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Company Location(s): Hoboken, NJ
Books per Year: 50 - 60
Number of Employees: 12
Description: Melville House is a small independent publisher that was awarded the Miriam Bass Award in Creativity in Independent Publishing by the Association of American Publishers in 2007. In 2009 the company was named Best Small Press by the Village Voice, and in 2010 it was named Publisher of the Year by the British publication 3 AM.

Melville House publishes 50-55 books per year in a widely varied list that eschews the kind of "niche" development more typical of independent publishing. The nonfiction list includes books of current events reportage and polemical and activist politics by writers such as Anna Politkovskaya, Yoani Sanchez, Paul Berman, Mark Danner, Bernard-Henri Levy, Raj Patel, Kenan Malik and Renata Adler.

In addition, Melville House has also established a reputation for publishing significant works of literary fiction and poetry, many in translation, by writers such as Nobel Prize for Literature-winners Imre Kertesz and Heinrich Boll.

The company is also known for its discovery of some exciting young writers such as Christopher Bouchet, Leigh Stein, Lars Iyer, and cult favorite Tao Lin.

Melville House has also published cook books (The Basics), a series of quirky bestselling language books (Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog, by Kitty Florey), philosophy (including the last book by Jacques Derrida, Learning to Live Finally), and an award-winning classics line (The Art of the Novella series, winner of the AIGA design award).

Established in 2001, Melville House is headquartered in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, in a space that combines its offices with a bookstore.
Type(s) of Publisher: Independent Publishers
Trade Publishing: Adult
Company Website:
Phone: 718-722-9204
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