Seven Stories Press

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Seven Stories Press
FounderDan Simon
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City, New York, United States
DistributionPenguin Random House Publisher Services (US)
Turnaround Publisher Services (UK)[1]
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsTriangle Square, Siete Cuentos

Seven Stories Press is an independent American publishing company. Centered in New York City, the company was founded by editor Dan Simon in 1995, after establishing[2] Four Walls Eight Windows with John Oakes.[3] The company was named for its seven founding authors: Annie Ernaux, Gary Null, the estate of Nelson Algren, Project Censored, Octavia E. Butler, Charley Rosen, and Vassilis Vassilikos, all of whom have continued to publish with Seven Stories.[4]

Seven Stories Press states that they "publish works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience."[5] Seven Stories also publishes a wide range of literature, National Book Award–winning poetry collections, and translations in prose and poetry from French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic.[6][7]

Free speech[edit]

Seven Stories believes publishers have a special responsibility to defend free speech and human rights. On several notable occasions, Seven Stories has stepped in to publish important books that were being refused the right to publish for political reasons,[citation needed] including Dark Alliance by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Gary Webb, Citizen Newhouse by Carol Felsenthal, The Others by pseudonymous Saudi Arabian lesbian author Seba al-Herz, and All Things Censored by distinguished journalist and death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Foreign fiction[edit]

Seven Stories is an active publisher of works of literature in translation, including The Few Things I Know About Glafkos Thrassakis by Vassilis Vassilikos, The Old Garden by Hwang Sok-yong and Jean Giono’s The Solitude of Compassion. Seven Stories has introduced new translations of underappreciated classics like Ivan Goncharov’s Oblomov, while also seeking works by emerging international voices, like Céline Curiol's Voice Over, Johan Harstad’s Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You in All The Confusion? and Andri Snær Magnason's LoveStar and The Story of the Blue Planet. Recent translations include Operation Massacre by Rodolfo Walsh and The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel.

Siete Cuentos[edit]

Launched in 2000, Seven Stories’ Spanish-language imprint, Siete Cuentos Editorial, represents an effort to introduce a selection English-language texts to Spanish-language readers. Siete Cuentos has published Spanish-language editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves (Nuestros cuerpos, nuestras vidas) and Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States (La otra historia de los Estados Unidos.) Siete Cuentos has published new and classic works of literature by Ariel Dorfman, including Death and the Maiden (La muerte y la doncella) and Heading South, Looking North (Rumbo al sur, deseando el norte), as well as fiction by Ángela Vallvey and Sonia Rivera-Valdés. Recent Spanish translations include Charles C. Mann's 1491 (Una nueva historia de la Americas antes de Colon).

Triangle Square, books for young readers[edit]

The new imprint from Seven Stories Press was launched in 2012 and combines social justice and good storytelling to a reading audience of young adults and children. Triangle Square supports the struggle for social justice and restoration of the environment, kid's rights, and freedom of the imagination. Triangle Square titles include The Story of the Blue Planet by Andri Snær Magnason, Trevor by James Lecesne, 'Do You Dream in Color?" by Laurie Rubin, A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, and A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff. Titles include What Makes A Baby and Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, A is for Activist and Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara, and The Third Chimpanzee for Young People by Jared Diamond, adapted by Rebecca Stefoff.

Authors published by Seven Stories[edit]



Siete Cuentos[edit]

* indicates authors whose work was published in Spanish translation

Triangle Square[edit]

Award-winning work[edit]

Kia Corthron
2016 — Winner Center for Fiction First Novel Prize[8] for The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
Aharon Appelfeld
2016 — Winner Sydney Taylor Book Award[9] for Adam and Thomas
2016 — Batchelder Honor[10] for Adam and Thomas
Luis Negrón
2014 — Winner Lambda Award for Gay General Fiction[11] for Mundo Cruel
Guadalupe Nettel
2014 — Winner Herralde Novel Prize[12] for Después del Invierno, the Body Where I was Born
Project Censored
2014 — Winner Whistleblower Summit’s Pillar Award[13] for New Media and Journalism
Stephanie McMillan
2012 — Winner Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award[14] in Cartoon for The Beginning of the American Fall and Code Green. Originally commissioned by the Cartoon Movement, The Beginning of the American Fall is now available through Seven Stories and expanded on in the minimum security chronicles.

2001 — Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Independent Press of the Year[15]


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  14. ^ "44th Annual RFK Journalism Awards (for 2011 Coverage)". Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Retrieved December 8, 2016. External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ Firecracker Alternative Book Awards. Readers Read.

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