Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC is a Lexington, Kentucky-based, women-owned and family-operated independent book publishing company committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers, excellence in publishing, and the production of high quality, entertaining, and artistic books. We publish authentic and compelling books for adults and young readers, including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We believe that adults and children should have access to authentic and relevant stories that reflect diverse backgrounds, interests, and cultures.
Shadelandhouse Modern Press debuted in 2016-2017 with two award-winning nonfiction law/history/true crime books, CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads and Gaslight Lawyers: Criminal Trials and Exploits in Gilded Age New York. Our first novel, Blessed, is a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Winner, Bronze, Religious (Adult Fiction), a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Finalist (Fiction: General Adult and Religious), and a Finalist in the Fiction: Religious category of the 2020 International Book Awards. In 2019 we published our first bilingual book (English and Spanish), Cradled by Skeletons: A Memoir in Poems and Essays/Mecida por Esqueletos: una vida en poemas y ensayos.
We published our first two books for young readers in 2020:
Under the Ocelot Sun / Bajo el sol Ocelote, a bilingual illustrate book, was released on July 14, 2020. Under the Ocelot Sun is the recipient of The North American Academy of the Spanish Language First Prize Children and Young Adult Award Premio Campoy-Ada for 2020 in the category Picture Book of Special Cultural Content. “Haunting, beautiful watercolors and pen and ink drawings highlight the proud traditions of the Central American Nahuas.” (Foreword Reviews)
The Peacemakers, a historical novel and “[a] rich coming-of-age tale that sheds light of an uncommon Civil War perspective” (Kirkus Reviews) was released in November 2020 and won the silver medal for Best New Voice, Children’s and YA in the 33rd prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, the association’s flagship book award program recognizing excellence and innovation in independent publishing.
We are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, an associate member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, an associate member of the American Library Association, and a sustainer member of the Academy of American Poets. Our founder/publisher Virginia H. Underwood has more than forty years of combined experience as an educator, lawyer, higher education administrator, and publisher. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and an associate member of the Virginia State Bar. For more information about our current titles and authors, visit our website smpbooks.com and follow us on Facebook (@shadelandhouse), Instagram (@shadelandhouse_modern_press), and Twitter (@smp_books).