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FORMERLY LOCATED IN AFTON, MINNESOTA, and now happily ensconced in Edina, 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, 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.

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

Afton Press Board Members

Rico Paul Vallejos is a writer/translator, creative director and Spanish Diction Coach with significant international and multicultural communications experience. He founded La Voz de La Plaza (a Verizon publication) and La Voz Latina, and served on the editorial advisory boards of MARQ Magazine (a Star Tribune publication) and La Prensa de Minnesota. Rico taught Multicultural Communications at the Masters of International Management program of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, is Trustee Emeritus at Hamline University, and was a founding board member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of MN. Other governance experience includes The Push Institute, Teatro del Pueblo, La Oportunidad, Marnita’s Table, and the Minnesota Life College.

Malcolm McDonald is a retired civic leader and banker. In his academic pursuit, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College, magna cum laude with high honors and high orations in 1958. He continued his educational background at Harvard University, earning an MBA in 1960. He took this experience to his first post-grad position, serving as the Vice President of the First National Bank Building in St. Paul from 1960 to 1977. Following this, he accepted the director, senior vice president, and trustee roles of Space Center, Inc. McDonald worked in these roles until his retirement in 2004.

Gary Lindberg is the Executive Director of Afton Press. Gary Lindberg is a movie writer and director, an author and publisher, and book/cover designer. As a screenwriter and motion picture producer/director, Gary Lindberg has won over one hundred major national and international awards including two Grand Awards at the New York International Film Festival. As an author/publisher he has written four Amazon number-one bestselling novels plus several nonfiction works. He has designed the interiors, covers, and dustjackets for over eighty hardcover and paperback books.

Afton Press Staff Members

Ian Graham Leask, Publisher. Ian has thrived as a teacher, literary consultant, radio talk show host, publisher, and is the author of House of Large Sizes and The Wounded and Other Stories About Sons and Fathers.

Beth Williams, Editorial, Project, and Production Manager. Beth has run Afton Press’ office for nearly two decades and is responsible for coordinating the high quality of our books.


Afton Historical Society Press is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Afton Historical Society Press makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.