Two Dollar Radio

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Two Dollar Radio
Founded 2005
Founder Eric Obenauf, Eliza Wood-Obenauf, Brian Obenauf
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Columbus, Ohio
Distribution Consortium Books Sales and Distribution, Turnaround Publisher Services
Publication types The Drop Edge of Yonder, The Orange Eats Creeps, Crapalachia
Fiction genres Literary fiction & micro-budget film
Official website

Two Dollar Radio started as an independent publishing house based in Columbus, Ohio, also known as The Two Dollar Radio Movement. The company was founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Eric Obenauf and Eliza Jane Wood, with Brian Obenauf. The press specializes in literary fiction. In 2013 they launched their micro-budget film division, Two Dollar Radio "Moving Pictures."


In 2008, the publishers were profiled as part of Publishers Weekly’s 50 Under 40 series, which focuses on 50 young individuals involved in publishing to be aware of.[1]

The Brooklyn Rail credits the press with publishing "some of the finest work of contemporary fiction," [2] while Publishing Perspectives called them "a budding literary movement." [3] Popular literature website HTML Giant calls Two Dollar Radio "the hippest, most adventuresome publisher in the United States." [4]

The press occasionally works with outside artists on jacket designs. Esteemed NYC artist Barbara Kruger designed the cover to Gary Indiana’s seventh novel, The Shanghai Gesture, published in April 2009. Photographer Lynn Davis provided the cover photographs for her husband Rudolph Wurlitzer’s four novels that the press has published. San Francisco-based collage artist, Aubrey Rhodes designed the jacket for Joshua Mohr’s second novel, Termite Parade, published in July 2010. Two works of art by Mat Brinkman were used in The Orange Eats Creeps — one on the cover and one as a frontispiece. Two works of art by Michael Salerno of Kiddiepunk were used in Mira Corpora, on the front and back covers, as well as frontispiece and end piece. Ricardo Cavolo's ink-on-paper piece, 1937, is featured on the cover of How to Get Into the Twin Palms.

Two Dollar Radio is distributed in the US and Canada by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution, and internationally by Turnaround Publisher Services.


Authors published by Two Dollar Radio include Rudolph Wurlitzer, Jay Neugeboren, Gary Indiana, Scott Bradfield, Amy Koppelman, Lawrence Shainberg, Francis Levy, Anthony Neil Smith, Joshua Mohr, Xiaoda Xiao, Grace Krilanovich, Barbara Browning, Scott Bradfield, Trinie Dalton, Jeff Jackson, Bennett Sims, Scott McClanahan, Anne-Marie Kinney, Karolina Waclawiak, among others.

The press has reissued three Rudolph Wurlitzer novels, Nog, Flats, and Quake and published Wurlitzer's first novel in 24 years, The Drop Edge of Yonder. The book was named Best Book of 2008 by Time Out New York,[5] won Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Gold Medal in Literary Fiction,[6] and was a Believer Magazine Reader’s Choice Top-20 Pick.[7]

1940, award-winning novelist Jay Neugeboren's first new novel in two decades, was on the long list for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[8]

Francis Levy’s debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was a Queerty Top 10 Book of 2008[9] and named a Standout Book of the Year by Inland Empire Weekly.[10]

Joshua Mohr's first novel, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, was one of O: The Oprah Magazine's 10 Terrific Reads of 2009,[11] a Huffington Post Best Small Press Book of the Year,[12] a Nervous Breakdown Best Book of 2009,[13] and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller.[14] His second novel, Termite Parade, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.[15]

Grace Krilanovich, author of The Orange Eats Creeps, was selected as a National Book Foundation 2010 "5 Under 35" Honoree[16] (selected by Scott Spencer, Fiction Finalist for A Ship Made of Paper, 2003; Fiction Finalist for Endless Love, 1980 and 1981). The Orange Eats Creeps was selected as one of's Best Books of 2010 in the category of Science Fiction & Fantasy,[17] was named a Top 10 Book of 2010 by Shelf Unbound,[18] was a NPR Best Books of 2010,[19] and a The Believer Book Award Finalist in 2010.[20]

