Books and Music at the Heart of Independent Publishing

What is Faber Social?

April 6, 2013 | by Faber Social

Tags: Lee Brackstone

‘An actual place, not a virtual space. A place of music and a place of words. And a place of people. At last. A community, a society…’ David Peace

‘Ridicule is nothing to be scared of.’ Adam Ant

Over the past eighteen months or so, Faber Social has developed from a live literary and music events programme into a more ambitious forum for publishing experiment. The first Monday of each month we invite you to join us downstairs at The Social for stories, performance and music from new voices and old. Each month’s line-up is assembled by theme and set against a landscape where literature and music cohabit.

We’re hugely grateful to the authors and musicians who have graced the Faber Social stage so far, including Edna O’Brien, Luke Haines, Sarah Hall, Jarvis Cocker, Evie Wyld, Alan Warner, Alice Oswald, James Kelman, Kirsty Gunn, Sonic Boom, Ali Smith, Rupert Thomson, Olivia Laing, Jeet Thayil, Jane Harris, Teju Cole, Gwendoline Riley, Andrew O’Hagan, Viv Albertine, David Peace, Jude Rogers, Simon Reynolds, Edwyn Collins and many others. In recent months we have celebrated Dissent, the Occult, Vinyl, Rivers, Cans (of the beer variety), Revolution, Decadence and on 7 May we will bring you an evening dedicated to Crime.

Our publishing at Faber Social (mostly, but not exclusively, literary fiction and literature on music or by musicians) will occasionally inform what we do in out expanding programme of live events at The Social and beyond, at places like Festival #6, Crossing Border in Holland, and at the Edinburgh Festival. Here on this site you will find audio and video content from the live Faber Socials, and features and extracts from the authors, musicians and others. There will also be regular interviews (including interviews with Mr Andrew Weatherall, our inaugural Artist in Residence), Album and Book of the Month features and a host of other written and visual content. You can also expect some very significant announcements regarding recently acquired and upcoming publications. There will be regular exclusive content from Faber authors and our friends at other publishers. And we’ll be offering incredible limited editions, artwork and ephemera as monthly prizes in competitions.

This is my eighteenth year in publishing; my seventeenth at Faber: a house whose past, present and future I am passionately invested in. Each week, as talk of crisis follows murmurings of High Street apocalypse, nervousness and even despair, we are forced to think anew about how our readers experience the literature we love on and off the page. It is a publisher’s duty to add value to the experience an author creates on the page. At Faber Social we will be doing our very best to entertain you.