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Key texts of critical engagement with publishing from protagonists of the field.

The book also features a comprehensive WHO IS WHO of publishers, documenting participation for the last 10 years at Miss Read (the annual Berlin Art Book Fair), with 600 separate entries, as well as information about activities of Miss Read since its inception in 2009.

As an anthology, this volume compiles a decade's worth of thoughts and theorizing by zinesters and artists making books about what it means to publish and make books in the 21st century. Detailing the urge to self-publish, as well as the personal and political implications of doing so, the collection of writings also traces the financial imperatives and hurdles related to the business of publishing. A number of important historical works from the last 100 years are also included.

With texts by Tauba Auerbach, Michael Baers, Derek Beaulieu, Riccardo Boglione, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Briggs, Ulises Carrión, Paul Chan, Anita Di Bianco, Craig Dworkin, Constant Dullaart, Zenon Fajfer, Karl Holmqvist, John Holten & Ida Bencke, Annette Gilbert, Gloria Glitzer, Lisa Holzer & David Jourdan, Ray Johnson, Sharon Kivland, Kione Kochi, Tan Lin, El Lissitzky, Alessandro Ludovico, Sara MacKillop, Steve McCaffery & bp Nichol, Jonathan Monk, Simon Morris, Aurélie Noury, Clive Phillpot, Michalis Pichler, Adrian Piper, Vanessa Place & Robert Fitterman, Seth Price, Leon Munoz Santini, Joachim Schmid, Paul Soulellis, Matthew Stadler, Gertrude Stein, Paul Stephens, Mladen Stilinovic, Temporary Services, TIQQUN, Elisabeth Tonnard, Erik van der Weijde, Lawrence Weiner, Eric Watier, Eva Weinmayr, Jan Wenzel, and Stephen Willats

Publishing Manifestos collects the sort of essays and manifestos that mirror the chatter and conversations that might be had a book fair, as stall-makers sat beside one another spend three or four days tirelessly swapping advice and printed matter; reminding one another why they do what they do.” —AIGA Eye on Design

Published by Miss Read, 2018

Softcover, 292 pages, b&w, 6.75 × 9.5 inches

ISBN: 978-3-86874-104-9