The three books I was/am/are having/had/have published/publishing/coming out this year are/were/will be Timelights, Endless Yet Never and Bus Stops on the Moon. Something about each of them:
A book of photographs with extended captions; or else a book of essays which each concerns itself with a single photograph; except for the middle section, which is a reminscence of travelling in the mountains of Japan a year ago now; with photographs. I have four copies: two of the premium edition, two of the standard. One is gloss and the other matt and we have decided to go matt. It’s published by Lasavia Press on Waiheke Island, designed in Berlin, printed (on demand) in Melbourne. You can find it on Amazon but, at the moment, it is prohibitively expensive so we’re waiting for the price to come down before publicised the book properly – whatever that means these days.
A short (12,000 word) biography of Colin McCahon omitted, by the publishers, from Dark Night: walking with McCahon (2011). They said ‘people already know who he is’ and wouldn’t listen when I replied: ‘Australian readers might not.’ Now McCahon House is putting it out, in an elegant printing, as a stand-alone work. I haven’t seen a copy yet; they are coming from Italy. There was to be a launch at an art collector’s house during the Auckland Art Fair in April but that didn’t happen. We might re-schedule for the end of the year. I don’t know where or how it is to be distributed; nor what the unit cost might be.
Bus Stops on the Moon is a memoir of the seven years (1974-1980) I spent with theatre group Red Mole. It’s written, edited, laid-out, with 80 b&w photographs and 24 in colour and slated for release, all going well, in September 2020. I have the cover but not in a format I can put up here: it’s red and black and white and shows the seven of us, as above, at Coney Island in 1979, standing on a boardwalk before the grey Atlantic. I like it because it actually looks like a bus stop. On the moon. Otago University Press are publishing this, production values are high, editing has been scrupulous and the generosity with which we operated, or tried to operate, in those years, has been realised in the way the book has been put together.