One of Brew's current publishers, Jeff Potter, Out Your Backdoor Press, and an
earlier publisher, the Rev. Suzy Poe (née David Crowbar Nestle), Popular Reality,
invited him to Lansing, Michigan, to read in a beer joint and a gallery and sign
books at a trade show (Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show). He took four days
vacation from his job and drove to Michigan in the family car.
He wrote a pamphlet for each reading.
He called the first one The Beat Poet Tour, because he took along a flier to give out, after the reading, Beat Poet 1, the first of 18 16-page newsprint self-cover fliers, set in two columns. A serialization of BEAT POET. He didn't print Beat Poet 2 - 17.
He called the second pamphlet Garage Band Books Week 2000, because, when Crowbar asked the local Barnes & Noble bookstore if he could put a flier in the lobby, publicizing the readings, they said it was against company policy, so Crowbar had a poster made up that said BANNED BOOKS, and nailed it to a utility pole in the parking lot. It was Banned Books Week 2000.
"I'm tired of playing in cellars," Charlie Parker said.
Brew wasn't tired of reading in cellars, because that is where the readers were.
And he wasn't tired of writing pamphlets like Garage Band Books Week 2000. You'd be lucky to get your hands on such a pamphlet.
Brew's books weren't banned. You just had to go to some trouble to get them.
New York didn't ban books. Some books it found to be not right for its list. But it didn't ban them. Another publisher might feel otherwise. And they did wish you luck in placing your book elsewhere.
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