Bellevue Literary Press has completed its transition to an independent nonprofit literary house. BLP was a part of the New York University School of Medicine, housed in Bellevue Hospital, when it burst onto the literary landscape in 2010 as Paul Harding's Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The move to an independent status was made possible by donations from a wide range of donors. As part of its new independent status, BLP has moved its offices to 90 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. According to BLP, the press has no plans to change its mission or publishing program. BLP will occupy Suite 2100 as a subtenant of fellow literary nonprofit Poets & Writers; the National Book Foundation also keeps its offices in the building.
"We are honored by our extraordinary authors and our loyal friends in the literary community who've supported us through this transition," BLP publisher and editorial director Erika Goldman said of the move. "We’re looking forward to the nimbleness independence affords us and we remain fully committed to our mission of publishing books that enrich, engage, and provoke lively discussion and debate."
Founded in 2005, BLP has been publishing fiction and nonfiction since 2007, and as of this fall has published 75 titles at a rate of roughly eight books per year, all of which are still in print and distributed by Consortium. When Tinkers won the Pulitzer, it was the first independently published winner of the prize since A Confederacy of Dunces. To mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of Tinkers, BLP will reissue a new edition of the book next year, with a new foreword by Marilynne Robinson.
This article has been updated for clarity.