Columbus Creative Cooperative publishes book about city’s bicentennial

Columbus Creative Cooperative is hosting a release party later this month for Columbus: Past, Present and Future at Via Vecchia Winery in the Brewery District.

Columbus Creative Cooperative published the bicentennial anthology, which features the work of 23 local authors and 15 visual artists, as well as a forward written by Mayor Michael Coleman. A portion of proceeds from the book’s sales will benefit the Columbus Historical Society, which partnered with the publisher and 200Columbus for the party.

“Producing high-quality literature from local writers according to professional publishing standards is a big part of Columbus Creative Cooperative’s mission,” says its director Brad Pauquette. “This is the fifth anthology of local literature that we’ve produced in the past two years.”

Columbus Creative Cooperative put out an open call and collected short story submissions for the book via its website. After the collections were complete, its executive members read through all the stories and scored them. Then the book’s editors took that short list and made the final selections.

All the money from Columbus Creative Cooperative anthologies go directly to their contributors.

“We have almost no overhead and no owners to take a cut,” Pauquette says.

Columbus: Past, Present and Future can be pre-ordered at ColumbusCoop.org for a discounted price, and can also be purchased at the Independents Day event on Sept. 15, as well as the book’s release party scheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Upon release, the book will be available at a variety of retailers across Central Ohio, including all Cup o’ Joe locations, and online at Amazon.com.

“We’re always looking for new ways to integrate with the community in a greater capacity,” he says, adding that Columbus Creative Cooperative has been able to coordinate with more local businesses than ever before thanks to the bicentennial anthology.

Local writers are encouraged to visit the cooperative’s website or follow it on Facebook to learn the theme of the next anthology and submit their work.