by Super Pack! Author, Tom Neely Author, Craven Rock Author, Taliah Lempert Author, Erik Spellmeyer Author, 7 more
10 books worth $150+, yours for just $20... it doesn't get much better than that! Here's a snapshot of publishing life: A truck arrived a few weeks ago with no warning, when most of the staff was ...
Ten slightly damaged paperback books
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by Maureen Wilson Author
As seen on Happify Daily!"Marzi's charming and irreverent illustrations are exactly what young and old introverts need to approach their temperament with wisdom and self-affirmation." --Susan Cain, author ...
hardcover, 176 pages, color, 6x6"
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by KaeLyn Rich Author and Giulia Sagramola Author
It's time to get stuff done! This book is for girls who don't want to just talk about change, but who actually want to make change happen! With idea organizers, guides to picking a cause, using social media ...
240 pages, 7.5x5.6x0.7", paperback, color,
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by Lisa Butterworth Author
An accessible and gorgeously photographed guide to working with crystals in your everyday life. You'll find here an overview of how crystals work and guidance on how to choose, charge, clear, and ...
160 pages, 6x8.5", paperback
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by Justseeds Illustrator, Shaun Slifer Editor, Bec Young Editor and Josh MacPhee Contributor
These American heroes hail from Canada to Chile and everywhere in between, from the 1500s to today. Instead of the powerful, rich, white folks focused on in school textbooks, these gorgeous portraits with accompanying ...
192 pages, 5.5x7", paperback
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Unfuck Your Writing: Stop Listening to Bullshit Advice, Just Write Better, Get Published, & Share Your Inner World
by Joe Biel Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Want to write but the words won't come? Maybe it's anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, not being able to find the time, or you're just plain blocked. Microcosm's two most prolific authors teach you ...
32 pages, 5.5x8.5", zine
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by Alec Dunn Illustrator, Josh MacPhee Illustrator and Ursula K. Le Guin Author
Published in 1974 in Galaxy, this is a precursor to Ursula K. Le Guin'sThe Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia. Offering back story that further illuminates Le Guin's anarchist ideals, we learn more ...
28 pages, 5.75x8.75", risograph print
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by Paul Hawken Author
The ultimate guide to operating green/alternative businesses written by progressive economist Paul Hawken! Paul talks about businesses as filling gaps and services in society with things that help people or are wanted ...
238 pages, 1/2 size, paperback
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by Aaron Cometbus Author
What are the successes and failures of punk and its institutions? What happened to a once-thriving punk underground that paralleled the mainstream in music, publishing, comics, and art? Aaron Cometbus embarked on a ...
139 pages, 5.25x8", zine
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by Mya Spalter Author
Imagine working for fifteen years at the oldest occult store in NYC. Now imagine taking all of that knowledge and transforming it into one awesome book. Now you've got a good idea what Enchanments is all about, ...
Hardcover, 224 pages, 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches, color
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by Theitic Editor
For practicing Wiccans of all levels, this series of guidebooks is engaging and informative, each book focusing on differing aspects of the art, practice and lifestyle. With the inclusion of moon phases, ...
208 pages, B&W line drawings, 9 in H | 6 in W, paperback
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by Super Pack! Author, Raleigh Briggs Author, Ashley Rowe Author and Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
We see you! Working from home, diligently disinfecting doorknobs, crafting with the kiddos, talking to the houseplants, riding out conference call lag time, having a mostly good attitude but also slowing ...
3 books and a zine!
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by Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author, Super Pack! Author and Robert Wildwood Author
Devastated by political news? Global pandemic got you freaking out? Or are there other things in life punching you in the gut so hard you don't know how you can get back up again? We hear you and we see you. ...
4 zines and 3 books
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by Lydia Rogue Author
Do you dream of being a writer, but despair of finding the resources to make it happen? Writing for your passion, or even for a living, doesn't have to involve expensive classes, retreats, workshops, pitch sessions, ...
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by Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN Author
Do you need support in achieving your goals? And maybe you're a visual thinker or a doer more than a writer? If journaling, lists, and worksheets leave you cold, try vision boarding. Dr. Faith walks you ...
17 pages, b&w, 5.5x8.5", pamphlet
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Essential Oils to Destroy the Patriarchy: Remedies Formulated for Modern Women (& 1000-Year-Old Witches)
by Eryn Nicole O'Neal Author
Are you paid less than your male colleagues for the same work? Do you work all day for the man and then come home and tend to another man and some kids? Do people keep interrupting you, taking credit for your ideas, and ...
