Sunday, August 29, 2010

Announcing Paravion Press from Atlantis Books

I've mentioned my love for a very magical bookstore perched on the cliffs of a small island in the south of the Aegean Sea in a previous post, and I've been thinking about my friends at Atlantis Books of Santorini, Greece again lately, because the shop needs our help.

After 3,000 years times are tough in Greece. Atlantis Books is only seven years old but needs to find a new bag of tricks to stay in business. It's run by a group of designers, educators and book lovers who've long dreamed of doing more than just selling books, so now they're making them too. This new publishing venture and imprint of Atlantis Books is called Paravion Press and you can find their website here.

The books they are publishing are handmade editions of short works. They're beautiful editions and you'll help Atlantis Books continue to do their good work by owning one. Once you have read them you’ll want to share them with friends, so they're packaged in envelopes that are ready to mail onward.

Five titles are available now: short stories by Katherine Mansfield, Anton Chekhov, Saki, and Sherwood Anderson, as well as an essay by Mark Twain. Additionally, you can pre-order the Paravion Compendium edition, a hard-bound collection of their first complete series of stories.

Here's how you can help Paravion Press:
* Order some books.
* Refer retailers who would enjoy stocking Paravion editions.
* Refer exceptional artists to illustrate forthcoming Paravion editions
* Submit ideas for perfect stories to print, either public domain or previously unpublished.

Again their website is You can contact them at

I'm excited to see what the future holds for my friends at Atlantis Books, a bookstore that was recently on a list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Every order and kind word will help Paravion Press and Atlantis Books stay afloat in the Mediterranean Sea.

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