August 26, 20152 COMMENTS
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So what exactly happened back in London?

First and foremost, I met Steve Watson, the founder of Stack and one of the pillars of the independent publishing (Steve, I did promise a cheesy confession, so here it goes).

Now, a little less than a year ago my friend the editorial designer Madara and I were putting together the very first volume of our bilingual bookazine Benji Knewman wondering how the world will receive it. Who would have known that Benji Knewman would become one of the favourite newcomers of 2014 for Steve himself and I would travel to London to see him in person. And yet that’s exactly how it went – not mentioning that magic moment when Steve kindly offered to use his desk (most probably the one where all those videos are being taken at!) while he was packing for that well-earned vacation.

What I love about Steve the most is that he can’t sit still for long just like myself. Having started Stack back in 2009 after quitting the job he liked no more, he’s introducing the world with yet another new independent magazine month after month. Earlier this year we welcomed his new brainchild, Sampler that offers a sweet discount for that favourite title of yours or welcomes to try out a new one. If I’d say that’s it for Steve for now I’d lie as there ARE more new projects in the pipeline for him – and therefore for us! I’d also lie that I’ve no plans regarding Steve myself but let’s leave it at this and see what life brings (in May 2016).

This is where Benji Knewman Euro Trip stops. For now. A big thank you goes to PINS who approached me to become their brand ambassador and offered to help in the pursuit of my dream – to tell the Latvian story in international language. Being only 10 months old, Benji Knewman is gaining more and more interest and so, with great support from PINS, I paid a visit to those who help us in our journey: bookstores Do You Read Me?! in Berlin and Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum in Amsterdam (along with a friendly event for local readers) and now Steven Watson. Stay tuned for them upcoming projects we discussed with Steve. And do start collect your PINS for your dreams.

Un ko tieši es darīju Londonā?

Plāns bija viens un sekojošs: satikt dzīvē Stīvu Vatsonu (Steve Watson), Stack dibinātāju un vienu no neatkarīgo izdevumu pasaules pīlāriem.

Tikai nepilnu gadu atpakaļ ar manu draugu un žurnālu dizaineri Madaru likām kopā pēdējos materiālus topošajām Benji Knewman pirmajam laidienam un prātojām, kā pasaule mūs uzņems. Nevienai ne prātā nenāca, ka mūsu radītais grāmatžurnāls kļūs par vienu no 2014. gada jaunpienācējiem – Stīva Vatsona favorītiem, un ka drīz pēc tam posīšos ar viņu iepazīties. Bet notika tieši tā, nemaz nerunājot par maģisko brīdi, kad viņš laipni piedāvās izmantot savu darba galdu (pie kura droši vien top tie slavenie video!), kamēr pats kārtos somu pelnītajam ceļojumam ar ģimeni.

Mazliet atejot no emocijām, paskaidrošu, kāpēc mani iedvesmo Stīva pieeja lietām: jo viņš nespēj ilgi nosēdēt mierā gluži tāpat kā es. Aizsācis Stack 2009. gadā, kad aizgāja no darba, kurš jau sen vairs nebija viņējais, Stīvs katru mēnesi iepazīstina pasauli ar jaunu neatkarīgo izdevumu. Šogad viņš palaida pasaulē savu jaunāko projektu Sampler, kas ikvienam ļauj iegādāties savus mīļākos žurnālus ar atlaidi vai izmantot piedāvājumu iepazīt vēl nezināmus izdevumus. Es melotu, ja teiktu, ka ar to viss ir beidzies – šobrīd Stīvs strādā pie jaunām idejām, kuras drīz vien visi arī pieredzēsim. Tāpat es melotu, ja apgalvotu, ka arī man pašai nav kaut kas padomā attiecībā uz Stīvu, bet gan jau dzīve (2016. gada maijs) visu parādīs.

Šeit arī lieku punktu Benji Knewman Eiropas tūrei. Pagaidām. Liels paldies PINS, kurš uzaicināja mani kļūt par zīmola vēstnieci un piedāvāja palīdzēt piepildīt manu sapni – stāstīt Latvijas stāstu pasaulei saprotamā valodā. Tikai 10 mēnešus vecs, Benji Knewman gūst arvien lielāku interesi visā pasaulē, tādēļ ar PINS atbalstu devos apciemot tos, kuri ar savu darbu palīdz tam notikt: žurnālu veikalus Do You Read Me?! Berlīnē un Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum Amsterdamā (līdz ar draudzīgu pasākumu vietējiem lasītājiem) un tagad arī Stīvu Vatsonu. Nepārslēdziet kanālus un uzzināsit par plāniem, kurus kaldinājām viņa mīļākajā Londonas pabā. Un droši sāciet krāt PINS arī saviem sapņiem.

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History in the making: this IS one of the first Steve's selfies ever

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It happened in Kilburn

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The desk is Steve's and the haori jacket is mine

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Who runs this place

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The shelf of Steve's favourite magazines (take notice of the upper right corner)

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Ace Airbnb ad on the way to Steve's place

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Coordinated

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This is London

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Tea with milk and magazine

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Saturdaying as one should -- with a book

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My host Linda caught on camera

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History in front of a coffee shop

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The historical Selfridges is where they also sell Benji Knewman -- look for WHS Smith corner downstairs (currently sold out)

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Chiltern St, another stockist of Benji Knewman (also sold out at the moment)

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Hi Elizabeth the First

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Because we can

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Let's finish with another magazine!