As our team wrapped up 2020 and reflected on all that the year had been, we set some goals for 2021. One such goal? Showcase small presses in the store! To that end, we launched our “Not Your Big 5 Book Club”, but still wanted to do more. So, we present to you, our Small Press Feature Initiative! Every eight weeks, we’ll be highlighting six different small presses in the store. We'll feature each in a post on our social media and for the full eight weeks, all the chose titles will be displayed on the top shelves of our wall of fiction. Our booksellers have chosen eight different titles from each small press we feature that we love and think our community will love too! It's our hope that in highlighting small presses, we can foster an environment where small presses are celebrated and our community is exposed to new and diverse literature. All titles highlighted for each round of Small Press Features are linked below!
ROUND ONE FEATURED PRESSES AND TITLES
Below are the six small presses we're highlighting in our first round of small press features. Learn more about each press, visit their website and stop by the store or order these titles directly by clicking on the images below!
Two Dollar Radio
Two Dollar Radio is a family-run outfit founded in 2005 with the mission to reaffirm the cultural and artistic spirit of the publishing industry.
Two Dollar Radio was started in 2005 by Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, an idealistic, young husband-and-wife team with a love of books.
Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.
We take inspiration and courage from our namesakes, the Haymarket Martyrs, who gave their lives fighting for a better world. Their 1886 struggle for the eight-hour day – which gave us May Day, the international workers’ holiday – reminds workers around the world that ordinary people can organize and struggle for their own liberation. These struggles continue today across the globe—struggles against oppression, exploitation, poverty, and war.
Since our founding in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 500 titles. Radically independent, Haymarket seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing.
Tin House expands the boundaries of what great literature can do.
Publisher of award-winning books of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; home to a renowned workshop and seminar series; and partner of a critically acclaimed podcast, Tin House champions writing that is artful, dynamic, and original. We are proud to publish and promote writers who speak to a wide range of experience, and lend context and nuance to their examination of our world. Tin House launched as an independent press in 2005.
Chicago Review Press
An independent publisher founded in 1973, Chicago Review Press publishes titles of lasting interest and groundbreaking works that reach beyond the trends.
As part of the publishing industry, we know we play a critical role in shaping the cultural conversation and determining which stories are ultimately heard. We strive to contribute to a culture of inclusivity and representation and wholly condemn all forms of racism, prejudice, and injustice. We are committed to championing voices from underrepresented communities and working with authors and agents whose race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, or disability bring diverse perspectives to our publishing program.
Just as the common milkweed plant is the site of metamorphosis for monarch butterflies, Milkweed Editions seeks to be a site of metamorphosis in the literary ecosystem. We take risks on debut and experimental writers, we invest significant time and care in the editorial process, and we enable dynamic engagement between authors and readers. We operate as a nonprofit to pursue these ends without overbearing financial pressure. And yet, though profits aren’t our primary focus, helping our authors succeed certainly is. Just so, since our founding in 1980, we’ve published over 350 books of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and now have over four million copies in circulation. We believe that literature has the potential to change the way we see the world, and that bringing new voices to essential conversations is the clearest path to ensuring a vibrant, diverse, and empowered future.
Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.
We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.