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The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition

Edited by Beth Driscoll & Claire Squires
Subjects Cultural Studies, Language Arts & Disciplines, Publishing
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Paperback : 9781771125987, 274 pages, September 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771125994, 294 pages, September 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9781771126007, 294 pages, September 2023

Table of contents

Part I
The Frankfurt Kabuff as Creative Critique ∼ Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires
Part II
The Annotated Text of The Frankfurt Kabuff: A Beatrice Deft (Comic Erotic) Thriller ∼ Blaire Squiscoll
Part III
Critical Essays
Genesis ∼ Kim Wilkins
Unplugging the Circuit: Historical Perspectives on Why Scholars Think Writing and Reading Books is the Easy Part ∼ Leslie Howsam
Rectangularity and The Frankfurt Kabuff ∼ Ian Gadd
Signature Cocktail: Negronis as Method in The Frankfurt Kabuff ∼ Julie Rak
The Frankfurt Kabuff and the Historical Sociology of the Detective Genre ∼ Bridget Fowler
Tinker, Tailor, Driscoll, Squires: Book Fairs and Liberal Bookism in The Russia House and The Frankfurt Kabuff ∼ Mark Banks
Romancing Book Culture ∼ Sarah Brouillette
Politics at Play in the Kabuff: The Buchmesse as a Political Space ∼ Corinna Norrick-Rühl
Charting a Path for Social Change, One Negroni at a Time: The Frankfurt Kabuff ∼ Doris Ruth Eikhof
A Frankfurt Memoir (inspired by The Frankfurt Kabuff) ∼ Arpita Das
OuFiPo: Hypothetical Film Criticism (or Kabuff! The Film Musical) ∼ Elizabeth Ezra
How to Take Over a Book Fair: A Bourdieusian Fiction ∼ Roanna Gonsalves
Tagging Beatrice: Fanfic as Reader Response ∼ Danielle Fuller
Kabuff or Wunderkammer? ∼ Kelvin Smith
Using The Frankfurt Kabuff in the Classroom ∼ Alastair Horne
Part IV
Original Plot Diagram drawn at the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof
Paratextual Elements of The Frankfurt Kabuff Print on Demand Edition
“Dear Diary”: An Account of the Production of the Print on Demand Self-Published Edition of The Frankfurt Kabuff
Advance Information (AI) Sheet for The Frankfurt Kabuff
Publisher’s Weekly Report on Linksphilosophie Verlag List Launch
Conference Abstract: Tante Fran’s Book Club: Solidarity, Slogans and Knitting Needles
The Kabuff Joke Book
Comic Strip featuring Nunu and Otot
Spotify Playlists
Map from The Frankfurt Kabuff
“The Corona Kabuff” and Other Stories
Contributor Biographies

A creative critique of the contemporary publishing industry


When violence breaks out at the stands of far-right publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Beatrice Deft is provoked into action. An alienated Australian high school teacher who finds herself at the centre of the global book industry, Beatrice encounters a cast of characters including the very hot Caspian Schorle (German police officer), Kurt Weidenfeld (left-wing German publisher), and White Storm (a neo-Nazi publishing organisation).
Such is the premise of The Frankfurt Kabuff, a comic erotic thriller about the publishing industry originally self-published under the pseudonym Blaire Squiscoll. With The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition, Blaire Squiscoll is revealed as the pen name of Beth Driscoll and Claire Squires, who created the novella in the midst of fieldwork at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Published for the first time as a full critical edition, this experimental, playful work combines critical and creative modes for new perspectives on the publishing industry and creative economies.
The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition enriches the novella with an introduction, annotated text, 15 essays by leading scholars and practitioners, and additional creative assemblages. This highly unusual research project offers insights for students, academics and publishers alike.


I have read everything worth reading about the Frankfurt Book Fair and the school named after it. And now I have read this book, too. The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition is a mash-up: Bookfair Murders meets The Russia House meets Dialektik der Aufklärung. A masterpiece!

- a publishing insider

The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition is a refreshingly joyful and playful intervention in the book history and publishing studies worlds, showing what can be gained from applying academic tools to an experimental creative literary exercise. The serious purpose of this work is that the experimental techniques open up a way of talking about power dynamics, politics, and identity that can otherwise remain unaddressed. We need this kind of innovation, irreverence, and inspiration.

- Claire Battershill, author of Women and Letterpress Printing: Gendered Impressions (2022)