once again, with a Small Press Section booth. Many independent publishers were disappointed in 1996 with the location of the Small Press section, in the back of the far building. Since BookExpo America—under new management by Reed rather than American Booksellers Association—is all in one mammoth (or whale-ish) hall this year, we expect to see many more book buyers, publicists, and trade visitors. The fear I heard voiced most often last year was that “the ABA will become something other than a booksellers’ and buyers’ show.” A three-ring commercial circus, perhaps, for showcasing major publishers and multi-media releases? If it becomes more of a rights fair like Frankfurt, that might serve us publishers well, even if a distraction to booksellers. We’re taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Reed and “BEA,” but our and your association is very positive about the new collaborative arrangement. We’re also previewing at the Expo a specialty supplement to Inner Journeys—The Great Adventure, to focus on Death & Dying books, authors, and resources. Hope to see you there—or hear back from you via e-mail, letter, or phone your response to Inner Journeys.—Iven Lourie, Editor, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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