Publisher of the Month: Soho Crime

soho crime table 2

Soho Crime, a division of Soho Press, has specialized in publishing international crime fiction for more than twenty years.  Their books and series run the entire range of crime fiction—detective fiction, police procedurals, thrillers, espionage novels, revenge novels, stories of thieves, assassins, and underworld mob bosses—but you can always count on an immersive adventure steeped in cultural detail.

Visit the Soho table until February, and be sure to check for the red “Staff Pick” stickers!

Publisher of the Month: Canterbury Classics

This month, we selected our featured publisher in celebration of two things: the timeless beauty of the classics, and National Novel Writing Month!

canterbury classics display 1

Canterbury Classics is an imprint devoted to high-quality, contemporary, gift-worthy editions of the world’s classic works, from fairy tales and poetry to novels and nature writing.

Canterbury also has a great line of journals that we hope will inspire you during #NaNoWriMo.

Canterbury Classics will be featured through the month of November. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or find the perfect gift, we think this display will be a great place to start!

Publisher of the Month: Coffee House Press

For October’s Publisher of the Month, we went local with independent nonprofit Coffee House Press.

CHP was founded in 1972 as Toothpaste Press, when its late founder Allan Kornblum saw an opportunity to create his ideal publishing house. From a mimeo magazine to letterpress publisher, CHP has evolved into a trade publisher with international reach.

coffee house press photo

CHP Titles on Display at M&Q

Through their literary publications and their Books in Action model, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector—between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action.

Located in Northeast Minneapolis in the historic Grain Belt Beer bottling building, Coffee House Press publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

My personal favorite among the fantastic authors on CHP’s list is poet Ron Padgett. Several of his books have been published by Coffee House, including Pulitzer Prize finalist How Long, and most recently,  Alone and Not Alone. Padgett’s deceptively casual, easygoing phrases lead you smoothly down the page, until you’re suddenly tripped up by a humorous anticlimax or unexpectedly touching image.

There’s plenty of love for Coffee House Press among the staff here at M&Q. Gary is a fan of Margaret Aldrich’s The Little Free Library Book, because of the revolution that Little Free Libraries have created all over the world.

Derek recommends Laurie Foos’ The Blue Girl and Eimar McBride’s Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

Ann says The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang is always a classic, and a Twin Cities must-read, especially for St. Paul residents.

Ann also wants us all to be on the lookout for the upcoming collection of short stories from Brian Evenson. “His stories are so disturbing and fresh and not like anything else you’ve read. They keep haunting you long after you’ve put the book down.” Look for A Collapse of Horses in February 2016!

The display will be up for the rest of October, but we promise we have Coffee House Press titles in the store year round! To find out more about Coffee House Press, its books, and its mission, visit the website,