Small Press Week #SPWshop

26 November 2016

Last day of Small Press Week! Today we’re engaging in capitalism, since it’s also Small Business Saturday!

Most of our titles could only be released by a small, independent publisher not beholden to a large corporate editorial structure. Upper Rubber Boot has the freedom to take risks. Poetry books, especially, are hard to sell, but, I believe, vitally important to the literary conversation—every one that we publish is a risk. I also love stories that are hard to quantify and pigeonhole, which can make our anthologies riskier to publish because they aren’t absolutely clearly one genre or another.

We exist on the fringe. It’s even in our name (Upper Rubber Boot is Canadian for a place that’s far away from the center of things, and probably uncool and insignificant).

 
Here are some of our riskiest titles:

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  • Flight 505, a rock-and-roll road trip turns violent after an ill-considered heroin theft in this chilling novella by ex-Sparks bassist Leslie Bohem, who also wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Dante’s Peak, and the mini-series Taken.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

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  • Three short books of poetry in a single volume: brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee explore America by train; F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis explore fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter; and Enid Shomer explores environmental destruction and hope for the future.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

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  • Memory, a novelette by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría (trans. Lawrence Schimel) of oppression, genetic engineering, non-binary relationships, and—you guessed it—memory, on a colony on a terraformed Mars.

    [Amazon ; elsewhere]

 

 

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