Loyal as a Book #6

David Beckham, Paul Gascoigne, and the fates of the famous

One Month in a Nepalese Monastery

A Letter From Gandhi to Hitler

Quiz: Which famous author said this about writing?

Sunday Bloody Sunday

The 228 ways to call someone drunk in 1736

“Totally unoriginal, feebly plotted, instantly forgettable.”

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Christmas in a Siberian labour camp, with Dostoevsky

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About Us

(The story of Misfit Press is inextricably linked to the story of Misfit Incorporated, which is inextricably linked to the story of AJ and Melissa Leon. These fascinating stories have been told at length on many other occasions – in newspapers, on TEDx stages, during numerous interviews and chance meetings in wine bars. If you want to explore the weird and wonderful company that is Misfit Incorporated, peruse our site. For the full backstory, check out this video interview.)

Misfit Press itself was established in 2014, with the publication of AJ Leon’s The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit. The little-known backstory to The Life & Times is that it was originally slated to be published by a major American publisher, who headhunted AJ after noticing the popularity of his blog, The Pursuit of Everything. About a third of the way through the writing of the book, AJ began to get twitchy about the compromises involved in traditional publishing: uncompromising editorial pressure, a lack of say on issues such as design and artwork. Not long later, AJ bailed on the contract, and decided to publish the book himself. The Misfit team created and ran a Kickstarter, aimed at raising $15,000 to cover publishing costs. By the time the fundraising had run its course, pledges totalled more than treble that amount. With the excess funds, AJ and Misfit decided to go one better than just publishing a book, and also founded a publishing house.

Since its founding, Misfit Press has steadily flourished. In 2015, we took under our wing Wolftree, the finest arts journal in the American Midwest; we released our 2015 Anthology, featuring the finest creative work we encountered over the preceding year; and The Life & Times of a Remarkable Misfit continued to find readers across the globe. In 2016 we published Destination Shakespeare, the debut poetry collection from esteemed Shakespeare academic Paul Edmondson; and we have more Shakespeare-related publications in the works for 2017, including Shakespeare On The Road, a tale of a Shakespearian adventure across the US.

Last  year was a big growth period for the Press, and there is lots more on the way for 2017. As you’ll see from our Forthcoming Publications section, over the next twelve months we will be publishing Saya Sayama: Three Years in Myanmar by incredible photojournalist Spike Johnson, a photonarrative account documenting a unique moment in Myanmar’s history: the violent shift from General Ne Win’s fifty-year dictatorship to the country’s first steps towards democracy. Also imminent is Tangentially Reading, featuring some of the most insightful, shocking, touching, and hilarious moments from the first 200 episodes of Christopher Ryan’s much-loved podcast, Tangentially Speaking.

These are exciting times at Misfit Press. To keep up to date with everything that’s going on, follow us at our blogFacebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Into the future, we will always continue to work in the fashion we do right now: with authors we like, on projects that matter, in a way that leaves writer, reader and everyone in-between satisfied. We will also never renege on our One-for-One pledge; for every publication we ever sell, a child in India will receive money towards prescription eyeglasses, via the Misfit Foundation.

Clare is Assistant Editor at Misfit Press. She enjoys taking pictures with a variety of strange cameras, chasing after cats, drinking pale ale and exploring new places.


A Letter From Gandhi to Hitler

Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian Independence movement, wrote two letters to Hitler during the run-up and outbreak of World War Two. His first letter – the shorter of the two – is dated 23rd July 1939, a little over one month prior to Germany’s invasion of Poland, which was to be the catalyst for war. The second,...

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Quiz: Which famous author said this abou...

It’s time for another one of our monthly quizzes! This time, test out how well you know your favourite authors’ attitudes towards writing by matching the quote about writing to the author that said it. If you choose to enter your email address at the end of the quiz, you’ll not only be signed up to...

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Graffiti Worlds: Andrew “Apse̶...

Misfit Press’s series on graffiti is a new blog series based around illuminating interviews with graffiti artists. This series follows on from our recent publication, the Misfit Anthology 2015, which features prose, poetry, photography and artwork by artists from all four corners of the globe. Our intention is for the Misfit Press blog to...

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Quiz: Match the famous quote to the book...

It’s time for another one of our monthly quizzes! This time, test out how well you know your classic literature by matching the famous literary quote to the book it came from. If you choose to enter your email address at the end of the quiz, you’ll not only be signed up to our...

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From Concept to Print

This week, we received the hard copy proof of our upcoming publication, Destination Shakespeare, in the post. No matter how many times you’ve looked over a digital proof, there’s nothing quite like holding a hard copy in your hands; seeing the words in ink and feeling the weight and the texture of the paper....

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Loyal As a Book #3

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway Misfit Press’s Loyal as a Book series is composed of short, illuminating interviews with readers. It uncovers and explores the reading lives of people from across the globe, coming from all walks of life. Devon Glover is a teacher/poet/rapper, born in 1981, from Brooklyn, NY. He is...

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Quiz: Name that Book-to-Screen Character...

We know you love literature, but is your movie knowledge up to scratch? Take the third of our monthly quizzes to find out! Match the name of the character to the actor that played them and see how well you know the film adaptations of your favourite books. If you choose to enter your email address...

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What does it mean to be Human?

Recently, on a quiet Tuesday night, I crawled into bed with a bottle of wine and watched Human, by French reporter and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand: one of the most intense and compelling documentaries I’ve seen to date. Over the course of three years, Bertrand travelled across 65 countries, speaking to over 2,000 people from across the globe in...

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Quiz: Match the Iconic Cover to the Book

Recently, we’ve been having a lot of fun designing the cover for our upcoming publication, Destination Shakespeare, and we figured what better way to seek inspiration than by studying some of the most iconic book covers ever created? We thought you might be inspired by these too, so we’re delighted to bring you the second of our monthly quizzes: Match the...

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Susan Sontag on Photography, Capitalism ...

American writer and political activist Susan Sontag wrote extensively about many topics throughout her lifetime. One of her best-known critical works, On Photography, was first published in 1977, and remains one of the definitive texts on image culture. In the foreword, Sontag states that her collection of essays arose from “some of the problems, aesthetic and...

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