The 2010 Cohort for SFU’s Masters of Publishing Program are a stone-cold bunch who have really stepped out and shown the industry that they’re ready to accept the challenges that are affecting publishing.
I have discussed this previously on Julie Wilson’s BookMadam & Associates site.
Their collaborative print on demand work entitled Book of MPub is essential reading for anyone interested in discovering new ideas for book/magazine publishing. The book totally levels the playing field and brings the publishing conversation back to a deep discussion of essential ideas and offers no time for weak fear-based arguments.
Tracy Hurren and Kathleen Fraser are just two of the bright lights from the SFU MPub program who are now spending their summer getting some experience interning at a couple of Canada’s finest independent publishers.
But that’s not what we’re talking about here.
What we’re talking about here is Dragon Problems, the first book to be published by Hur Publishing.
Hur Publishing is a joint conspiratorial effort of Tracy and Kathleen that involves publishing new engaging stories as well-designed books – including some of Tracy’s amazing handmade books.
Dragon Problems is an excellent example of what can happen when you have the convergence of good story + great art + sweet design skills + keen editorial eye.
The story was written by Chris Carrier and the art was created by Stacey Buchanan.
Both Chris and Stacey are lucky to have had their work brought to life by Tracy and Kathleen. It’s a great first effort and I cannot wait for their next book to drop.
Please check out the Hur Publishing website for more info and also to order your copy of the book.
Also, I believe that both Tracy and Kathleen will be presenting at BookCamp Toronto 2010 this coming Saturday as part of their Book of MPub throwdown.
If you’re attending BookCamp Toronto 2010 then I highly recommend that you attend their session – it’s designed to blow minds and to drag the unwilling kicking and screaming into the here and now.
Check out our interview and let me know what you think.