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“There’s a good mix of people here who have been here a long time, so there’s a lot of history, but I think we also do a pretty good job of staying up to date on technology and trends in publishing and how scholarship is produced.” —Tony Brewer, Composition Coordinator
When Tony Brewer isn’t at work as the Composition Coordinator at IU Press, he takes what he calls “working vacations” to various audio theater festivals and events.
“I have worked as a sound effects artist since the '90s, doing mostly live radio theatre performances but sometimes studio projects. I have taught, directed, and performed live sound effects every summer since 2001 at the National Audio Theatre Festival in Missouri. I am also the sound effects guy for the Firehouse Follies live variety show on WFHB.”
At IU Press, he spends his days as typesetting, which is essentially taking the manuscript from the editors and the book design from the designer, putting them together and then laying the book out page-by-page. He also does “book surgery” by piecing separate parts of a book together when IU Press has just part of a book or just a PDF available.
He actually touches every book that comes out of IU Press, because he is one of the last people to look at the file before it goes off to the printer.
In his opinion, IU Press is special because of its unique publication list, with subjects ranging from African studies to paleontology to railroads and transportation.
When he first started at the Press, he would read every book he worked on cover-to-cover, and even today he reads at least half. As an avid poetry fan and a member of the Writers’ Guild in Bloomington, he does a lot of performance poetry. He combines this passion with his love of history books and his interest in WWI poetry.
Proud member of IU Press since 1996.
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