Independent literary magazine A Public Space has launched a book publishing imprint, APS Books.

The imprint will debut its first title, the story collection Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Bette Howland (her first book in 30 years), in fall 2018. The inaugural list will include three more books: one on creativity and the artistic process by British filmmaker Sally Potter; a collection of the journals and letters of artist Dorothea Tanning; and an anthology of responses to a memo by Italo Calvino, edited by Martha Cooley.

“For my mother, the joyful labor of creative writing was ultimately a moral vocation,” Howland’s son, Jacob, said in a statement. “My brother, Frank, and I are thrilled that A Public Space is reintroducing a new generation of readers to her work.”

Founded by former Paris Review editor Brigid Hughes, A Public Space launched in 2006 with a mission “to publish overlooked and unclassifiable work, seeking out work from beyond established confines.” The magazine has since featured such writers as Jesmyn Ward and Amy Leach, both of whose first work was published by the magazine.

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