Quemar Press is an independent online and paperback press, founded by Katharine Margot Toohey in 2016.'Quemar' means 'to burn' in Spanish. In that language, it has the connotation of something luminous, deliberate and constant. Quemar Press believes the necessity of the books it publishes is inextinguishable.
Quemar Press was founded in 2016 as a publishing house with a focus on publishing new work and also preserving works which are little known in a Modern Australian context.
With this emphasis on new and classic work, often by women, Quemar Press has published new, experimental novels and new poetry collections by award-winning author, Jennifer Maiden (including her entire Play With Knives Quintet), work by rare Surrealistic artist Vera Rudner, and new accessible Modern Australian English translations of work by the Medieval theorists Montaigne, Medieval Romances by the earliest female French poet, Marie de France, and the anonymous author of the feminist Medieval French Chantefable, Aucassin and Nicolette.
Quemar's paperback titles have included four new Australian novels, a revised edition of a classic Australian thriller, a new Australian poetry collection, a new collection of Selected Poems, and the only study of the postwar surrealist work painted by an Australian/Jewish survivor of Nazi Germany. Our new electronic titles have included five Australian novels, two collections of Australian poetry, a photo-illustrated book of Montaigne's observations translated from Middle French into Modern English, a photo-illustrated Modern English translation of a rare text of a Medieval French Chantefable, and two Modern English translations of Medieval French Romances written by the author considered to be the earliest female French poet.
Quemar's titles have been reviewed and featured in Academic journal and Mainstream Media, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, across Fairfax Media, The Australian, and Australian Book Review, and on popular literary websites such as Compulsive Reader and Jonathan Shaw.
Quemar Press website
Quemar Press' member page at the Small Press Network