Coffee House to collaborate with Library as Incubator Project


Coffee House to collaborate with Library as Incubator Project

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 26, 2013) — Coffee House Press is pleased to announce this new collaboration. In Spring 2014, we will publish The Library as Incubator Project’s Guide to the Artist’s Library: a Workbook for Creative Types.

Emphasizing the changing nature of libraries, and the new ways they are establishing relevancy and vitality in today’s world, The Library as Incubator Project’s Guide to the Artist’s Library is a handbook meant for artists and makers of all levels to help them envision, enable, and execute art projects with the help of library collections, and in collaboration with libraries to present their art. The book will include a series of case studies of artists (writers, painters, sculptors, dancers, etc.) who use libraries in their creative work as well as prompts for readers to jumpstart their own projects. A program guide for librarians will also be made available as an accompaniment to the text.

This book is part of an emerging genre of books at Coffee House that will result in a branded “Books in Action” series, which is part of our initiative to publish works that encourage and nurture literary art beyond the page, highlighting people and organizations working to further interdisciplinary collaborations, reader engagement, and nontraditional means of accessing the reading experience.  Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America’s Indie Bookstores, a reader’s advisory in your pocket made up of top-fifty favorite books lists from twenty-five indie booksellers around the country, was a prototype for this series.

Stay tuned for further announcements about this book series, and about new, non-book programmatic initiatives that Coffee House will announce soon!

About the Library as Incubator Project:

The mission of the Library as Incubator Project is to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for libraries as incubators of the arts. It serves this mission both through the Library as Incubator Project website and through other offline projects. On the website, they: feature artists, writers, performers and libraries who exemplify the “library as incubator” idea; highlight physical and digital collections and resources that may be of particular use to artists and writers; and provide ideas for art education opportunities in libraries with their program kit collection and practical how-to’s for artists and librarians. Other project activities include: working with artist organizations, libraries, and other cultural institutions to help develop meaningful partnerships and programs that promote the “library as incubator” idea, and providing professional development for information professionals who wish to incubate the arts at their institutions.  Visit for more information.


For more information, please contact:
Kelsey Shanesy, Publicist
Coffee House Press
79 Thirteenth Avenue NE, Ste 110
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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