Boson Books

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Boson Books is an independent publisher based in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1994 by Nancy McAllister, President and Director of Acquisitions, and David McAllister,[1] Vice President and Director of Technical Operations. The company publishes e-books and paperbacks; it also features a limited number of titles from The New South Company.


Initially, Boson Books published acclaimed contemporary writers of American Southern literature, such as Fred Chappell[2] and Kelly Cherry, named by Virginia governor Bob McDonnell in 2011 as the state's new poet laureate.[3][4] Over time, the company published more broadly, including American and international authors of fiction, non-fiction, and drama. As of 2012, the company publishes 140 titles. From the time of its founding, Boson embraced emerging technologies such as e-books and participated in academic conferences of the IEEE[5] and SIGDOC.[6]

Notable authors[edit]

Fred Chappell, poet and novelist

Kelly Cherry, poet and novelist

Phillip Gardner[7][8] novelist and English faculty member at Francis Marion University

Leon Katz,[9] dramatist and professor emeritus at Yale University

Robert Rodman, computer scientist and novelist at North Carolina State University

Steven Vivian, novelist and liberal nationalist social critic[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "Computer Science at North Carolina State". Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Fred Chappell to receive Caldwell Award". North Carolina Humanities Council. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kelly Cherry named Virginia Poet Laureate". The Washington Post. January 28, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Elliot, Okla. "What Kelly Cherry Knows". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ David F. McAllister, Steven Vivian, Nancy McAllister,. "The IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology". "The Impact of Digital Books upon Print Publishing," Proceedings ISTAS '02, June 2002. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ McAllister and McAllister. "Providing education electronically to nontraditional sites: new delivery to a new audience". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "South Carolina Fiction Project: 2008 Winners". South Carolina Arts Commission. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "FMU professor's book published". Francis Marion University. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Leon Katz discusses the Gertrude Stein notebooks". Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Vivian, Steven. "Spoil Your Inner Child". Impact Press. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Vivian, Steven. "A Price We're willing to Pay". Impact Press. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Turner, Bill. "Steve Vivian: The Per Contra interview". Per Contra. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Publisher's website [1]
  • The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology [2]