RIP Allan Kornblum 1949 - 2014

I learned today that founding publisher of Coffee House Press, Allan Kornblum, passed away over the weekend. Allan was a pioneer and mentoring force in the literary world for decades, working for forty years as a lover of books who taught himself business savvy to build a basement letterpress operation into a sustainable publishing house in the world of independent literature. Beyond that he was always eager to share his knowledge and experience with others, and even sat down with me once to offer valuable advice toward growing Black Ocean. Hundreds of indie presses come and go, but he truly created a legacy. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share a coffee with the man behind Coffee House Press.