Coffee House Press to Partner with Emily Books

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 3, 2015) — We are delighted to announce a new partnership between Coffee House Press and Emily Books, the Brooklyn-based feminist publishing project, to create an imprint for original books that speak to the aesthetic excellence, experimental boldness, and social concerns of both organizations. Beginning with the Spring 2016 publication of Jade Sharma’s debut novel, Problems, Coffee House Press will publish two new Emily Books titles each year, in both print and electronic formats.

Emily Books was founded in 2011 by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry as a hybrid book club/bookstore/publisher. Their subscribers receive a book per month automatically, and all their picks are available a la carte. Emily Books has also brought previously published books that lacked an electronic edition or were out of print back into circulation as ebooks. Their list’s focus is on transgressive writers of the past, present and future, with an emphasis on the writing of women, trans and queer people, writing that blurs genre distinctions and is funny, challenging and provocative. Past picks have included work by Ann Rower, Virginie Despentes, Eileen Myles, Ellen Willis, Samantha Irby, Tamara Faith Berger and Imogen Binnie. Emily Gould is the author most recently of Friendship, a novel published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in 2014. Ruth Curry is a writer and editor who has worked in publishing for over a decade, beginning with an internship at Coffee House during her college years.

Coffee House Press is a nonprofit literary publisher based in Minneapolis whose past titles include Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel, Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station, and Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. The mission of Coffee House Press is to publish exciting, vital, and enduring authors of our time; to delight and inspire readers; to contribute to the cultural life of our community; and to enrich our literary heritage. By building on the best traditions of publishing and the book arts, we produce books that celebrate imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the American experience. Coffee House’s programming initiatives encourage and nurture literary arts beyond the page, highlighting people and organizations working to further interdisciplinary collaborations, reader engagement, and nontraditional means of accessing the reading experience.

“Coffee House has been a long-time supporter and admirer of Emily Books,” says Coffee House Press publisher Chris Fischbach. “We are energized by the opportunity to incubate their move into original work and to offer the kind of exciting selections they’ve made for the book club to a wider base of readers, and in multiple formats.”

“We’re thrilled to work with Coffee House, which published one of our most popular Emily Books picks, Emily Carter Roiphe’s amazing Glory Goes and Gets Some.” says Emily Gould. “Their sensibility and ours are a perfect match, and we can’t wait to share the fruits of our collaboration with readers everywhere.”


For more information, please contact:
Amelia Foster, Publicist
Coffee House Press
79 Thirteenth Avenue NE, Ste 110
Minneapolis, MN 55413


3 Responses to Coffee House Press to Partner with Emily Books

  1. This collaboration sounds like it will give voice to many unheard. My story might fit in, this gives me hope. My story is about a zany, brainy, bipolar alternative radio disc jockey who is trying to outrun her illness as fast as she can!!

  2. AlexM says:

    Hi CHP–This sounds cool. The Emily’s Books website gives no information about submission, or about how their books are selected. Can you give us some guidance or info here? Thanks!

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