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Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:17
Since 1985, Black Spring Press has produced work by Nick Cave, Anais Nin, Charles Baudelaire, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Carolyn Cassady and Leonard Cohen, among many others. Black Spring specialises in the contemporary, as well as breathing new life into neglected classics.
The Book Depository: What/who do you see as your primary market?
Black Spring Press: Readers who want to leave the beaten track. We hope our books are quirky, intelligent and surprising.
The Book Depository: What are the principal challenges/opportunities you see at the moment in the business of publishing books?
Black Spring Press: It's easy to think that challenges loom larger than opportunities at the moment: that's the current wisdom in and out of the book trade. But we as readers have to hope that books are among the last things people give up. Hard to think what other experience gives you more for your tenner. Maybe the fatuous and overpriced Wii will be the main victim of recession: we can always hope, and who would mourn its passing? OK, lots of people...
The Book Depository: What brings you to the decision to publish a particular title/author?
Black Spring Press: Impossible to generalise. It will always have something to do with a sense that there is a readership for it, but any book we do has to be something we really love and is worth the effort. Maybe a summary of the test is that we believe the book has at least a fighting chance of enduring, being remembered.
The Book Depository: What books are you most proud of having published?
Black Spring Press: The Julian Maclaren-Ross books. He really could have gone by the wayside, and to read him is know how unjust that would have been. Also Nick Cave's And the Ass Saw the Angel, a really powerful and disturbing book.
The Book Depository: What books are you working on right now?
Black Spring Press: Just off to the printer we have a fourth novel, by Alan Brownjohn, Windows on the Moon, out in March. It brilliantly evokes a post-war world that is outwardly bleak but full of humanity and humour. There is also a trilogy for later in the year, but that's under wraps for the moment...
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