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Company Location(s): Hoboken, NJ
Books per Year: 50 - 60
Number of Employees: 12
Description: Located in Brooklyn, 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 50-60 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. These writers and others have earned for Melville House a reputation for scooping newspapers, let alone bigger publishers: the company published the first book on the trading of nuclear technology by Pakistan (Who Killed Daniel Pearl? by Bernard-Henri L?vy); the first book on the torture and rendition program (Torture Taxi, by Trevor Paglen and A.C. Thompson); the first book on the "Niger-gate" scandal, by the primary source on the subject (Collusion, by Carlo Bonini), and the first book to call for the impeachment of the president (Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush, by the Center for Constitutional Rights).

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).

Recent hit books include the internationally acclaimed EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada, a 1947 novel about life in Berlin under the Nazis that had never before been published in English, and went on to be a massive bestseller around the world; DEBT: THE FIRST 5,000 YEARS, by David Graeber (one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street); STUFFED & STARVED: THE HIDDEN BATTLE FOR THE WORLD FOOD SYSTEM by Raj Patel, a study of the world food crisis that predicted shortages and food riots, and was published the week food riots broke out in Haiti and elsewhere; and FIASCO by Nobel Prize-winner Imre Kertesz, a sequel to his novel about his childhood in Nazi concentration camps, Fatelessness.

Established in 2001, Melville House is headquartered in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, in a space that combines its offices with a bookstore/art gallery/event space, where it stages numerous events that continue the dialogue begun by its books.
Type(s) of Publisher: Independent Publishers
Trade Publishing: Adult
Company Website:
Phone: 718-722-9204
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