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Caught in the wild!
In addition to selling our titles through the Half Letter Press web store, we’re proud to offer our books in great places! Bindlestiff Books in Philadelphia (pictured) is now carrying four of our titles - Revolution as an Eternal Dream, Mobile Phenomena, Leftover Rightunder, and Records as Portable Exhibitions. 
Some other sites that may have our publications in person are the Print Center (Philly), Printed Matter (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), the places on this partial list, as well as a library near you (WorldCat is such a great resource!). If you’d like Half Letter Press books at your shop, school, or library, give us a holler - publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Caught in the wild!

In addition to selling our titles through the Half Letter Press web store, we’re proud to offer our books in great places! Bindlestiff Books in Philadelphia (pictured) is now carrying four of our titles - Revolution as an Eternal Dream, Mobile Phenomena, Leftover Rightunder, and Records as Portable Exhibitions.

Some other sites that may have our publications in person are the Print Center (Philly), Printed Matter (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), the places on this partial list, as well as a library near you (WorldCat is such a great resource!). If you’d like Half Letter Press books at your shop, school, or library, give us a holler - publishers@halfletterpress.com.

newsandbooze:

Shoveling, Chicago style.
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*in which our Philly office offers a Chicago-style shout out to snow shovelers everywhere* Hey Yous - the melt is here on the East Coast of the USA, and we hope you are out and about enjoying your life in whichever city you happen to be in. When you get back to the internet, remember that Half Letter Press has the following new items ready & waiting for ya;
Leftover Rightunder book
Self-Reliance Library: 2nd Edition booklet
Tikibiing Booskikamigaag booklet made with RISO press
Learning by Doing at the Farm book
Tupilakosaurus book
924 Gilman book
Happy Reading!

newsandbooze:

Shoveling, Chicago style.

via

*in which our Philly office offers a Chicago-style shout out to snow shovelers everywhere* Hey Yous - the melt is here on the East Coast of the USA, and we hope you are out and about enjoying your life in whichever city you happen to be in. When you get back to the internet, remember that Half Letter Press has the following new items ready & waiting for ya;

Leftover Rightunder book

Self-Reliance Library: 2nd Edition booklet

Tikibiing Booskikamigaag booklet made with RISO press

Learning by Doing at the Farm book

Tupilakosaurus book

924 Gilman book

Happy Reading!

Charas is a document of a Lower East Side (NYC) community and their struggle to build a geodesic dome, beginning in the early 1960s with struggling New York City street life and systemic racism. Several men who would become CHARAS members led or were involved in gangs and moved in and out of prison while watching friends and loved ones succumb to drugs and violence. Carlos “Chino” Garcia and Angelo Gonzalez, Jr. two friends from the Lower East Side and involved in gang life from an early age, start the CHARAS story.

Our Free Box includes a link to read/download a PDF of this great book!  (via Free Box : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

Charas is a document of a Lower East Side (NYC) community and their struggle to build a geodesic dome, beginning in the early 1960s with struggling New York City street life and systemic racism. Several men who would become CHARAS members led or were involved in gangs and moved in and out of prison while watching friends and loved ones succumb to drugs and violence. Carlos “Chino” Garcia and Angelo Gonzalez, Jr. two friends from the Lower East Side and involved in gang life from an early age, start the CHARAS story.

Our Free Box includes a link to read/download a PDF of this great book! (via Free Box : Half Letter Press, Independent Art & Publishing & Infrastructure)

prettybooks:

2014 Book ChallengeIt’s time to pick a reading goal for 2014! I chose to read 50 books in 2013, but for my sixth 50 Book Challenge, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books this year. I read 100 books in a year only once before, in 2011.The Rules1. Choose an amount of books that you want to read in 2014 (e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100)2. Read, read, read!The BooksThere isn’t a rule about what kind books these have to be so read anything you want (novels, children’s books, short stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, school books…). You can make a list of the books you want to read before you start or you can choose books as you go along. The ChallengeTo keep track of how much you’re reading, you can use the Goodreads Reading Challenge (they will launch a new one in early January), create a list (on Tumblr, LibraryThing, WordPress, Blogger, your computer) or a playlist on your YouTube channel, write book reviews or create video reviews, post every book cover, post photos of your books - it’s up to you. I like to create a 50 Book Challenge page, tag my book reviews and use Goodreads. Use the 50 book challenge tag so that others can keep up with your progress. You can use the above banner on your page or create your own! However, although this is a quantifiable challenge, the most important thing is that you’re reading and that you’re having fun doing it :)

We at Half Letter Press encourage you to read at least 50 books in 2014 as well!

prettybooks:

2014 Book Challenge
It’s time to pick a reading goal for 2014! I chose to read 50 books in 2013, but for my sixth 50 Book Challenge, I’m challenging myself to read 100 books this year. I read 100 books in a year only once before, in 2011.

The Rules
1. Choose an amount of books that you want to read in 2014 (e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100)
2. Read, read, read!

