Further Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer is a continuation of the columns and essays that comprised Stuart's 2005 release, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. Again, equal parts literary memoir, reckless tirade, and unsolicited advice for the aspiring writer, Further Confessions is drawn largely from Stuart Ross's notorious "Hunkamooga" column, his blog entries, essays for subTerrain magazine and other online venues. We bring them together here in their collected brilliance: alternately snarky, sincere, touching, honest, and always opinionated, Stuart's "confessions" are essential reading for any literary confessional. This volume offers its readers a roller-coaster journey into the mind of one of Canada's most committed small press activists.
Praise for Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer, vol. 1:
"Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer is a wonderful book-funny, outrageous, and acute. I'll even say it's the best short-essay collection about the writing life I've read in ages." (Lynne Van Luven, Malahat Review)
"For a quick and dirty breath of fresh air, it's difficult to beat renegade urban poet Stuart Ross's latest effort, Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer ... No reformed baby boomer or slumming trust-funder, Ross has the battle scars and knows poetry isn't about flowers and meadows, it's about blood and guts." (Stephen Knight, Quill & Quire)
"The book is a must for anyone working as a poet in Canada, with standout pieces on the politics ofwriting for free, open mic readings, poetic bitterness, chapbook and “zine publishing, and the requisite but never-funnier grouch advice to young poets, salubriously titled “Stop Bugging Me Already!'" (Prairie Fire)
"...no pulled punches here ... this is writing that works because, as with all good confessions, it's from the heart but comes by way of the brain." (Vancouver Review)
Stuart Ross has been involved in literary publishing for over thirty-five years. He maintains his own micropress, Proper Tales, and is the co-founder of the Toronto Small Press Book Fair and a founding member of the Meet the Presses collective. Stuart is the author of nine books of poetry, two story collections, a previous book of personal essays, two collaborative novels, and a solo novel. He has given writing workshops across the country and, for the past two decades, has edited books for both literary and trade publishers. Stuart has his own imprint at Mansfield Press. He was the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen's University, and the same year he won the ReLit Prize for Short Fiction for Buying Cigarettes for the Dog. In 2012, he was co-winner of the Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme for his novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew, and in 2013 he was awarded the sole prize to an anglophone writer by l'Académie de la vie littéraire au tournant du 21e siècle for his poetry collection You Exist. Details Follow. Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, and blogs at bloggamooga.blogspot.ca.