A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out.  Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

What do craft beer and books have in common? Read on to find out. Photo credit: Don LaVange | Flickr

There’s a new craft brewer (of sorts) in Vancouver.  What they’re selling is robust, fair-trade and, apparently, “very quaffable.”

It’s not beer, however.  It’s books.  Vancouver has just become home to a one-of-a-kind experiment in artisan publishing. A brand new independent publishing house called Nonvella, which describes itself as “the craft brewing of publishing,” is aiming to go where no local book publisher has gone before.

Nonvella’s focus is a genre known as narrative nonfiction – timely works of journalism, adventure writing, essay and memoir taken from real life.  What’s unique about their model, however, is the length of these stories.  Their specialty is long-form nonfiction that’s much shorter than a book but longer than the average magazine article (i.e. stories that are roughly the length of a fictional novella, but in nonfiction form – hence the catchy name, Nonvella.)

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A Vancouver First: The “Craft Brewing” of Publishing