Open Hand Publishing, LLC
Phone: (336) 292-8585
Fax: (336) 292 8588
"Open Hand" is a symbol of caring and sharing. Founded in Seattle in 1981, Open Hand Publishing was established to make books available that both inform and nurture a humanistic spirit. Over the years it has earned a national reputation for publishing adult and children's books that reflect the diverse cultures within the United States.
When we purchased Open Hand in 2000 we moved the company here to Greensboro, NC, where we have lived and worked for more than twenty years. As neophytes in the book publishing business, we were fortunate that the original owner, P. Anna Johnson, generously provided much valuable advice. Today we are continuing and developing the Open Hand tradition.
Highlights of our brief tenure at the helm of Open Hand Publishing, LLC include the 2002 release, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Dr. Charles Taylor, which was recognized by three national book awards in the categories of multiculturalism and juvenile non-fiction. Our 2003 release, Squizzy the Black Squirrel: A Fabulous Fable of Friendship, written by famed former journalist and now beloved UNC-Chapel Hill journalism professor Chuck Stone, with lovely illustrations by painter Jeannie Jackson, has garnered much attention and praise for its message of universal tolerance, acceptance and friendship. In April 2004, Squizzy won a Skipping Stone Magazine National Honor award in its "Multicultural and International Books" category.
Like many of you, we are not afraid to go against the current of popular thought. And it is our mission to publish books that promote positive social change as well as respect and understanding among all people. This task has become even more important in the post 9-11 period. In this context, we are pleased to announce that our 2004 titles will include the first two books in our new Anti-Imperialism Series.
Jose Maria Sison: At Home in the World--Portrait of a Revolutionary, our first book in this series, has been widely anticipated by Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and political activists in the USA and around the world.
This political biography, released in September 2004, is an... impressive collaboration between Professor Sison, an award-winning poet and arguably the most famous Filipino revolutionary of the twentieth century, and Ninotchka Rosca, an internationally acclaimed journalist and novelist who has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award.
The second is Imperial Washington, a reprint of the 1922 book by the first US Senator from the state of South Dakota, Richard F. Pettigrew. Serving in the US Senate from 1889 to 1901, Pettigrew was the most outspoken political opponent of the new "imperialism", manifested in the US seizure of Hawaii and then in the conquest of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines during and after the Spanish-American war. Pettigrew felt that this drive toward empire, the "course of empire" as he called it, spelled doom for democracy in the United States. Pettigrew's frontier life and principled views make it clear that anti-imperialism is as "American as apple pie". Former South Dakota Senator Jim Abourezk graciously provides a contemporary introduction for Senator Pettigrew and his book.
In celebration of the human family, we invite you to make the acquaintance of the Open Hand family of books today.
Sandra S. Koritz and Richard A. Koritz.