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Literary House

Our Books

The Literary House Press releases a new limited-edition letterpress book, every two to three years. We also produce special trade paperback books in the years in between.


In the fall of 2014, we will release a trade paperback anthology of brand-new poems from 100 American poets called The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume.

Then in the fall of 2015, we will release a chapbook containing an original short story by fiction writer, playwright, and translator James Magruder.



Our most recent book is Lost Originals, a chapbook with new poetry by Mary Jo Salter. Lost Originals was officially released on Tuesday, October 8 at the Literary House Press Book Launch with Mary Jo Salter. All deluxe letterpress hardcover copies have been signed by the author. 

To learn more about the making of Lost Originals visit this page.

“It’s Hard to Say”–But Not for Mary Jo Salter: podcast of Maryland Morning interview on WYPR (aired October 7, 2013).


Purchase the letterpress and paperback editions at Small Press Distribution.


Letterpress edition, $185; Paperback edition, $15Letterpress edition, $185; Paperback edition, $15


The back-inventory of the Literary House Press includes titles on the history and culture of the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

 One of our most recent book publications was a hand-printed edition of Browsing, by John Barth. 

  • Browsing (letterpress edition, John Barth, $175)
  • Browsing (paperback edition, John Barth, $9.95)

Another of our books, Beanball, by Ron Carlson was a collaboration with One Story magazine, which first featured Carlson’s story in its 100th issue. Each of the one hundred copies was numbered and signed by the author.



Copies of LHP books are available for purchase and may be ordered by contacting Owen Bailey:

Domestic shipping for Media Mail is $5 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. Overnight is $15 for the first item plus $2 for each additional item. 2-day air is $12 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. International shipping by special request.