Required Reading with Perimeter Books – Small Press

by Jenny Butler
Monday 25th July 2011

We are so excited to have Justine and Dan from Perimeter Books Guest Blogging with us all week! These two are independent book gurus [amongst many other things!] and have put together their ‘Required Reading’ list of their favorite titles across 5 different themes. They have also offered an ace giveaway – check out the details here and leave a comment before 10pm on Thursday! – Jenny x

Small press and small publishers are really what we’re about at Perimeter Books, and what better way to start our week of guest blogging than with a clutch of niceness that we’ve had the privilege of stumbling across?

Like, what’s more inspiring than a bunch of creative kids getting together, saving their pennies and publishing a book? Sweet nothing! What’s even more exciting is that small-scale, limited-run art publishing is undergoing a serious boom at present.  While Zurich masters Nieves have ruled the scene for several years (not to mention important contributions from Brooklyn upstarts Hassla, New York via San Francisco peoples Seems and several others), there are countless small publishers, especially in Melbourne, churning out some fascinating stuff. With the Risograph (a kind of glorified photocopier than can print high volumes at a low cost) the tool of choice for many, the kids are taking over! Enjoy…

This Is The Same Ocean

A stunning little Risograph photo magazine curated and produced by young, Melbourne-based Sam Davison and printed by Xavier at Dawn Press. Featuring young photographers from around the globe, This Is The Same Ocean is some serious niceness.

Layflat 02: Meta

One man band Layflat is a brilliant, experimental photography journal, offset printed on various paper stocks. Beautifully designed and finished, this Boston publication features Roe Etheridge among others.

Ingo Giezendanner – Baku & Back

Patrick Tsai & Coley Brown – Growing Up

Raffi Kalenderian – Memoranda

Memoranda is a stunning, melancholic series of paintings from Lost Angeles artist Raffi Kalenderian, and a brilliant example of what Nieves are good at. Capturing his friends and family in dense, lush detail, his works are poignantly and uncannily intimate, and though simply produced, this book is a stunning, tactile object.

Tim Lahan – Still Life with Sex Tape

More local Risograph action, this time by Rob Cordiner’s Smalltime Books. Bam!

Higher Arc #1

What do you know? Another Melbourne Risograph title! A happily odd mix of high-end magazine sensibilities and Riso rawness, featuring a heap of fancy-pants Melbourne artists, dudes and designers. Printed by Xavier at Dawn Press.

Jurg Lehni and Alex Rich Empty Words

How amazing is this? An incredible volume from Jurg Lehni and Alex Rich that consists only of a series of poetically phrased, drilled holes. Empty Words is a brilliant piece of creative publishing. From, you guessed it, Nieves.

Dig in!

Perimeter x

by Jenny Butler
Monday 25th July 2011


  • Michelle 5 years ago

    I love these books.

  • Stacey 5 years ago

    These look perfect for a little holiday perusal!

  • Mikaela Earl 5 years ago

    It’s nice to see something different in books!

  • andherimagination 5 years ago

    Going to make sure I hit up your store some time soon, amazing.

  • Bec 5 years ago

    What beautiful books! They would look fabulous on my bookshelf and the ideal thing to sit down with on a rainy day : )

  • Mimi K 5 years ago

    These look amazing. I especially like the look of Baku & back, love those train tracks.

  • Liza 5 years ago

    just love love love these! xxx

  • Janette 5 years ago

    Great Books!!

  • Chloe Walker 5 years ago

    I love the idea behind Empty Words. So simple and so striking.

  • Sam 5 years ago

    Just lovely!

  • Claire 5 years ago

    I love the ’empty words’ concept. Just beautiful!

  • Nadiah 5 years ago

    Such great little books!

  • Giselle 5 years ago

    Really want to touch those books and turn the pages!

  • The cover of “This is the Same Ocean” just makes you want to pick it up and read it!

  • Klaudija 5 years ago

    These books are just lovely and sweet…

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    What a generous prize from a independent bookstore (so few and far between these days.) Fingers crossed!

  • aruno 5 years ago

    mmmmh! arigato.

  • Jane 5 years ago

    Oh, how intriguing! Crossing my fingers and toes. J x

  • E-Gene 5 years ago

    Love picture books. I’ve got a short attention span after all.

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    Looks great! I want to read all of those.

  • JET6 5 years ago

    I love small press books! these are great.

  • nicki 5 years ago

    ahhh! they all look amazing and so intriguing. fingers crossed!

  • grace 5 years ago

    Having a lot of fun with a Risograph at the moment producing my own quarterly publication, just recently a friend showed me a copy of This is the Same Ocean he had and I’m still amazed… if only I had so many colours to play with. So jelous…

  • lauren 5 years ago

    these look great for inspiration! will come and have a look at the shop soon, i live just around the corner.

  • Ramona 5 years ago

    small press makes my heart sing

  • Ramona 5 years ago

    empty words takes negative space to a whole new level

  • Claire 5 years ago

    Visited Perimeter Books on Saturday and I love it! Great curation of books!

  • Natasha 5 years ago

    It’s so heartening to see how far you can push such a small budget and still get amazing results. I need to pop in store and have another look come tax return time!

  • Oliver Heathcote 5 years ago

    Wow, time to add some more books to the WANT list!!

  • lesley 5 years ago

    so creative, beautiful and gorgeous in my room!!

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