Elephant Rock Books

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Elephant Rock Books is an independent publishing company based in Connecticut.[1] As of 2013, it is the largest independent publisher in New England.[citation needed] The press was initially founded by Jotham Burrello in Chicago in 2010.[2] Burrello decided to start the press while talking with his former teacher, Patricia Ann McNair, about her work; her book, The Temple of the Air, became Elephant Rock's first publication and went on to win positive reviews and several awards.[3] Elephant Rock also published Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck, an essay anthology of the 2nd Story Collective[4] that has won multiple literary prizes.[5]

In 2014 the press moved into the young adult fiction market with Jessie Ann Foley's novel The Carnival at Bray,[6] which was named a Printz Honor Book.[2]

The publisher is backed by a multimedia company, Elephant Rock Productions, which handles accounting and banking.[7]


  1. ^ Alex Stedman, "Independent publisher survives against odds", Columbia Chronicle, November 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Clare Kirch, "Small But Mighty Presses Prevail at ALA Awards", Publishers Weekly, February 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Mark Eleveld, "Midwest familiarity breeds ‘edgy’ stories", Chicago Sun-Times, February 3, 2013  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2013.
  5. ^ American Writer, July 2013
  6. ^ Donald Liebenson, "Elephant Rock Books enters Y.A. with 'The Carnival at Bray'", Chicago Tribune, June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Scenes: Elephant Rock Books: An interview with Jotham Burrello by Jotham Burrello in American Book Review Volume 35, Number 6, September/October 2014 p. 28, doi:10.1353/abr.2014.0118