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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chapbooks

Chapbook - A generic term covering a particular genre of pocket-sized booklet, popular from the sixteenth through to the later part of the 19th century.

In the 21st century, "chapbook" means this and this and this.

Chapbooks have become the literary equivalent of 45 rpm singles back in the day. They are relatively easy to produce and thus can be sold very cheaply. And because they are both short short-run and personalized creations they have a uniqueness to them that makes them interesting creative artifacts.

I've been thinking about putting out a few chapbooks myself, not just with my own writing but also with other authors whose work I truly respect and admire. So, what do you think? What author would you like to see a chapbook from?

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