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A really rich life
Bruce Rutledge
August 22, 2020

We are launching an environmental imprint
Bruce Rutledge
August 3, 2020

Announcing our autobiographical novel writing contest
Bruce Rutledge
July 24, 2020

Discover Nikkei reviews Persimmon and Frog
Bruce Rutledge
May 13, 2020

For Ellis
David Rutledge
April 9, 2020

A Review of The Italian Barrel, 1240 Decatur
David Rutledge
March 30, 2020

Report from the French Quarter
David Rutledge
March 25, 2020

A Vida Count of Our Very Own
Tracy Wang
October 25, 2017

Bookshelves: the Ideal, the DIY, and the Real Life
Emmaline Cotter
June 5, 2017

Eggnog, Hot Cider, Mulled Wine, and What Else?
Jin Chang
December 15, 2016

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Hurricane Story revisited
Bruce Rutledge
August 26, 2015

Anyone who has followed our press knows we have a tendency to zig and zag and redefine our mission on the run when we find work that moves us. We started out focused on Japan, then turned our eyes to New Orleans nearly 10 years ago when the levees broke, and since then, we've done books about pie, river treks, sushi, even eyepopping art.

One important zag came in 2011 when photographer Jennifer Shaw pitched us her eloquent visual memoir Hurricane Story. We hadn't thought of doing photography books until that moment, but the power of the photographs and the dramatic art of the story gripped us. I'm proud that we were able to publish the book in 2011.

Today, we're launching our first enhanced ebook—until now we haven't had the time or energy to do more than turn our books into digital files. But Jennifer connected us with Tina Henderson, who helped us rethink the book for digital platforms. The design has been updated, the colors tweaked, the table of contents is interactive, the map is animated and an embedded audio file contains an interview of Jennifer by former Times-Picayune book editor and current radio host Susan Larson. In short, we finally created an ebook that is up to our fairly rigorous aesthetic standards. It's available through our store and will soon be live on Amazon and Apple ibookstore and anywhere else people buy ebooks. We hope you enjoy it. Look for more ebooks that reinterpret our physical books soon.

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