Our booksellers have been working on our Read Indies project, where every few months we spotlight a new independent press and a selection of their titles on our shelves. Currently, we are featuring New Directions, a staff favorite.
Independent presses, sometimes described as “indie presses” or “small presses” are publishers not affiliated with large corporations. They publish fictions, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novels, and some specialize in niche markets. Indie publishers invest in art, voice, and vision over profit. These books add texture and excitement to the literary ecosystem; they carve a space — on our shelves, in the literary marketplace, and in readers’ hearts — for breathtakingly unique and brilliant books.
When you ask Ezra Pound for advice on what to do with your life and he tells you to “do something useful,” the obvious life choice is to start a press. So goes the origin story of New Directions. Taking to heart the guidance Pound offered him during his sophomore year at Harvard, poet James Laughlin later followed through and founded New Directions in 1936. Ever since, this NYC-based press has published distinctive poetry, nonfiction, and works in English translation. Sometimes categorized as experimental or avant garde, books from New Directions bring modernist, existential, and philosophical vibes to our shelves. Perfect for the deep reflection that the shorter days and longer nights of fall and winter inspire.
Stop by or browse some of the ND titles we have on our shelves here.