Signatory: Gayatri Patnaik, Executive Editor
Joined: November 2015
Contact: Gayatri Patnaik, Executive Editor
Beacon Press recently published Lori Tharps’ book about colorism and color bias called ‘Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families.’ In early 2017, Beacon Press will publish:
- Historian Daina R. Berry’s groundbreaking book on the economic value of slavery, ‘The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation’
- Caroline Light’s interrogation of our problematic ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws in ‘Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense’
- Stacey Patton’s ‘Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America’
- ‘Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color’ by Andrea Ritchie. To be published July 4, 2017
Beacon Press announced the new book series Stride Toward Justice: Confronting Race, Gender & Class in the United States, edited by Melissa Harris-Perry & Jeanne Theoharis. The series offers progressive voices writing on and at the intersection of race, gender and class. Cutting edge, intellectually sharp, and deeply relevant, this series is an urgent response to the injustices of our times and the ideas that hide and sustain them. The series will include both younger and more seasoned writers academics, activists, independent journalists and other community experts, and books will be published in multiple formats. Gayatri Patnaik, executive editor at Beacon Press, oversees the series, and stresses that “each title seeks to challenge and engage–and will be a call to action.” The books will be accessibly written and intended for both general and academic audiences.
Beacon Press is an independent publisher of serious non-fiction. Their books often change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.
“Making book publishing more inclusive is critical and the Collaborative is a model for how to actualize the diversity we’re all hoping to create.”
Gayatri Patnaik, Executive Editor
“People feel really called to be at Beacon,” said Gayatri Patnaik, who joined the Boston-based press in 2002 and was named editorial director this summer. She sees her own childhood as preparation for working at the house, which explores questions of race, gender, and sexuality.read more