Santa Monica Press is one of the premier book publishers on the West Coast. Our critically acclaimed books are sold in the finest chain, independent, on-line, and university bookstores around the world, and have been featured in such diverse retail outlets as Anthropologie, Art Institute of Chicago, Costco, The Getty Museum, Home Depot, Home Goods, Hot Topic, LACMA, LA Phil Store, Macy’s, MOCA-LA, MOMA, National Gallery of Art, QVC, Restoration Hardware, T.J. Maxx, Urban Outfitters, the Whitney Museum, and many other supportive stores.
Our titles have won numerous national awards, including: A Library Journal Best Reference Book of the Year award (The Disneyland Encyclopedia), a BookSense 76 Pick (James Dean Died Here), two YALSA (Young Adult Librarian Services Association) Quick Pick awards (My So-Called Digital Life and Faces of Sunset Boulevard), a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of the Year award (Dinner with a Cannibal), a SCIBA (Southern California Booksellers Association) award for Best Book in the Glenn Goldman Art & Architecture category (Faces of Sunset Boulevard), and a Los Angeles Times Best Travel Book award (Roadside Baseball).
Our authors are recognized experts who are sought after by the media and receive newspaper, magazine, radio, television, website, and social media coverage both nationally and internationally. Our books and authors have appeared on and in such media outlets as ABC News, ABC-TV’s The View, American Profile, Associated Press, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Baltimore Sun, BBC’s The World, The Bloomsbury Review, Booklist, BookPage, Bottom Line, Buzzfeed, Chicago Tribune, Choice, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, David Letterman, Entertainment Weekly, Film Comment, The Globe and Mail, Good Morning America, Library Journal, Hollywood Reporter, Howard Stern Show, KCRW, KPCC, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, London Times, Los Angeles magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Mancow’s Morning Madhouse, National Public Radio, Newsday, New York Post, New York Times, Orange County Register, Parade, People, Playboy, Pop Sugar, Premiere, Publishers Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, Time, Times Literary Supplement, The Today Show, Toronto Sun, USA Today, USA Weekend magazine, Variety, Wall Street Journal, and many others.
Such distinguished individuals as Jonah Berger, Kevin Brownlow, Ken Burns, Walter Cummins, David Denby, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Teddy Edwards, Barbara Fairchild, Ben Fong-Torres, Dana Gioia, Glen David Gold, Michael Gurian, Patty Jenkins, Eric Karros, Paul Krassner, John Kricfalusi, Angela Lansbury, Robert Lindsey, Sandra Tsing Loh, David Lynch, Greil Marcus, Leonard Maltin, Ray Manzarek, Peter Max, Bob Mondello, Frank Morgan, John Naber, Christiane Northrup, Catherine Opie, Tom Petty, Tom Rath, Rob Reiner, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman), Cokie Roberts, Wallace Roney, Aram Saroyan, Robert Scheer, Richard Schickel, Sidney Sheldon, Horace Silver, Steven Spielberg, Curtis Stone, Studs Terkel, Peter Travers, Kenneth Turan, Chase Utley, Steven Van Zandt, Michael Wallis, Mike Watt, Charlie Watts, Jann Wenner, Marianne Williamson, and Colin Wilson have also praised our books.
At Santa Monica Press, we’re not afraid to cast a wide editorial net. Our eclectic list of lively and modern non-fiction titles includes books in such categories as popular culture, film history, photography, humor, biography, travel, and reference. Remember to look for the shell!