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Wilfrid Laurier University Press Fall 2023

The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition
Edited by: Claire Squires Edited by: Beth Driscoll

Edited by :

Claire Squires ,

Edited by :

Beth Driscoll


Wilfrid Laurier University Press - Waterloo, ON



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Sep 26, 2023
$42.99 CAD


9in x 6 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

210 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C103567
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Publishers & Publishing Industry
Publishing and book trade|Literary studies: general
A creative critique of the contemporary publishing industry

When violence breaks out at the stands of far-right publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Beatrice Deft is provoked into action. An alienated Australian high school teacher who finds herself at the centre of the global book industry, Beatrice encounters a cast of characters including the very hot Caspian Schorle (German police officer), Kurt Weidenfeld (left-wing German publisher), and White Storm (a neo-Nazi publishing organisation).
Such is the premise of The Frankfurt Kabuff, a comic erotic thriller about the publishing industry originally self-published under the pseudonym Blaire Squiscoll. With The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition, Blaire Squiscoll is revealed as the pen name of Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires, who created the novella in the midst of fieldwork at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Published for the first time as a full critical edition, this experimental, playful work combines critical and creative modes for new perspectives on the publishing industry and creative economies.
The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition enriches the novella with an introduction, annotated text, 15 essays by leading scholars and practitioners, and additional creative assemblages. This highly unusual research project offers insights for students, academics and publishers alike.

  • The potential audience for this book includes scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences with research interests in publishing studies, especially those studying the contemporary fiction industry; book history; literary and cultural studies; and creative writing studies, especially those seeking to interrogate the industrial and social conditions that shape the production of twenty-first century novels.
  • Given the industry interest in the Frankfurt Book Fair, there is a strong possibility that the book will also appeal to an audience of publishing industry professionals and also to general readers with an interest in the processes and practices of book culture. The book’s writing style (especially the core novella) makes it accessible to the educated lay reader.
  • Canadian contributors to the book include Sarah Brouillette, Danielle Fuller and Julie Rak.
  • The Frankfurt Book Fair is held annually (October), and always generates substantial coverage in trade and general media. The central theme of the book - a satirization of free speech challenges in contemporary book publishing, particularly from far-right groupings - finds resonance in the rise around the world of right-wing politics.
  • The authors touch on the rise of the far-right and the question of whether far-right organizations should be banned from trade fairs, and therefore issues of censorship and free speech. The book also explores the gendered and geopolitical inequities of the publishing industry.

Claire Squires is Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. Her publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and as co-editor The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Vol 7: The Twentieth Century and Beyond. With Beth Driscoll, she is co-founder of Ullapoolism.

Beth Driscoll is Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Her books include The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and, with Kim WiIlkins and Lisa Fletcher, Genre Worlds (2022). With Claire Squires, she is the co-founder of Ullapoolism.

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