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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 acres of its basin.

It is in this same spirt that the non-profit Eno Publishers celebrates and preserves North Carolina and the South. Publishing several titles a year, Eno Publishers focuses on the people and places of the state some refer to as that “vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.”

Recent titles include Hidden Hillsborough: Historic Dependencies and Landscapes in a Small Southern Town. With photographs by noted Hillsborough photographer Elizabeth Matheson and essays and maps by a dedicated group of town historians, Hidden Hillsborough brings this small colonial town to life by tracing its roots to its present-day incarnation as a haven for artists, nature lovers, and a tight community of locals.

Other new titles, The Elizabeth Keckley Reader: Volumes I & II, edited by Sheila Smith McKoy, offer:

a collection of essays and other works inspired by the life of Elizabeth Keckley, a slave in Hillsborough, North Carolina, who eventually bought her freedom. She became a noted seamstress in Civil War-era Washington DC, and was most famously the confidante of Mary Lincoln.

Eno Publishers also presents the 27 Views series, offering anthologies of essays about places in North Carolina such as Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and many more. Editors include Wilton Barnhardt, Rob Neufeld, Daniel Wallace, and Durham mayor Steve Schewel.

Because they are a 501(c)3, donations to Eno Publishers are welcome.

The website is short on submission guidelines, but does offer a contact e-mail. Given their nonfiction focus, it’s probably best to query through e-mail if you think you have a project they’d be interested in.

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