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We've got hundreds of awesome books, zines, and other goodies on the site, but we'll be first to admit that our site can be a huge pain in the ass to comb through.



Someday we'll do a redesign, but in the meantime, here are some suggestions for navigating the site: 

 

  • Search by Subject. On the left-hand sidebar you'll find a "Subjects" icon that links to a list of popular search terms. Be sure to visit the "Freebie" section while you're there!
  • Check out the "Other" section using the link on the left-hand sidebar. Besides printed media we also carry DVDs, journals, note cards, organizers, tote bags and more. They don't have their own section yet, but there are some treasures hidden in there! 
  • Our search engine is picky, so you gotta play with it a bit. For example: "DIY" not yielding any results for you? Try "Do-It-Yourself" or "D.I.Y." 
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WE DO CUSTOM 1" BUTTON ORDERS!

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Pioneers Press now offers custom buttons through Punch Drunk Custom Buttons! Past clients include DC Comics, AK Press, PM Press, and GreenIstheNewRed.com.

 

If you're a non-profit or organization working toward social justice or animal rights, let us know before ordering if you'd like to discuss discounts.

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Featured Titles for October

Friends, Get Wayward: Notes on Traveling in America by Adam Gnade

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Adam Gnade's Friends, Get Wayward is a collection of travel stories spanning coast to coast, seedy late-night Greyhound stations to lonesome Central Cal beaches, neon-lit New Orleans backstreets to endless cornfields. Says Gnade, "One day America will be one giant Wal-Mart. This zine is an attempt to see it how it is and remember what I can before it's too late." Traveling mostly alone, Gnade shows a moody, evocative America full of urban ruin, mall parking lots, methy teenagers, doom-tolling news, piney forests, encroaching technology, traveling preachers on cellphones in decrepit rooms, darkened bars, and sooty brick apartments. Covering travels that took place from winter 2013 up to October 2014, this zine shows what it's like to be alive and moving in present day America.

Hard Fifty Farm double-pack! by Jessie Duke

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This issue of the zine looks at love and failure, of dreams crashed and cars wrapped around trees. Spanning the course of a few years, the stories in this issue are a beautifully-written hard read, a tangled-up, thorny walk through contemporary back-to-the-land life. We see the characters looking for a better, smarter life out in the country but having a rough go of it. Things fall apart, change comes swinging, but amongst all the devastating moments, there is hope and fighting spirit and a desire to rise. Life isn't always easy but that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for ...

Every Day Failures

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Sarah B.'s debut zine, Every Day Failures, is a powerhouse of devastating storytelling, hilarious relatability, and uncomfortable truth. Says Sarah in the zine's opening, "A few months ago my longtime boyfriend, Matt, got a straight job in the city and started acting weird." What follows is newly single parent Sarah and her two toddler daughters leaving the punk-house the girls were raised in and taking refuge at Sarah's aunt's miniMcMansion in the suburbs while the aunt's out of town. Pushed by crippling poverty and growing depression, Sarah finds a new kind of isolation surrounded by upper-middleclass wealth and distrustful neighbors as she tries to get by without being able to work while still keep true to her punk parenting ethics. (And what's more isolating? Being a parent in the punk community or being a punk in the suburbs? Also what happens when you feel out of step with society but aren't finding what you need in radical spaces?)

 

Pulling Teeth: a Julia Eff Double Feature

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The new Julia Eff release is hands down one of the raddest, best-put-together, more-bang-for-your-buck presentations that we've seen in ages! Two mini zines, The World is Big Enough Without You and Let's Wreck Their Precious, Perfect Little Town, come packaged together in a special Halloween-themed sleeve, with a ton of different designs available (some of them textured). Let's Wreck is a plea for smallness, for rural zine fests and connectivity that goes beyond the numbing web of social media lameness. It's about friendship and gas station coffee and the beauty and joy in digging for culture in a cultureless town. The World is Big Enough is a lonely note to friendships lost, to growing up and growing apart, and might just be our favorite thing Julia's ever written! (Julia's writing gets better and better every day and if you only know their stuff from Every Thug, you need to catch up. Big progress is being made here, pals.) So, don't slack on this zine set! We only have 20 of them and they're going to go lightning fast!

