Curious about how we got our start? Read more in Lithub’s “The Origin Stories of 21 Indie Presses,” where editorial director Jack Shoemaker explains the birth of Counterpoint.
November 10, 2015
COUNTERPOINT PRESS, 1995
Origin story: “I had joined with Frank Pearl to found Counterpoint several years after closing North Point Press. Several of the writers I had worked with at North Point remained with me as we worked together to found a new independent literary press. We were engaged with several cultural and political issues, including the new environmentalist movement that was refining itself in the 90s. Snyder’s work was central to that effort. Looking back at the list of titles we announced in our first catalogue for Fall, 1995, 20 years ago, it is interesting to see how that mix of titles both summarized the past and predicted our future work as independent publishers. What was conspicuously lacking in that first list was fiction, which we quickly corrected the very next season by issuing novels and stories by Gina Berriault, Wendell Berry, Guy Davenport, Yasunari Kawabata, and Ed McClanahan.” –Jack Shoemaker, Editorial Director