Pelican Publishing Company

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Pelican Publishing Company
Pelican Publishing Company logo.jpg
Founded 1926
Founder John McClure
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Gretna, Louisiana
Distribution United States and worldwide
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics history, travel guides, art, architecture, children's books, textbooks, Louisiana
Official website

Pelican Publishing Company is a book publisher based in Gretna, a suburb of New Orleans. Formed in 1926, Pelican is the largest independent trade book publisher located in the U.S. South. Pelican publishes approximately 60 titles per year and maintains a backlist of over 2500 books.[1] Most of its titles relate to Louisiana and Southern culture, cuisine, art, travel guides, history, children's books, and textbooks.


Formed in 1926 by John McClure, Pelican was tied early in its history to William Faulkner and Stuart O. Landry. In 1970, Dr. Milburn E. Calhoun and family acquired Pelican. Calhoun served as company president and publisher prior to his death in 2012. Since his passing, daughter Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton has occupied his place as publisher and president.


Euan Hague, an academic who researches white supremacy, calls Pelican "the most prominent publisher of neo-Confederate texts".[2]

Significant titles[edit]

Pelican Publishing Company has produced many noteworthy titles, including the following:

  • Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy by Brandon Ray Kirk, which tells the story of the Lincoln County Feud.[3]
  • The Cavalry Battle that Saved the Union: Custer vs. Stuart at Gettysburg, Paul D. Walker, Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, LA, 2002
  • Clovis Crawfish, a children's series by Mary Alice Fontenot
  • The Maverick Guide (series): A series of travel guides begun by Robert W. Bone (author).
  • New Orleans Classic Cookbook Series featuring Desserts, Appetizers, Seafood and Gumbos & Soups, also by Kit Wohl
  • See You at the Top, the first book by motivational business speaker Zig Ziglar
  • The South Was Right! by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald Kennedy: A controversial historical perspective that argues that the Confederacy had the right to secede from the Union.


  1. ^ Herman, Jeff (2012). Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc. p. 269. ISBN 9781402260612. 
  2. ^ Hague, Euan. "The Neo-Confederate Movement". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Kirk, Brandon. "Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy". Pelican Publishing Company. Retrieved 26 December 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ Bill Keith (2009). The Commissioner: A True Story of Deceit, Dishonor, and Death. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-58980-655-9. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 

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