Body Conscious Birth Control

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Now printed by Pioneers Press! This thorough and informative zine gives a responsible walkthrough of FAM—Fertility Awareness Method. FAM teaches women (or those born female-bodied) to use fertility signs as a highly accurate form of birth control (more accurate than condoms when used correctly!). Body Conscious Birth Control is such a great resource about this empowering topic of reclaiming fertility, and is complete with helpful diagrams and drawings, not to mention your own blank fertility chart!

Birds Birds Birds by Tennessee Lynn Henry

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Tennessee is 2-1/2 years old and lives in Durham, NC with her Mama and Papa. One day Tennessee and Papa dumpstered a handful of encyclopedias and brought them home to look through. One of them happened to be the Balfour-Both volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1966 version). The zine's name Birds Birds Birds and many of its images came from their discoveries within its pages. Tennessee picked all the images, colors, fonts and told all the stories/sang all the songs. She also took the photographs. Some of the zine is cut and paste, some of it is digital manipulation. Papa (Trace from Quitter zine) did the final scanning under Tennessee's watchful eye. Tennessee's favorite saying throughout the production of this work was "I need this for my zine." Putting the zine together was fun and hopefully other kids and families will like it.

 

Deluxe $60 Adam Gnade Full Catalog Package Deal! ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST

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A $27 savings! This huge pack of books, records, and zines contains: • Caveworld novel• The Growing Mouth novella• Friends, Get Wayward zine• Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty zine• Run Hide Retreat Surrender full-length CD • Greater Mythology Blues downloadable EP plus zine of the lyrics• Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad book• 1 Adam Gnade button• Farmhouses, Tour Vans, and the Wild Homesick 32-song digital boxset download• Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad and Ringside: A Companion Piece to the Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad ebooks

SRVIV by Jonas

SRVIV imageCompiled by Jonas (of Fixer Eraser zine and formerly of Cheer the Eff Up) SRVIV (read: "survive") is a collection of pieces on self-care, fixing yourself, survival, finding comfort, facing your past and your demons (and your past demons) and various forms/modes/ways of coping. The theme is "what gets you out of bed in the morning," the contributions ranging from totally heartbreaking to about as life-affirmingly inspiring as it gets. At 68 pages this zine will give you a lot to dig through and you'll feel better for it at the end of the day.

Big Diamond by Liam Ira Christian

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Big Diamond is 3 year old Liam Ira Christian's debut photo zine! He takes the photos, does the cut 'n' gluestick layouts, and writes (well, dictates) the hilarious/weird/brilliant/amazing captions. At 28 pages, and full of the people in his life, this zine is a lovable, inspiring piece of one little dude's soul. (Big Diamond #1 also has an interview with Liam about his artistic process.) When we asked Liam what he's going to do with the money he makes from his zine he said, "I'm going to buy a LOT of spinach."

 

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty by Adam Gnade

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A continuation of the work started with his Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad, Adam Gnade's new pamphlet is a series of peptalks and how-to's on dealing with the overwhelming bullshit of modern life. From list-keeping as a survival skill to battling sleep anxiety, finding the wild heart inside you to kicking your life-long depression in half like a cheap ceramic statue, these tips, lists, and essays show a path toward a better, smarter, freer life. (Part 1 of a 4-part series.)

The Country Grind Quarterly Issue 4, Harvest 2014

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"The Country Grind Quarterly is a smokin' new magazine for the epically badass rural punks, back to the land skids, backwoods anarchists, etc! It's specifically for those folks who have ran away from the cities in search of a simpler, saner, and more fulfilling life. All content is written by fellow rural punks and is intended for a rural punk audience. Whether you live in a small town, deep in the bush, on a farm in the prairies, or tucked away in the mountains. Whether you're on grid or off. A vegan gardener or a hunter/trapper. You're a lone wolf or you've got a spouse and kids. As long as you're a punk and you don't live in a city, this magazine is for you." -from the magazine's website

How to Lose Friends and Irritate People by Justin Pearson

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In his new book, How To Lose Friends and Irritate People, Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.

