Seven Stories Press

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Seven Stories Press
Industry Books, printing and publishing
Founded 1995
Founder Dan Simon
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States

Seven Stories Press is an independent publishing company. Located in New York City, the company was founded by editor Dan Simon in 1995 after he parted company with Four Walls Eight Windows. 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.[1]

Seven Stories Press publishes works of the imagination and political titles by voices of conscience. While most widely known for its books on politics, human rights, and social and economic justice, Seven Stories continues to champion literature, with a list encompassing both innovative debut novels and National Book Award–winning poetry collections, as well as prose and poetry translations from French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian, Greek, Polish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic.

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, 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. Upcoming 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 ongoing effort to introduce important 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. Upcoming 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.

Fiction authors published by Seven Stories[edit]

Nonfiction authors and groups published by Seven Stories[edit]


  • Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Independent Press of the Year, 2001[2]


  1. ^ Witherell, Amanda. Gaps in coverage. Reno News & Review. 23 October 2008.
  2. ^ Firecracker Alternative Book Awards. Readers Read.

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