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Q&A with The New Press

The New Press has worked to broaden the audience for books on important social issues for 25 years, bringing titles like The New Jim Crow and this season’s Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women to the forefront. Join us in celebrating fearless books for perilous times.

Learn more about The New Press, an Ingram and Perseus Distribution client, in our recent interview with Ellen Adler, Publisher at The New Press for almost 15 years.


 Q: What’s your hottest selling title?
  A: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. It was first published in 2010   but it’s been a runaway hit and has now been on The New York Times   bestseller list for 211+ weeks. We have also just hit 1,000,000 copies in   print which is a real milestone.

Q: What do you think makes a good book?
 A: The combination of the voice of an author and the author’s chosen subject. Together these must make the reader want to turn the first page and continue to turn the following pages.

Q: What do you look at when signing authors? A: This will sound obvious, but we look for authors who can write and have something worthwhile to say. For nonfiction, we look for authors who can bring together research, analysis, and insight in an original and often timely way.

Q: What’s the most unique book you’ve read from your collection?
A: We’ve published too many unique books for there to be just one. But, a unique forthcoming book is a memoir called Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women . Author Susan Burton spent almost twenty years in prison, and she has become one of the country’s leading experts on criminal justice reform. Her story will make you cry and will make you cheer as well. It’s dazzling. The first review we’ve received is from Kirkus, and they called it “A dramatic, honest, moving narrative of how hard life can get and how one can still overcome seemingly insurmountable adversity to do good in the world.”

Q: Describe your publishing house in one word.
A: Fearless. Actually, we’re celebrating our 25 th anniversary this year and that’s from our 25 th anniversary tagline: “Fearless Books for Perilous Times.”

Are you a librarian? We have a contest just for you! Five lucky winners will receive a set of 25 books that The New Press has published over the last 25 years.

Librarians – click here