About Latah Books

Located in downtown Spokane, Washington, Latah Books is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the publication of meaningful, well-crafted books and to helping fill the interstitial spaces in our literary community.

 

We are proud to collaborate with numerous award-winning and bestselling authors, and we especially enjoy supporting the careers of writers typically underrepresented and overlooked in today’s literary ecosystem: authors from rural and small-town America, authors from working-class and blue collar backgrounds, and authors of color. While we can only publish a small percentage of the manuscripts we receive through our traditional publishing program, our mission is to support as many emerging authors as possible through our writing workshops and Indie Support program. 

Why Latah?

A Nez Perce word, Latah (pronounced LAY-tə) is the name of the creek along which most of our staff has lived, worked, recreated, meditated and fallen in love for many years. Latah Creek is a modest but vital stream flowing onward to greater waters. We can't imagine a more fitting name for the spirit of our enterprise, and for honoring the legacy of those who cultivated this land before us.

Why Nonprofit?

 

Meaningful literature is essential to a thriving, democratic society, yet many of the most enlightening and innovative books cannot generate enough revenue to be published successfully with a traditional, market-driven approach. Latah Books was granted nonprofit status to help ensure that quality literature is available to readers, regardless of profit. Our 501(c)(3) status allows us to expand on the success of our traditional publishing program while unlocking vital book projects that require alternative funding sources, such as longform investigative journalism, books by prisoners, community collections, and reissuing important out-of-print books. Being a nonprofit also allows us to better support community literacy through writing workshops, book donation drives and other creative initiatives in development.

Did the world really need another literary organization?

Apparently it did! To our delight, Latah Books continues to flourish and find more opportunities to share our authors' vital and inspiring work. While we have tremendous respect for the major New York publishers, we ardently believe that a healthy literary ecosystem includes many thriving small presses and intrepid indie authors throughout America and abroad. Latah Books is proud to contribute to the decentralization and democratization of quality literature.

What book projects is Latah Books excited to soon publish?

  • Child, Revised by beloved Spokesman-Review columnist Ammi Midstokke, a memoir about living off-the-grid as a child and a mother in rural Idaho.

  • Ember by Montanan Jesse Fister, a memoir documenting his perilous journey to discover himself through the rigors of wilderness survival. 

  • A Shrug of the Shoulders by Elaine Cockrell, a historical novel dramatizing the WII-era internment of Americans of Japanese descent in eastern Oregon.

  • The Primal Mind: A Book for Emerging Men by Gregory Koufacos, a personal-professional memoir by a therapist who knows how to reach young men on the brink because he once was one.

Who distributes your books?

Our books are currently distributed by American West Books, Benjamin News Group, Ingram Content Group, Bookshop, Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

How do I submit my manuscript to Latah Books?

If you've poured your heart and soul into your manuscript and feel that it's ready for publication, then please review our Submissions page and submit your work via Submittable. 

 

 


                        

 

Who should I contact if I'm an industry professional?

 

For inquiries related to publicity, distribution, events, reviews, permissions or bulk ordering, please email Kevin Breen at kevin@latahbooks.com. 

Anything else?

Regardless of who you are and why you are here, we hope that you stay healthy and inspired during these unprecedented times. 

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