Small presses and independent bookstores are a special kind of kin. Small, independent presses understand the challenge of small operating budgets and the struggle to have a voice in a world full of The Big Guys with Big Wallets. Small presses, like indies, are also willing to take a chance on a new voice. They're ready to support writers you've never heard of, writers who may be trying out new methods of storytelling and flexing literature's narrative muscle in unexpected ways.
We rely on small indie presses to surprise us. They rely on us to give them the space and attention larger booksellers may not provide. In short, we support one another, and in that spirit, we hope you'll support them.
Here are some current releases from a selection of our favorite small, independent publishers. We hope you'll give their authors some of your time. As ever, thanks for keeping it indie.
The University of Texas Press is a book and journal publisher—a focal point where the life experiences, insights, and specialized knowledge of writers converge to be disseminated in both print and digital formats. Established in 1950, UT Press has published more than 3,000 books over six decades. Under the direction of David Hamrick, the Press produces approximately one hundred new books and eleven journals each year. In addition to academic texts, UT Press publishes books of general interest for a wider audience on a variety of subjects, including history, current affairs, the visual arts, music, and food, among others. As part of its mission to serve the people of Texas, the Press also produces books on the history, culture, arts, and natural history of the state.
A Strange Object is an independent press based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction alongside thoughtful ephemera. We're talking about fiction that haunts and inspires us—big work that engulfs, that takes risks, that bucks form, that builds warm dwellings in dark places.
Write Bloody publishes and promotes great books of poetry every year. They are a small press with a snappy look, dedicated to quality literature printed in the USA. They are not a printer, they are a sweet publishing house located on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. As of 2015, they have launched 102 titles and 40 eBooks. They publish some of the top-selling, living poets in America. They are proud to be one of the few publishers that prints their books in the USA. They plant a tree in a needy forest for every book they print during first run printings.
Europa Editions is an independent publisher of quality fiction. The company was founded in 2005 by Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, who are also the owners and publishers of the Italian press, Edizioni E/O. The idea behind the creation of Europa Editions was to capitalize on Edizioni E/O’s deep roots in European publishing to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards. The Europa catalog is eclectic, reflecting the founders’ belief that dialogue between nations and cultures is of vital importance and that this exchange is facilitated by literature chosen not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but also to inform and enlighten.
Other Press attracts authors who are guided by a passion to discover the limits of knowledge and imagination. They publish novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best. Their nonfiction books–should they be history, current events, popular culture or memoir–explore how psychic, cultural, historical, and literary shifts inform their vision of the world and of each other.
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."
Founded in 1995 in New York City and named for the seven authors who committed to a home with a fiercely independent spirit, Seven Stories Press publishes works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience. While most widely known for its books on politics, human rights, and social and economic justice, Seven Stories continues to champion literature, with a list encompassing both innovative debut novels and National Book Award–winning poetry collections, as well as prose and poetry translations from the French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic.
Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.
Melville House is an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson, in order to publish Poetry After 9/11, a book of material culled from Johnson’s groundbreaking MobyLives book blog. The material consisted of things sent in to the blog by writers and poets in response to the 9/11 attacks, and Johnson and Merians felt it better represented the spirit of New York than the call to war of the Bush administration. Melville House is also well-known for its fiction, with two Nobel Prize winners on its list: Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll. In particular, the company has developed a world-wide reputation for its rediscovery of forgotten international writers.
The first issue of Tin House magazine arrived in the spring of 1999, the singular lovechild of an eclectic literary journal and a beautiful glossy magazine. n 2002, Tin House ventured into the world of book publishing as an imprint with Bloomsbury. In 2005, the independent press Tin House Books was launched, Spearheaded by editorial director Lee Montgomery, Tin House Books publishes a dozen titles a year, and its authors have garnered attention from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and O, the Oprah magazine.
Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. They champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace. They believe books that nourish the individual spirit and enrich the broader culture must be supported by attentive editing, superior design, and creative promotion.
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to promote literary readership and advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings offered across the country. Dzanc publishes innovative and award-winning literary fiction, including short story collections and novels by accomplished and award-winning writers.