April 5, 2016

A look back at this year’s AWP Conference


This year’s AWP Bookfair & Conference was held in sunny Los Angeles, which was a blessed relief during a weekend when the Northeast was being hit with hail, chills, and all those other charming late March by-products. There were a record total of six Melville House authors attending the AWP this year, which meant that we had the singular pleasure of personally introducing them to a whole new group of their fans.

It was also, as always, a treat to be on the convention floor with so many other great presses. As our publisher Dennis Johnson told Publishers Weekly:

“I love the idea that people visiting Two Dollar Radio have to walk by Melville House and vice versa,” he said, “That is fantastic. We’re all in this together. After all, we’re not here just to promote Melville House, but to promote the business of independent publishing.”

See below for some of the highlights!



Liam O’Brien is the Senior Sales & Marketing Manager at Melville House, and a former bookseller.