Rhonda Hughes



Rhonda Hughes is the publisher at Hawthorne Books in Portland, Oregon. Now in its 17th year, Hawthorne has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Oregon Book Award, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writer Award, The Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, and many others. Film options and publishing rights to Hawthorne’s works have been sold worldwide.

Prior to founding Hawthorne, Ms. Hughes had an extensive career in book production and printing. She led production for Toppan Printing in San Francisco, working with leading publishers such as Chronicle Books, University of California Press, and Twelve Trees/Twin Palms to produce high-quality gravure art and photography books before moving on to serve as director of international sales for a print broker. In 1992, she founded Print Vision and has produced books and publications for clients including Gibbs Smith, McGraw-Hill, Sasquatch Books, Tin House, Chronicle Books, and Portal Publications.

Ms. Hughes is known for her keen sense of story, a deep commitment to her authors, and bottom-line sensibility when bringing work to market. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and completed the Yale Publishing Course.


On the Hawthorne Books Blog

Hawthorne makes introductions

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 19 March 2013

Imagine going to a party and someone is there to take you in hand, guide you though the room, and introduce you to the guests. These introductions increase the odds that even the most timid...Forward

What we're reading

Posted by Rhonda Hughes on 16 November 2012

We haven’t done one of these installments for a while (here’s what we were reading last February) so we’re coming at you with one now that the days are shorter and colder and as a result...Forward