Small Beer Press

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Small Beer Press
Founded 2000
Founder Gavin Grant and Kelly Link
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Northampton, Massachusetts
Distribution Consortium
Official website

Small Beer Press is a publisher of fantasy and literary fiction, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was founded by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link in 2000 and publishes novels, collections, and anthologies. It also publishes the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, chapbooks, the Peapod Classics line of classic reprints, and limited edition printings of certain titles. The Press has often been acknowledged for spearheading a genre described as "new wave fabulism"[1][verification needed] and praised for its children and young-adult publications,[2] though it is also recognized as a leading small-publisher of literary science-fiction and fantasy.[3]

According to the Press' website: "Small Beer Press books have: won the Philip K. Dick Award; sold reprint rights to the UK, Finland, Japan, Turkey, Hungary, Latin America, Romania, Russia, and Italy; been nominated for the Impac Prize and finalists for the Story Prize, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards; been chosen as best of the year by Booklist, Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Locus among others; been reprinted by Penguin and iBooks; been Book Sense picks; been excerpted on; and have received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal".[4][not in citation given] Authors published to date include Kate Wilhelm, John Crowley, Sean Stewart, Maureen McHugh, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Kelly Link, Carol Emshwiller, Ray Vukcevich, Joan Aiken, Howard Waldrop, Ellen Kushner, John Kessel, and Alan DeNiro.

Small Beer Press is also known for its political liberalism, releasing many of its publications in both print and Creative Commons-licensed electronic format and during the 2008 Presidential race donating 20% of their October sales to Barack Obama's campaign. In a 2008 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Gavin Grant said, "I am an immigrant and small-business owner who is very interested in immigration, health insurance issues, tax plans and so on, and I support Obama".[5]


Big Mouth House - Created in 2008 to publish works of fiction for all ages. The imprint first began publishing with the appearance of a complete collection of celebrated English novelist Joan Aiken's Armitage Family short stories, originally published separately between 1953 and 1984.

Peapod Classics - Created in 2004 to reprint classic works of fiction. To date the imprint has published three volumes, debuting with the influential first novel of Carol Emshwiller, Carmen Dog, a feminist work first published by Mercury House in 1990 and out of print since then.

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet[edit]

Founded by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link (who jokingly characterize the zine as "Laterally Cut Rigid Wedges" on their website[6]) in 1996 and first printed in 1997, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet is a biannual, Hugo Award-nominated zine that primarily publishes fiction, drawing on a diverse pool of prominent and lesser known authors writing within a variety of genres, though it also publishes smaller selections of poetry, essays and non-fiction, comics and art, and features cover-art from a number of different artists. Each issue is typically between 50 and 70 pages long. The zine published its 23rd issue in November 2008.

In 2007, Del Rey Books published a 416-page anthology of fiction published in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, edited by Grant and Link, titled The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

Small Beer Press publications[edit]











Creative Commons Licensed Works[edit]

Small Beer Press maintains a collection of Creative Commons Licensed audiobooks, ebooks, and stories, in a variety of formats.[7]


  1. ^ Winter, Jessica. "Make it weird" in The Boston Globe, October 8, 2008.
  2. ^ Rosen, Judith. "Small Beer, for Children" in Publishers Weekly, September 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Topham, Jeff. "Gavin Grant of Small Beer Press: RevolutionSF Interview" at RevolutionSF, July 18, 2002.
  4. ^ "About | Small Beer Press". Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  5. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn. "Small Beer's pro-Obama sale" in the Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2008.
  6. ^ "L C R W is 18 so can vote, drive, fight but not drink. Ugh". 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Creative Commons Licensed Works". Small Beer Press. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 

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