Once, there was an idea that the proliferation of computers and the internet would mean the end of the printed word. The prophecy is slowly coming true for newspapers and magazines, but it seems as though books have a resistance to the printing press killing powers of digital that those other things do not. In fact, like in other things, digital has made making books easier. Ask Jeremy Luke Hill.
Hill is the man behind Vocamus Press, a small local publishing house that started with a man just wanting to put together a story book for his child and make it look professional. Vocamus, emphasis on the "A" if you want to pronounce it the proper Latin way, is an intensely local publisher publishing the works of local writers. More than that though, Vocamus is about professional development. Through its Friends of Vocamus Press arm, Hill helps direct local writers to where they need to be, from personal projects to award-nominated novels.
On the eve (ish) of the third annual Book Bash, a now yearly celebration of local authors and their works, I sat down with Hill to talk about how Vocamus came to be, talk in detail about what Vocamus does for local authors, and his dreams about building a downtown Mecca for Guelph's writers, and their appreciators. This will be the second of a trilogy of book-related podcasts following the podcast earlier this month with Susan Radcliffe, the artistic director of the Eden Mills Writers Festival.
So drop that book, and pick up those ears so that we can do some learnin' about books on this week's Guelph Politicast.
You can learn more about Vocamus through their website, their Facebook page and their Twitter feed. They also send out a monthly newsletter with upcoming events and new releases, and you can subscribe it on the Vocamus website for that too.
Also, keep in mind that Book Bash will take place at Red Papaya on Sunday October 16 from 1 to 4 pm. For details on the authors appearing, click here.
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