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FORMERLY LOCATED IN AFTON, MINNESOTA, and now happily ensconced in the heart of St. Paul, Afton Press is a not-for-profit publisher of exceptional books that explore and celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of our chosen state of Minnesota—books that reach high standards of scholarship, literary value, design, and production; books that help to strengthen and build communities; books that inspire readers of all ages to seek out new horizons and honor and serve one another.

Founded in 1993 by W. Duncan MacMillan, who served as president and chairman until his death in 2006, and Patricia Condon Johnston McDonald, publisher, Afton Press published its first book THE SHAPE OF THINGS: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques by Patricia Condon Johnston in 1994. THE SHAPE OF THINGS won two major 1995 book awards: a coveted Minnesota Book Award and the prestigious Minnesota Independent Publishers Award.

AFTON PRESS now has some sixty important (and beautiful) titles in print and countless publishing awards to its credit. Our partners for book, exhibition, and public television documentary projects have included the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; PBS Channel Eight (WDSE) in Duluth, Minnesota; PBS; St. John’s University at Collegeville, Minnesota; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; the Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Twin Cities Public Television (TPT); the Weisman Museum of Art; CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio); the Duluth Seaway Port Authority; and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

Each year, through our donor-supported Books for Schools program, Afton Press places several thousand books in the hands of students and educators in Minnesota classrooms, free of charge.

1. Donors may provide books for the school or nonprofit organization of their choice with a tax-deductible gift for this purpose to Afton Press.

2. Educators may request books for their classrooms or not-for-profit service organization. Call us at 651-436-8443 or email to aftonpress@gmail.com.

Thank you for considering Afton Press books for yourself and for others. They won’t disappoint you!