New Star Blogs

Feeling restored, if not rested

The Way We Live Today

This is what a small pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny looks like in stor­age.

On a Wednes­day in the mid­dle of May, a truck from Phoenix Restora­tion showed up at New Star’s alley­way entrance with the office con­tents they had tak­en away in the days after our March 7 fire: a dozen pieces of fur­ni­ture, and some­where between 600 and 700 card­board car­tons which con­tained every­thing that was not destroyed in the fire.

Since the fire we had  been able to car­ry out many func­tions of a pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny, but for two months we were unable to ful­fill some orders because the entire stock of some titles was lodged in the restora­tion company’s ware­house. So the first order of busi­ness has been to restore our ship­ping func­tions. This has now been done. New Star is back to turn­ing orders around in 24 to 48 hours. Thanks to all our cus­tomers for your patience dur­ing that stretch.

A ben­e­fit held on Sat­ur­day, March 31 at the West­ern Front pro­vid­ed a big boost — spir­i­tu­al­ly as well as finan­cial­ly. We’d like to thank every­one who attend­ed to demon­strate their sup­port for New Star; all the many read­ers who donat­ed their time and tal­ents; the West­ern Front, for gen­er­ous­ly donat­ing their space and time; and to all the read­ers: Anakana Schofield, Daphne Mar­latt, David Char­iandy, Dona­to Manci­ni, Fred Wah, George Stan­ley, Jamie Reid, Jacque­line Turn­er, Jeff Derk­sen, Judith Williams, Laris­sa Lai, Peter Cul­ley, Roger Farr, Roy Miki, Steve Col­lis, MC Char­lie Demers, and Clint Burn­ham, who put the entire enchi­la­da togeth­er,