I am happy to announce the 3rd Issue of Paper News – The Independent Publisher’s Quarterly
An initiative by Drucken Heften Laden*.
With my text about SPACES FOR BOOKS (1)
NEWBRIDGE BOOKSHOP, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK
If you visited this year’s AV Festival for contemporary art, film and music entitled Meanwhile, what about Socialism? you could have come across the so-called Left Book Club Library. It is set up in NewBridge Bookshop. Vintage issues and re-publications of titles of the Left Book Club and other related publications are presented around a huge wooden table.
The Left Book Club was a members only publishing house that first existed between 1936 and 1948 with a clearly socialist and educational agenda. In 1939 there were 57,000 members who met in weekly reading groups throughout Britain to examine and discuss the most recent publications. A book that was commissioned by the Left Book Club also inspired the festival’s theme: “The Road to Wigan Pier” (1937). It’s author, George Orwell, reports on the horrific social conditions of the industrial North of England.
Talking to Kuba Ryniewicz, who runs the NewBridge Bookshop, it is easy to understand why the library is set up in this space. Located in Newcastle’s city centre the bookshop is part of the NewBridge Project, an artist-led community with studios and an exhibition space next to the shop. Already since 2010 the bookshop serves as a place for book presentations, talks and exhibitions and features a fine selection of (partly self-published) artists’ books, catalogues and magazines.
The Left Book Club as a practice has been revived in 2015 and published two books since then: “Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth” by Kevin Ovenden and Ken Livingstone’s “Being Red: a Politics for the Future”.
*Drucken Heften Laden discusses and analyses the conditions and possibilities for independent publishing in the context of art and city (politics). As a group of small Berlin based producers and publishers, we are interested to negotiate and sharpen our idea of what „independent“ and „self“ publishing means. Drucken Heften Laden filters and disseminates information, and creates a public platform for exchange and discussion, accessible to everyone interested in such practice.
Redaktion: Berkes, Koch, Wohlgemuth
Gestaltung: Janine Sack
Satz: Andreas Koch
Korrektorat: Michael J. Baers
Comic: Michael J. Baers
Font: PF Bague Sans Pro, Parachute
Drucken Heften Laden :
Scriptings / Achim Lengerer
von hundert (Andreas Koch)
The Green Box
Edition Bernward Reul
Errant Bodies (Brandon LaBelle)
botopress (Christian Berkes, Sophie Wohlgemuth)
Meta/Books (Delphine Bedel)
Berliner Hefte zur Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt
(Joerg Franzbecker, Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner, Katja Reichard, Ines Schaber, Florian Wüst)
Pro Qm (Katja Reichard)
Michael J. Baers
Archive Books (Paolo Caffoni)
Books People Places (Maria Mora und Peter Schmidt)
Architektur in Gebrauch (Sandra Bartoli, Silvan Linden)
ztscrpt (Yves Mettler)
Janine Sack / sackbuch
Simon Worthington / Mute / Hybrid Publishing Group