Catalyst Press

Change can be gradual, a slight shift that over time becomes a huge movement. Or it can be quick, a frenetic burst that suddenly makes everything new. But it all begins in the same way—with a spark, a catalyst.

Catalyst Press was founded in 2017 as a literary spark, bringing voices from around the globe to readers everywhere. We publish books that reveal the world from different perspectives and different understandings. Publishing literary fiction, graphic novels, memoir, travel, crime fiction, science, and books for young readers, our authors explore lives, stories, and places in ways that make our global community feel more connected. Change can happen in lots of ways, but we think it begins one page at a time.

We have offices in the USA and in South Africa.

In North America, we are distributed through Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, a division of Ingram. This means our books are available to any bookstore or library in all the usual easily accessible places you order books through the usual discount you receive. Throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, we are distributed through LAPA Publishers.

People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-12-11

“People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope.” So said Jessica Powers, head of Catalyst Press, quoting the South African author Andrew Brown, during a panel discussion hosted by Micheal Sears on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The joys of #ReadingAfrica: A panel discussion

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-12-09

On Sunday 6 December 2020 an international panel of authors and publishers took part in a discussion on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. View the discussion on LitNet’s YouTube channel.

Press release: Join us for two special events during #ReadingAfrica

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-26

"You are invited to join us for two exciting zoom discussions on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. #ReadingAfrica week is an annual event to celebrate African literature. This year it will take place from 6 – 12 December."

Press Release: #ReadingAfrica #OokInAfrikaans

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-11

#ReadingAfrica week is an annual event for all publishing companies, readers and authors who want to share their love for African literature, #OokInAfrikaans.