All titles for Hastings College Press are produced by students in classes and internships at Hastings College. Students have the opportunity to learn about all stages of book publishing, from acquisitions to binding and distribution.
Our mission is to encourage regional study in the United States while providing training and professional internship opportunities for Hastings College students who are interested in publishing as a profession.
WRIT 234 Book Production
Want to see what this publishing thing is all about? Try WRIT 234 Book Production, which is offered most years and is a great introduction to publishing. In this course, you’ll learn the fundamental skills of contemporary typesetting, page layout, and proofreading. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with Bertie, our trusty book-binding machine.
Interested in an internship with HC Press? Students have the opportunity to customize their internship experience and may focus on copy editing, book design, cover design, and marketing. The following titles were all produced by students in internships:
The Shining Road (2022)
Patricia Oman et al.
Set in the decades immediately before and after WWI, Carolyn Renfrew’s The Shining Road traces the disappointments and triumphs of Nadia Evertson, a young aspiring writer from the fictional town of Marshall, Nebraska. Unappreciated in her hometown and by her selfish siblings, Nadia tries to write literature that will inspire readers to see beyond the material hedonism of the Jazz Age to the more fulfilling promises of the spiritual world. Never before published, this novel, written in the 1920s or 1930s, has been produced from the author’s typescript, which is located in the Adams County Historical Society archives in Hastings, Nebraska.
ISBN 978-1-942885-70-2 | paperback | 356 pages | $19.99
Kings Row (1940)
Insanity. Promiscuity. Incest. Murder. Abuse. The small town of Kings Row has many dark secrets. Parris Mitchell, the sensitive young protagonist of Henry Bellamann’s 1940 novel Kings Row, just wants to survive the gossip and violence of small-town life in America at the turn of the twentieth century.
ISBN 978-1-942885-84-9 | paperback | 528 pages | $24.99
Madge Vertner (1859–1860)
Introduction by Holly Kent
This edition of Madge Vertner was produced with the assistance of Accessible Archives.
Mattie Griffith’s pre–Civil War abolitionist novel Madge Vertner is a fictional portrait of American slavery told from the perspective of the young daughter of a wealthy southern slave owner. Originally serialized from 1859 to 1860 in the National Anti-Slavery Standard, a weekly abolitionist newspaper edited by Lydia Maria Child, it has never been published in novel form until now. Madge Vertner not only reveals the brutality and horror of slavery, but also raises many questions of race, gender, and equality that still resonate in American society today.
ISBN 978-1-942885-14-6 | paperback | 345 pages | $14.99
typesetting and proofreading
Letters to an Aspiring Scholar (2022)
Christopher M. Strickland
Part artistic memoir and part academic memoir, Letters to an Aspiring Scholar is an invaluable source for graduate students and other young scholars. Drawing from his background as an artist-educator and his own experiences writing a PhD dissertation, Dr. Christopher M. Strickland gives young scholars practical advice for creating daily routines and generating ideas for completing a long research project.
Christopher M. Strickland, PhD, is an artist, educator, autoethnographic and arts-based researcher, and creativity and educational consultant. His work encompasses the arts and creativity, visual literacy, interdisciplinary curriculum design, and culturally responsive teaching. Prior to moving to Nebraska and joining the faculty at Hastings College, he lived in New England and taught K–12 visual arts education in New Hampshire.
ISBN 978-1-942885-83-2 | paperback | 168 pages | $23.99
copy editing, design, and typesetting