LOCATED IN AFTON, MINNESOTA, Afton Press is a not-for-profit publisher of exceptional books that explore and celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of our chosen state of Minnesota--books that reach high standards of scholarship, literary value, design, and production; books that help to strengthen and build communities; books that inspire readers of all ages to seek out new horizons and honor and serve one another.
Founded in 1993 by W. Duncan MacMillan, who served as president and chairman until his death in 2006, and Patricia Condon Johnston McDonald, publisher, Afton Press published its first book THE SHAPE OF THINGS: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques by Patricia Condon Johnston in 1994. THE SHAPE OF THINGS won two major 1995 book awards: a coveted Minnesota Book Award and the prestigious Minnesota Independent Publishers Award.
AFTON PRESS now has some fifty important titles in print and countless publishing awards to its credit. Our partners for book, exhibition, and public television documentary projects have included CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas
En Servicio), Duluth Seaway Port Authority,
Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Minnesota Institute of Arts, PBS, PBS Channel Eight (WDSE) in Duluth, St. John's University at Collegeville, Minnesota; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota Duluth; Twin Cities Public Television (TPT); and Weisman Museum of Art.
Each year, through our donor-supported Books for Schools program, Afton Press places thousands of books in the hands of students and educators in Minnesota classrooms, free of charge. See Books for Schools to learn:
- How you can provide books for the school or nonprofit organization of your choice with a tax-deductible gift for this purpose to Afton Press,
- How to request books for your classroom or not-for-profit service organization
Thank you for considering Afton Press books for yourself and for others.