shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Aug 29th - Integrating EMDR Into Your Clinical Practice: 5-Day Intensive in Vancouver [Leading Edge Seminars]
Sep 8th - The Freud Café: Propaganda and the Lies We Tell Ourselves [Between Hours / Interdisciplinary Dialogues, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society]
Sep 14th - Scientific Meeting: Complex Empathy [tps&i]
Sep 15th - Working with 2SLGBTQIA+ youth [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Sep 19th - Helping families heal: Addressing and treating trauma in children, youth and families [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Now open for browsing 9-6 Mon-Sat and 12-5 Sunday for three people at a time wearing masks. Free shipping across Canada for orders over $100. Please read our Covid-19 statement here.
Join our mailing list! Click here to sign up.
Creative, Not Famous: The Small Potato Manifesto
Ayun Halliday
Microcosm Publishing / Softcover / 2022-04-01 / 1648410596
Self Help
price: $19.99
288 pages
In Stock (Ships within one business day)

Few artists achieve fame and fortune, but that doesn't mean your creative life can't flourish. Writer, illustrator, zinemaker, and playwright Ayun Halliday interviewed dozens of creative people and shared her own experiences to produce this rallying cry for the "small potato"—someone whose focus is making cool, meaningful work and living a creative life rather than achieving wealth or celebrity. Sections range from the practice of artmaking to wrangling self-doubt to DIY marketing and self-promotion. Along the way, Halliday shows that your art can bring you satisfaction, success, community, and a modest income—without losing sight of your reasons for doing it in the first place.

Reviews

"What a great project, full of great insights from artists I love!" - Jeffrey Lewis, musician

"Ayun Halliday’s writing had buoyed my small-potato spirit since her genius genre-bending “Neonatal Sweet Potato” first appeared in my zine P.O. Box in the ‘90s—was it puppet show script? Was it a NICU vigil? Did it matter? Her ability to transmute love and anxiety into creative inspiration felt like something akin to magic. Now she’s collected all her best hard-won knowledge and advice plus a whole bunch of other artists' and writers' best hard-won knowledge and advice and we all win! This book is the antidote to both imposter syndrome and the bullshit of every gatekeeper you’ve ever met. Every writer and artist—aspiring, emerging, or old and bitter—must read it." - Ariel Gore

"Full of wisdom, practical advice, anti-capitalist ethos and joy that will inspire any artist to get cracking and stay excited about their work." - Nicole J Georges, Calling Dr Laura, Relative Fiction

About the Author

Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of the long running, award-winning zine, The East Village Inky, and co-founder of Theater of the Apes. She is the author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late and the Zinester’s Guide to NYC. She created and hosts the ongoing Off-Off-Broadway variety show, Necromancers of the Public Domain. Ayun lives in New York City with her husband, playwright Greg Kotis. Find her online at ayunhalliday.com.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2020

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 Mon-Sat / Sunday 12-5(EST)

search
Click here to read previous issues.
authors
Halliday, Ayun
other lists
April 2022 New Arrivals
Interesting Reading List for April 17/22
Interesting Reading List for May 12/22
Microcosm Publishing
Self Help