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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To publish stories that might otherwise go unpublished and to republish stories that are under-read. We consider bookmaking both an aesthetic endeavor as well as as effective tool for bringing social and cultural subjects to light.  

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To get books into the hands of people who need them, whether in schools, shelters, prisons, hospitals or homes through our sister not-for-profit, Read for Need. 

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To offer affordable design and editing services to other independent presses and self-published authors through our sister company, Fanlight Books. We offer pricing a sliding scale for not-for profit institutions.

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.

Tursulowe Press is pleased to present:

BUOYANT: A Child’s Journey of Survival 

A chance meeting at a storytelling event with Holocaust Survivor Charles Middleberg led to filmmaker Joe Brin's recent documentary and our newest publication. BUOYANT chronicles the world of a joyful nine-year-old boy navigating day-to-day survival following the occupation of Paris. Charles encounters dramatic twists and turns of history and fate, all of which are captured here in black and white silhouettes that tell a story without the need for words. 
Each first edition copy is signed by the artist. 
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A Recent 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

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A Special Project:


This winter, we were thrilled to play a part in bringing this beautiful book into the world.


"The Neighborhood Garden was created by Ben Lackey and Michele Engelbert after they joined and fell in love with Corinthian Gardens in Fairmount, Philadelphia. As the two enjoyed the urban green space and grew vegetables and flowers in their own plot, it became clear to them that this was not your average community garden. Everyone is welcome. New members are greeted with open arms and the public is encouraged to enjoy the natural beauty that covers the wedge-shaped piece of land cut from a city block. Michele and Ben soon felt at home in this little slice of solace in the busy city."

To purchase, visit:

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Tursulowe press

614 South 4th Street


Philadelphia, PA 19147

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