“Be comforted, small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come.” – C. S. Lewis

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Three Pillars of Resistance to the Hegemonic Logics of Marketability, Prediction, and the Machine

  1. Genre / Diversity – When genre is reimagined, the physical geography of a bookstore changes. New, hybrid genres are no less identifiable than conventional ones, and an abundance of genres—like species—leads to more diverse, particular, and distinct dynamics: the stuff of evolution.

  2. Order / Discernment – Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to find particular titles is to keep them alphabetized (by author). Yes, and: there are other ways to conceive territory and discern value. Differential sequencing treats books as more than the sum of their authors’ identities.

  3. Inventory / Agency – We log sales by hand, so orders and re-orders are never automatic; even perennial favorites must be considered against an evolving ecosystem of literature. This also means that we do not track your literary decisions, but rather respect and celebrate them.


Downstairs

Brave New Word (special new releases)
ECP² (essential contemp. poets/presses)
Milkweed & Amaranth (seeds of culture)
Legerdemain (req'd reading, storytellers)
Uncommon Type (rare, antiquarian)
Radical Imagination (speculative fiction)
Living by Fiction (literary, contemporary)
Deep Story (social justice, humanities)
Archetypes & Cosmos (tarot, astro, mythos)
Critical Theory (anarchism, socialism)
Flood the Margins (indigeneity, personhood)
Outrider Poetics (art, experimentation)
Subject, Object, Predicament (object lessons)
Paradigms & Pearls (pocket, field notes)
Brand New Ancients (mythos, visions)
Harmonices Mundi (music, folk, sound)
Anthropocene Blues (anthropology, STS)
Wolverine Farm (in-house publications)
Everyday Alchemy (food and drink)
Cradle of the Sacred (religion, prayer)
Second Nature (ecology, nature, travel)
Memory Castles (memoir, bio, writing)
Roots & Utopia (land, place, mind, home)

Upstairs

Ritualistic Utterance (poetry, poetics)
New World Order (artists, graphic novels)
Polyvocality (non-English editions)
Icons & Critics (legends, commentary)
Contemporary Fiction (notable, new)
Ecopoetics (more-than-human world)
Social Dilemma (social sci. and crit.)
Continuous Motion (history, religion)
Reading Is Art (residency selections)
Vintage Paperback (market, vintage)
Avant Range (FC/CO poets & writers)

Pocket Editions

33 ⅓
Penguin Modern
Penguin Little Black Classics
Shambhala Pocket Library
Prickly Paradigm
New Directions Pearls
MIT Essential Knowledge
MIT Untimely Meditations
Penguin Great Ideas
Object Lessons

Special Editions

NYRB Classics
Penguin Deluxe
Penguin Classics
Archipelago Editions
Elsewhere Editions
NYRB Poets
Milkweed Seedbank
Notting Hill Editions

Featured Publishers

New Directions, Milkweed Editions, Nightboat Books, FSG x MCD, Tin House, BOA Edtiions, Dalkey Archive, AK Press, Chelsea Green, City Lights, Faber & Faber, Featherproof, Wave Books, Coffee House, Copper Canyon, Hanuman Editions, Sublunary Editions, Haymarket, Graywolf, Verso, Shambhala, MIT, Duke, Yale, Minnesota, and Chicago UP

Featured Periodicals

Orion, Image, Mad Agriculture, EcoTheo, Atmos, Astra, Lapham's Quarterly, Emergence, Summit Journal


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The Reader in Residence

The Reader in Residence serves a three-month tenure in which they simply read — not aloud, but to themself — at the bookshop. In this setting, the reader hones their attention while making literary engagement visible and relevant. They receive a stipend for both sustenance and literature. Click the links below for inspiration, or jump to the philosophy and questionnaire.


2024

Ricki Ginsberg
Steve Shafer - "Mouth shut, mind open"

2023

Kristy Beachy-Quick - "On learning to read: Proust"
Kristy Leushen
Danielle Parker
Matt Wood
Frankie Rollins
Callahan Woodbery - "Re-reading as re-membering"

2022

Brandi Thomas - "Reading like an animal"
Jeff Chelf - "The pricelessness of personhood"
Elaine Wall

Seth Braverman - "The seed that falls"
Kayla Redd
John Newman
Tobias Bank - "This changes everything"
Kathleen Willard
Lucia Hall
Erica Reid

2021

Rico Lighthouse - "Meaning is what surrounds"
Julia Goolsby - "The diversity of change"
John Flynn - "Time does the deepening"
Robin Walter - "Calling out to ourselves"
Jason Hardung - "The burden of honest work"
Brandi Thomas - "Reading like an animal"


Reading is art.

“This, so far as I can see it, is the specific value or good of literature considered as Logos; it admits us to experiences other than our own.” — C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Readers play an integral role in the creative process by which literature makes meaning. The practicing reader, no less than the writer, models an imaginative power that connects human beings across time and space. But twenty-first century readers face both new and familiar challenges to their practice, from access to literary materials to the more recent hegemony of distracting digital infrastructures. For many people, the idea of regular reading is unattainable.Enter the Reader in Residence. Like other artist residencies, it affords individuals the resources to practice their craft; unlike other artists-in-residence, the Reader is not expected to produce anything but their own attentive presence. By foregrounding the simple act of reading rather than what a given individual “gets out of it,” the Reader in Residence manifests literary engagement instead of value judgment. This is a revolutionary democratic posture in increasingly undemocratic times.

Mission

To empower undistracted engagement with diverse literatures.
To nourish literary imagination, empathy and reflexivity.
To keep literary practice visible & viable in the digital age.

Vision

Communities bonded by individuality, openness, and imagination.

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The Wild Carrot Society for Technological Disobedience

Named for the opening epiphany of Jean Giono's Joy of Man's Desiring, the Wild Carrot Society hosts device-free events at Wolverine Farm and in its greater ecological surrounds. We engage in various activities that generally celebrate attention as a balm against collective technological addiction.Required reading:
Notes toward a Neo-Luddite Manifesto - Chellis Glendinning
Questions We Should Have Asked About Technology - Jerry Mander

Mission

To evaluate & respond to the ubiquity of digital infrastructures.
To empower non-digital sites of communion.
To resist the colonial imagination of technological society.

Vision

Diverse space for the untechnical recovery of self-knowledge.

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