Books

A new novella from Tomas Moniz (Rad DadBellies and BuffalosBig Familia), one of our all-time favorite writers. His publishers at Mason Jar Press say: "All Friends Are Necessary follows a young man in San Francisco as he navigates love, addiction, and the struggles of adulthood on his way to maturity and independence." It's real good.

68 pages, half-letter size. Published by Mason Jar Press.

Last copy! The fourth issue of our favorite literary journal, Big Big Wednesday, works around the theme "Partial." Poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations, and photography from 24 contributors, including Ben Lerner, Jennifer Williams, Claudia Lars, Haley Rene Thompson, Emily Carr, and Francesca Capone. 

120 pages, oversized trade paperback. Pull-out mini-poster by Maren Jensen. Cover art by Sarah Daegling. 

 

Part art journal, part music magazine, part old-school variety zine, Canvas & Cassette has a little something for everyone. Full-color art throughout, interviews with cover artist Ariana Sauder, the Fem Foundry arts collective, and musician Gabrielle Marlena. Plus: a spotlight on Montréal muralist Mono Sourcil, the anatomy of a music video, and much more.

28 pages, half-letter size, perfect-bound.

"Wendy C. Ortiz was an only child and a bookish, insecure girl living with alcoholic parents in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her relationship with a charming and deeply flawed private school teacher fifteen years her senior appeared to give her the kind of power teenagers wish for, regardless of consequences. Her teacher—now a registered sex offender—continually encouraged her passion for writing while making her promise she was not leaving any written record about their dangerous sexual relationship. This conflicted relationship with her teacher may have been just five years long, but would imprint itself on her and her later relationships, queer and straight, for the rest of her life.

In Excavation: A Memoir, the black and white of the standard victim/perpetrator stereotype gives way to unsettling grays. The present-day narrator reflects on the girl she once was, as well as the teacher and parent she has become. It’s a beautifully written and powerful story of a woman reclaiming her whole heart."

Released on Future Tense Books. 242 pages, trade paperback. ISBN #9781892061706

The Grand Terrace Photo League is the product of an eight-week photo ethnography project at the Grand Terrace apartment complex in Worthington, Minnesota. Made in collaboration with its residents, documentary storyteller Nik Nerburn (In the Shadow of Paul Bunyan) explores the lives and stories of apartment residents through essays, portraits, youth-made images, and family photographs from residents’ personal collections.

"Grand Terrace, which houses working families speaking seven different languages, reflects the changing demographics of our country in miniature. In the face of escalating toxic language directed at new immigrants and those of us who welcome them, it’s important that we work to tell compassionate, collaborative stories about our new homes and neighbors." - Nik Nerburn

All text printed in English, Spanish, and Tigrinya (an Ethiopian language spoken by many building residents). Watch this video to page through the book. 

96 pages, hardcover, smyth-bound (so it lays flat when opened), matte 100# cotton paper, navy blue linen cover with silver foil. 

The long-awaited book from Jonas of the Cheer the Eff Up and Fixer Eraser zine. Released on Olympia's Sweet Candy Press.

"The Greatest Most Traveling Circus is an anthology of stories about vampires and superheroes, gypsy curses, giant killer robots, psychics, love potions, bar fights over stolen angel wings, imaginary monsters, magical traveling pants and the devil as a red-headed con man. But it’s also a novel about overcoming depression, struggling with suicide, handling loss, and trying to find meaning in a world where the supernatural isn’t the hardest part of life to accept."

218 pages, small trade paperback. ISBN #9780989709835

A pack of Incandescent, our favorite photography journal. Save money by buying a bunch of these gorgeous, always interesting photographic explorations of the world. Pick a three, four, or five pack. Perfect for gifting, coffee tables, facing out on bookshelves, soaking in on slow days.

Each issue is 6.5" x 8", in limited pressings of 100-200 copies, 70-ish pages a piece, full color.

In this issue of our favorite Portland photo journal: “Building New Ground." 20 photographers from around the world respond.

With work from: Katherine Akey, Tal Ben Avi, Linda Borst, Craig Buchan, Fergus Coyle, Alexa Cushing, Chris Giuliano, Illesha Khandelwal, Bryan May, Giuseppe Mileti, Svetlana Mladenovic, Azikiwe Mohammed, Paolo Morales, Naveen Naqvi, Kumi Oguro, Joaquin Palting, Rhombie Sandoval, and Jeanette Spicer. Foreword by Anna Knecht Schwarzer 

6.5" x 8", solid wax ink. First Pressing of 250. 68 pages, full color. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

A quiet and haunting issue of the Incandescent photo zine that looks at what it means to be “brittle string in a big storm.”

Work from: Krasimira Butseva, Carmen Colombo, Kristin Dillon, Yael Eban, Lorena Endara, Yoav Friedlander, Juan Giraldo, Juliane Herrmann, Martin Holik, Hannah Nikkelson, Joaquin Palting, Sarah Pfohl, June Tay Sanders, Rhombie Sandoval, Dakota Sumpter, and FeiFan Zhang.

Cover image by Juan Giraldo, foreword by Cameron Lovejoy, edited by Erin Barnard and Helen Jones. 6.5" x 8", solid wax ink. First Pressing of 200. 76 pages, full color. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.

This issue of our favorite photo journal organizes under the banner of the “Slow Read.” And within there are shooting ranges, Mars simulations, fruit harvests, kids in the back of a truck going nowhere. As poet Hajara Quinn writes in her foreword, "A suite of photographs has the quality of a poem with many possible permutations...stirring up the space between the subconscious and conscious worlds."

With work from: Tabitha Barnard, Donny Barth, Anna Bergold, Patrick Carew, Baltazar Fajto, Constanze Flamme, Robert Gordon, Casandra Klos, Ashley Moog, Patrick Morarescu, Tito Mouraz, Dorothée Nowak, Sarah Pfohl, Jordan Putt, and Jordan Raye.

Cover image by Patrick Carew. 6.5" x 8", solid wax ink. First Pressing of 200. 74 pages, full color. Buy Incandescent ​as a pack to save money and support the photo journal.