Third World Press

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Third World Press
Founded 1967
Country of origin United States
Publication types Books
Official website http://www.thirdworldpressbooks.com/

Third World Press (TWP) is the largest independent black-owned press in the United States.[1] Since the 1960s the company has focused on publishing culturally progressive and political books of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and cross-genre work.

History[edit]

In December 1967, Haki R. Madhubuti met with poet and activist Carolyn Rodgers[2] and Johari Amini in the basement of a South Side apartment in Chicago to found Third World Press as an outlet for African-American literature. By 2007, the company continued to thrive in a multi-million-dollar facility. Over the years, Third World Press has published works by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as by Sonia Sanchez, Sterling Plumpp and Pearl Cleage.[3] The list of authors published by Third World Press also includes Amiri Baraka,[4] Margaret Walker, Sam Greenlee, Naomi Long Madgett, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mari Evans,[5] Kalamu ya Salaam, Gloria Naylor, Gil Scott-Heron, Chancellor Williams,[6] George E. Kent[7] and many others. It is the stated mission of TWP "to always honor Black writers and artists and to celebrate artists of all cultures."[8]

In 2006, The Covenant with Black America, with an introduction by Tavis Smiley, reached No. 1 in the New York Times Bestseller list.[9]

In May 2011, Third World Press developed and launched TWPBooks.com, which replaced the former ThirdWorldPressInc.com. TWPBooks.com leverages the heritage and technological spirit for which Third World Press has come to be known. Under the direction of Madhudbuti, Third World Press has embraced social media and the prevalence of eBooks, while upgrading its internal technologies to better serve customers of Third World Press.

See also[edit]

African-American book publishers in the United States, 1960-1980

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