5 Publishers Connecting Readers With Great Books
There are plenty of great books in the world, but it's not always easy knowing where to begin when looking for them. One excellent way to find worthwhile titles is by checking out the publishers responsible for books you've already read and enjoyed. The publishing companies included here are quality places to start, as they offer an eclectic range of fiction and nonfiction from renowned international authors. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
5 Publishing Companies Offering Terrific Reads
If you want to spread your love of literature with those in need, then you should consider looking into these non-profit organizations that help young minds get access to books and high-quality education.
- First Book
- Books for Kids
- Room to Read
- 826 National
- Street Poets Inc.
- Get Lit - Words Ignite
- Academy of American Poets
- Asian American Writers' Workshop
- Beyond Baroque
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- A journal where you can keep track of your thoughts & ideas
- Some coffee or tea to get you through late-night bursts of inspiration
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How Books Open Our Minds
Finishing reading a great book can be bittersweet. There's a sense of accomplishment, but it's often difficult to know what to read next. One option is to explore the other offerings from the publisher of the previous book, since their catalogue may offer similar titles. This list, presented in no particular order, highlights five great publishers around the world, whose publications offer hours of reading pleasure.
Starting things off at #1, Huza Press has the mission of promoting contemporary African writing. Headquartered in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the company both publishes original titles and distributes those from smaller outlets. Huza also maintains a blog with news and analysis on African literature.
Huza Press publishes fiction and non-, poetry, and a series of pocketbook editions. Titles include The Cape Cod Bicycle War and Other Stories, a collection from Kenyan writer Billy Kahora with tales set in his home country, South Africa, and the US, and Not My Time To Die; nurse Yolande Mukagasana's memoir of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Huza Press publishes fiction and non-, poetry, and a series of pocketbook editions.
#2 is Farolight Publishing. The company came together in 2014, after film production company Farolight Entertainment absorbed the assets of horror publisher Cutting Block Press. Since then, Owner and Publisher Patrick Beltran and Acquisitions Editor Frank J. Hutton have continued to produce anthologies of spooky tales.
Titles include The Seven Deadliest, a compendium of short stories based around the seven deadly sins edited by Beltran and D. Alexander Ward; Terror is Our Business, which brings together a set of fables about a supernatural detective; and The Shadows Over Main Street series, an anthology of scary tales set in small towns and modeled on the work of H.P. Lovecraft.
Our #3 entry is Charco Press, a publisher of Latin American literature whose name translates to "puddle" in Spanish, which also doubles as a slang term in some countries for the Atlantic Ocean. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company sees itself, and the translation work it sponsors, as a bridge between the Hispanophone and Anglophone worlds.
Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company sees itself, and the translation work it sponsors, as a bridge between the Hispanophone and Anglophone worlds.
Charco has published books by writers from across the Americas. Among them are Argentinian feminist novelist Selva Almada, Colombian memoirist and fiction writer Margarita Garcia Robayo, and Brenda Lozano, who writes fiction and essays in Mexico City. The press's titles include Gabriela Cabezon Camara's Slum Virgin, which tells the story of a transvestite who renounces prostitution after the Virgin Mary appears before her.
Coming in at #4, Publerati was founded in 2011 by Caleb Mason in order to bring works of literary fiction to newer distribution channels. Initially focused on ebooks, it has expanded into print-on-demand and trade paperback publication. Pledging to put writers first, the company offers writers a minimum 40 percent royalty on electronically published titles and a 20 percent minimum for print. An additional percentage is donated to the Worldreader Organization.
The company's titles include Dancing In the Kitchen, a debut novel by Susan Sterling set in late 1980s New England; Dan Trowden's Normal Family saga, a trilogy that tells a coming-of-age story; and Lakshmi Raj Sharma's Marriages Are Made in India, a collection of stories set on the subcontinent. In addition to its books, Publerati administers the Fiction MD program, which helps authors prepare proposals for publishers.
In addition to its books, Publerati administers the Fiction MD program, which helps authors prepare proposals for publishers.
Closing things out at #5, we've got Blue Crow Publishing, a small, traditional publisher of fiction and nonfiction founded in 2016. The company handles fiction for both adults and teens, as well as nonfiction, including memoirs, essay collections, and books of social commentary, in its Critical Higher Education series.
One of Blue Crow's most successful authors is Kelly J. Baker, a journalist who covers religion, racism, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. Baker's Sexism Ed won the Gold Medal from the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, and her memoir Grace Period was named one of the decade's best works of religious journalism by Religion Dispatches.