Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another memorable Brooklyn Book Fair

Norman Beim and Perry Brass at the BBF taken by Steve Kreis, who came by and bought books. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Of Interest: Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War II (from The Atlantic)

In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles.

Read the full story from The Atlantic:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beim's Latest Book Receives Acclaim

Norman Beim received a great review of his latest book, "A Not-So-Nice Jewish Veteran Faces Life," in the blog Reviews by Amos Lassen.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Announcing International Underground Poetry Fest

We are honored to announce this event created by GNYIPA alumna member, Kat Georges and her Three Rooms Press.  Learn more about Three Rooms Press for poetry at

19-21 September 2014
GC Essegem 1090 Brussels
Leopold I Straat 329 Entrance: A. Gomardstraat

A Celebration Of Cutting-Edge Poetry | Performance | Art | Dada

Fri 19/09 8 PM
Book Launch
This Is Belgian Chocolate: Manifestations Of Poetry
Feat. Performance Poet Philip Meersman

Sat 20/09 7 PM
Book Launch
Maintenant 8: A Journal Of Contemporary Dada Writing And Art
Feat. Three Rooms Press Editors Peter Carlaftes + Kat Georges

Sun 21/09 10 AM
The Disunited Kingdom Of Belgium: A Public Poem
Feat. Author-Performer Alain Arias-Misson

Plus Academic Seminars, Workshops, Art Expo, and Awards Ceremony

Admission to all events is FREE

Underground Poetry Fest Participants (In Alphabetical Order)
• Alain Arias-Misson • Artiestencollectief Ja!4 • Rossella Bargiacchi1 • Jaap Blonk1
• Antoine Boute • Fork Burke • Peter Carlaftes • Jean De Lacoste • Prof. Dr. Hans De Wolf2
• Heike Fiedler • Luc Fierens • Éditions Maelström • Fjorton • Kat Georges
• Hauser (Lies Van Gasse & Annemarie Estor)1 • Rozalie Hirs1 • Frie J. Jacobs1
• Maja Jantar • Una Lee • Prof. Dr. Laura Lopez-Fernandez2 • Jaan „Luulur” Malin
• Philip Meersman • Tom Nisse • Renaat Ramon • Xavier Roelens • Gabor Roozen1
• Slam Tribu3 • Sven Staelens1,2 • Vincent Tholomé • Michaël Vandenbril
• Kila Van Der Starre • Lies Van Gasse3 • Dirk Vekemans • Sandrine Verstraeten
• Acg Vianen • Helen White • Peter Wullen • Wilfried Wynants1,2 • Aleksey Yudin
1 Art Expostition
2 Academic Seminar
3 Workshop
4 Taped Performance

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Great Upcoming Events

GNYIPA Members, these upcoming readings offer you the opportunity to share your work and to sell books.  Save the dates, and to find out more, come to our August 6 meeting at 6:30 at CUNY Graduate Center.
Friday, September 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. --  "Publishing Our Private Worlds: Connecting with Your Heart to the Reader's Heart." Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event. Greater New York Independent Publishers Association members read from their recent works and talk about what keeps them working and publishing in these times. In a world of constant media noise, how do you find your true voice, and reach your reader in a deep, sustained fashion?  We are a growing community of publishers and self-published writers offering inspiration and information to people who want to create and publish books in traditional and newer formats. Venue: Absolute Coffee, 327 Atlantic (Hoyt and Smith).  
Sunday, September 28, 3 - 5:00 p.m. -- Antic Day.  "Books, The Intimate Art Form. Why They Are Still So Important to US."  Have you ever had a “secret book,” one that meant so much to you you couldn’t share it with a friend? Or a book you had to share with a friend? Members of GNYIPA, a growing community of publishers and self-published writers, talk about their books, their love of books, and why books are still important today. Venue: Absolute Coffee, 327 Atlantic (Hoyt and Smith).
Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. -- Brooklyn Book Festival.  This is the third-largest book festival in the United States, with strong press coverage and a projected turnout this year of 40,000 book lovers.  If you are a GNYIPA Member in good standing, you have the option of buying a share in the GNYIPA table, an inexpensive way to sell books, make industry contacts, and build your audience. See Perry's recent email for more details.
To participate, contact Perry Brass  (  immediately.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Perry Brass Poem at The Good Men Project

