What is a ‘chapbook’? Why does he do it? Imaad Majeed interviewed.

Screen shot 2014-02-11 at 10.03.24 AMThis is a copy of a Chapbook stamped by the Jaffna Library. This is where you can take a look at what’s in it.

Gaya: What is a chapbook?

Imaad: A chapbook is a publication that consists of less than 40 pages. They used to be sold by peddlers known as chapmen in the Early Modern period in England. The word “chap” comes from the Old English for trade. There are 200 copies in print distributed organically, 6 copies to each contributor and the rest to two coffee shops, Charcoal Gallery and Hansa both who have shown interest in promoting the arts.

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