Clayton Patterson Fundraising for “Jews, a People’s History of the Lower East Side”

Posted on: September 27th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Ever the neighborhood historical documentarian, Clayton Patterson has an ambitious new literary project in the works called Jews, a People’s History of the Lower East Side.  The endeavor, co-edited by sociology professor Dr. Mareleyn Schneider, is a three-volume set of books populated by more than 150 chapters of essays and photos.  Nearly 200 contributors, both domestically and abroad, were tapped for the effort.  Project participants include historians, neighborhood preservationists, artists, rock stars, activists, poets, filmmakers, and more.

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Jews, a People’s History of the Lower East Side is ready to go, but lacks the necessary funds for printing.  That’s where Kickstarter enters the equation.  Patterson is using the neighborhood-based fundraiser to collect $15,000 (by November) to cover printing costs.  Apparently distribution is being handled by Seven Stories Press.  Here’s more:

All of the essays are complete and ready to be published. Conventional publishing schedules would separate the release of these three volumes over a number of years, but a successful Kickstarter campaign will ensure the release of the complete three-volume set within the next 12 months. A small portion of the funds raised will be used to cover pre-production costs (final editing and the creation of an index) but the majority of the money will go to printing.

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