Nobody gets into the small press publishing business for the glory. Or for the big bucks.
Yet, against the financial odds and in the face of the digital revolution, boutique publishing houses persist and in some cases even thrive across the country. Buffalo has its fair share of such pint-sized outfits – the city is home, after all, to the nationally well-regarded Small Press Book Fair, scheduled for April 18 and 19 in the Karpeles Manuscript Library.
One of those presses, David McNamara’s Sunnyoutside, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition opening Friday in the Western New York Book Arts Center (468 Washington St.). “Sunnyoutside: Ten Years of Good Books Done Well,” will focus on the press’ output of more than 70 titles as well its process.
“Sunnyoutside prides themselves not only on the content of their publications, but the physical book itself,” a statement from the book arts center reads. “Much of their ever-growing oeuvre includes hand-bound books, screen-printed and hand-painted covers, hand-printed broadsides, as well as letterpress printed collaborations with WNYBAC.”
The opening of the show at 6 p.m. Friday will feature bookmaking demonstrations from McNamara, Shasti O’Leary, Richard Kegler, Nathan Pritts, Kyle Butler and Brian Mihok. It remains on view through May 2. Call 348-1430 or visit wnybookarts.org for more information.