Columbus-based Harpoon Books hooks its second release with ‘Flavortown’

Gary Lovely, former marketing manager at the Book Loft and current store manager at Prologue Bookshop

When Gary Lovely launched Harpoon as a quarterly magazine alongside Michigan teacher-turned-librarian Jack Buck in 2015, he had no idea he would one day move into the publishing world.

“I was working in a bookshop in Kentucky, and we just kind of did the magazine on our own time,” said Lovely, who recently left his job at the Book Loft, for which he was rightly celebrated in some local outlets, taking on the role of store manager at Prologue Bookshop in the Short North. “And, as time went along, it got more popular. I’d worked in books long enough that I was like, ‘Maybe I could publish a book or two,’ and it went from there.”

At the time, Lovely was also working as a satellite editor for Write Bloody Publishing, based in Portland, Oregon, and the independent publisher offered the framework on which Harpoon has since taken shape, influencing everything from the size and paper stock of published works to the attitude on which the business has been built.

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