From the MASS MoCA campus, Storey Publishing distributes a variety of nonficition books internationally.
“Our publishing program has grown and expanded over 37 years, but always with a core commitment to publishing books that teach people to be more self-reliant and help them expand their skills and engage more actively with the natural world,” says publisher and editorial director Deborah Balmuth.
Considered the leading publisher of books on hands-on living, Storey offers a publishing program that includes gardening, farming, raising animals, health and wellness, cooking, crafts, and kids’ activities.
While Storey publishes authors from around the country, and some internationally, they’re lucky to present many authors from right here in the Berkshires! Jake Levin is a south county resident and author of Smokehouse Handbook who teaches butchering classes locally.
Hannah Fries is an editor at Storey as well as the author of Forest Bathing Retreat. She has presented and taught classes at Berkshire mainstays including Kripalu.
Another Storey editor and author, Deanna Cook, spearheads their children’s book line and authors the Cooking Class series of cookbooks for kids.
Storey’s bestsellers include Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, The Big Book of Kombucha, Cooking Class, and Nature Anatomy. With people at home and making the most of their own backyards, gardening books like The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible and The Backyard Homestead are seeing a resurgence.
Storey’s growing line of children’s books bring our passions to the next generation. There’s even books that can help families keep their children engaged this summer, including the Backpack Explorer series with volumes On the Nature Trail, Beach Walk, Bird Watch, and coming soon, Bug Hunt.
A new release, Ocean Anatomy, is being used by homeschooling families to teach ocean units, and How to Be a Person, a graphic-novel style guide by local author Catherine Newman teaches kids important life skills ranging from doing the dishes, to contacting your political representative.
Storey staff members come from all over the Berkshires and surrounding towns, and really live the Storey lifestyle.
“Much of our success can be attributed to the passion of both our authors and our staff. We raise chickens, keep honey bees, cultivate food gardens, weave, and knit, and we are eager to share what we’ve learned. We put that passion into every aspect of our books, from in-depth instructions and insider advice to original photography, engaging designs, and innovative marketing and sales strategies.” – Deborah Balmuth
Storey also champions charitable organizations that support the communities where our employees live, guided by Storey’s three philanthropic values:
- building healthy communities
- providing access to healthy food
- promoting literacy
Several members of the Storey community are actively involved in the Berkshire Food Project and the North Adams Girls’ Book Group. Storey sponsors Berkshire Grown’s local winter markets and Images Cinema’s Farm Film Fest, as well as company-wide contributions to Berkshire United Way and the Berkshire Community Action Council’s Elf Program.