Genre-defying works drive Easthampton’s Small Beer Press

Some popular titles at Small Beer Press in Easthampton office.

The Boston Globe has a fantastic look at a great small press, Small Beer Press, of Easthampton, MA:

But then, the couple behind Small Beer are fans themselves. In the 1990s, while working together at the used and rare bookseller Avenue Victor Hugo in its erstwhile location on Newbury Street, they endeavored to discover new speculative, fantasy, and slipstream fiction (which contains elements of both) by starting Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a zine they publish to this day. “The zine isn’t particularly serious business,” Link said. “But if we weren’t doing it, we wouldn’t get to see short stories by new writers.”

They started Small Beer Press in 2000. It was a heady time for genre-defying literature, with authors like Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Jonathan Lethem, and George Saunders who were busy wresting literary fiction from the tyranny of realism. Small Beer fit right in. The press published two titles in its first year of business. One was a chapbook from a writer named Dora Knez who had appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. The other was Link’s 2001 debut, “Stranger Things Happen.”

Small Beer Press has published some outstanding novels and collections: one of my favorites is Nathan Ballingrud’s collection, North American Lake Monsters (which I highly recommend!). Give the entire article a read here.