Join us to celebrate the launch of THE PUBLIC BOOKS, a publishing imprint from Foundlings Press and The Public, and the release of its first title, WHERE THE STREETS ARE PAVED WITH RUST, by Bruce Fisher.
- 6pm at Community Beer Works' new location at 520 7th Street
- Author remarks
- Awesome beer
About Bruce Fisher and Where The Streets Are Paved With Rust:
Bruce Fisher is a provocative, literate essayist with a resume in national politics and policy who has made the American Great Lakes region — the Rust Belt — his focus as a researcher, activist, and writer. He’s a passionate participant, which has made him a valued colleague, as when he served on President-elect Obama’s Urban Policy Advisory Committee, and also an outlier in his frequent media appearances on Huffington Post TV, National Public Radio, and local network affiliates.
In these essays about Rust Belt communities, Fisher carefully but vigorously challenges. He tackles real-estate developers; knocks liberals who won’t embrace metro government; excoriates conservatives for their racist code-words; nudges us to revisit the debate between Heidegger and Cassirer; and explains the brilliance of streetcars and urban wildlife, the persistence of black male workforce exclusion, the centrality of water quality, and many other issues that shape cities. Fisher takes deep dives into data, scholarship, and history — as he does nearly weekly for The Public, Western New York’s leading independent weekly newspaper.
Fisher returned to writing after advising two presidential and numerous congressional campaigns, a Supreme Court nomination fight and many Washington policy battles, and more than a dozen years in public service. The chair of the Canadian Urban Institute called his 2012 essay collection Borderland: Essays from the US-Canadian Divide “a must read for anybody concerned about the fate of Great Lakes cities on both sides of the 49th parallel,” but the Buffalo News accused him of “chest-thumping” even while praising his innovative prose technique and calling the book “a compelling argument for the importance of small places.”
Fisher’s essay “Flat at dawn and twilight,” about the practice of sculling on the Niagara, won the 2007 Dzanc Books Best of the Web award, and gives us a glimpse of what to expect in Volume 2 of this two-volume collection — essays that explore more about the religious, cultural, and symbolic dimensions of communities struggling to define themselves in time and space. Fisher’s scope is broad, he wears his erudition lightly, and his work is ever about crossing boundaries — in celebration of what’s to be found across the line.
About The Public Books and Foundlings Press:
The Public Books, an imprint of Foundlings Press, is the book publishing arm of The Public newspaper, launched in 2014 and to present the smartest thinking on the whole spectrum of Western New York culture, from politics to film, from books to visual arts, from music to food and drink and more.
Foundlings Press is an independent publishing partnership based in Buffalo, NY. Since its beginnings as a biannual print poetry magazine in 2015, the press has sought to publish the best writing and to promote the best writers — to publish work that throws off heat to warm the living today and light to guide the readers of tomorrow.