Countdown to SMOL Fair: Small Presses Gather for Virtual Fest

"Giveaway" in bold, orange letters. Followed by text "Register for the SMOL Fair to be automatically entered into our giveaway for a free copy of The Beirut Call!"

Elyssar Press is One of 150+ Small Presses at an Upcoming Fair

Mark your calendars for SMOL Fair, an alternative and virtual book fair happening March 19 to March 26, 2022. Elyssar Press will be in attendance and that week, as part of the fair, we are giving away two copies of The Beirut Call to lucky attendees.

For readers, SMOL Fair is hosting a reading, a keynote address, and a mixer. For small presses, SMOL Fair presents itself as a chance to support each other as members of the “indie lit” or independent literature scene. According to social media posts from the fair organizers, SMOL Fair is also coordinating an events calendar for that week featuring readings from participating presses as well as 400+ book giveaways.

Each anthology features stories non from a hundred eyes, telling the story from many perceptions and The Beirut Call presents Lebanon from a hundred eyes, telling the story from many perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the Lebanese diaspora.

How to Sign Up for SMOL Fair

To attend events, simply join the mailing list listed on the main SMOL Fair website. To enter giveaways, follow SMOL Fair on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Be sure to tag Elyssar Press so we can share the excitement with you!

We will be active at the SMOL Fair and you may see us at the mixer and several of the readings and events. Say hi and feel free to reach out to our staff to learn more about what kind of manuscripts distinguish Elyssar Press from the world of small presses. If you are a publisher yourself, say hi and feel free to reach out to us so we can learn about you and support each other!

How to Receive a Copy of The Beirut Call

The best way to receive a copy of The Beirut Call is to purchase the book, of course. This anthology is one you will want to cherish, share, and revisit. The Beirut Call features the work of 21 artists, poets, professors, and activists, who together are exploring the theme of how—in the words of Dr. Mitri Raheb—“art is a necessity” and “a political tool.” As a bonus for sending your email for SMOL Fair, and following Elyssar Press on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you will be entered into The Beirut Call giveaway.

Each purchase of The Beirut Call generates proceeds for the Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture’s program called Nabad. Nabad is an innovative program that empowers artists, arts organizations, and creative enterprises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa.

The Beirut Call challenges readers to consider alternatives for countries that face wars, crises, instability, and despair. To enter the giveaway, again, all you need to do is sign up for SMOL Fair and follow Elyssar Press on social media!

See you there!

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