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Tursulowe Press was founded with

three goals in mind:

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To publish stories that might otherwise go unpublished and republish stories that are under-read, while celebrating and promoting the work of other small and independent presses

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To get books into the hands of people who need them, whether in schools, prisons, shelters, hospitals or homes

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To offer high-quality, affordable book cover design and developmental editing to small and independent presses and self-published authors through our sister company Fanlight Books.

Our Work
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Tursulowe Press in Philadelphia publishes under-told stories and republishes under-read classics. For projects we love but which are not a perfect fit for us, we offer cover design and editing services on a sliding scale for literary and photographic works of any size, with particular preference given to emerging and under-represented voices.


Our not-for-profit, Read for Need, gathers and transports books from those who don’t need them to those who do. The press’s goal is to make beautiful, worthy books and to work towards a future in which reading material ends up in people’s hands and not the trash.


We give away one rescued book for every book we sell.

A New Release from Fanlight Books:
Love, murder – and soup

What more could you ask for?

Well, … how about a gripping international murder mystery set amid Haiti’s worst security crisis in a century?

Haiti, Love and Murder in the Season of Soup Joumou foreshadows the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. It blends history, culture, religion and superstition in a suspenseful new novel about a loyal friend on a quest for justice and the tender promise of second-chance love.

        This well-received thriller by two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist Michael Matza unfolds inside the turmoil plaguing Haiti, where the rule of gangs has supplanted the rule of law.

        “Journalists are often cautioned not to write novels,” says Haitian Times founder Garry Pierre-Pierre. “I’m glad that Matza, a conjurer of convincing details, did not heed the warning. … Brilliantly captures Haiti’s beauty, elegance and gloom.”

        And from Greg Myre, of NPR: “Takes Haiti’s grit, pain and sorrow and weaves … a compelling murder mystery.”

        The novel, attractively designed by Fanlight Books, takes readers from the pastoral hills of the Artibonite Valley to the teeming markets of Port-au-Prince and the shantytown Cite Soleil. From an orphanage for malnourished children, to the high-end hotels where Haiti’s elite and ex-pats mingle. From a medical clinic in a former gang house that once held hostages, to a rundown rural hospital where women give birth on bare gurneys unless they bring their own sheets. From the boutiques of Miami’s “Little Haiti,” to the metal-art workshops and pill-hawking “street pharmacists” of Croix-des-Bouquets.

            Join American journalist Charlie Carter, British nurse Corinne Martin, Haitian investigator Kenley Claud and FBI special agent Jean "JB" Belizaire as they hunt for whoever killed Dr. Sanctis Beauvoir.

            Includes an epilogue on UNESCO’s historic citation recognizing Haiti’s signature soup joumou as “a valuable part of humanity’s cultural legacy,” and a delicious recipe for the iconic soup.

   To purchase please go to

Haiti, novel, Philly, murder

Tursulowe press

614 South 4th Street


Philadelphia, PA 19147

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