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Welcome to Chin Music Press

Chin Music Press is a curiously bibliophilic indie publisher located deep in the recesses of Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. For 15 years, we've been creating beautiful, engaging, and affordable books on a wide range of quirky and eclectic topics. Supernatural cats from Japan? Got 'em. A commonplace book of pie with both true and untrue facts? Check. An ode to New Orleans structured like a jazz funeral. Yep. An accordian book that unfolds into a beautiful poem about the Columbia River? Mmhmm. Tempted to visit? Our showroom is open from 11 to 5 daily. Or check us out online ... which, we guess, is what you are doing right now...

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VariationsCoverBrandon.jpg Variations of Labor
Alex Gallo-Brown

"Alex Gallo-Brown is the poet of the service economy." -- Valerie Trueblood, author of Search Party, Terrarium and other works of fiction

In this debut collection, Gallo-Brown explores through poetry, essays, and fiction what it means to labor in modern-day America. Stories about semipro poker players, line cooks in high-tech company cafeterias, down-on-their-luck drug runners, and an activist trying to drum up support for his union paint a bleak picture of dead-end jobs and truncated hopes, but also depict the roiling just underneath the surface of all those who have been disrespected and written off.

Watch Gallo-Brown read from his poem "After Charleston."

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HB_Cover_proof_Illus.jpg Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu
Marilyn Stablein

Stablein drops out of Berkeley at age 19 and travels through India and Nepal from 1966 to 1972. Her life on the road is revealed in a series of letters to her parents. Sweet, intimate, and richly descriptive, this book reminds us of what a spiritual quest looked like before the digital age. 

"This wondrous book is more than a travelogue detailing Marilyn Stablein's years in India and Nepal: we also encounter the astonishing independence of a young woman at the forefront of the spiritual revolution of the 1960s." -- George Kalamaras, author of The Theory and Function of Mangoes

 

 

Watch Stablein read from her work at a launch event at the fabulous Cargo store in Portland, OR:

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Anca L. Szilagyi

A modern, fabulist fairy tale set in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

This limited edition chapbook is numbered and signed by the author. The story originally appeared in Gastronomica.

“[Szilágyi’s] work is like a fairy tale—the sort of thing you’d find handwritten on a tiny scroll . . . under a mushroom in the middle of a forest on the longest day of the year.”

-The Seattle Review of Books

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BTcover.jpeg Building Tradition
Marie Rose Wong

Marie Rose Wong's long-awaited history of the single-residence occupancy (SRO) hotels in the Chinatown-International District is finally here. The two-color book includes dozens of historical photos, maps and oral histories that bring the ID to life and give the reader a sense of how redlining has affected a major part of our city. Her work couldn't be more relevant today, when the C-ID faces massive gentrification and a loss of affordable housing as elderly Asians get displaced from the only home they've ever known. A must-read for anyone who cares about Seattle and wants to keep its most diverse neighborhood from becoming yet another lily white playground for the rich.

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YokaiStoriesCover.jpg Coming soon: Yokai Stories
Zack Davisson & Eleonora D\'Onofrio

Sixteen mythical monsters and spirits from Japanese folklore take children on fantastical adventures in this first-ever children’s storybook about yokai. Young readers will meet Baku the dream eater, mischievous kappa sprites, a ghost-child who lives in a hotel, and many more. Yokai have a rich history dating back centuries in Japan, and today, they can be found in monster-catching video games and animated films. <i>Yokai Stories</i> is the first book to weave Japan’s monster mythology into English-language stories for children. Each tale is accompanied by a haunting, modern portrait of the yokai by Swiss artist Eleonora D’Onofrio.

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FestalCookbookCoverFront.jpg Gather Around the Table: A Festal Cookbook
Seattle Center

Seattle Center celebrates the varied cultures of the Pacific Northwest with a series of inspiring and entertaining ethnic cultural celebrations, held at Seattle Center throughout the year. The annual series began in 1997 with 11 festivals -- and today it features 24 separate celebrations. Each one highlights the art, music, dance. stories and foods of the cultural group. The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Festál, and in honor of that milestone, Seattle Center has released this keepsake, Gathering Around the Table: A Festál Cookbook. Inside this hardback edition, you´ll find dozens of beautiful photographs of ethnic costumes and cuisine as well as recipes from each group. Chef Kristi Brown prepared each dish to make sure the recipes are easy to follow. Gathering Around The Table is a treat for the tastebuds and a feast for the eyes.

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