Pelican Publishing Company

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Pelican Publishing Company
Founded 1926
Founder John McClure
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Gretna, Louisiana
Publication types Books
Official website

Pelican Publishing Company is a book publisher based in Gretna, a suburb of New Orleans. It was formed in 1926 and in its time has produced 1500 titles, most of which relate to Louisiana and Southern culture, cuisine, and history. Until his death, the company is under the ownership of President Milburn E. Calhoun, his wife, Vice-president Nancy Calhoun, and brother, former Executive Editor James Calhoun.

Significant titles[edit]

In its eighty year history, Pelican Publishing Company has produced regionally successful titles including the following:

  • The Cavalry Battle that Saved the Union: Custer vs. Stuart at Gettysburg, Paul D. Walker, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2002
  • Clovis Crawfish, a children's series by Mary Alice Fontenot
  • The Maverick Guide (series): A series of travel guides begun by Robert W. Bone (author).
  • New Orleans Classic Cookbook Series featuring Desserts, Appetizers, Seafood and Gumbos & Soups, also by Kit Wohl
  • See You at the Top, the first book by motivational business speaker Zig Ziglar
  • The South Was Right! by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy: A controversial historical perspective that argues that the Confederacy had the right to secede from the Union.


  1. ^ Bill Keith (2009). The Commissioner: A True Story of Deceit, Dishonor, and Death. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-58980-655-9. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 

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