On Saturday, May 11, Indigo Ink Press will publish its third title, Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore (ISBN 978-0-9828330-2-5). The hardcover anthology of short fiction, poetry and artwork features 36 authors and artists from throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Bulgaria, including seven from the Northeast Ohio area.
Modern Grimmoire is a literary anthology in the Grimm persuasion. The tales awaiting readers inside Modern Grimmoire feature a talking cat-girl and a girl that talks to cats; librarians like you’ve never imagined and royalty like you always have; an ex-court painter, an all too persuasive frog, and an out-of-work wolfman.
“Some of these tales twist and twine their happily-ever-after predecessors in inventive ways; others craft entirely new magical faces and places. All collected, the anthology is ripe with sticky sweet revenge, altogether timely fates, and all-conquering (and conquesting) love,” said Jessica Bennett, executive director and publisher at Indigo Ink Press. “Our goal with Modern Grimmoire was much the same as what the Brothers Grimm set out to do 200 years ago: collect tales from our contemporaries.”
The press awarded two prizewinners for Modern Grimmoire. The literary prizewinner Michael Harris Cohen (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria), received a $1,000 prize for his short story, “The Ex-Court Painter, Goya, and the Princess,” and artistic prizewinner Mandy Altimus Pond (Massillon, Ohio) received a $500 prize for her photograph, “Not Even the Woodsmen Could Save Her,” which appears on the book’s cover.
The 248-page book is $18.00 and is available online through Indigo Ink Press, at Amazon.com, and through select retailers. Review copies of the book are available now. Contact Jessica Bennett at (330) 417-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
POISON APPLE BALL
In celebration of publication, Indigo Ink Press is hosting the Poison Apple Ball on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography (located at 520 Cleveland Ave. NW) in downtown Canton. The ball will feature savory hors d’oeuvres from Bender’s Tavern, entertainment including Pittsburgh-based Chamber Light Players from Symbiotic Collusion, and Canton’s Most Beautiful Losers.
The attire for the Poison Apple Ball is fairy tale formal. Guests are encouraged to pick their favorite childhood fairy tale hero or villain outright, or do a modern twist on a long-loved character.
“We’ve received quite a few questions about what we mean by ‘fairy tale formal.’ For the more conservative, I recommend wearing fine gowns and robes fit for a king. But I imagine we’ll be seeing all manner of feathers, fur, scales and skin throughout the evening. All are welcome, we just ask that you let your imagination run wild!” said Bennett.
Tickets are $60 per guest, and include a hardcover edition of the book. Registrations may be made online at www.IndigoInkPress.org.
MODERN GRIMM STUDENT ANTHOLOGY
In conjunction with the publication of Modern Grimmoire, Indigo Ink Press received a grant from ArtsinStark last year to create a SmArts program for Stark County Students. The Modern Grimm Student Anthology will be unvelied at May’s First Friday in downtown Canton, andfeatures 53 local Stark County Students, grades six through 12, from 14 Stark County schools.
On May 3, Indigo Ink Press and ArtsinStark will host a celebration event for local students and educators who participated in the Modern Grimmoire Student Project. The event will be happening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, and includes an exhibition of the student works, readings, refreshments and award recognition. For more information and a full list of participating students, visit www.IndigoInkPress.org.
ABOUT INDIGO INK PRESS
Founded in 2009 in Canton, Ohio, Indigo Ink is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 literary press. The organization’s mission is to publish the work of new and burgeoning writers and artists. In 2010, Indigo Ink published the first edition of Stark ARThology, the first art anthology dedicated exclusively to the art and artists of Stark County, Ohio. In 2011, Indigo Ink published the first of its poetry titles, Paper Covers Rock & Triplicity: Poems in Threes, a dual, flip-edition chapbook by two West Coast poets. Ultimately, Indigo Ink aims to publish between two and three titles per year in fiction, poetry and artistic non-fiction, with the potential to grow even more over time with community support and literary acclaim.