St. Louis Public Library has added a collection of zines to the Entertainment, Literature & Biography Room & is celebrating with a grand opening this Thursday October 13, 2016. Click here for more information.
What is a zine, you ask? According to early "ziner" Malcolm Gladwell (in interview with Vox's Ezra Klein), "A zine is a homemade magazine — it’s what you did if you lived in a small town and had some pretensions to cultural importance. You ran your own magazine and ran it off on a Xerox machine and distributed it to your friends. Lots of people had zines in the ’70s and ’80s." When he was 15, Gladwell and some friends had a zine called Ad Hominem: A journal of slander and political opinion. Many of Gladwell's more recent works, including Blink (Dewey 153.44), The Tipping Point (302), and Outliers (302) are available at St. Louis Public Library in paper and digital formats.
You can learn more about zines by coming to Central and exploring the new collection, or check out the book Make A Zine! - A Guide to Self-Publishing Disguised as a Book on How to Produce a Zine (Dewey 070.572) or for interested kids, Zine Scene (J070.5720285). You may also want to visit the St. Louis Small Press Expo which is happening at Central on October 15, 2016.