Perry Brass's poem "New York is Full of Boys" is currently up on The Good Men Project, a site dedicated to problems and solutions for men in a gender-role-and-expectations changing world.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gnat-Mullin's 'Kisses Out of the Blue' Reading a Success

GNYIPA member Linda Gnat-Mullin at her reading and book signing for Kisses Out of the Blue at The 440 Gallery in Brooklyn. Linda's reading was a special event for visual artist Karen Gibbons, whose dreamlike paintings and collages provided the perfect environment for Linda's soulful, strange and true stories, told to offer readers a wider sense of the world's -- and their own -- heretofore hidden possibilities.  Master chef and restaurateur Fabiane Lima provided beautiful treats for the occasion. The gallery reported that this was their best-attended event in memory.  Kisses Out of the Blue is available on Amazon, where it has received a five-star rating, and at other online retailers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

M i d - M a n h a t t a n L i b r a r y 
p r e s e n t s 

The Ins, Outs, Pitfalls, and Rewards of Self Publishing:

What is self-publishing, its goals, risks, and drawbacks?
Why is there even in today’s free-wheeling e-publishing 
environment, a stigma still attached to self-published books?

As part of March’s National Small Press Month, join us for an eye-opening panel discussion about self publishing in the Age of Self Publishing.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 
6:30 p.m. 
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor

Elevators access the 6th floor after 6 p.m. 

f e a t u r i n g
The Greater New York Independent Publishers Association 


Perry Brass
Norman Beim
Kay Williams
Heidi Russell (Moderator)

Why is this the Age of Self Publishing?
Because today all books are to a great degree self published, since publishing a book is not simply printing it (or putting it on the Internet), but making a book into a publicly available item. So all authors today need to be involved in bringing their books to the public, whether marketing their books, promoting themselves, or making other decisions to keep their work alive in front of an audience.

So if you are thinking about writing a book, or simply love books and want to know more about the process of their creation, this panel will be of interest to you.


Heidi Russell is an internationally exhibited photographer and entrepreneur who holds curatorial positions with Manhattan Theatre Source and the e-zine The New York Optimist. In 2008, she founded the International Women Artists’ Salon. Her indie publishing company, Viaduct Publishing, seeks to publish works that utilize art as a bridge for cultural understanding. She has been a member of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association since 2006 and is currently serving her second term as chairperson.


Norman Beim is a lifetime member of the Dramatist Guild, prize-wining playwright, actor, director, novelist, and memoirist. He appeared on Broadway in the original production of INHERIT THE WIND, starring Paul Muni and Melvyn Douglas, has appeared with Morgan Freeman at the Public Theatre in BLACK VISIONS, and also on TV shows like "Saturday Night Live," and in films. Two of his novels have been published as well as ten collections of his plays. His work has received endorsements from Horton Foote, Jerry Stiller, Tony Randall, Katharine Hepburn, Rosemary Harris, and Mario Fratti.

Perry Brass has self-published 16 books through his imprint Belhue Press, has sold close to 100,000 copies of his books in print, digital, and audio formats, and is currently treasurer of GNYIPA, as well as a founding coordinator of the New York Rainbow Book Fair, the largest LGBT book event in the U.S. His newest book is King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief, a coming-of-age of novel set in Savannah, GA, in 1963, the year of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. He is a full member of PEN International, the writers organization promoting world literature and defending freedom of expression.

Kay Williams, a professional actress for many years, began her second career as a writer, editor and publisher. In 1995 she founded Calliope Press to publish her 90-year-old father’s biography/memoir Maude (1883 – 1993): She Grew Up with the Country. Calliope Press went on to publish Great-Grandpa Fussy and the Little Puckerdoodles,One Last Dance, Butcher of Dreams, and The Five O’Clock Follies, all award-winning