Berfrois: The Book
Dostoyevsky Wannabe (March, 2019)
To buy the book, please visit the Dostoyevsky Wannabe website.
Price – £8.35
Launches: 19 and 20 March 2019
Berfrois and Queen Mob's Tea House come together with Dostoyevsky Wannabe to launch 'Berfrois The Book' and 'Queen Mob's Tea House Teh Book' at The Second Shelf. The event featured original pieces by writers from the two publications. Speaking from within the liminal were Hawa Allan, Nadia de Vries, Calliope Michail, Astra Papachristodoulou, Steven J Fowler, and Russell Bennetts. Copies of the title will be available to purchase at the event. This event followed a second launch at the Torriano Meeting House with readings from Owen Vince, Nadia de Vries, Andrew Wells, Russell Bennetts, Calliope Michail, Colin Raff, Juliet Jacques and Judson Hamilton.
From the publisher:
So they gave us an impossible deadline, and then they gave us another (and in the end they had to finish off the cover-design, typesetting, contents page, and bios off themselves), but what they mostly gave us was all of the hyperactive, pizza-driven, jajajajaja (is that how it goes?) energy that we've come to know and love from Berfrois and Queen Mob's Teahouse.
This book was edited by Russell Bennetts and starring in its pages are Hawa Allan, Melissa Benn, Russell Bennetts, Daniel Bosch, Shane Jesse Christmass, Andrea Cohen, Eli S. Evans, Jeremy Fernando, Drew Gardner, Gregory Giles, Amy Glynn, Jack Hanson, j/j hastain, Juliet Jacques, Matthew Jakubowski, Kirsten Kaschock, Lital Khaikin, Jennifer L. Knox, E. J. Koh, Janice Lee, Eric D. Lehman, Joe Linker, Nyla Matuk, Sharon Mesmer, Teresa K. Miller, Astra Papachristodoulou, Marsha Pomerantz, Robin Richardson, Sumana Roy’s, Legacy Russell, Michael Schmidt, Jessica Sequeira, Ed Simon, Scherezade Siobhan, Justin Erik Halldór Smith, Maggie Smith, Joseph Spece, Laurie Stone, Melissa Studdard, Elias Tezapsidis and Eley Williams.
'I can’t tell you how often I say to people, Do you know about Berfrois? An indispensable site of smarts, laughs, and letters that spawned this book. It’s silly. It’s serious. It’ll get you through our deadly, absurdist age. Read it!'
- Dana Levin, Copper Canyon Press
About the publisher:
Dostoyevsky Wannabe are a prolific independent publishing house based in Manchester. Founded by Richard Brammer and Victoria Brown in 2015, they make incredible books, one of which, Gaudy Bauble by Isabel Waidner was recently nominated for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness award (eventually won by Eley William's sublime collection Attrib. and Other Stories).