The Chap Book was born out of a joke at last year’s AWP in Seattle. It was my first time attending the literature convention, and it was my first time hearing about “chapbooks,” which came off as a very lucrative enterprise.
(For those who don’t know, a chapbook is traditionally a small collection of prose/poetry/fiction that showcases a writer’s or a magazine’s talents. They’re tiny, compact, and usually enthralling.)
Everybody had a chapbook, and I truly mean everybody. Each writer I met and each table I stopped by, there was someone sitting there, hands hovering over teeny, tiny books, ready to dish one out in exchange for a few bucks. Continue reading