In 2020, Islandport Press celebrates its 20th anniversary and we couldn't be more proud given the radical and disruptive change that has swept through the book industry since we published Hauling by Hand: The Life and Times of a Maine Island in the spring of 2000. Publisher Dean Lunt started the company in his Yarmouth basement and shipped early book orders from his garage, at times in temperatures so cold he had to plug in spot heaters so the tape would stick to the cardboard boxes. Today we have published more than 200 titles, not only original books, but also out-of-print books that we have revived and brought new attention to both the book and the author. Finding hidden gems whether in the guise of a new author or a forgotten classic is something we treasure and take great pride in doing.
Islandport now employs five full-time staffers—Dean, Holly, Shannon, Teresa, and Taylor—and work with a host of contributing editors and freelance professionals. One thing that hasn't changed is that form the beginning we have been dedicated to this mission:
Islandport is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. We strive to capture and explore the grit, heart, beauty, and infectious spirit of the region by telling tales, real and imagined, that can be appreciated in many forms by readers, dreamers, and adventurers everywhere.
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