African Books Collective offers “the Best of African Publishing from a Single Source of Supply. African Books Collective, founded, owned and governed by African publishers, seeks to strengthen indigenous African publishing through collective action and to increase the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture.”

RedemptionRoadThis month, Cotton Tree Press becomes the first Liberian publisher to become a part of African Books Collective. Cotton Tree Press was established in January 2008 to develop and publish literary and non-fiction works of writers from Liberia, in particular, and from Africans both on the continent and in the Diaspora. Cotton Tree’s first release is the Redemption Road by novelist Elma Shaw.

As a Liberian, I am certainly proud of Elma’s accomplishments. Redemption Road touches on so many of the underlying issues resulting from the civil war. She puts into context what many of us have heard about but never experienced.