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A nonprofit organization, they're headquartered at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and publish the tri-quarterly journal The Review of Contemporary Fiction as well as many volumes of fiction, poetry and essays. They're probably my favorite American publisher: their catalog is a thing of joy and wonder, filled with new discoveries, old friends and endless adventures. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Excellent selection, though.
#7: One of my all-time favorite books, Jessamyn West's Cress Delahanty, is reprinted by The Feminist Press.
I also enjoy Pushkin Press's books. Being a Stefan Zweig fan, how can I not?
Great cover design, good paper.
8 jfclark - I enjoyed Pleasures and Days by Proust and Rebecca and Rowena by Thackeray (a lot of fun to read after Ivanhoe), both from Hesperus. And they are very nice editions.
9 rbhardy - Thanks for the recommendation, I do like Gothic novels. The website says they publish or are planning to publish all of the seven 'horrid' novels mentioned in Northanger Abbey - nice to know that they're available.
They publish interesting and challenging books.
Good to know they're doing well.
website is: www.foxedquarterly.com
I have always thought very highly of the European Classics series selected, translated, and published by the Northwestern Univ. Press. Great assortment of forgotten or not-oft-published authors and titles, great design and quality manufacturing of the books themselves, quality translators, etc. It's an exceedingly nice publishing endeavor all around IMO.
Next up would be the Library of Latin America series by the Oxford Univ. Press. Not a small or indie press of course but I have enjoyed many of the books from Latin America's seminal but forgotten authors that they have translated and re-published back out of obscurity.
Lastly, I don't read much genre fiction at all but the few times a year I do tend these last few years to be mysteries/crime from the Soho Crime line of series by international authors published by Soho Press. I just can't say enough good things about the varied selection of authors and the high level of quality in the writing by the authors from all over the globe. Top-notch. As more obvious escapist or genre fare, I think along with the mysteries/crime titles from Europa Editions that Soho Crime is a natural fit for for NYRB Classics fans.
I recently had two early reviewer books from Open Letter Modern Classics which is a University of Rochester imprint that focuses on new translations of neglected classics. I enjoyed both The Pets Bragi Olafsson and the early Marguerite Duras work The Sailor from Gibraltar.
Egads! Why, oh why did you have to turn me on to the Broadview Press? I *mostly* (eh, like 90%) want to thank you because I discovered what appears to be a FANTASTIC publisher that wasn't on my radar. I spent several hours last night poking around the catalog on the Broadview site all the while falling covetously in love with way too many titles. However, since they are on the pricey side I had to do a lot of price comparison shopping across many sites looking for some deals until lo and behold, before I "knew" it I had compulsively ordered 6 titles hence the witholding my full 100% thanks to you---I can not encourage enablers! In these trying economic times I certainly did not need to become infatuated with yet another publisher/imprint/series but so many of their titles are just too interesting, off the cuff, and compelling by far that they can't be denied----thusly, you are evil. : ) : )
I know right? I think the only comfort we can take from the whole thing is that we are not in denial and that at least it's an exquisite sort of ruin right? :-)
I've got two things to say to you sarajill:
(1) Like inge87 you are *clearly* an evil enabler too!
(2) That's a VERY naughty name for a publisher you found there! I don't *even* want to know how or why that came up for you in some Google search results or something missy. Heh.
Seriously though, I just poked all around their webverse and I can say there is nothing that I don't like about their whole enterprise---the titles and nature of the titles themselves (heh), the eye-catchingly vivid and somewhat disturbing cover designs, the internet only publish-on-demand model, and their blog. MOST importantly, I liked that introductory rate of just 40 GBP for their first 5 titles combined with FREE shipping to the US! I really couldn't resist a bargain like that and just went ahead and placed an order. I can't wait to receive them in all their gorgeous saturated colors glory!
I had a feeling it was a self-mocking homage, so I wrote a teasing note on the blog. At any rate, I started talking to the blogger of booktwo.org and he mentioned his house. And that's the end of the story—I swear!
Oh alright, alright. . .I believe you, heh. That's a pretty interesting link about the Twitter-based book by James Bridle and you're right that cover is a reminiscent of a NYRB Classic. Actually, the cover design makes me think of some weird hybrid between the trades that Norton does for the Aubrey-Maturin series (what with the seafaring) and a NYRB Classic (what with the title square and font). And speaking of that publsihing vanguard author-publisher James Bridle, I just got an email from him for Bookkake letting me know that my order has been sent out for printing and should be ready to ship in a few days. Now that's personalized service!
I would categorize the vast majority mentioned in this thread small presses/publishers, i.e., NYRB, Europa Edtions, Hesperus Press, Pushkin Press, Persephone Books, Bookkake, Archipelago Books, Dalkey Archive, Broadview Press, Serpent's Tail. Also ones not mentioned here yet but that would be prime small press examples IMO are Peter Owen Publishers, Melville House, City Lights, Akashic Books, and Tin House Books. They are all---I believe---wholly independent enterprises and they don't publish a litany of titles or especially large runs of the titles they do publish (unless they have a sleeper hit like Europa and The Elegance of the Hedgehog or Melville House and Eeee Eee Eee) of course.
It gets a smidgen murkier to my mind when you are talking about "imprints" which themselves may be select in their offerings, are *technically* small, and basically independent operations but that are part of larger publishing houses/conglomerates, i.e., Virago belonging to Hachette. For all intents and purposes I personally still consider them small presses as long as they are still selective and march to their own drummer. If for some reason I didn't get the sense that the imprint was basically left alone to it's own creative devices by it's parent company then I would re-think my stance.
Northwestern Univ. Press, Oxford Univ. Press are just not small publishers period---they are some of the largest and most prolific academic presses and publish a lot of titles across all spectrums though admittedly they don't do large runs of their titles.
I don't know---I think that maybe the issue might be more about literal 'smallness' and independence. I think most of the publishers or imprints listed here are technically 'small' both in titles published, runs, and revenue compared to say FSG or Knopf. However some of them do offer fairly extensive catalogs like Virago who would seem like a giant compared to Bookkake or Tin House Books at this point in their development. Nevertheless, they are ALL independents and so are subject to all that the indie umbrella or cachet brings with it.
As an aside, some may have vague recollections of the brouhaha from several years ago when Cinco Puntos made news when their NEA grant funding for a children's book was pulled because of the author's involvement with Zapatistas in Chiapas. That was a "large" amount of high drama for a "small" press, lol.
Autonomedia publish a mix of theory and interesting fiction. I loved the novel Taqwacores they did an edition of, despite the binding leaving something to be desired (the poor printing/binding on that book is the exception, not the rule for them).
Charles H. Kerr is a long-time independent leftist publisher who print a lot of classics (Autobiography of Mother Jones and so on), and under the watch of the late Franklin Rosemont and his wife Penelope the imprint has released a series of books on the history of surrealism. There are a number of novels thrown in the mix and some poetry too.
I love their cover for The Torture Garden.