The New Press has published nearly 1,000 books since its founding in 1992 as a high-minded not-for-profit operation. Every publisher is in the business of finding audiences, but The New Press differs from commercial publishers in how it discovers readers: with an emphasis on contemporary social issues, part of its mission is to broaden audiences for serious work–especially those “intellectually red-lined by commercial publishers.” It seeks to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, and in general bring to attention works which both observe and influence a society where the real pace of change is only hinted at by Moore’s Law. Or as Elie Wiesel is quoted as saying on the New Press site: “What you are doing is stimulating, interesting, useful, and beautiful, very beautiful. Bravo!”
Most informed world citizens already receive information originally brought to light through New Press books, even if the connection is indirect. Many of the thought leaders and influencers published here hear their ideas echoed and debated around the world. That radio program you just heard about public defenders? It was inspired by Chasing Gideon, Karen Houppert’s New Press book on the subject. How about the raging battle of the future of the world’s food supply? Foodopoly, by Wenonah Hauter, will guide you. Remember the “soft bigotry of low expectations”–the most articulate phrase George W. Bush ever uttered as president? MacArthur genius Lisa Delpit’s “Multiplication Is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children covers that ground. The New Press receives support from nearly 40 private foundations, yet retains an admirable focus on the public.