Ooligan Press Hosts Open House
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Native American Community Center
Portland State University
710 SW Jackson Street
Noon 6 pm
How is a book made? Who decides on the design? How can I get published?
The public is invited to get the answers to these and other questions about book publishing at an Open House November 7th sponsored by Portland State University’s Ooligan Press.
There will be visual displays on the publishing process and opportunities to talk with teachers, authors, and students as well as graduates of the program. There will be presentations on book design, children’s books, working with editors, marketing a book, how the book publishing industry works, and what Ooligan Press looks for in acquiring manuscripts both from authors and community organizations. Working with the community is important to the press, and book partners to date have included the Chinese Benevolent Society, the Croatian government, PSU’s Geography Department, and the Arlington Club.
Ooligan Press is part of the only publishing program in the country with a Masters Degree that includes a student-run press. The 6-year old program currently has a list of 12 books with 6 more to be published this year. With guidance from 11 teachers who are all experienced publishing professionals, students gain hands-on experience in running the Press, from acquiring manuscripts and editing to book design and marketing. Graduates have started their own publishing companies and literary agencies, teach in the program and work as book editors and designers.
Members of The Friends of Ooligan Press (FOOP) will be on hand and books will be for sale. The Open House is free and open to the public, and the schedule of presentations will be available mid-October. For more information, call Ooligan Press at 503-725-9748.