They started in a barn and still have animals as neighbors. Meet Gibbs Smith, Utah's 50 year old publishing company

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 26, 2019 6:24 p.m.

    As a book lover myself, and writer of small publications about families and history, I found this article to be truly fascinating. Thank you DN for including this gem of a story.

  • buckleyjeppson Portland, OR
    June 25, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    I worked at Gibbs Smith from 1980 to 1990. It was one of the most amazing decades of my life. I entered as a lowly editor and reluctantly left 10 years later because I was recruited to direct a small publishing company in the East. The skills I learned from my mentor, Gibbs Smith, and the brilliant and dedicated Madge Baird have served me for years. I still get letters from authors published by Gibbs Smith thanking me for being pivotal in launching their careers.

    It cannot be overstated: The works born in the Gibbs Smith barn are some of the more important books published in the last 50 years. They have blazed trails in areas often ignored by larger publishers. They are respected around the world. I have seen their books in stores all over the country and in travels to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and more. Booksellers and publishers in the industry speak of Gibbs Smith with great respect and admiration.

    I expect they will still be publishing amazing books from that lovely barn, surrounded by cats, 50 years from now. I certainly hope so.