Best Publisher San Francisco 2013 - McSweeney's
Perhaps the only West Coast publisher playing a pivotal role in the American literary scene, McSweeney's has a catalog that lacks the fashionable, impetuous hardcovers that clutter most lists. It's definitely pushing boundaries — with dos-a-dos children's books and Beck's Song Reader — but it's not doing it in the name of publicity. Readers know they can count on form and content from established writers, including Michael Chabon and Joyce Carol Oates, and can also discover worthy new talent. Writer Dave Egger's small, full-service empire also includes Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Internet Tendency, The Believer, Lucky Peach, Grantland, and Wolphin, but the heart of the organization can be found at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to tutoring students ages 6-18 in the literary arts.