Sator Press is a nonprofit publishing company founded by Ken Baumann in 2009. Its madness: produce and promote challenging literature, and do so slowly and sustainably. Its method: Ken edits, designs, publishes, promotes, sells, and ships its books. For a look into the ethics of buying a book from Sator (and publishing with Sator), click here. For a list of indie bookstores that stock independent publishers, click here. (And I've been pronouncing it "sah-tor".) Or, visit Sator's tabletop RPG imprint, Satyr. For updates, feed the box your email then press enter:
On Hell by Johanna Hedva
On Hell transcribes a body broken by American empire, that of ex-con Rafael Luis Estrada Requena, hacking itself away from contemporary society. Johanna Hedva, author of Sick Woman Theory, takes the ferocious compulsion to escape (from capitalism, from the limits of the body-machine, from Earth) and channels it into an evisceration of oppression and authority. Equal parts tender and brutal, romantic and furious, On Hell is a novel about myths that trick and resist totalitarianism. Or: click here for more about the book.
Infinity to Dine by lazenby
Infinity to Dine is a collection of essays. Each was drafted in response to an anonymous question, over the course of six years. Dying, addiction, reading, NASA, racism, love, despair and other subjects are woven together by one of the kindest and most erudite voices writing today. Or: click here for more about the book.
Contemporary Reflections on War and Death by Sigmund Freud
Written during the first year of World War I, Freud's two-part essay articulates the relationship between culture and our urge to kill. The philosopher FT's new translation reveals the beauty of Freud's prose, and FT's afterword argues that Freud's dispatch from 102 years ago is relevant to our global crises. All proceeds from sales of this essay are donated to Make the Road New York & the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
Salt is for Curing by Sonya Vatomsky
Salt Is For Curing is the lush and haunting full-length debut of Sonya Vatomsky. These poems, structured as an elaborate meal, conjure up a vapor of earthly pains and magical desires; like the most enduring rituals, Vatomsky's poems both intoxicate and ward. A new blood moon in American poetry, Salt Is For Curing is surprising, disturbing, and spookily illuminating. Or: click here for more about the book.
A Guide For the Perplexed by FT
We live in a social formation that heightens and manipulates anxiety as a means of control. As sea levels rise and authoritarianism intensifies across the globe, what kind of thinking can work through anxiety and increase our capacity to act? A Guide For the Perplexed, the first full-length work from the philosopher FT, is an epistemological exercise for the end times. Or: click here for more about the book.
No Other by Mark Gluth
In a sequence of haunted seasons, Tuesday, Hague, and their mother Karen are pained by the aporia of love and death. With powerfully elemental prose, No Other lays bare the mysterious and emotional fate of a small family. Or: click here for more about the book.
Confessions from a Dark Wood by Eric Raymond
Meet Nick, a hapless pawn in the world of global capital brand management consultancy. And his girlfriend Sadie Parish, the first domestic suicide bomber. And his boss, emperor of bullshit, Pontius J. LaBar. And PJ's dreaded orangutan. Their story is a hilarious, heartbreaking, painfully smart satire that guides you through the high dollar swamps of modern industry. Or: click here for more about the book.
The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover by Mark Leidner
A collection of aphorisms and collages by the Southern Buddha of Twitter. Each page of this book has caught me for hours and hours. Read it and be welcomed to the family reunion of Mark's relentlessly beautiful—and lucid, and funny, and fucked up—wisdoms. Or: click here for more about the book.
The Complete Works of Marvin K. Mooney by Christopher Higgs
Marvin K. Mooney, the enigmatic philosopher, has vanished. But we're left with his work: wild, confessional, encyclopedic, destructive texts that call into question Marvin's identity. Who is Marvin K. Mooney? And what has Christopher Higgs done with him? Only you, as our reader, can find out. Or: click here for more about the book.
No Colony Volumes 1–3
Sator is closed to submissions. If you're not interested in any Sator titles, look at these great small and/or independent presses: Tyrant Books, Two Dollar Radio, Caketrain, Calamari Archive, Ink., Ellipsis Press, Wave Books, Blue Square Press, Fence Books, Dorothy, 421 Atlanta, Black Ocean, Magic Helicopter, Solar Luxuriance, Publishing Genius, Curbside Splendor, Penny-Ante Editions, Civil Coping Mechanisms, Lazy Fascist Press, Zone Books, Tiny Hardcore Press, We Heard You Like Books, and Boss Fight Books.