We're a new, small press on a mission to rescue civilization one book at a time. We publish print and ebook editions of remarkable out-of-print books, so they aren't lost to history, and new manuscripts we think are destined to become classics.
The team and advisors behind Astor & Lenox are industry experts who can get great books to market without the overhead or constraints of traditional publishers. We believe in stewarding the future of ideas, innovating to reinvent the publishing house, and sharing generously with stakeholders. Here's how our model works:
Our publishing contracts are a writer’s dream—more royalties, more rights. This reflects our values and attracts the best talent. We’re proud to offer the best terms to authors in the industry.
We’ve pioneered an innovative funding model, matching book projects with patrons of the arts we call “Book Angels.” We angel-fund important books, with a growing list of visionary supporters.
Instead of asking: “Will this book sell?,” we ask, “Does this book matter?” Our funding allows us to be editorially independent. We select manuscripts based on their quality and lasting value to humanity.
Publisher, editor, and writer (Oxford University Press, Harvard Business Review, DC Comics). Founded Red Room, an online community and social media platform for authors, which was acquired in 2014 by Wattpad. Former management and communications consultant to startups (Serena and Lily) and Fortune 500 companies (Gap, Inc.). Juris Doctorate (Editor in Chief of the law review, interned at California Supreme Court). Named “Best Writing Coach” by San Francisco Magazine. Keynote speaker on writing (Independent Book Publishers Association, Stanford Writers Conference, USC Writers Conference) and featured expert on writing and the future of publishing (Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, Writers Digest West) and entrepreneurship (Lean Startup Conference, Exceptional Women in Publishing). Guest-lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco Zen Center. On the leadership team of the Bay Area Book Festival and a former Litquake Committee member. Literary influences include Umberto Eco, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Kurt Vonnegut. Her feminist-superhero-mafia-noir graphic novel, Huntress: Year One, was named “Best Graphic Novel of the Decade” by one random person on Twitter.
Publisher, developmental editor, novelist (Mercury House, Ballantine Books), short-story writer (The Yale Review, The Antioch Review), journalist (San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Huffington Post), and translator (Pablo Neruda’s 100 Sonnets of Love). Influences include Jane Austen, Frank O’Connor, and Eduardo Galeano. His novels include My Father in the Night, The King of Rumah Nadai, and A Kiss for Señor Guevara. His short-story collections include The Day Nothing Happened, Little Bridget and the Flames of Hell, and New York. In his spare time, Terry enjoys a rather serious relationship with Argentine tango music and dance.
New York City provides the setting for these fourteen vivid stories. In one, an attorney’s stony heart begins to soften the day he is attacked by a homeless man on the High Line. In another, a world-class ballerina’s love is won and lost. In yet another, Bouquet, a celebrated fashion photographer, ponders the picture she took in war of an orphaned boy in the Peruvian Andes. Pat, a so-so novelist, finally discovers his muse on the uptown 1 train at Canal Street. Rodney, a Cuban refugee, mourns his father Wilfredo and the wonders of Wilfredo’s splendid music.
Le Grand Tango is the definitive biography of Argentine composer and musician Astor Piazzolla, whose genius is nothing if not controversial. The debate still rages as to whether he reinvented tango or if his music is indeed tango at all. This new updated and expanded “Anniversary Edition,” published twenty-five years after Piazzolla’s death, includes new material from both authors, updates on the Piazzolla family and legacy, and new photographs.
Born in a seacoast town in Argentina in 1921, Piazzolla spent most of his childhood in the East Village of New York, returning to Argentina at sixteen, already a talented bandoneon player. He would take tango music to new, jazz and classical-influenced heights that were rejected in Argentina but celebrated in Europe and on the international stage. By his death in 1992, he had millions of fans, including some of the most accomplished musicians in the world.
It’s 1965. A young surgeon is drafted into the U.S. Navy and sent to Vietnam, where he finds himself closer than he ever imagined to the carnage of war. He performs operations while under fire and sees wounds that can barely be contemplated. Marines are dying on the operating table in front of him. The small-town moral certainties he grew up believing in may themselves succumb to the ravages he is witnessing. More than anything, he wants to make it home to marry the woman he loves.
From Marie Antoinette during her final days in prison, to Charlotte Robespierre, the sister of the man responsible for ordering hundreds to the guillotine, women on both sides of the revolution were bound together by a common nightmare. Join Stanford professor Marilyn Yalom, as she uncovers first-person accounts of more than eighty remarkable women memoirists—all ages and backgrounds, all victims of the French Revolution.
Infamous Mexican muralist Jesús Lázaro comes to San Francisco from Mexico, where he had painted the exteriors of churches despite objections by the Catholic Church and the Mexican government. The artist sees the massive cathedral of Saint Mary of The Assumption of San Francisco, at the corner of Gough and Geary Streets, and determines he must paint the entire exterior with grand murals. Archbishop Ruben Mullins refuses the artist, and therein lies the conflict. The dispute sparks protests in the street, gets the attention of the Vatican, sets off a disastrous love triangle, and may or may not invoke the wrath of God.
Astor and Lenox are the names that were given to the two lion statues flanking the entrance to the historic New York Public Library.
This picture, of The Giant Underwood Master Typewriter and its enthusiasts, raises the question of how many book angels can dance on the head of a typewriter key. The photo is from the New York World’s Fair in 1939. Photo credit goes to the digital rights collection of our beloved New York Public Library. We use this image to illustrate stakeholders we call “Book
We’re innovating a new mission-driven model for publishing: 1. We pick a book we want to rescue. Most of our titles will be book rescues. Our editors will identify important, unique works of fiction and nonfiction that matter, yet are out of print and don’t exist in digital format anywhere. Someone has to steward the world of ideas, and these books
We publish new and previously out-of-print fiction and nonfiction, in ebook and print editions. What they all have in common is quality and lasting importance. Let us know if you’re interested in supporting a book rescue or want to suggest an out-of-print title for us to publish. Reviewers may contact us for electronic review copies. We don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts of new works. Thank you.