Justin Pearson reveals his misadventures with two DJ duos borrowing him as a frontman, lending some “punk” street cred to their music. Known for being part of bands like The Locust, All Leather, and Retox, as well as the owner of Three One G Records, Justin has paved the way for bizarre, abrasive and political music, while pushing the envelope of what is expected or what can be done in a band. The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs approached him to sing on their albums, and what came out of those two experiences is both pathetic and hilarious. From being forced to lip sync at Australian festivals in front of thousands, to being lost in the woods somewhere in Pennsylvania at a music video shoot gone wrong, Justin questions not only the DJ’s motives, but his own as well. Embracing actual musical instrumentation instead of laptop playlists, Justin trudges through the murky waters of musical capitalism.
 

Big Brother is Watching You and He's Bored (button) by Marc Saviano

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Are we being watched? If we were being watched are we actually doing anything interesting? Is Big Brother watching us watch Dancing with the Stars? Is Big Brother checking his phone instead of keeping tabs on us? Is Big Brother falling asleep because we're just sitting on our butts eating cupcakes all day

Sad Kid Solidarity

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BACK IN STOCK NOW! Put together by Ollie Elizabeth, Sad Kid Solidarity is about heavy/mean/awful beasts like depression and anxiety and self-harm and PTSD, and at the end of the whole thing you'll be left feeling a little less alone. That's what we look for when we pick up zines for the Pioneers Press catalog, the ideal really.

What makes SKS such an important read is there's no preaching or fumbled attempts at answers. (Read: this is not self-help. Self-care, yeah, but you won't get any "oh it'll-be-fiiiiiine, just pray to a fucking crystal" new-age platitudes here.) Rather, Ollie has collected submissions from sad kids all over who detail a day in the life, broken up list-style and by time. Example: "9:25--you're sitting with your roommate on her bed, and the fact that she exists and that she loves you is enough" or "3am--Lay in bed/contemplate life/(try not to) cry over all the things."

$60 Mega-pack: Pioneers Press Great Zine Mystery Assortment Pack!

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Close your eyes. Imagine what it'd be like to receive $100 worth of zines. Now imagine if you could have such dreams come true for a mere $60. Open your eyes. It's here! And it's also perfect for adding zines to your store without having to wade through dozens of pages on our website. Or you could have just tons of reading material. You'll get a mystery assortment based on the exquisite taste of our staff. Perhaps it will even include some secret gems from eras past that are no longer part of our catalog! Get 'em before they're all gone!

 
 

Book and Zines Published by Pioneers Press!

Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying by Trace Ramsey

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Pioneers Press is proud to announce our next published title, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying, a pocket-size book collection of Trace Ramsey's excellent Quitter zine. What do you do when you realize the whole system is chock full of faulty wiring and institutionalized myths? Do you stay behind that desk (whether metaphorical or literal) and burrow into the security of "living in the first world" or do you throw yourself into the wilds? Sometimes it's not so black and white, and sometimes "cutting ties" requires a privilege and skill-set we don't have. In this anthology of Quitter issues 1-6, we see Ramsey battling fear and freedom, history and an uncertain future. There are no hard and fast answers; nothing set in stone besides the guarantee of chaos and troubled waters ahead. Over the course of 64 pages, Trace struggles through life, winning and failing, looking for a better path but not always finding it. A deeply honest narrative on struggling to break the binds that hold us down, Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying is a devastating, thrilling read; a beautifully written examination of the frustrations and pitfalls of life in the current age.

