A talk with independent book publishers

Four independent book publishers will talk about their craft and business at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in a Society of Midland Authors panel discussion at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. The discussion will include Victor David Giron of Curbside Splendor, Emily Victorson of Allium Press, Sharon Woodhouse of Everything Goes Media and Ian Morris of Fifth Star Press.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public, with no reservations required. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m., with the discussion starting at 7 p.m.

The panel will showcase Chicago area’s thriving scene of small publishers:


Curbside Splendor was recently praised by Newcity for the “Best splash made by a local press in the last year.” Known as “a hotspot for emerging talents,” Curbside Splendor publishes literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art that “celebrate the delicate point where gritty urban life and art intersect.”


Allium Press of Chicago was founded in 2009 as a small, independent press and publishes literary fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fiction, all with a Chicago connection.


Everything Goes Media has three imprints: Lake Claremont Press (publishing nonfiction books about Chicago for 20 years), Everything Goes Media (gift, niche, and lifestyle nonfiction), and S. Woodhouse Books (thought-provoking nonfiction).


Fifth Star Press is an independent, not-for-profit publishing house devoted to Chicago’s publishing past, present, and future. Recent books include “The City’s Maw:  A Henry Blake Fuller Reader.”