Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy 40th - Third World Press

Third World Press founder Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti recently celebrated forty years as an independent publisher. He said:

“Forty years of success is remarkable for any independent company, and in the book publishing industry it’s nothing less than extraordinary. But we believed that the writers of America’s Black literature needed the support of a Black-owned, culturally specific publishing house as a venue for their work, and that has always been the company’s guiding beacon."
You may be familiar with Third World Press publishers of works by poet Gwendolyn Brooks, novelist Gloria Naylor, and the Tavis Smiley's NY Times Best Seller The Covenant with Black America, which has sold more than 400,000 copies. With this book, Third World Press became the first African-American owned publishing company to have a book on the Times list.

Third World Press has also published children's books, including Gwendolyn Brooks's 1974 story, The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, a book about tolerance. Congratulations on 40 years!

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