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Huckleberry House is a rising midlist publisher, dedicated to serving its readership by delivering high-quality fiction and nonfiction, penned by emerging writers.

Our logo depicts an 1847 R. Hoe Washington iron handpress, which has been the hallmark of this imprint since its founding, in 1989, as a press dedicated to producing finely printed works of literature in limited editions using letterpress printing methods.

The background on our logo is Lake Tahoe, Nevada — home to Huckleberry’s original printing studios.

Today the company operates from Incline Village, Nevada, and Escondido, California.

 

HISTORY

The Huckleberry Press was started by Greg Peterson, a native Californian, whose interest in printing dated back to his teenage years in San Mateo, where he wrote and printed a neighborhood newspaper.

In 1959, after graduating from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Peterson embarked on a long, varied, and successful business career. During these business years, Peterson’s passion for the black art was set aside but never forgotten.

In 1989, with the creation of The Huckleberry Press, in a cozy, welcoming studio situated on the pristine shore of Lake Tahoe at Incline Village, Nevada, Peterson realized his dream of once again becoming involved in printing.

Peterson’s associate at Huckleberry Press was John Balkwill, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Institute for the Book Arts at the University of Alabama, where Balkwill studied under the renowned private-press printer Gabriel Rummonds. Balkwill graduated from the University of Alabama in 1987 with a Master of Fine Arts degree, majoring in printing.

Working together, Peterson and Balkwill produced a number of limited-edition projects, among them a three-book series on soldier-poets of the twentieth century. These were: Leatherneck Square, by Richard Schulze; Nineteen-Fourteen, by Rupert Brooke; and The Sea Bird, by Keith Douglas, printed with special permission of the Oxford University Press.

In April 2001, with Peterson’s untimely death, The Huckleberry Press went dark.

Then, in the spring of 2009, with the completion of the manuscript for his contemporary novel Life as a Sandwich, Eric Peterson, Greg’s son, reintroduced the imprint as a commercial enterprise under the name Huckleberry House.

From its roots producing finely printed works of literature in limited editions using letterpress printing methods, Huckleberry House today stands as a rising midlist publisher bringing to market high-quality fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook formats.

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