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our yearly gift guide

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coal mountain elementary coffeehouse pressCoal Mountain Elementary is an imaginative and shocking reminder of what it means, in the most human and poignant terms, to be a miner, whether in this country or in China, or for that matter anywhere in the industrial world. It is also a tribute to miners and working people everywhere. It manages, in photos and in words, to portray an entire culture. And it is a stunning educational tool.” —Howard Zinn

anne carson albertine workoutAnne Carson’s The Albertine Workout is a charming and (relatively) approachable introduction to the poet’s work. Published as a chapbook by New Directions, The Albertine Workout contains fifty-nine paragraphs, with appendices, summarizing Carson’s research on Albertine, the principal love interest of Marcel in Proust’s novels.

Four from Japan, published by Litmus Press, showcases contemporary poetry and essays in translation by Japanese women. Edited by Sawako Nakayasu.

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cecilia afonso esteves printThis print, or anything by Cecilia Afonso Esteves. She makes absolutely beautiful things. I have a postcard and a business card of hers and they are among my treasured tiny art objects. Her blog is here.

Ann Wood, who makes birds, plants, ships, horses, and spiders out of very old pieces of cloth, has now made a pattern so that you (or someone you know) can do that. The patterns are in her shop.  amy karol lovely

Amy Karol makes perfumes and oils for skin and hair. Her Lovely would make, er, ahem, a lovely gift.

The Small Object is having a sale on all their rubber stamps (except custom ones), and these make really great presents—for kids and grownups.

josh ritter animal yearsJosh Ritter’s album The Animal Years is one of my favorite albums ever. You can get it on vinyl or CD in his shop—great songwriting, great lyrics, good for driving, trains, late nights, early mornings, afternoons.

And my perennial favorite Ben Weaver has a new LP out on vinyl with a digital download. I’d Rather Be a Buffalo is available only at Hymies’ in Minneapolis and online through Ben’s store, and is limited to 500 copies.

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birds and women miel calendarI’d be remiss at capitalism if I didn’t also say that you could find presents in the MIEL shop. So maybe a calendar with drawings of birds and women, tea sets and foggy animals is for you or someone you know?

Or maybe your friend needs a reminder (at any time of year) that winter won’t last forever. Or perhaps you’d like someone special to receive shipments of small-press books throughout 2015. (Subscriptions are like a present to the press, too.)

If you’re looking for a present for someone with a sense of humor, an interest in history, and a taste for puns, try one of George Szirtes’ chapbooks. For an artist or handmaker, Lisa Solomon’s monograph HAND/MADE is perfect (and on sale for €12!). A person with a sense of place, an interest in landscape, or an attachment to the dictionary will likely enjoy Josh Wallaert’s A Guide to the Northwest Territory. And Jonterri Gadson’s Interruptions combined with Kristen Case’s Temple and Shana Youngdahl’s Winter/Windows would make an incredible gift for parents, whether new or long in tooth.

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London! November 14-15!

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We’re so so so so so excited to bring fresh-from-the-press copies of Diadem Me and Uncle Zoltán (along with new broadsides, prints, our 2015 calendar, lots of greeting cards, and of course our other books) to the London Small Publishers’ Fair. November 14 and 15, 11-7 (but we’ll be leaving early on the Saturday; need to catch the last train back to Belgium). As usual, it’s in Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, and admission is free. We’d love to see you there.

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* birds & women * a calendar for 2015 *

birds and women miel calendarOur 2015 calendar is in the shop now. It’s called birds & women, and it contains lots of kind of magical images, all reproduced from original watercolors and drawings.

There’s the birdwoman, of course, and Sailor Moon; there’s a blue-and-white tea set and pink wagashi. There is another tea set and a bunch of smoggy animals to keep the tea-drinkers company. There are girls in pretty clothes, a garden gnome, and some strange rabbits.

Every calendar comes wrapped in a slip of paper with a little watercolor birds and women miel calendarreproduction on it, tucked into a cellophane envelope, and mailed in a bubble envelope. We’re in the habit of putting a little extra surprise in the envelope with these, too.

Making the drawings for this calendar was really a pleasure—I hope they make you happy when they hang in your house!

 

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Uncle Zoltán is on his way

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More fragments from George Szirtes in this, our fourth and final chapbook in the series that includes Langoustine, Child Helga, and Germania. Uncle Zoltán is well-mannered, debonair, and carries a spare mackeral in his overcoat. His mustaches regularly win prizes at all the best shows. He’s that consummate—or was it consommé?—traveler, that genteel older gentleman, that exceptionally learnèd dormouse… that’s right, it’s everyone’s favorite family member, Uncle Zoltán! You couldn’t ask for a finer guide to the disappearing haute-bourgeoisie of a Mitteleuropa that never was.

This is our longest Szirtes chapbook yet; 40 pages. Because of its length, we’ve had to have it staple-bound instead of hand-binding it! €9; estimated shipping date for preorders and subscribers is November 18.

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The Material Word: Saison Poetry Library Open Day

nancy campbell arctic alphabet miel Our edition of Nancy Campbell’s How To Say I Love You in Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet is part of the Saison Poetry Library’s Material Word exhibit. The edition itself is nearly sold out: we have ten remaining copies! We’ll be bringing Nancy’s book and many others to the Small Publishers’ fair in London, November 14-15 (Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, from 11-7 both days—although on Saturday we’ll be leaving early to get the last train back to Belgium).

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All our 2014 and 2015 books have been acquired/will be acquired by the Saison Poetry Library. From the Saison’s website: “[the] Library, whose holdings go back to 1912, was established by the Arts Council in 1953 and speakers at the opening included TS Eliot and Herbert Read. After having homes across London the Library moved to Southbank Centre in 1988. Over the years the focus on poetry from around the world translated into English has increased, as has the children’s collections, poetry on audio and the collection of poetry magazines. The Library now holds over 200,000 items and is the largest collection of modernnancy campbell arctic alphabet miel and contemporary poetry in the UK.” We are pleased and proud that MIEL books will be held in this collection!

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Quilts

When Dickinson House became a possibility, not just a dream, one of the first things I knew was that it would need quilts. I have so many friends who make quilts; my mother makes quilts. Quilts and blankets mean cosiness, warmth, care, and beauty all in one object. And the house does have quilts—this one by Blair Stocker, for example, who traded it to me for editing, and one made by my friend Melissa (in the photograph below), and another made by Neele Dellschaft, whose chapbook was one of the first three MIEL published. Writers and artists, come and be warm under these quilts! Come and feel the work their makers put into them to give you comfort!

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