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North Atlantic Books
FounderRichard Grossinger, Lindy Hough
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationBerkeley, California
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services
Key peopleTim McKee
Publication typesBooks, film
Nonfiction topicsBeat Generation, raw foodism, yoga, martial arts, capioera, spirituality, religion, holistic health, sustainability, nutrition, occult, esotericism, mediumship, parapsychology, New Age, fitness, baseball
ImprintsEvolver Editions, Blue Snake Books
Official websitenorthatlanticbooks.com

North Atlantic Books is a non-profit, independent publisher based in Berkeley, California, United States.[1] Distributed by Penguin Random House Publisher Services,[2] North Atlantic Books is a mission-driven social justice-oriented publisher. Founded by authors Richard Grossinger and Lindy Hough in Vermont, North Atlantic Books was named partly for the North Atlantic region where it began in 1974, as well as Alan Van Newkirk's Geographic Foundation of the North Atlantic, an early (1970) ecological center founded in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, by radicals from Detroit. The publisher also cites Edward Dorn's 1960s poem, "North Atlantic Turbine: A Theory of Truth", which very early described the dangers of global commoditization by the Western World, as an inspiration in the company's name.

Genres published by North Atlantic Books include somatics, social justice, bodywork, health and healing, Buddhism, grief, and internal martial arts (through its imprint Blue Snake Books). In 1980, North Atlantic Books was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

Notable titles and authors[edit]

North Atlantic Books is the publisher of the first installment of the New York Times bestselling children's book Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, with a 10th anniversary edition of the book published in August 2011.[3] The publisher is also credited with publishing the complete thirteen-volume series of short stories from Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon.[4] Other notable works from North Atlantic include Jon Klimos's Channeling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources (1998), described by Newsweek as "the sacred text on channeling,"[5] and Patrick Doud's The Winnitok Tales, a series the Midwest Book Review praised for "memorable characters, poetic language, and driving narrative to these timeless tales that recall the classic epic adventure stories."[6] Additionally, North Atlantic has published all four volumes of poetry by Pushcart Prize-winner BJ Ward.

A major motion picture adaptation of When the Game Stands Tall (2003), starring Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis and Alexander Ludwig was scheduled to be released in fall 2014.[clarification needed]

Many notable personalities such as Oliver Sacks,[7] Henry Louis Gates Jr.,[8] and Nancy Pelosi[9] have contributed forewords to North Atlantic titles, and the publisher counts Thich Nhat Hanh,[10] Noam Chomsky,[11] and Howard Zinn[11] among those who have endorsed titles.

According to filmmaker, author, and performer Miranda July, Grossinger and Hough's daughter, she and her brother were part of the company's early operations, which included "packing Jiffy bags with books for shipment."[12] July claims her upbringing, North Atlantic Books' presence specifically, instilled in her a love of writing "that is at the basis of all the things that I do."[13]

Bestselling author and writer Jonathan Lethem has also been tied to North Atlantic Books as the publisher's first paid employee, and later provided an introduction for Theodore Sturgeon's book The Man Who Lost the Sea.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2004: BJ Ward was awarded the Pushcart Prize for his poem "Roy Orbison's Last Three Notes."[15]
  • 2008: The PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award was given to Cecil Brown for Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department?: The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities.[16]
  • 2008: Phoebe Gloeckner, author of A Child's Life and Other Stories and Diary of a Teenage Girl, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[17]
  • 2011: Publishers Weekly listed North Atlantic Books as a "Top 10 Fastest Growing Indie Publisher."[18]
  • 2011: Endless Path by Rafe Martin received a Storytelling World Resource Award in the Storytelling Collection category.[19]
  • 2011: Noach Dzmura, editor of Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, received the Lambda Literary Award for the best nonfiction piece in the Transgender category.[20]
  • 2011: Keep Your Wives Away From Them, an anthology edited by Miryam Kabakov, received a Golden Crown Literary Award in the Anthology category.[21]2012: Publishers Weekly featured North Atlantic Books in its annual "Mind, Body, Spirit" issue, noting, "As NAB approaches its 40th anniversary,... it continues to evolve within the body, mind, and spirit segment,... keep pace with changing tastes,... expand the reach of its established authors through new formats," and engage its audience through "the new NAB Communities interactive social network and web journal."[22]
  • 2013: The PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award was given to Christopher Wagstaff for A Poet's Mind: Collected Interviews of Robert Duncan.[23]

Evolver Editions[edit]

Launched in 2011, Evolver Editions is an imprint of North Atlantic Books presenting voices of the transformation movement of "psychic evolution," a spiritual counterculture that explores the concept of consciousness. The imprint is a collaboration between North Atlantic Books and Evolver LLC, which publishes the online magazine Reality Sandwich and online social network Evolver.net.[24] Topics covered by Evolver Editions' authors include shamanism, environmental design, theories in cosmology, and strategies for political organizing.[25] Key authors include Daniel Pinchbeck, José Argüelles (organizer of the 1987 Harmonic Convergence),[26] Tom Atlee, and Charles Eisenstein.[27]

Blue Snake Books[edit]

Blue Snake Books was founded in 2005 as a dedicated martial arts imprint of North Atlantic Books,[28] though the company has been publishing martial arts titles for more than 25 years.[29] Disciplines of martial arts featured include capoeira, karate, muay thai, tai chi, bagua, judo, and jujutsu.[30] Blue Snake Books authors include tai chi master Bruce Frantzis.

