If You Give Enough Helper Monkeys Enough Typewriters: An Interview with Madras Press Publisher Sumanth Prabhaker

Pasha Malla


Sumanth Prabhaker’s Madras Press recently published a quartet of novellas by Aimee Bender, Trinie Dalton, Rebecca Lee and Prabhaker himself. The books are small, square, beautifully designed and include neither bar codes nor blurbs. The profits from each book are donated to a charity of the author’s choice. Part of what makes this interesting is the type of non-profits they select — the proceeds from Prabhaker’s book will be donated to a Helping Hands, a group that trains helper monkeys for the disabled. Pasha Malla, author of The Withdrawal Method, speaks with him about the ideal way to read a short story and fiction of odd lengths.