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Featured Titles for October
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.
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."
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Subtitled "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," 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 ...
"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
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.
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
Guide to Being Alone is Vice Versa Press' how-to zine about living alone and living happy. As says the intro, "Whether you're newly single, a seasoned loner, or just don't care much for people in general, Guide to Being Alone justifies why the company of one (you) rules." This beautifully-illustrated zine offers step-by-step instructions on dealing with a quieter life and leaves you full of "I can do this!" vigor. Totally inspirational, totally funny, Guide to Being Alone wins heavy.
Want every new zine that Pioneers Press carries to be delivered to your doorstep, plus new buttons, patches, and stickers, too?!
When you sign up for our zine subscription, you'll receive new zines every two weeks! How does it work? The amount you pay is deposited into your "zine credit account." On the 1st and 15th of the month, we'll send you all the new titles since the previous mailing, or as many as your credit account covers. Any leftover credit goes toward the next mailing. It's like zine payday!
And if you'd like to purchase something else from the catalog, you can use the credit on your zine credit account toward that purchase at any time, accessing it through your My Account. (Be sure to sign up for your My Account before ordering!) As an added bonus, first-time subscribers get a Support Independent Publishing book bag with their first shipment!
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.
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
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."
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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!
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/
The next couple zine fests we're tabling are...
Events, Tours, and Tabling with Pioneers Press!
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.