After selling off 21 titles to Paradigm and Berrett-Koehler in May, PoliPoint Press, founded in 2004 in Sausalito, Calif., closed on June 30, 2011. According to Monique Lusse, PoliPoint’s director of finance and its sole remaining employee, rights to the balance of the press’s titles reverted back to the authors. “There were about 25 titles involved that we hadn’t sold off,” says Lusse. “Some of the authors chose to buy the stock that was in our warehouse, and we destroyed whatever was left.”
PoliPoint was distinctive for its progressive books about culture and politics. When reached by phone Belva Davis, whose book Never in My Wildest Dreams was one of the titles sold to Berrett-Koehler, said, “Rumor has it that PoliPoint’s major benefactor pulled its support from the press, which is why it had to close.” Six employees lost their jobs in the process. Former publisher Scott Jordan could not be reached for comment. PoliPoint's books had been distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.