We’ve got the local music scene, the local tomatoes and cheese, the local beer. In our efforts to support local business, from clothing boutiques and jewelry makers to cafes and chocolate shops, let’s not forget about local literature. Libraries are great for the short term, but if you’re looking for a long term relationship with a book, check out what publishers are nearby. Publishers come in many shapes and sizes. Some have great regional reading and history while others offer more general or fiction pieces. If you find a publisher that specializes in subjects that you enjoy from crafting or cooking to parenting or hiking, you’ll have a new source for good reads without having to scroll through thousands of books or come up with creative search terms.
I have recently purchased some new books from Chelsea Green Publishing in White River Junction, Vermont. It’s nice to know that the company is based within driving distance, though I purchased online, and many of the authors are also Green Mountain residents. Luckily, pretty much all of Chelsea Green’s topics are of interest to me and we’ve already been pleased with our previous titles from them. I just got Ben Hewitt’s book The Nourishing Homestead today and have had The New Horse Powered Farm by Stephen Leslie for a bit now. Both authors make their home in small Vermont towns – Hewitt in Cabot and Leslie in Hartland. Aside from helping the local economy and your neighbors when you buy locally published books, you may also benefit from local events with authors. We were lucky to find out about an Animal Power event in the gallery at the Flynn Center back in December and got to hear Stephen Leslie chat about his life and love of horse power – I wanted to steal a bunch of the artwork, but I resisted.
A sampling of books from Chelsea Green:
A Man Apart Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Experiment in Living
Slowspoke A Unicyclist’s Guide to America
Paradise Lot Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
The New Livestock Farmer The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat
The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Cookbook Fresh-from-the-Garden Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small
Is one of these cool (some admittedly not-so-small) publishers near you?
Tilbury House Publishers in Thomaston, ME
Storey Publishing in North Adams, MA
Sasquatch Books in Seattle, WA
Unbridled Books in Lakewood, CO
Steerforth Press in Hanover, NH
Stackpole Books in Mechanicsville, PA
Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, MN
Leave a comment sharing your favorite local publisher of any size.