29 Top Book Publishers in Wisconsin (Part-3)
Rethinking Schools began in 1986, when a group of Milwaukee education activists — teachers, teacher educators, and community members — met to talk about how they could bring more critical voices into the conversation about public schools and libraries. These founding Rethinking Schools editors saw a school curriculum that was conservative, dumbed-down, and dominated by corporate-produced textbooks. Inappropriate standardized testing was rampant. Racial bias infected every level of schooling.
In 1991, on the eve of the Columbus Quincentenary, we published our first book, Rethinking Columbus. We went out on a limb and printed 30,000 copies. Those sold out within the first month, and Rethinking Columbus sold 1,000 copies a day for three solid months. Through the years, Rethinking Columbus has sold about 300,000 copies, and articles in the book have been reprinted everywhere. Rethinking Columbus workshops have been sponsored by teacher unions, teacher education programs, Native American organizations, and school districts. As the historian Howard Zinn said, Rethinking Columbus “made educational history” and changed the way Columbus is taught in schools throughout the United States.
Rethinking Columbus showed us that teachers were hungry for practical and critical social justice teaching materials. In 1994, we followed up with Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice.
Franklin X McCormick is an international publisher of The Daily Mass Record, The Liturgical Desk Calendar (Catholic, Episcopal & Spanish) as well as a variety of other products for use by Clergy and laity. FXM was founded in 1942 by its namesake and was run after his death by his daughter Jackie Krill. The company is now on its 3rd generation of family ownership and is run by Franklin’s grandson Patrick Krill and his wife Kristin. The company’s philosophy has remained consistent during each change in ownership…to use the highest quality materials in each product and make sure that they are 100% made in America. We look forward to continuing the relationships we have with our friends and customers in the industry and welcome any suggestions that might help us be of better service. Here’s to many more years of business and friendship.
Medical Physics Publishing (MPP) was founded in 1985 by Dr. John Cameron, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visionary in the medical physics field. MPP's purpose is to provide affordable books in medical physics and related fields. We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization. MPP's books are written by and for physicists, residents, radiologists, and technologists. MPP's specific objective for our publications is primarily educational and scientific.
We provide the opportunity for our authors to publish texts, reference materials, and study guides, thus, both educating and keeping the medical physics community up to date. MPP maintains a comprehensive backlist of books, reports and theses in medical physics and closely related fields. MPP is unique in that we also distribute our publications to ensure they are readily available to our audience.
We are partnered with other nonprofits in the medical physics field to further their missions as well. In 1999, MPP became the official distributor and publisher of books and reports for The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). We also publish works for the Health Physics Society and the Radiological and Medical Physics Society of New York (RAMPS, Inc.).
Omnipress is a privately-owned company located in Madison, Wisconsin. Our sole focus is to help associations and other organizations deliver educational content to their members, learners and stakeholders. We streamline the process of collecting, formatting, producing, and distributing print and digital materials for conferences, continuing education and training programs, and publications. When you partner with Omnipress for your content needs, you have more time to focus on strategic initiatives.
It is with deep regret that we inform you that after a short illness, Bill Grimm, President of Grimm Book Bindery, Inc., passed away on April 30, 2020. Those of you who had the pleasure of working with Bill over the last 40 years will remember his kind nature and willingness to be a listening ear. We will all miss his presence and entertaining humor around the Bindery. His many contributions to the company can be seen in every corner of the Bindery today.
Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family. He is survived by his wife Natalya, daughter Serafima Grimm (Fiancé Alex Lopez), step-daughter Julia Fensterwald (Matt) and their two sons, his sister Judy Stair (Stuart), and brothers Paul Grimm (Patricia), and Karl Grimm (Kayse).
Bill was in the process of retiring so he had everything set in place for his absence. We are saddened that he didn’t have the time to enjoy it. The company is continuing to operate under the leadership of his sister, Judy Stair and brother, Karl Grimm.
His obituary and the opportunity to leave a tribute or memory of Bill for the family can be found at: https://www.cressfuneralservice.com/obituary/William-Grimm.
Ries Graphics is a printing story four generations long. The first chapter began at a small shop in Milwaukee. A sign outside read: Peter J. Ries, Printer.
As time went on, the name and competencies evolved with the era. In the days of hand-set type and hand-fed letterpresses, the Ries Printing Company flourished. Starting from Linotype, phototypesetting and offset presses, Ries Graphics has significantly advanced. Today Ries Graphics excels with Computer-to-Plate technology, four, eight and ten-color perfecting presses and variable cut-off roll sheeters backed by a wide array of technological competencies. As technology continues to advance, Ries Graphics does too ensuring we utilize the most advanced printing equipment available.
In the late 1930s in Winona, Minnesota, the late Harold "Hal" Edstrom, his brother Everett "Leonard" Edstrom and their friend Roger Busdicker had formed a very popular dance band. Concerned that their conservative father wouldn't approve of using the family name for a band, Harold and Ev took parts of their names and called the band Hal Leonard. As leader of the Hal Leonard Band, Ev eventually became known as "Hal Leonard."
The company Hal Leonard was founded in 1947, after the Hal Leonard Band broke up. At the time, Ev started a music store using the Hal Leonard name while Roger and Harold were both directing award-winning high school bands in Winona. In those days, most school bands played serious literature, but Harold and Roger had the unique ability (because of their professional experience) to arrange "popular" music for school bands. Soon band directors across the US wanted their arrangements. They started to mimeograph copies and sell them. They realized that to successfully (and legally!) launch a new publishing company, they needed to license songs, so they ventured to New York's Tin Pan Alley in search of copyrights.
From its inception in 2004, KCI Sports Publishing has provided our readers with informative and compelling stories from the world of sports. As a growing independent publisher, KCI Sports Publishing remains selective in the titles it releases each year, focusing on those individuals and teams that reflect what is most exciting, motivating, and inspiring about sports.
KCI Sports Publishing has been fortunate to have established strong working relationships with a number of the top newspapers across the country allowing us to produce "instant" books on the championship seasons of the top college and professional teams. These high-end, commemorative books - produced, printed and shipped just days after the big game - serve as the perfect keepsake for fans not wanting to forget that magical season.
KCI Sports Publishing has also been the publisher of choice for many of the top coaches in the country including Illinois' Bruce Weber, Kansas State's Bill Snyder, and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez and Bo Ryan, with more on the way.
From our offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Northwoods, COLE Publishing creates nine highly focused trade publications with a record of delivering valuable information to readers and exceptional results to advertisers.
COLE Publishing was established in 1979 when Bob Kendall and Pete Lawonn saw a need for people in the septic system service industry to share information for mutual benefit. Today, our nine publications serve some 275,000 readers in distinct, but closely related environmental service markets.
At the heart of COLE Publishing is a small-town way of doing business, built on three simple principles: treat everyone fairly, provide extraordinary personal service and constantly strive for improvement.
Every one of our people understands the varied needs of our customers – readers and advertisers alike. Call during the business day and you’ll get a friendly, enthusiastic greeting from a person eager to help you. It is the same kind of greeting you would have received nearly 30 years ago from Bob Kendall and Pete Lawonn when they were the only ones answering the phone.
We hope these pages help you get to know us a little better.
We look forward to serving you.
Since 2011, Little Creek Press has collaborated with independent authors and publishers on book and magazine design and production. Little Creek Press is a division of Kristin Mitchell Design, Inc., a full-service graphic design company based in southwest Wisconsin.
Little Creek Press is based in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Many of the professionals we partner with for illustration, editing, and printing are regionally located.