There are a handful of themes that run through Soberscove books: alternative forms of documentation, process, connecting historical materials to the present, alternative pedagogies, and the relationship between “amateurs” and “professionals.” These are not necessary criteria, but they are things that come up repeatedly in our books. I like that a motley history coheres under the Soberscove umbrella: a book on Russian conceptual performance is next to a book on Abstract Expressionism is next to a book about 19th century sculpture. Perhaps most importantly, I want the material that Soberscove publishes to be presented in an accessible way, so that no specialized knowledge is needed going in and so that, hopefully, the books function as entry points into new areas of inquiry. The Artists’ Board Book Series presents artists’ work in the form of the children’s board book (those small, hard books that facilitate early interactions with books and that are resilient objects that can be thrown and chewed). The idea behind the series is to give kids unusual visual experiences early in their lives as lookers/readers, to present art in an alternative format, and to get the work of the artist/authors in front of people who wouldn’t necessarily come across it otherwise.
Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors Amazon Publishing, 2015 270 pages – Amazon Process—as in “Could you tell us a bit about your writing process, please?”—is one of…