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.

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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,

Publisher of the Month: Europa Editions

Europa DisplayHave you visited our featured publisher display this month? Europa Editions is in the spotlight! In September we’ve been featuring Europa, in honor of its 10th anniversary and the publication month of Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child, the latest of her bestselling Neapolitan Novels.

Founded in 2005 by husband and wife Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri, Europa Editions is an independent publisher that specializes in works in translation. The house translates and publishes literary fiction and high-end crime fiction from across the globe.
Europa’s mission is to bring translated literature to an American audience, to build understanding between different cultures, and to preserve bibliodiversity in the marketplace.
The Europa display will be up until September 30, but don’t worry about missing your chance to discover their titles—Europa books will go back to their regular homes throughout the store.

Publisher of the Month: Melville House

As our customers know, Magers and Quinn appreciates the small, the independent, and the unique. As our customers may not know, booksellers can often determine the publisher of a book just by the look of it. We wanted to celebrate the variety of independent publishers out there, and also give customers a chance to see the visual representation of a press’s personality by displaying their books together. Thus, our Publisher of the Month series was born.

Melville House displayWe started this month with Melville House, an independent operation based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2001, Melville House has built a world-wide reputation for its rediscovery of forgotten international writers, and for championing significant contemporary nonfiction such as the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. (Check out this article, in which they share a headline with John Oliver.)

Bookseller Aaron has long been a fan of Melville House. One of his perennial hand-sells is Mary MacLane’s I Await the Devil’s Coming, which is part of Melville House’s Neversink Library, a series dedicated to “books from around the world that have been overlooked, under appreciated, looked askance at, or foolishly ignored.”

See what Aaron has to say about MacLane’s book.

Melville House’s display will be up for another week, so come check them out before September’s featured publisher moves in!