A Renegade Publisher Dedicated to Generosity

Founded in 2008, the Concord Free Press is a publishing phenomenon dedicated to pushing boundaries and inspiring generosity. This author-led, all-volunteer experiment has attracted thousands of supporters from around the world—and inspired more than $300,000 in generosity. Its Advisory Board includes Megan Abbott, Russell Banks, Hamilton Fish, Gregory Maguire, Stephen McCauley, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Perrotta, Francine Prose, and others.

The Concord Free Press has been cited by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and industry experts as a publishing innovator and visionary.


Project Description

A Devastating Chronicle of the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The Rockaways—published on the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by the Concord Free Press—combines visceral photos by renowned photographer Gilles Peress (Telex Iran, Farewell to Bosnia) with the voices of residents of The Rockaways, one of the communities hit hardest by the superstorm. The CFP will distribute 3,000 copies of The Rockaways via independent bookstores, museums, and internet requests—for free—asking only that recipients donate to a Sandy-related aid organization, another charity, or someone in need. Then pass the book on to another reader so that he or she can give.

This generosity-inspiring book is a collaboration between the CFP, Kodak, Peress, and dozens editors, writers, and printers—all donating their time and talent.