NewSouth Books

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NewSouth Books
Founded 2000
Founder H. Randall Williams and Suzanne LaRosa
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Montgomery, Alabama
Publication types books
Imprints Junebug Books, Court Street Press
Official website

NewSouth Books is an independent publishing house founded in 2000 in Montgomery, Alabama, by editor H. Randall Williams and publisher Suzanne La Rosa. Williams was the founder of Black Belt Press, working there from 1986 to 1999, and La Rosa worked in magazine and book publishing in New York City, before moving south.[1] The publishing house is unrelated to NewSouth Books, an imprint of UNSW Press based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

NewSouth Books publishes nonfiction, fiction and poetry, as well as children's books. They have published works of fiction by Hans Koning and Gerald Duff; books of poetry by Andrew Glaze, John Beecher, Jorge Carrera Andrade, and Tom House; biographies of famous Alabamians like Sen. Howell Heflin, Gov. John Malcolm Patterson, and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugo Black; and memoirs by Civil Rights figures Attorney Fred Gray and Rev. Robert Graetz.

The company received media attention in January 2011 for publishing an expurgated edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that censored the words "nigger" and "Injun." An argument to censor the edition was voiced by Alan Gribben, a professor at Auburn University, who said the version would be more friendly to teachers and students at schools which currently ban the book. NewSouth's version was met with criticism, with some saying the censorship failed to adequately convey the original connotations of Twain's text.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "About NewSouth Books". NewSouth Books. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  2. ^ "The Latest Word From Huck Finn". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  3. ^ Bosman, Julie (2011-01-04). "Publisher Tinkers With Twain". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Associated, The. "New Edition Removes Mark Twain's 'Offensive' Words". NPR. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  5. ^ Swaine, Jon (2011-01-05). "Censored Huckleberry Finn prompts political correctness debate". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 

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