Literature should be nourishing: this is the philosophy of Sweet Publications, which will display and sell works of nonfiction and poetry at this Friday’s Arcades Project. Sweet Publications is an independent book publisher under the sponsorship of Sweet: A Literary Confection, a free, independent digital literary magazine that has published three issues a year since 2007.
One of the titles they will present at Arcades is Close Quarters, a 2012 nonfiction collection chapbook penned by Amy Monticello. The other is The Witch’s Index: Spells, Incantations, which features poems by writer Megan Gannon and which was also released this year. Drawn, printed, glued, drilled, and sewed in a recipe of handmade creation techniques, these chapbooks offer an organic, handmade presentation for literature.
Sweet’s umbrella goal is to connect writers with readers while redefining genre concepts. The press publishes only nonfiction and poetry in order to best explore where these two genres meet and separate, where one begins and the other ends. They also publish the nonfiction graphic, which they see as a new genre of literature, and the anti- e-book: hand-bound volumes in short print runs. Every book is bound and stitched (by hand) by a Sweet staffer. At Arcades Project, visitors can also expect some impromptu performances from the Sweet staff.