chap·​book | \ ˈchap-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce chapbook (audio) \

Definition of chapbook

: a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts

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Recent Examples on the Web One section is drawn from a handwritten chapbook that describes an 18th-century settlement in Appalachia near a magical fountain whose water obliterates the mind of anyone who drinks it. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "A.R. Moxon’s ‘The Revisionaries’ might be the weirdest novel of the year," 3 Dec. 2019 Over the years, his works appeared in numerous chapbooks, and even The New York Times. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland Book Week honors Russell Atkins, hosts Killer Mike, Soledad O’Brien and others for 10 days of literary events," 13 Sep. 2019 Poems from four previous books or chapbooks are collected here. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New collection brings together Alaska poet John Morgan’s impressive early work," 9 Sep. 2019 Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 Poets Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and Mike Soto will celebrate the release of their chapbooks at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Deep Vellum Bookstore, 3000 Commerce St., Dallas. Dallas News, "Poets Edyka Chilomé, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi and Mike Soto among authors on tour Aug. 25-31 in D-FW," 24 Aug. 2019 The new works, a set of poetry chapbooks, are the first titles Deep Vellum has published by Dallas writers since its establishment in 2013. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Three Dallas poets plan reading at Deep Vellum, as publisher sends their latest works to press," 8 Aug. 2019 Meet the authors: Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of two prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019 Her full-length essay collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019 and her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017. Sarah Menkedick, Longreads, "The First Book," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of chapbook

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chapbook

chapman + book

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“Chapbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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