Thus far, two of Pittsburgh's independent bookstores have shelves at Fleeting Pages: Big Idea Bookstore (a radical bookstore and infoshop) is above and Awesome Books, a used bookstore, is below.
Fleeting Pages will be evolving throughout the month--today someone brought a typewriter by, for use in the store.
Below, books from Spuyten Duyvil Press and a pull quote from poet Julien Poirier.
Earlier on this blog I called tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE a one-man avant-garde movement, and I'll stand my ground after seeing his display (below), a small fraction of his output of self-published, various-media texts over the last 30+ years.
Other small presses and publications I spotted on the all-face-out displays: 40-Watt Spotlight, Air & Nothingness Press, Barbary Shore, BOMB, Caketrain, Creative Non-Fiction, Fiji Island Mermaid Press, Ker-Bloom!, Lascaux Editions, Litmus Press, Low Ghost Press, Public Illumination Magazine, Rose Metal Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, and many more.
As I walked up to Fleeting Pages' door this afternoon in eager anticipation, I saw a middle-aged couple spy a hand-scrawled sign in the window: "Come In, We're Open!" They scoffed: "Give the books away, already!" They thought it was still Borders trying to sell down the very last of their slash-price bankruptcy-bin books. But a customer leaving the store stopped to educate them on what was going on at Fleeting Pages. Inside, people from various generations read in comfortable chairs, browsed the eclectic shelves, or sat at a table making books. It seems like so far, all of Jodi Morrison's plans are coming together. Bravo to Fleeting Pages on a successful opening weekend.
Find more info on Fleeting Pages here: http://www.fleetingpages.com/
Previously: Interview with a Pop-Up Bookseller