The Books
There isn’t a rule about what kind books these have to be so read anything you want (novels, children’s books, short stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, school books…). You can make a list of the books you want to read before you start or you can choose books as you go along.

The Challenge
To keep track of how much you’re reading, you can use the Goodreads Reading Challenge (they will launch a new one in early January), create a list (on Tumblr, LibraryThing, WordPress, Blogger, your computer) or a playlist on your YouTube channel, write book reviews or create video reviews, post every book cover, post photos of your books - it’s up to you. I like to create a 50 Book Challenge page, tag my book reviews and use Goodreads. Use the 50 book challenge tag so that others can keep up with your progress. You can use the above banner on your page or create your own!

However, although this is a quantifiable challenge, the most important thing is that you’re reading and that you’re having fun doing it :)

We at Half Letter Press encourage you to read at least 50 books in 2014 as well!

HALF LETTER PRESS newsletter December 2013

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Greetings, friends!

This newsletter finds us in a working mode. As members of Temporary Services, we are currently working on multiple exhibitions in the U.S., have recently completed our 100th publication (yay!), and continue to administer and expand our ongoing projects and research. As Half Letter Press workers, we have new stock that we’re excited to include in the shop including a brand new book on our Half Letter Press imprint. As individuals, we’re also working away at the jobs and projects that we are involved in outside of our Temporary Services or Half Letter Press work. Some of our outside work is for love, and some is to pay the rent. Some involves long-time collaborators, and some involves new and wonderful friends. 

We are always mindful of the hard work and great support of all of the people that have come before, that work alongside us, and of those to come. As we reflect on our journeys and continue to work, we thank you for your readership, your interest and inquiries into our health and activities, and your own creative endeavors. 

As we wrap up 2013 we also remember with fondness Stephanie Ognar, a fellow artist whose work was exhibited at the first Tempora ry Services storefront location on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago back in 1999. Friends of Stephanie have set up the Stephanie Ognar Memorial Scholarship Fund in Art and Design at the University of Illinois, and you can donate to the fund here:http://faa.illinois.edu/stephanie_ognar_memorial_scholarship_fund. Stephanie’s art can be found at her website, http://www.stephanieognar.com.

Some news and notes:

Retail visitors to our web store can currently enjoy a 15% discount on all stock! Sale prices listed below.

The long-awaited new book from Wes Janz is here!

Leftover Rightunder: Finding Architectural Potential in Found Materials.Written by Wes Janz and designed by Jerome Daksiewicz. Published by Half Letter Press: ISBN 978-0-9818023-3-6. Paperback. In stock for $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

Leftover Rightunder is a collection of photographs and text from Wes Janz, teacher, writer, artist, and builder. It is a dazzling collection of documentation from self-made and teaching projects, work in conjunction with design, education, and marginalized, on-the-ground communities, and is both global and local in its scope. 

Our planet’s poorest people are also its largest construction force. Whether recent immigrants to growing cities or the last residents in shrinking cities, these occupiers have a great need and, often, no choice but to self-build. They use whatever can be found to create places to live, to work, and perhaps hide. Leftover Rightunderhighlights selected projects from ten years of Wes Janz’s efforts to showcase these people’s work in the design and education communities of which he is a member.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20
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We will be in Los Angeles 

We are happy to report that Marc will be tabling at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in late January/early February 2014. Details on the fair are here:http://laartbookfair.net/ 

Visitors to the fair who stop by our table can pick up one of our Half Letter Handbills as long as supplies last! See more about that project here:https://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=33.

To contact us with ordering questions, chat about books you would like to see at HLP or anything else, email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com.

You can also socialize with us via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

Some new stock we’re excited about follows. Thanks as always for your input, your support, and your interest in challenging creative projects!

– Temporary Services & Half Letter Press

 


 

NEW & NOTABLE:

Leftover Rightunder, by Wes Janz. New from Half Letter Press in 2013. A 96-page softcover book packed with images and text. $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/ index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_3&products_id=323

 


 

Self-Reliance Library (2nd edition), by Temporary Services, 2013. Our 100th publication! This is the much improved and enlarged second version of the booklet for our project Self-Reliance Library (on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia through April 6, 2014. More pages, tighter design, better printing, 38 color illustrations, and writings about each of the publications in this collection. $5.00. SALE $4.25.

