Raritan has entered into a partnership with Rutgers University Press to establish a new imprint: Raritan Skiff Books. Edited by Jackson Lears and Karen Parker Lears, Skiff Books will include anthologies featuring work from our archive organized around a particular theme and “little books” on specific subjects, developing an argument that requires more space than an essay affords. The first two books are expected to appear in 2024: On War: A Raritan Anthology and Pandemonium Logs: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2020-2022 by Ben Miller.
Raritan essays will be a rich vein to mine for the “little book” series, but we will not limit ourselves exclusively to material already published in the magazine. A subject may arise that demands a small book-length exploration, and we will be on the lookout for possibilities. We see our work with the imprint as an extension of the largest aims of the magazine: to show that intellectual rigor is perfectly compatible with aesthetic play, and to serve as a bridge between the kind of thinking and writing done in the academy and a broader public discourse.
The books will be developed and edited by Raritan’s editors and published and distributed by Rutgers University Press. Please note that we are not currently seeking book proposals.