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by Elly Blue Author, Kate Lopresti Author, Erica Dawn Lyle Author, Joshua Ploeg Author, Meadow Shadowhawk Author, 3 more
Sometimes you want to know everything that's going on around you, your brain whirring like a machine, soaking it all in.Other times you want to work through your stuff, figure life out, become a better person.And ...
6 highly diverting books
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by Super Pack! Author, Various Author and Microcosm Pub et al Author
We get requests daily from incarcerated folks who want some of our books and zines to read. Most of the books end up being read and passed along or then donated to prison libraries for others to enjoy. We're happy ...
This goes to defray the cost of shipping books to prisons
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by School of Life Design Author, Caitlin V. Neal Author, Kelly Cree Author and Jessica Mullen Author
"Who am I?" "What do I want?" These basic little questions can be some of the toughest to answer for humans in this age of anxiety. How to Love Me is a workzine for figuring out all ...
paperback, 20 pages, b&w, 5.5x8.5"
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by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Want some books and zines but overwhelmed by your choices? Well, we would love to help you choose! Let us be your personal shopper!This is also great for presents... for instance, if you know that your aunt digs history ...
A surprise selection, based on what you like!
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by Super Pack! Author
So many books! This should suffice for years of bathroom reading and it's now half price! All these books and zines can be read in 2 to 10 minute increments, and every page is enjoyable. This back-of-the-toilet pack ...
1,244 pages, half sized, offset
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by Anita Mangan Illustrator and Sarah Ford Author
Narwhal truly knows the meaning of a successful life—being present, passionate, and living life to the fullest. Filled with cute illustrations and pages of narwhal wisdom, this humorous and inspriational gift book ...
96 pages, 4.25x6", paperback, color
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It's weird to say, but things have been fairly normal here at Microcosm Publishing & Distribution the last couple of weeks.
Personally, I've worked from home for the past week, which isn't usual for me but it's always been an option. Our small staff of 13 people have always worked staggered shifts and worked from home regularly. There are definitely more bottles of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes being passed around than usual. The skeleton crew in the office is practicing giving each other six feet. We've moved our bookstore operation to mailorder and curbside pickup only. But otherwise, we're getting on with our introverted business more or less as usual. For now.
[Update, three days later: The State of Oregon just went on lockdown, which means... pretty much the same thing, but with even more working from home, even more handwashing, and asking all deliveries and pickups to come to our side gate.]
We've always printed our books here in the United States, and so right now we're not seeing any significant delays in publication of our titles. Orders have slowed a bit, but we're using the time to get caught up on a serious backlog of work that's built up in our last year and a half of hectic growth. Far from reducing hours or laying anyone off, we're cautiously moving forward with the hiring process we began last month. In other news: we aren't going anywhere.
Ultimately, our strength has always resided in how we've built up communities around us, and so we've started to work on strengthening those where we can through a variety of ways:
- Dr. Faith Harper is doing a live story time with her book Coping Skills on our Facebook page. She'll be doing it nightly at 5 p.m. central until she's done, and the videos will be archived on our page at least until this passes.
- At the request of the author, we've made the ebook version of Teenage Rebels 99 cents. We hope we can inspire some of the millions of high school students currently sitting at home and help them continue learning. [Update: The author of Crate Digger has also requested we put both the ebook and audiobook versions of this Florida punk scene history on super sale!]
- If you're bored at home and starting to struggle, we've got a quarantine self-care pack for you - just $20 for the physical books, $15 for the ebooks.
- For retailers who are offering support, ideas, and solace to freaked out customers, we've created a Community Support display pack with quarantine-friendly bestsellers like This Is Your Brain on Anxiety and Making Stuff and Doing Things
- We've curated a list of relevant titles on our Quarantine Survival Guide list of project-based books for people who are feeling anxious or just need something to do.
- If you're stocked up on books and want to help others, you can do that here! We've set up a "give books to people in need" program where you can support sending care packages to spread the book love. As always, we are stepping up to offer ways to offer our books to people who are most vulnerable and in need. We are matching funds from donations at link.
- To further help folks, you can also donate a gift certificate to Street Books, send books to prisoners, or send a gift of books (we can choose for you if you aren't sure) with a note directly to a friend.
- We're going to net-90 terms for independent bookstores who place orders placed before April 30th.
We'd love to hear from you, our customers and peers, about how you're surviving these weird, weird times and what we can do to support you.
