Fireside Industries

A partnership with the Hindman Settlement School.

Fireside Industries strives to publish creative work by authors with unique perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and compelling voices, who are telling the complex stories of Appalachia and rural America.  We look for books that are driven by language and characters that can inform, entertain, challenge, and illuminate places and people who are often under-represented in literature. 

At Fireside Industries, we want to be a publisher of work that pays homage to the past while also keeping our eyes on the future.  Most of Fireside Industries books will be new acquisitions but occasionally we will also re-issue texts that are foundational or deserve a second, and wider, look.  The imprint is a collaboration between The University Press of Kentucky and Hindman Settlement School.

For submission inquiries or additional information:
Patrick O’Dowd
[email protected]


JUST A FEW MILES SOUTH (forthcoming April 2021)
Publishers Weekly
Ace Weekly
Lexington Herald-Leader

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Foreword Reviews
Bitter Southerner
NPR’s All Things Considered
Appalachian Mountain Books
Town Carolina
WNC Magazine
Southern Literary Review
Southern Review of Books
Mary Whipple Reviews
Robert Gipe Blog
Now, Appalachia
Bookin’ Podcast
Shortlisted for Reading Women’s 2020 Fiction Award
Listed on Forbes’s “The Books and Gifts Bookstores Recommend for 2020”
Listed on NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020
Listed on Book Riot’s Best Books of 2020