In essence, Fleeting Pages consists of taking over (taking back??) one of the spaces, left empty by a failed big box bookstore (Borders) in Pittsburgh, for one month, starting May 7th, and filling it with independent & self-published work of all kinds, book arts, workshops, and events.
All revolving around various forms of written self-expression.
The idea is a result of a few things; a great appreciation for independent and self-published works of all kinds, as well as for those who create them, the toll taken on local booksellers by big box bookstores, a concern for the cultural effects of big box stores in both their existence and their failure, and a general frustration with the model of the publishing industry.
We felt compelled to do something. Fleeting Pages is what we came up with. It will test the theory that what is happening with “books” – creation, consumption, access – matters to many. And if given the opportunity to take over, or take back, one of these empty spaces they will. And in the most brilliant of ways.
The end result, what Fleeting Pages will ultimately become, is a beautiful unknown as it is dependent upon what others are willing to add. The framework is there – the space, the concept, and a few people volunteering to work their hardest in support of the project.
So far, work is coming in from all over the US as well as from Canada, the UK, and Australia. As well as a variety of events and workshops.
The space that will house Fleeting Pages is 24,000 sqft. As you can imagine, the costs for such a space (rent, utilities, insurance, permits, supplies,...) even for one month, are astronomical. We really need, and would appreciate, the support of the Kickstarter community. To break even on the project, Fleeting Pages needs to sell more than 7,000 books.
If you have work- books, zines, comics, book arts, art- that you would like to add, we'd love to have it! There is more info on the Submit Work section of our website.
Thanks so much for considering our project!
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