|Chapbooks galore! Please note and be appreciative: I selected this image over one of a naked man covered in chapbooks (ass-less chapbooks?). You’re welcome.|
|Cuckoldry abounds! In June, evidently!|
- Devotion and Morality
- History – true and fabulous
- Tragedy: viz. Murders, executions, and judgments of God
- State and Times
- Love – pleasant
- Ditto – unpleasant
- Marriage, Cuckoldry, &c.
- Sea – love, gallantry & actions
- Drinking and good fellowship
- Humour, frollicks and mixt.
In between these periods of production, chapbooks were driven from the market by cheaper alternatives and protestors who decried the lack of religious content. Unfortunately, few old chapbooks survive due to their ephemeral nature and people’s habit of repurposing paper after reading. Because paper was expensive chapbook pages were often used for wrapping, baking, and, apparently, “bum fodder” (aka toilet paper).
But the selections you will see at the Chapbook festival will be far too beautiful and interesting for such uses! Now in its fifth year, the Chapbook Festival celebrates the chapbook as a work of art and as a medium for alternative and emerging writers and publishers. The festival is taking place over Friday May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th at CUNY Graduate Center. The weekend features a two-day book fair with chapbook over 60 publishers from around the country, including workshops, demonstrations, panels, 2 marathon readings, and readings by prize-winning Chapbook Fellows. For a full list of participating presses, visit www.chapbookfestival.org.