Seal Press was founded in 1976 and stands as one of the most enduring feminist publishing houses to emerge from the women’s press movement of the 1970s. What began as a letterpress in a Seattle garage has grown to an award-winning publishing house in New York and an imprint of Hachette, the third largest publisher in the world. Seal’s list is devoted to groundbreaking, boldly conceived books that inspire and challenge readers, lift up original voices, and imagine a better future. Publishing highlights include Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race, Julia Serano’s Whipping Girl, Michelle Tea’s Valencia, Minda Harts’s The Memo, and Susan Stryker’s Transgender History.
Meet the editors
Lara Heimert joined Basic Books in 2005. She has been publisher of Basic Books since 2012 and became Publisher of Seal Press in 2018. She holds a BA from Princeton University in English and Women’s Studies, and has published numerous prize-winning and New York Times bestselling titles. Highlights include Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood, The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish by Linda Przybyszewski, and Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical by Jacqueline Jones.
Emi Ikkanda joined Seal Press in 2019. She previously worked as an editor at Spiegel & Grau and at Henry Holt. She acquires books on social issues, race, feminism, history, space, tech, science, current and global affairs. Recent standout titles include #1 NYTimes bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo’s Mediocre, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s National Book Award finalist Undocumented Americans, Arianna Davis’s What Would Frida Do?, and astronaut Nicole Stott’s Back to Earth.
Claire Potter joined Basic Books and Seal Press in 2019. On the Seal list, she publishes history, biography, theory, and queer studies, with an emphasis on feminist modes of scholarship, works of literary quality, and original voices. Her forthcoming Seal titles include Grace Lavery’s Please Miss, a speculative trans memoir of pastiche and parody; Peggy O’Donnell’s untitled history of non-motherhood; and Joanna Scutts’s Hotbed, a social history of radical Greenwich Village. Before joining Basic, she was at Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and the Feminist Press, where she worked on Virginie Despentes’s King Kong Theory and Paul Preciado’s Testo Junkie.
Emma Berry joined Basic Books and Seal Press in 2020 and acquires in psychology, medicine, politics, and the social sciences, as well as feminist and queer studies. On the Seal list, she is particularly interested in reported nonfiction, as well as works that cross disciplinary boundaries or include a prescriptive element. Before joining Basic and Seal, she was an editor at Crown, where she acquired and edited books including The Women with Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck, The Whiteness of Wealth by Dorothy Brown, and Let The Lord Sort Them by Maurice Chammah.
Kyle Gipson joined Basic Books in 2021 and primarily acquires in history, biography, and the social sciences, with a particular interest in African American studies, gender and sexuality, and social justice. Kyle worked previously at Johns Hopkins University Press, The MIT Press, and Beacon Press. He holds a M.A. in English from Harvard University, where his studies focused on African American literature.
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