Hidden River Press
A press specializing in literary fiction and non-fiction, in collections and anthologies of great writing, Hidden River Press is making its mark in the independent small press community. As an imprint of Hidden River Publishing, our aim to is to provide high-quality literature to a readership hungry for the kind of work that has had a hard time finding a home in the corporate publishing world.
Our inaugural publication, DeWitt Henry’s memoir, Sweet Dreams: a family history, was published in 2011. Read more about this on our Author’s interviews page, where DeWitt talks to us about his inspiration for the book, and about his journey in writing it.
Forthcoming with Hidden River Press:
We are pleased to announce that we have several new titles which will be published in 2019/2020 on Hidden River Press.
Jeffrey Voccola, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, is the inaugural winner of our Blue Mountain Novel Award for Kings Row, a novel that explores the anger and violence existing in many areas of the U.S. right now, through the lens of a murder. A struggling working class "townie" murders a freshman in a post-industrial area of Pennsylvania. The murder further polarizes the population and tears open the resentments, prejudices and deep wounds caused by years of want and struggle. Since the economic struggles of those in Rust Belt and post-industrial areas continues to create great misery, and since the growing hostility among different portions of our population continues as well, Kings Row feels like an important book for a terrible time in our country's history.
Carol Tyx of Iowa City, IA, is our inaugural winner of the Willow Run Poetry Book Award for her manuscript, Remaking Achilles: Slicing Into Angola's History. Her collection is focused on a wrenching event that took place in 1951 at the Angola prison in Louisiana, where overworked and abused inmates cut their own achilles tendons in order to cripple themselves in protest of the brutality they faced in the prison. Given the issues of mass incarceration and prison labor abuse that is still very much relevant in our time, Tyx's book will, we believe, become essential reading on a very important topic.
Marjorie Sandor, of Corvallis, Oregon, is the inaugural winner of our Tuscarora Award in Historical Fiction for her novel, The Secret Music at Tordesillas. Her novel is set in 16th Century Spain, and explores the terror and injustice of the Spanish Inquisition through the life of Juan de Granada, court musician to Ferdinand and Isabella who was forced to convert from Judaism to Christianity. The novel explores a rarely explored (and nearly entirely undocumented) aspect of the Spanish Inquisition: the fate of forbidden artistic practices under its wide net of cultural and religious oppression.
We here at Hidden River are thrilled to announce each of these forthcoming titles, and will provide more information as the time of their release draws nearer.
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