Radical publisher from the Central Coast of CA’s first published books: Three Word Chant, On the Concept of History, & The Star. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 12, 2012.
About this project
We reached our goal, but please keep giving!
$531 was the absolute bare minimum to get off the ground. We actually need more than that to do right by this project. Now that we’ve reached the full cost of printing, $1,061, “Three Word Chant” will get a full color cover.
At this point you're basically pre-ordering awesome books. Plus, if we can raise more money now, we can use it to upgrade the quality of the printwork for this catalog. We'll also be able to spend less time at our jobs and more time working on the next catalog, so we can make sure it comes out sooner. And that means more books! And if we manage to get 50 backers, everyone who contributed will get a free "Support Our Drones" bumper sticker or magnet.
Who we are
We are Giles Corey Press. Three kids in our 20’s living on the Central Coast of California, we’ve each spent nearly half our lives working on various radical projects and looking for new ways to change the world. Giles Corey Press is our attempt to provide a service for the radical community in our area as well as fill a space in the broader radical publishing scene. It’s our attempt to answer—for ourselves—the question, “What is it to be an anarchist?”; to explore the interplay between our politics and all aspects of both our own lives, and of the full breadth of lived experiences in our community… this working class, semi-rural town we lovingly, but sometimes with frustration, call home.
Our catalog is all set to go, but we need your help to see it in print. Please donate to our kickstarter, get an awesome reward, and make this project happen. Here’s what we’re hoping to bring to print:
Three Word Chant
Summer, 2012: Occupy
Three Word Chant is a journal for collecting radical thought that aims to expand our discourse and stretch the expectations of our subculture. This first volume is themed “Occupy”, and we think we’ve come up with a pretty unique document: something that balances our wildest dreams and sober realizations about occupy, that holds both our critiques and our love letters, as well as our revealing goofy in-jokes. In selecting the pieces for this journal, we placed a premium on personal stories, about how our lives were shaped and affected by Occupy, and you will not read a single piece about What Occupy Was About or What It All Meant. And you can read it online, right now, at our website. Print version is 8.5″×11″, 66 pages, perfect bound.
by Vikenty Veresaev
Written in 1903, “The Star” is an enigmatic fairytale about revolution, redemption, and the human condition. It is a story about bringing a star down to a land shrouded in darkness; however, it is not a story about light versus darkness, but about the uncomfortable ambiguity and complexity that taking on such roles inherently entails. This haunting tale—now for the first time in English—is full of pregnant resonance, and comes to us via a samizdat printed by the Dutch resistance during World War II. 4.25″×5.5″, 32 pages, hand-sewn.
On the Concept of History
by Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin wrote On the Concept of History while in exile in France at the start of World War II. He sent it to friends who had already escaped, and when he realized that his own escape would not be possible he took his own life. Even when he knew that almost all hope was lost for himself—knowing that death would come soon—he sat down and composed this text, using history as a way to look forward into a world where Fascism will be more completely resisted. And even though he did not live to see that world, as we ourselves might not, he knew, with his last thought to the world, that one day it could be possible. 8.5″×8.5″, 60 pages, hand-sewn in Japanese stab-binding.
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We've already got these books compiled, beautifully designed, and ready to send to the printer, 1984 Printing in Oakland. We’ve also committed to half of the printing costs, roughly $531. What we're looking for with this Kickstarter is the other half. Getting that half of the publishing costs lets us know that our community is interested in our press and these books. We’ll go to print with runs of 100 of each book, and we’ll sell the books not claimed in this Kickstarter to get the next catalog published. However, you can help us publish in the future with this Kickstarter as well.
If we're funded at $1062 (that's 100% of our publishing costs), we will add a full-color cover to this issue of “Three Word Chant”. If we’re funded at 200% of our publishing costs, it guarantees that our next GCP catalog, tentatively scheduled for Winter 2012/2013, will also see print…and we’ll give everyone who gave 10 bucks or more a free book from that catalog. And if everyone goes nuts and gives us 300% of our publishing costs, we can buy an audio recorder and Steve can do this free podcast of interviews with organizers that he’s wanted to do forever. At that point, we'll probably also up our print run of each book to keep up with the demand. And maybe even pay our rent.
Ok, so, that’s that. Please take a look at the rewards and consider tossing us a couple bucks! Thank you!
Love & Solidarity,
Jedidjah, Mariah, and Steve
PS: For overseas shipping on all perks, please add $5. Thank you!
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Pledge $5 or more
A snazzy bookmark, and a thank-you letter.Estimated delivery:
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“The Star” by Vikenty Veresaev (first English translation) + bookmark.Estimated delivery:
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“Three Word Chant”, Giles Corey Press’s literary/academic/whatever journal: Occupy edition + bookmark.Estimated delivery:
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“On the Concept of History” by Walter Benjamin (fancy coffee table book) + bookmark.Estimated delivery:
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All books in the Summer 2012 catalog (“The Star”, “Three Word Chant”, “On the Concept of History”). Plus, yeah, the bookmark.Estimated delivery:
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The $40 reward plus a poem written just for you (may be a haiku).Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)
The $50 reward plus a signed print (either “Panpopticon” or “Enjoy Responsibly”, your choice).Estimated delivery:
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The $50 reward plus all books from the next GCP catalog as well.Estimated delivery:
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0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
The $50 reward plus GCP puts on, for your group or organization, a 1 day training or retreat. Can be in Lompoc (we'll feed + sleep 9 ppl), or elsewhere in CA (you also pay gas).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
Lifetime membership. You will receive every book GCP ever publishes.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)