Small presses deserve plenty of praise. Lately, I’ve read several excellent small press books. Alan Jacobs’ Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant was a delight. It was published by William B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I never heard of this publishing company, but I’ll be checking it out periodically if they keep publishing great books like Wayfaring. “NADA by Daniel Boyd came out from Casperian Books (never heard of them, either) but if you’re in the mood for a faux-Gold Medal adventure novel, ‘NADA delivers. Richard Stern talks about his writing profession and how he is going to wind down his writing career in his moving collection Still On Call. This was published by the University of Michigan Press (a little larger than the typical small press, but still tiny when compared to the commercial publishers). If we don’t support small presses, they will just go away. Small presses have most of the creative energy in publishing today. Buy a small press book and support their efforts.