The illustrated, true, "gently explicit" story of what happens after 10 year old Danielle is assaulted in a park. The women in her life throw a party to celebrate her courage, not as a victim but as a crime fighter. Written for adults and kids to read together, but it's a good and healing book for all of us crime fighters, even if we didn't get to do the fighting part until way later.
Margalit Cutler's book of whimsical poems and drawings celebrates the vulva in all its glorious forms. Fully colorable, with tear-out pages for your decorating and sharing pleasure. Long live the wondrous vag!
Ariel Gore wanted to see if science could help her be happier. And the more she read, the more she realized that the psychology of happiness is full of studies by, for, and about straight cis white men. She set out to find out why her own experience as a woman and mother isn't reflected in the research, and how we can do it better. The resulting book is fascinating, lyrical, and profoundly affecting.
The zine that took the bookselling world by storm is finally widely available! Danny Caine, owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas chronicles his pro-local, pro-independent bookstore, anti-Amazon activism and shows you a path to fighting the power, too.
This book began as a letter Simone wrote to her future self, with a list of ten steps to take to bring herself back from a state of panic, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. Now it's a book-length workbook that you can use and customize to suit your own needs. Bring yourself back from the brink with these expert coping skills that you can practice when you feel okay and use any time you need them. With an intro by the one and only Dr. Faith!
Get ready to dive deep with this workbook companion to Dr. Faith's Unfuck Your Boundaries. Examine your personal history with boundaries and consent, figure out which relationships in your life need attention, do a "wheel of consent" exercise, and †
Dr. Faith takes on the vital topics of boundaries and consent, offering her trademark combination of brain science, trauma-informed therapy, and funny, no-BS approach. How do you maintain a respectful, trusting, non-harmful relationships with anyone, be they an intimate partner or the person in line in front of you at the grocery store? What are relationship red flags you need to be aware of? How do you make sure you're respecting the boundaries of everyone around you, and make amends when you haven't? All these and many more questions answered in this necessary book.
Eloisa Aquino's gorgeous illustrated homage to people who've defined gender stereotypes around the world, from a century ago to today. Find some new queer heroes and reflect on their lives and accomplishments in these colorful pages.
25% of adults in the US don't have a single person they feel they can confide in. Gina Handley Schmitt gently walks you through the ins and outs of making and maintaining close friendships as an adult. Includes scripts and instructions for identifying potential friends, asking them to hang out, setting healthy boundaries, staying in touch when life pulls you in different directions, and, when need be, ending friendships.
Dr. Faith's newest book is all about putting your frustration and rage to work rather than letting them run your life and poison your relationships. Learn to manage your anger in the moment, listen to what it has to tell you and act wisely, and hardest of all, the fine art of forgiveness.
In The News
In 2012, Microcosm founder and CEO Joe Biel started writing blog posts. Biel wanted to share 25 years of experience and how Microcosm sold millions of books to leave a trail of bread crumbs for others to have similar success. Biel has also written a book about the topic, A People's Guide to Publishing. But the requests for consultation and questions kept coming so we launched a weekly podcast and vlogcast. Submit your question for us!
Want to meet us in person, check out our books, or see an author speak? We've got author events and convention events coming up! There's a full calendar at the bottom of the page.
2020 Author Events
- POSTPONED: Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of Unfuck Your Brain, is the keynote speaker at the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference in Portland, OR
- POSTPONED: Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of Unfuck Your Boundaries, at Third Place Books Seattle. 7 PM
- CANCELED: April 16: Dr. Faith G. Harper, author of Unfuck Your Brain, at 7pm at Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas
- June 6: Bill Daniel screens shorts and reads from Mostly True at Artists' Television Access in San Francisco
Interested in having an author at your store or event? Reach out!!
2020 Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books, zines, and merch!
- CANCELED: We'll be showcasing our work at the Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival in Spokane, WA
- April 25: Join us at the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair at Omni Commons in Oakland, CA
- June 20-21: Come enjoy all things geeky, nerdy, cute, and smart with us at Geek Craft Expo in Portland, OR
- June 25-28: We'll be among the most radical media-makers at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.
- POSTPONED TILL JULY: We'll be getting deep into our mental health and recovery shelves at Peerpocalypse in Seaside, OR
- July 15-19: Oh hell yes, roller derby is the best and we'll be living it up at RollerCon in Vegas!
- CANCELED: September 10-13: Internet artists unite at XOXO in Portland, OR!
Planning an event and want us to be part of it (speaking, author readings, movie screenings, setting up a book and zine pop-up shop, etc.)? Let us know!!
In the Portland area? We can set up a book fair at your workplace like the ones your school used to have.