Hawthorne Books is an independent literary press based in Portland, Oregon, with a national scope and deep regional roots. For more than a decade, our focus has been on literary fiction and nonfiction with innovative and varied approaches to the relationships between essay, memoir, and narrative. If we specialize in anything, it’s in finding superb writing and giving it the attention it deserves.
That attention manifests itself in careful, collaborative editing and a fierce commitment to the dignity of the book and its reader. Hawthorne titles are original paperbacks. Our books offer qualities such as meticulous design and typography, acid-free papers, sewn bindings, nonscuff matte lamination, and double-scored cover flaps that are engineered to function as bookmarks. The writing is meant to last; so is the book.
Since 2001, Hawthorne titles have been consistently shortlisted for respected literary awards. And we’ve won more than a few of them. Hawthorne is a go-to independent small press for the playful and deeply literary. More importantly, we have developed a loyal community of readers and writers.