By Melissa Silverman
Washington, DC is not New York, as New York transplants frequently inform the locals. Where are the bagels, they ask, the pizza. Why does everything close so early? Washingtonians counter with go-go, with mumbo sauce and half-smokes, with schadenfreude at a summer of subway hell. And while New York remains the center of gravity in the publishing world, a new breed of independent presses in the nation’s capital are set to pull some of that force down south.
Ryan Grim, a Washington-based journalist and the author of This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America, recently co-founded Strong Arm Press, an independent progressive publishing house. Grim said that locating the press close to the “power center” would help its books “move the needle here, and be able to drive policy and legislation.”