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A Publisher for “Misfit Toys”: Falstaff Books

Anyone familiar with Shakespeare will know what to expect when picking up a title by Charlotte-based Falstaff Books. Mentioned in four Shakespeare plays, Falstaff is a plump knight and irresistible suitor who spends the majority of his time drinking in the Boar’s Head Inn with petty criminals. Gregarious, brave, loyal, outside the mainstream—not to mention […]

Pioneering the Book World of Tomorrow: OBX Publishing

It’s fitting that Outer Banks Publishing Group has positioned itself as a “hybrid” publisher, given their proximity to Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers combined moxie with ingenuity to achieve human flight more than a century ago. Outer Banks Publishing Group embraces this same pioneering spirit to produce both e-books and printed books to penetrate […]

Like Its Namesake, Eno Publishers Offers Fertile Soil

Although only forty miles long, the Eno River punches well above its weight in terms of its psychological and cultural significance. For over 700 years, first native settlers and then Europeans made the Eno watershed their home. Now residents of Durham and Orange counties, and others who come from further afield, have aggressively preserved 5,600 […]

Duke University Press Provides Global Access for All

As the publishing arm of Duke University in Durham, Duke University Press follows the University’s dual commitments to quality and access. In terms of quality, the press hopes to “advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship.” In terms of access, the press seeks to promote a “spirit of […]

Black Mountain Press and the Worthiness of Lofty Ideals

What is it about Western North Carolina that inspires independence, creativity, and a desire to buck the system? What is it about those hills? In Swannanoa, the Flood Gallery Fine Art Center houses fine art in the Courtyard Gallery; hosts a monthly open mic; and is home to the venerable Black Mountain Press, established in 1994. […]

Impacting the Community: Jacar Press

Jacar Press defines themselves as a “Community-Active Literary Press.” This clearly defined purpose influences all their decisions, from which authors to publish to where the proceeds go. For example, their newest title, Yes, We Be by Patrick Howell, is an “integrated-design poetry book that connects with the Black Arts Movement, Harlem Renaissance, and Afro-Futurism. Proceeds will […]

Grateful Steps Expands Interfaith Dialogue, One Conversation at a Time

Many of the world’s great religious traditions urge us to be mindful, to focus on the present moment, and to fill our hearts with gratitude. It is this charge, to take things “one step at a time,” that drives the mission of the Grateful Steps Foundation. Based in Asheville, Grateful Steps is a non-profit publisher of […]

BLF Press Showcases Women of Color

Sometimes, when the mission is clear and the heart is aligned with that mission, recognition and success come quick. BLF Press, based in Clayton, published their first collection in 2016. Dedicated to “amplifying the work of women of color” and providing a a space for “forward thinking, creative women of exceptional talent,” their titles have […]

Support for Underrepresented Voices: Backbone Press

Last year on our blog, we highlighted one literary magazine each week. The response was so positive, we decided to continue with a variation on a theme. In 2018, the focus will be on publishers: the small presses, hybrid companies, and purveyors of quality handbound titles we’ve grown to love and that are cultivated right […]

Grants for Non-Profit Publishers

Non-profit publishers have more freedom than commercial houses; they can publish books because they deem them worthy in some way, without quite as much concern for the bottomline (although they each watch their bottomline very, very carefully). One of the challenges, of course, is that just because a book is worthy of publication doesn’t mean […]