Io Magazine[edit]

While Grossinger attended Amherst College and Hough at Smith College in Massachusetts, they founded North Atlantic Books' progenitor Io Magazine,[31] an alternative college literary magazine in 1964, featuring work from Robert Kelly, Charles Stein, and Nels Richardson, among others. Over the next decade, Io became a counter-cultural journal mixing literature, science, and history, as it came out of Michigan, Maine, and Vermont with issues such as "Alchemy", "Doctrine of Signatures", "Ethnoastronomy", "Oecology", "Dreams", "Earth Geography", and "The Olson-Melville Sourcebooks". Io is credited with publishing early works by Stephen King (his poem, "Brooklyn August," was featured in Io Issue #10[32]), Jayne Anne Phillips, poets Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima,[22] as well as the work of writers including David Wilk, Rob Brezsny, and Phoebe Gloeckner.

In 2009, North Atlantic books created the Io Poetry Series,[33] featuring collections from under-recognized voices in American poetry. Featured poets include Gerrit Lansing, Kenneth Irby, Lindy Hough, and Lenore Kandel.[34][35] In 2010, Kenneth Irby's Io Poetry Series book The Intent On received the Poetry Society of America's 2010 Shelley Memorial Award.[36] In 2012, North Atlantic Books published Collected Poems of Lenore Kandel, which included several never-before-published poems by the Beat Generation writer and an introduction by poet Diane di Prima.[22] In 2013, it released Catching Light, a collection featuring many never-before published poems by Joanna McClure and a foreword by Michael McClure.[37]


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  2. ^ "Contact Us". North Atlantic Books. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  3. ^ Chen, Barbara (2 October 2010). "'Farting Dog' Hits Best-Seller List". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  4. ^ "Writings". The Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  5. ^ "Channeling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources". JonKlimo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  6. ^ Pohl, R.D. (15 July 2011). "Fantasy author Patrick Doud at Clarence Barnes & Noble Saturday". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  7. ^ Sacks, Mike Jay; foreword by Oliver (2014). A visionary madness : the case of James Tilly Matthews and the influencing machine. North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1583947173.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Brown, Cecil Jr. (2008). The life & loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger: a novel. Berkeley, Calif.: Frog Books. ISBN 978-1583942109.
  9. ^ Saul Bloom, ed. (1994). Hidden casualties : environmental, health and political consequences of the Persian Gulf War. San Francisco, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1556431630.
  10. ^ Holiday, Linda (2013). Journey to the heart of aikido : the teachings of Motomichi Anno sensei. ISBN 978-1583946596.
  11. ^ a b Reed, David Matlin (2004). Prisons : inside the new America : from Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib. foreword by Ishmael (2. ed.). Berkeley, Calif.: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1556435492.
  12. ^ Onstad, Katrina (14 July 2011). "Miranda July, The Make-Believer". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (17 August 2011). "Me and You and Miranda July and Berkeley". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  14. ^ "Bibliography". JonathanLethem.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  15. ^ Bill Henderson, ed. (2004). The Pushcart prize 2004 XXVIII : best of the small presses (28th ed.). Wainscott, N.Y.: Pushcart Press. ISBN 978-1888889376.
  16. ^ "PEN Oakland Awards". Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  17. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation http://www.gf.org/fellows/5443-phoebe-gloeckner
  18. ^ "Go Your Own Way". Publishers Weekly. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  19. ^ "2011 Storytelling World Resource Awards". Storytelling World. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  20. ^ "23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners". Lambda Literary. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  21. ^ "Award Winners of 2011". Golden Crown Literary Society. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
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  25. ^ Andriani, Lynn (2 September 2010). "North Atlantic Books Launches Evolver Editions". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  26. ^ Fox, Margalit (April 2, 2011). "José Argüelles, New Ager Focused on Time, Dies at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  27. ^ Trachten, Rachel (Fall 2012). "Uncommon Exchange: Doug Reil serves up a radical idea in food sharing". Edible Magazine (East Bay). Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  28. ^ "Company Profile". North Atlantic Books. Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  29. ^ "Blue Snake Books". Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  30. ^ "Blue Snake Books". North Atlantic Books. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  31. ^ "Io Magazine". LindyHough.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  32. ^ "Io Magazine #10: Baseball Issue w/ Brooklyn August (poem) by Stephen King". Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  33. ^ Karp, Evan (29 March 2011). "Lindy Hough: Wild Horses Lassoing Wild Dreams". Litseen.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  34. ^ Dinkelspiel, Frances (11 July 2011). "Berkeley poet draws on life and locale for inspiration". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  35. ^ Karp, Evan (12 April 2011). "Veteran Publisher and Writer Lindy Hough Pursues Artistic Vision After More than 40 Years". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  36. ^ "Shelley Winners". Poetry Society of America. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
  37. ^ McClure, Joanna (2013). Catching light : collected poems of Joanna McClure. Christopher Wagstaff (introduction). Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 9781583946138.

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