A quick tip o’ the hat to TimeOut Chicago’s Bookmarks column, which is providing some unique coverage of developments in Chicago’s literary community. In one item this week, Jonathan Messinger notes that local poets Ray Bianchi and William Allegrezza have started Field Press. Books from Field will include one translated work per year, with each year focusing on a different language. The first will be Italian.
TOC’s books section is surprisingly good. The reviews aren’t long, but every issue has three or four, and the title choices are usually pretty thoughtful. The web site suggests that this content will soon be in a subscriber-only section. That would be too bad — especially since TOC’s competitor, the Chicago Reader, will be heading in the opposite direction, making more of its content (including books coverage) available online for free. Or so I’ve heard. Will keep you informed.