Barbara Browning's debut novel, The Correspondence Artist, won a Lambda Literary Award and an Independent Books Publishers Award for Literary Fiction, while her second novel, I'm Trying to Reach You, was a The Believer Book Award Finalist in 2012. [21]

Bennett Sims' debut novel, A Questionable Shape, won the Bard Fiction Prize for 2014, awarded by Bard College. [22]


In 2013, the company announced the formation of a micro-budget film division, Two Dollar Radio Moving Pictures, [23] an expansion that the Tribeca Film Festival speculated could be "a real watershed moment in film." [24]

The initial three films in pre-production are I'm Not Patrick, written and to be directed by the company's editorial director, Eric Obenauf, The Removals, written by Nicholas Rombes and to be directed by Grace Krilanovich, and The Greenbrier Ghost, written by and to be directed by Scott McClanahan and Chris Oxley, based upon the true story of the Greenbrier Ghost.


  1. ^ Andriani, Lynn. "50 Under 40: Indie publishers in the Midwest ", Publishers Weekly, May 5, 2008. Accessed September 27, 2009.
  2. ^ [1], Gottlieb, Benjamin. "Seven Days in Rio", The Brooklyn Rail, November 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Duhr, David. "Over-turning the Lemonade-stand Culture of Literature", Publishing Perspectives, February 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Minor, Kyle. "Two Dollar Radio Expands Into Film Production", HTML Giant, September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Miller, Michael. "Books: The best (and worst) of 2008", Time Out New York, December 18, 2008. Accessed September 27, 2009.
  6. ^ "Books of the Year Award Winners", ForeWord, June, 2009. Accessed September 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "The Believer Book Award, READER SURVEY RESULTS", The Believer, March, 2009. Accessed October 2, 2009. #19—The Drop Edge of Yonder—Rudolph Wurlitzer
  8. ^ "The 2010 Award", International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, November 2, 2009. Accessed October 6, 2010.
  9. ^ "Top 10 Books of '08 That Belong on A Gay's Bookshelf",, December 30, 2008. Accessed October 2, 2009. #3— Erotomania by Francis Levy
  10. ^ Kohlhaase, Bill. "Read This!", Inland Empire Weekly, December 30, 2008. Accessed October 2, 2009
  11. ^ "10 Terrific Reads of 2009", O: The Oprah Magazine, November 18, 2009. Accessed March 19, 2010. #8—Some Things That Meant the World to by Joshua Mohr
  12. ^ "The Year's 9 Best Books From Small Publishers", Huffington Post, December 31, 2009. Accessed March 19, 2010. #1—Some Things That Meant the World to by Joshua Mohr
  13. ^ " Best Books of 2009 ", The Nervous Breakdown, December 14, 2009. Accessed March 19, 2010. #10—Some Things That Meant the World to by Joshua Mohr
  14. ^ "San Francisco Chronicle Best-Sellers June 14, 2009", San Francisco Chronicle, June 14, 2009. Accessed October 6, 2010.
  15. ^ "Editors' Choice", New York Times Book Review, July 30, 2010. Accessed Sept 24, 2010.
  16. ^ "The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Fiction, 2010", National Book Foundation, October 5, 2010. Accessed October 5, 2010.
  17. ^ "Top 10 Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy",, November 4, 2010. Accessed November 5, 2010.
  18. ^ "Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine’s Top 10 Books of 2010", Shelf Unbound, November 18, 2010. Accessed November 19, 2010
  19. ^ "Weird And Wonderful Books: 2010's Hidden Gems" NPR, December 21, 2010. Accessed November 13, 2011
  20. ^ [2]The Believer (magazine), March/April 2011. Accessed November 13, 2011.
  21. ^ [3]The Believer (magazine), March/April 2013.
  22. ^ [4]Bard College.
  23. ^ Kirch, Claire. "Two Dollar Radio Expands Into Film Production", Publishers Weekly, September 22, 2013.
  24. ^ Wigon, Zachary. "Racking Focus: Two Dollar Radio and the Next Step for Micro-Budget Cinema", Tribeca Film Festival Future of Film, October 15, 2013.

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