Don Weise, formerly of Oakland and currently of New York City, has just launched Magnus Books.
According to litblogger Jason Boog at GalleyCat: "One month after leaving Alyson Books, editor Don Weise has founded Magnus Books — an independently owned publisher of LGBT literature" that's set to launch next year.
"The new press will publish 15 to 20 books a year, and will be based in New York City. The first titles will arrive in fall 2011. Weise had this statement: 'As owner and publisher of Magnus I have complete freedom for the first time in my career, working entirely on my own and independent of parent companies or affiliations. I’m tremendously excited by this long-awaited opportunity. With 18 years in the business, the majority of that devoted to LGBT books, the path has been pointed in this direction for quite some time.'"
Weise was previously the editor/publisher of Alyson Books, a pioneering lesbian-and-gay publishing house that has floundered financially in recent years and — after Weise's initial plan to buy the company fell through — switched to an eBook-only model in October.
While living in Oakland, Weise worked at the Huey P. Newton Foundation and co-edited The Huey P. Newton Reader.