Students Staff This Publishing Company: The Apprentice House Story

April 2008
by Linda Carlson

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Students Staff This Publishing Company: The Apprentice House Story

by Linda Carlson

Five years ago, Apprentice House was a glimmer in the eye of a Baltimore journalism professor. Four years ago, it was a college project that gave students hands-on experience with mock books. Today, Apprentice House describes itself as the only campus-based and student-staffed book publisher in the United States.

And it’s not a wannabe, with only pie-in-the-sky dreams of books that might come to be. When it was featured in Publishers Weekly a year ago, it already had 10 books in print, and by the end of 2008, there should be 20 available, including From Luababa to Polk County: Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress, Wine, Communism, and Volcanoes: A Story of Chilean Wine, and a student anthology of nonfiction, Lavender and Old Ladies.

Established at Loyola College in Maryland, a Jesuit university that emphasizes experiential learning, Apprentice House operates with 20 or so students enrolled in three upper-division book publishing–related courses in the Communication Department, plus an additional handful of people participating in the Apprentice House Book Publishing Club.

Director Gregg Wilhelm, a Loyola alum and publishing veteran wh…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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