Chicago Publishers: Featherproof Books

Chicago Publishers: Featherproof Books

One of the aspects of Chicago’s literary world that we haven’t delved into yet is publishers. What better way than to highlight local independent Featherproof Books?

Started in March 2005 by Jonathan Messinger and Zach Dodson, Featherproof’s website states that they publish “strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy.” Their first book, The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs by Brian Costello, was released in December 2005 and they’ve been publishing every since. As of this writing most of their back catalog can be ordered straight through their website, but some titles are listed as sold out.

One of their most recent publications is Sunshine on an Open Tomb by Tim Kinsella. Like many in the Chicago area, I grew up listening to Kinsella’s many musical projects, but I didn’t realize he was an author as well. Sunshine is his fourth book and, in 2014, he became publisher of Featherproof.

Anyone looking for some new reads – and to support a local indie publisher – check out Featherproof’s site!


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