Indie Press Corner - Dorothy, a Publishing Project

Hey you indie press lover,

So you're looking for my next love letter? Search no more.

Maybe you’ve noticed the selection of nearly-square books on our curated indie press shelf and wondered, “What are these beautiful, readable objects?”

Well, I'm going to tell you about your soon-to-be obsession, Dorothy, a Publishing Project. Named after Dorothy Traver, librarian, author, gardener, animal-lover, bookmobile-driver, and great-aunt of editor-in-chief, Danielle Dutton, Dorothy, a Publishing Project is dedicated to works of fiction (or near fiction or about fiction) mostly by women.

Dutton and her husband, Martin Riker run Dorothy out of St. Louis, where they teach at Washington University. The two met in Chicago and later both worked for Dalkey Archive Press. Dutton said, “Dalkey introduced me to a space where really good writing was happening on a global stage. Yet it also frustrated me — as I became more aware of this larger literary world — that the world I’d known before seemed so divided from it. I thought it would be neat to publish books that were kind of further out there aesthetically alongside books that were more accessible, together as one conversation.” Since, Dorothy has released books from emerging and established authors including the late surrealist painter, Lenora Carrington, and their latest contemporary releases from (Volumes staff favorite) Cristina Rivera Garza and (my personal favorite) Sabrina Orah Mark.

The editors are writers, as well. Danielle Dutton’s Sprawl has been re-released this year by Wave Books and Martin Riker’s debut novel Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return is now out via Coffee House Press.

Dorothy editors Riker and Dutton

I’ve loved every book Dorothy has released thus far, and look forward to reading more!

As always, feel free to stop me in the store and talk about indie presses.



The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997366648
Availability: BackOrdered

Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - April 28th, 2017

Wild Milk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997366686
Availability: BackOrdered

Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2018

Promising Young Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9780984469352
Availability: Not in Stock... Available to ship in 3-5 days

Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 9th, 2012

Sprawl Cover Image
By Danielle Dutton, Renee Gladman (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781940696775
Availability: Not in Stock... Available to ship in 3-5 days

Published: Wave Books - September 4th, 2018

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895286
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Coffee House Press - October 9th, 2018