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Wood engraving by Colin Paynton
(from The Chimes, 1985)

Sudden Immobility
Selected Poems of Molly Holden
Engravings by Andy English
Autumn 2021

Cover scan

Sudden Immobility:
Selected Poems of Molly Holden

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Books in Print
from Barbarian Press

On the average, we publish two books a year – usually one substantial book, such as an addition to the Endgrain Editions series, and one (or occasionally two) smaller or less elaborate titles. These will often be an illustrated classic or a book of poetry, or something with typographical or bibliographic interest. Since wood engravings are an important part of our interests as publishers, most of our books are illustrated.

Our larger book this year is Sudden Immobility: Selected Poems of Molly Holden, which at 296 pages has turned out to be one of the two or three most substantial books we have ever published – second only to the original Endgrain published in 1995, but with far more text. The book is one we are very proud to publish, as it will introduce many people to a writer we consider one of the finest lyric poets of the late 20th century, and one who has been too long overlooked. On publication it is heavily subscribed, with the Deluxe virtually gone and only a few of the Standard copies remaining.

Please note that Sudden Immobility is now at the binder, and we will be receiving and mailing out copies through the fall, as they are completed. Orders received from September 2021 and later will be sent out after earlier orders have been filled.

The changing proportion of Deluxe to Regular copies in our editions exemplifies a developing trend for us. Because Deluxe copies are more in demand and therefore quicker to sell than Regular ones (the opposite used to be the case some years ago) we are now printing at least as many Deluxe as Regular. In fact in the case of Endgrain Editions 5: Richard Wagener – a Dialogue with Wood Engraving, advance requests for Deluxe copies while the book was still in the press were such that we issued 8o Deluxe copies and only 50 Regulars. As well as being heavily subscribed before publication, the remaining Deluxe copies were all sold within a few weeks. The last Regular copy sold recently, which means that both states of Endgrain Editions 5 are now out of print.

Therefore, a word to the wise . . . this development underlines the importance for anyone wanting a Deluxe state of one of our books to place their order as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Up to a certain point in the printing process we are able to adjust the relative proportions of Deluxe to Regular, but beyond that the numbers must be fixed. Subscribers can, of course, simply specify a desire to have only Deluxe copies when available, or can let us know their preference on a book by book basis once the title is announced as forthcoming.

Please look at the page for each individual book for further information, photographs of the book and sample pages, and information about prices. You can find news about books presently in the press under Books Forthcoming.

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A Note about Currencies

Because the world economy is now in such a constant state of flux, we are unable to offer fixed prices in other currencies as we used to do. Our books are priced in Canadian dollars, but we accept payment in many other currencies by personal cheque (where they are still being used), or you can pay by PayPal in Canadian dollars, as invoiced, with a surcharge of 4%. (When paying by PayPal you will avoid this 4% charge if you use the ‘Friends and Family’ option.)

If you wish to pay in other currencies, we will invoice you at the exchange rate prevailing on the day the invoice is sent.

Of course we also accept payment by Visa and American Express, which take the payment at the rate prevailing at time of purchase. However, please note that we have to add a surcharge of 5% on Visa and 3% on Amex card purchases to cover our costs. We also receive payments through Wise.

Finally, Canadian customers can pay by E-transfer.

A Note about Subscriptions

If you are interested in our work, or in fine press editions, you should consider becoming a subscriber. It is economically exceedingly wise.

It is also very simple: Just contact us, and tell us that you wish to become a subscriber. This means that you undertake to buy ONE COPY of every book we publish – typically two a year. In return for this guarantee from you, we give you a 30% discount on the retail price of the book.

In the case of our more expensive books, the resultant savings can amount to a few hundred dollars – enough to buy another substantial book from us or from another press!

We still maintain this on the honour system, trusting that when someone decides to become a subscriber, they will continue to buy books in the future. Some people subscribe for a few books, and then decide to cease the arrangement, and of course this is fine. However, we have had a couple of undesirables over the years who ordered one very expensive book as putative subscribers, and having received it, promptly vanished. They are honoured in the pressroom with small wax models stuck full of pins.