North Star Press is a family business with nearly half a century’s commitment to quality in books, relationships, and service, and the publishing of books that matter.
January 20, 1950--September 1st, 2018
Corinne began working at North Star in 1976 as a paste-up artist, a job that no longer exists in today's publishing world. She worked as an editor, book designer, illustrator, and was the owner and senior editor of North Star Press from 2001 until she fell ill with a brain tumor in 2018. She was also a writer with eighteen books completed and many more in the works, and was a visual artist, specializing in botanical illustration. "In some form or other, books have been my life, and North Star is still my biggest focus. Retire? Not in the foreseeable future." And she never did. We continue on in her memory, and with her passion for elevating people's stories and voices. She will be forever missed by her family and the hundreds of writers she worked with over the years.
Owner, Book Designer, Graphic Designer, Editor
Liz Dwyer, Corinne's daughter, grew up within North Star. Some of her earliest memories are of Corinne and her grandmother and previous owner, Rita Dwyer, reading manuscripts aloud, back and forth, making sure the edits were crisp. And while she'd been working in the orbit of North Star for years as an occasional graphic designer, Liz was brought into the fold of the family business on the shoulders of her mother's death. Her own passion for people's stories, books, and carrying on a family tradition compelled her and Curtis to keep the family business going after Corinne's passing.
Curtis has been with North Star since May of 2012, starting with shipping and receiving. In February of 2014 he took over as Business Manager and is excited about continuing his education in the publishing world and continuing North Star's long tradition of publishing great regional authors. He has been, at various times in his life, a commercial fisherman, contractor, organic farmer, research chemist, and a sailor. He and his wife, Liz, operate Dancing the Land Farm on Liz's family land in Stearns County (on the same property as North Star Press), where they raise veggies, flowers, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, pigs, and a multitude of cats and dogs.