Torea Frey

Editor, writer, photographer, observer on the street.

Fleeting: five or so weeks

Are you a writer or an artist (or a publisher or just an engaged citizen)? Contribute to a super-cool project to populate an independent bookstore that will inhabit, for four or five weeks, the shell of an abandoned Borders in Pittsburgh. From Fleeting Pages:

In essence, Fleeting Pages consists of taking over (taking back??) one of the spaces, left empty by a failed big box bookstore in Pittsburgh, for one month, starting April 30th, and filling it with independent & self-published work of all kinds, book arts, workshops, events ...

The idea is a result of a few things; the toll taken on local booksellers by big box bookstores, a concern for the cultural effects of big box stores in both their existence and their failure, a general frustration with the model of the publishing industry, and a great appreciation for independent and self-published works of all kinds, as well as for those who create them.

We felt compelled to do something. Fleeting Pages is what we came up with. It will test the theory that what is happening with “books” – creation, consumption, access – matters to many. And if given the opportunity to take over, or take back, one of these empty spaces they will. And in the most brilliant of ways.

The end result, what Fleeting Pages will ultimately become, is a beautiful unknown as it is dependent upon what others are willing to add. The framework is there – the space, the concept, and a few people willing to work their hardest in support of the project.

Fleeting Pages is in need of, and open to, work of all kinds to fill the shelves, ideas and people to create and run workshops, ideas for how to re-imagine the space, 30-days of events, people willing to come out and help at the space, partnerships, collaborations,….a community.

As of today, we have  5 weeks until the proposed opening day….. Let’s test what’s possible.

I'm thinking of pulling together some of my writing and photography from the last year and self-publishing something with the help of Lulu. Such a cool project!