Gone and Back Again - Jonathon Scott Fuqua

Caley’s parents are divorced. His father changes personalities like Mr. Rogers does sweater vests, and his mother has lost her attachment to Caley and his siblings after marrying an unsympathetic man. Gone and Back Again by Jonathon Scott Fuqua is a book that pulls at your heart with all too real scenes of [...]

Rio San Pedro Book Winner

And the winner of a free copy of Rio San Pedro is… Ms. Troxy! Congratulations to you.

A new giveaway will be announced within the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all!

"Rio San Pedro" by Henry Hollenbaugh (Book Giveaway)

“Rio San Pedro“, published by Alondra Press, is the adventurous memoir of an American alligator hunter living in the Guatemalan rain forests during the 1950’s. Henry Hollenbaugh finds himself illegally hunting the “alligator” (Central American crocodile) to support himself while living in the remote jungles surrounding the San Pedro River. The book takes [...]

"Tales of the Out and the Gone" by Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka is a controversial author and poet who has been a literary revolutionary for decades. His latest work, a collection of shorts called “Tales of the Out and the Gone” published by Akashic Books, spans almost 40 years of writing. Most of the stories in this book have never been published before. [...]

"The Shadow of the Shadows" by Paco Ignacio Taibo II

First published in Spanish as “Sombra de la Sombra”, Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s “The Shadow of the Shadow” was a book I knew I’d like from the first page. Published by Cinco Puntos Press, “The Shadow of the Shadow” is not your average mystery novel. With chapter titles such as “Death of a Trombonist” [...]

The Independent Bookseller - Reasons to Love Them

I remember several years ago when I’d asked my husband for a dictionary for Christmas. A real, 30-pound dictionary that could also be used to hold down papers on my desk when the windows were open. He went to one of the major U.S. booksellers and asked the sales clerk for an unabridged [...]

What is a Small Press?

Since carp(e) libris is focusing on small presses, I thought it would be helpful to give you a little overview of what a small press actually is. You can call them small presses, independent presses, indie publishers - any of these terms are correct. But one thing a small press shouldn’t be confused [...]

In the Beginning… Welcome to carp(e) libris

Welcome to carp(e) libris, the blog dedicated to small presses, independent booksellers, and the readers who love them.

On carp(e) libris, I’ll be reviewing books published by small presses. I’ll also do postings featuring independent booksellers across the U.S. and even around the globe.

If you’re a reader looking for unique literary fiction, [...]


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