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Since its founding in 1985, Mercury House has published the work of emerging American writers and critically acclaimed representatives of world literature. The house is guided by a dedication to literary values, to works of social significance, and to the free exchange of ideas. Yet its primary goal is more specific than that: Mercury House promotes authors overlooked by the increasingly commercial publishing industry centered in New York. Its publishing program serves the rich literary traditions of the San Francisco Bay Area, of the West Coast, and of world authors whose books are influential and important but do not sell in high quantities. Mercury House serves a crucial cultural and political function, filling the gap left by small independent presses that have either gone out of business or been absorbed by larger publishing firms.
Located in San Francisco, Mercury House is a small independent publisher of quality books. We publish a healthy mix of fiction (novels, story collections, literary classics, and works in translation) and nonfiction in areas such as environment and nature, literary travel, film and performing arts, human rights and indigenous peoples, women's studies, biography and memoirs, and literary topics. In a year we publish approximately 5 books, divided into two seasonal lists of spring/summer and fall/winter. Our books are distinguished by editorial care, design and production excellence, and creative and effective marketing.
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