Don’t Fence Us In! ​

vermillion flycatcher

This is a vermilion flycatcher, a seasonal bird which, until recently, would have already left for warmer climes, taking a journey over imaginary borders observed only by a species known as homo sapiens. Lately, though, he and his mate have decided to stick around while the temperatures stay nice and warm.

He, like all of us, is a migrant. And like this guy, we at Schaffner Press will not allow ourselves to be confined by boundaries, borders, fences, or walls. For literature, like our flycatcher and all things wild, does not recognize boundaries.

And literature is our natural habitat.

Good books are where you find them, and we think you will find fascinating variety and compelling story-telling on our list for your holiday shopping!


Do Geese See God?
For the logophile in your life, and all those who love the absurd convergence of verbal and visual humor, look no farther than DO GEESE SEE GOD?: A Palindrome Anthology by William Irvine and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia, named by Buzzfeed in their selection of great gift books for the holiday. More:


If you’re seeking literary thrills south of the border, DAY IN, DAY OUT by Héctor Aguilar Camín is a compelling noir in the tradition and spirit of The Big Sleep. Set in Mexico City in the 1980s, DAY IN, DAY OUT evokes a time and place of wild decadence and deadly alliances that will make it a perfect stocking stuffer for the crime fiction buff in your life. Recently reviewed and headlined in such publications as LitHub, The Lancashire Evening Post and Publisher’s Weekly:

“Mexican author Camín makes his English-language debut with this gritty and convincing…tale of murder and corruption, first published in 1985. Camín’s style recalls Robert Stone…he obviously possesses an intimate knowledge of the Mexican sociopolitical landscape…”

— Publisher’s Weekly​

hector aguilar camin


For the sports-fans among you and your loved ones, HARD TO GRIP is a refreshingly honest memoir of an aspiring professional baseball prospect, who after a stellar career pitching in college, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Read some of the reviews from readers that attest to this inspiring, frank, and at time hilarious memoir by Emil DeAndreis.

hard to grip emil deandreis

We look forward to bringing you more exciting news of our upcoming titles as we move into the new year and begin unveiling our spring list!

Til then, here’s wishing you all the best for the holidays and 2018!

Tim and Sean