Next Stop Adventure: The Book! by Matt Gauck

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES! Two hundred and eighty pages on traveling by bike across the country and all the dumpster-diving, illegal rooftop-sleeping, pool-hopping, train-hopping, squatting, big skies, funny danger, dangerous fun, etc, that goes along with it. You will fall in love with Matt Gauck and want to live this book. You’ll want to step right into it and bike the lesser-known highways, dusty country roads, and secret lanes forever. A great collection of high adventure that doubles as a DIY bike-touring how-to manual, this is On The Road for the peak oil age.

Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive by Craig Kelly

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In what began as a letter to the eponymous friend, Dear Shane: A Mental Health Resource about Staying Alive offers an absorbing account of the author's suicide attempts and subsequent hospitalization, providing pragmatic hope and a much-needed resource for mental health from the margins. Author Craig Kelly navigates depression and the psychiatric system as he writes about a litany of medications, gender identity, inpatient treatment, and temporary friendships made in the hospital. Dear Shane dispenses a vision of radical mental health to edify readers so that they may better support themselves and others.

 

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad by Adam Gnade

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NOW A POCKET-SIZED BOOK! This book is Gnade's self-described "anti-depression guide/guide to a freer, more lawless life." Gnade's pamphlet looks at the root causes of sadness, anxiety, and general malaise/boredom and offers helpful point-by-point suggestions (in list form) and short essay pep-talks on how to move beyond your demons for a better, smarter, happier life. Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches, The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin' Sad will work with you through all phases of your life, thick and thin.

Out now! Adam Gnade's new novel, Caveworld

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Adam Gnade's second novel, Caveworld, is a howl of desperation as its characters fight to find love and meaning in a society with which they feel out of step. Richly encyclopedic and set in the twin border towns of Tijuana and San Diego, the book tells two love stories separated by a gulf of twenty years. Caveworld is made up of the various events (both subtle and seismic) that change lives in an instant. 

Under the Radar: Notes from the Wild Mushroom Trade

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Nearly year-round, the wild edible mushroom circuit is at work. Under the nose of authorities, migrant pickers in the Western U.S. supply wild edibles for some of the fanciest restaurants in the country. In Under the Radar, Olivier Matthon takes readers on a firsthand account of northern Californian seasonal work communities in the wild mushroom trade. This ethnography takes place in small-town motels, private logging property, and a marijuana growing operation. Matthon highlights the struggle and need for community among migrant pickers, crafting a thoughtful and well-researched story about clandestine mushroom trade in Under the Radar.

"A little-known facet of the town of Willits, California, is its community of wild mushroom pickers. Every year a few migrants arrive to overwinter and a few local people join in as well. This book gives a rare glimpse into the work and lives of these pickers…" —David Arora, author of Mushrooms Demystified and All That The Rain Promises and More...

"Olivier is a sport. He appeared at our 'mushroom' palace at what is always the most difficult time of the year and gently fit himself into the remaining mushroom tribe at the roughest end of the picking season. He writes with kind wonder about a world few see." —Connie Green, author of The Wild Table

 
 

In The News

We're on the cover of the Pitch!

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We got our FIRST EVER COVER STORY! Click right here; this is the story of our life thus far.

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities at Pioneers Press

Are you interested in volunteering or interning at Pioneers Press? We have opportunities from passing out catalogs and proofreading manuscripts to assisting at the local Kansas office. For more information, see our volunteer application. Thank you!

Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant!

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We are very excited to announce that Pioneers Press has been awarded a RocketGrant to fund our traveling zine gallery and shop! The RocketGrant program is a collaboration between the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the KU Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. (!!!) Huge, huge thanks to the selection panel and to Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence for their encouragement. Stay tuned for more information about the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile! http://rocketgrants.org/

 
 

Events

The next couple zine fests we're tabling are...

  • Milwaukee Zine Fest, Nov. 8th
  • Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair, Nov. 22nd
  • Events, Tours, and Tabling with Pioneers Press!

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    Would you like Pioneers Press to attend your event? Are you interested in volunteering to table for Pioneers Press in your hometown (or on the road)? We're gearing up for a season of getting our titles out to the masses and would appreciate your help! For information, please contact Marc.