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Chelsea Green Selected New England Publisher of the Year

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Saturley, (802) 295-6300, ext. 106

The New England Booksellers Association, representing 400 independent bookstores in New England and New York, announces the 2005 winners of the New England Book Awards: Chelsea Green for Publishing; Marc Simont for Children’s; Jane Brox for Non-fiction; William Martin for Fiction .

Presented annually, the New England Book Awards were established in 1990 to recognize New England authors and publishers who have produced a body of work that stands as a significant contribution to the region’s literature. Each author award is accompanied by a $500 grant from NEBA to a literacy organization chosen by the winner.

The awards presentation takes place from Noon to 2:30 pm on Friday September 16 at the “Awards Luncheon” during the New England Booksellers Association Trade Show at The Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Founded in 1984 by Ian and Margo Baldwin, Chelsea Green Publishing is regarded as the preeminent publisher of books on sustainable living, with well over 200 titles in print. In 2003 the company began to reorient its editorial mission to reflect what Arundhati Roy calls, “Not the politics of governance, but the politics of resistance. The politics of opposition. The politics of forcing accountability. The politics of slowing things down. The politics of joining hands across the world and preventing certain destruction.” It is the new, vibrant politics of sustainable living.

Chelsea Green states that “our aim is to publish hard-hitting works by major writers, thinkers, and activists exposing the global governmental and corporate assault on life. We seek to promote better understanding of natural systems as a global commons. We seek to empower citizens to participate in reclaiming the commons, to serve as its effective stewards, and to help mitigate worldwide social and environmental disruptions.”

Chelsea Green thus sees publishing as a tool for effecting cultural change. While continuing its 20-year commitment to remain at the forefront of information about green building, organic growing, and renewable energy — —the practical aspects of sustainability— — Chelsea Green is also publishing with a heightened sense of urgency for a new politics of sustainability, for the cultural resistance that living demands of us now.

“Given what’s going on in the world today,” Chelsea Green believes “it has never been more important that the oppositional voices of independent publishers be preserved. The consolidation of mainstream media into ever more gigantic entertainment empires threatens the essence of democratic debate and freedom of expression.”

The New England Book Award winners are selected by the NEBA Awards Committee: Chair Linda Ramsdell, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT; Rondi Brower, Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers, Kinderhook, NY; Sue Little, Jabberwocky Bookshop and Café, Newburyport, MA; Neil Novik, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA; Willard Williams, Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH.


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