Fleeting Pages is a concept that will
A) Make use of an existing empty space in the city--and we know there are still so many of them.
B) Create energy in the city and inspire more building owners to allow more flexible uses.
C) Show off the incredible diversity of writers, self publishers, and Indie Press both inside and outside the region
D) Provide critical income to hard working but unrecognised authors, artists and poets
E) Allow for important interactions between local, regional and national writers, publishers and creators
F) Create opportunities for educational workshops, demonstrations, readings, film screenings and performances.
"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."
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