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_2&products_id=318

 


 

Lil’ Buddies Magazine (issue 1), by Edie Fake, self-published, 2013. Lil’ Buddies Magazine is a publication that really tugs at our urban photo-documenting heart strings. Fake and contributors collect and present numerous photos of those frequently hand-painted anthropomorphic friends we find in laundromats, ice cream carts, taco shops, and any other business or product that might benefit from having an object that has been given a happy face to put a personal spin on their goods and services. $4.00. SALE $3.40. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=319< /a>

 


 

Come Hell or High Water: a handbook on collective process gone awry,by Delfina Vannucci and Richard Singer. AK Press, 2010. A truly welcome and necessary book on collective process. Often when books like this are published, they come from and speak to more of a mainstream corporate perspective. While still usually interesting for people who work in groups, they perhaps don’t really come close enough to the kind of culture we are trying to make, our politics, and our values. Come Hell or High Water focuses on identifying the kind of things that can go wrong in collectives, and while it may feel a bit negative because of its attention to the most challenging parts of working in a collective (rather than celebrating the many rewards), this book w ould make an excellent addition to any group or collective’s library. $10.00. SALE $8.50. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=313

 


 

The Book on Books on Artist Books, by Arnaud Desjardin. The Everyday Press, 2013 (second expanded version). This is a bibliography of books, pamphlets and catalogues on artists’ books. It takes stock of a wide variety of publications on artists’ books since the early 1970s to draw attention to the kind of documentary trace of distribution, circulation and reception they represent. It aims to be a source book of exhibition catalogues, collection catalogues, monographs, dealership catalogues and other lists published to inform, promote, describe, show, distribute and circulate artists’ books. $27.00. SALE $22.95. 

http://halfletterpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=20_4&products_id=320

 


 

WANT TO ORDER?

Our website processes orders using Paypal, so you can use a credit/debit card, or your existing Paypal account. We will also accept alternative methods of payment including money orders, checks, and some trades. Some ideas are here.

To use an alternate method of payment, please contact us about it first and we can give you instructions on how to complete the transaction. Send an email to pubishers@halfletterpress.com to talk to us. 

ATTENTION STORES, DISTROS, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES!

We offer volume discounts to schools and libraries and wholesale pricing to stores and distributors on some titles. We would especially like you to consider the books that we have published under the Half Letter Press imprint, including:


Mobile Phenomena


Revolution as an Eternal Dream: The Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective.


Audible Dwelling 


PDF: Public Phenomena, only $5

Please contact us at publishers@halfletterpress.com for pricing and distribution details. 


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About this newsletter:

Half Letter Press News is a monthly message to fans, friends, and customers of Half Letter Press. To join or leave the email list for this newsle tter, or to change the address where you receive it, please email publishers@halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press is run by Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer, and Salem Collo-Julin. Our HQ is in Chicago, and we live there, in Philadelphia, and in Copenhagen.

Under the concrete, away from the prying arms of the internet, and for everyone in the U.S., we are called to acknowledge that we live on what will always be indigenous lands.

Half Letter Press, P.O. Box 12588, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA.
www.halfletterpress.com.

Half Letter Press shipping announcement: orders placed from November 3-17, 2013 will be processed and shipped out after November 17.
Marc, Brett, and Salem will be putting the finishing touches on the Temporary Services contribution to the upcoming exhibition Beyond The Paint: Philadelphia&#8217;s Mural Arts, hosted at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Please come see our expanded version of the Self-Reliance Library that we&#8217;re creating for this show! It&#8217;s up November 15, 2013 through April 6, 2014.
Philadelphia Air Raid system graphic just to keep you on your toes. Thanks, Wikipediacs!

Half Letter Press shipping announcement: orders placed from November 3-17, 2013 will be processed and shipped out after November 17.

Marc, Brett, and Salem will be putting the finishing touches on the Temporary Services contribution to the upcoming exhibition Beyond The Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts, hosted at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Please come see our expanded version of the Self-Reliance Library that we’re creating for this show! It’s up November 15, 2013 through April 6, 2014.

Philadelphia Air Raid system graphic just to keep you on your toes. Thanks, Wikipediacs!

Marc &amp; Salem will be in New York next weekend for The NY Art Book Fair! Come find us in the Friendly Fire section. Email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com if you want to make an appointment to catch one of us, pre-order some stock, or buy us dinner!
Details &amp; a full list of the other exhibitors here: NY ART BOOK FAIR

Marc & Salem will be in New York next weekend for The NY Art Book Fair! Come find us in the Friendly Fire section. Email us at publishers@halfletterpress.com if you want to make an appointment to catch one of us, pre-order some stock, or buy us dinner!

Details & a full list of the other exhibitors here: NY ART BOOK FAIR

Brian Campbell&#8217;s amazing RV Bicycle. Photos by Joseph Robertson (taken in 2007).
A spread from our 2012 Half Letter release, Mobile Phenomena. This is a 64 page collection of photographs, interviews, and writing on mobile projects, inventions, and services in shared public spaces.
Mobile Phenomena is $8, or free with Half Letter Press orders of $50 or more. 

Mobile Phenomena + Audible Dwelling $15

Brian Campbell’s amazing RV Bicycle. Photos by Joseph Robertson (taken in 2007).

A spread from our 2012 Half Letter release, Mobile Phenomena. This is a 64 page collection of photographs, interviews, and writing on mobile projects, inventions, and services in shared public spaces.

Mobile Phenomena is $8, or free with Half Letter Press orders of $50 or more.

Mobile Phenomena + Audible Dwelling
$15

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