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Llewellyn Worldwide
Llewellyn Worldwide
Founded1901
FounderLlewellyn George
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationWoodbury, Minnesota
Distributionself-distributed (US)
Publishers Group UK (UK)
Faradawn (South Africa)
Akasha Books & Gifts (New Zealand)[1]
Brumby Sunstate (Australia)[2]
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsNew Age
Official websitewww.llewellyn.com

Llewellyn Worldwide (formerly Llewellyn Publications) is a New Age publisher, currently based in Woodbury, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. Llewellyn's mission is to "serve the trade and consumers worldwide with options and tools for exploring new worlds of mind & spirit, thereby aiding in the quests of expanded human potential, spiritual consciousness, and planetary awareness."

History[edit]

Llewellyn Publications was formed in 1901 by Llewellyn George, in Portland, Oregon. At first, the company concentrated exclusively on Astrology, in the form of both books and annuals. Later, Llewellyn began to branch out into other New Age topics, such as alternative healing, psychic development, and earth-centered religions, among others. Llewellyn Publications grew steadily and was moved from Portland to Los Angeles, California in 1920. Owner and founder Llewellyn George died in 1954. The company was bought by Carl L. Weschcke in 1961, who moved the headquarters to St. Paul, Minnesota.[3]

During the 1960s and 1970s, Llewellyn published books from authors such as Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley writing on occult and other topics. President and publisher Weschcke founded a series of Gnostic Aquarian Festivals to help create a broader audience. Llewellyn went on to publish books such as Raymond Buckland's 1970 Practical Candleburning Rituals, Scott Cunningham's 1988 Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, and Ted Andrews' 1993 Animal Speak, a shamanistic guide to totem animals. The company also expanded into tarot decks, magical "kits," and materials for younger readers.

Declines in sales figures in 2001 spurred the company toward layoffs and a restructure of its sales and marketing departments in 2002. By the end of 2003's fiscal year, the company rebounded with $16 million in gross sales.[4] In July 2005, Llewellyn moved its offices from St Paul to its current offices in the local suburb of Woodbury.

Today, the company features a wide offering of books by such noted authors as Scott Cunningham, Michael Newton, Donald Michael Kraig, Richard Webster, Karen Mehringer, and Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson.

On February 1, 2005, Llewellyn launched its first fiction imprint; Midnight Ink. Then, exactly 1 year later, Llewellyn launched its second fiction imprint; Flux Books. Published authors include Maggie Stiefvater, Simone Elkeles, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Kirstin Cronn-Mills, Amanda Grace (a pen-name for author Mandy Hubbard), Kelsey Sutton, A.S. King, and Nick James.

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Sales
  2. ^ Our Suppliers
  3. ^ "Llewellyn Worldwide - About Us: History: The Early Years". Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20040112/36058-llewellyn-looks-to-the-stars-.html

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