Thursday, March 29, 2012

The End of Space...or is it?

Ok. Do we love Albert Goldbarth? Yes, we do. For lots of reasons. But first, this anecdote...

In the dog days of Portland's late 2011 summer, we were sitting around the table with poet and Tavern Books ally Matthew Dickman talking about possible future titles for the Tavern Books catalog, Oregon beer, the poems of Adrian C. Louis, and the end of NASA's Shuttle Program. For a bunch of Cold War kids, the end of the Shuttle Program was and is virtually unthinkable, at best. Yet, it is no more. Eventually, talk turned to Albert Goldbarth, veritable collector of 20th century space ephemera, poet, and staunch advocate of all things analog. Why don't we ask Goldbarth to write a chapbook-length piece on the end of the Shuttle Program, someone said. Yeah, you could call it, The End of Space, Dickman chimed. And so, a few months later, we contacted Albert Goldbarth by carrier pigeon and asked if he'd be interested to write a piece, be it prose or poetry, on the end of the Shuttle Program. To our delight, he responded with a resounding "Yes!" So, there you have it. We're currently laying out The End of Space, and is it a beauty! By turns deadly serious, flippant, funny, and heartbreaking, Goldbarth's forthcoming Tavern title is an absolute masterpiece. The book is made up of 10 linked lyrical prose vignettes. Could we be happier?! No way. Stay tuned, space fans, The End of Space in nigh...


Adrienne Rich, 1929 - 2012

Adrienne Rich, poetry hero and activist, 1929 - 2012

Click here to read a thoughtful assessment of Rich's life and career in The New York Times.

Also, here's a recent article by David Orr.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Hey Tavern folks,

Just wanted to let you know that Tavern Books is moving its entire operation to Portland, Oregon. We've had things split between Portland and Salt Lake City for the past two years, but with 18 active titles and a dozen more full-length collections under contract, having Tavern Books in one location is going to be essential. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's here!

Hey folks, we want to let you know that all orders for Tomas Tranströmer's Baltics will ship out this Thursday!

This book has been a long time in the making, and we're thrilled to fulfill the orders that we've received over the past few months.

We got our advanced copies a few days ago, and we can't stop looking at them.

Cheers, and happy reading!