HRB works towards one objective:
To decolonize our bookshelves—around the globe.
Since its official launch in February 2020, HRB (Formerly Hyphen Reads Books Inc.) has been working towards challenging the status quo on popular bookshelves around the globe. This mission was conceived from the observation of imbalance in book options available for readers, an issue particularly prevalent in many Asian countries where Native American literature is severely underrepresented. This trend creates problems for authors by continuing to limit the audience of their work and does so for readers by preventing them from developing critical readerships and honoring alternative literary heritages.
To contribute to redressing these issues, HRB is committed to translating and publishing Native American-authored books in languages other than English. In the long run, the project intends to create a sizable Native American literature series in the chosen languages so that the large volume will appeal to the readers on many levels.
As of March 1st, 2023, Korean editions of [House Made of Dawn] by N. Scott Momaday, [The Only Good Indians] by Stephen Graham Jones, and [Perma Red] by Debra Magpie Earling have been published by HRB and Hyeoom Eamm Books, HRB's partner in Korea.
In March 2023, HRB also launched its first English language literature program called The Eitch. The Eitch is a writer-reader interactive program, in which writers, who identify themselves as Indigenously from their homelands, send their creative work, one story every weekday of the month, to the readers. Readers are then encouraged to respond to the writer's creative pieces shared in their own creative ways.
Our journey must continue. We cordially invite you to this beautiful mission of delivering the much-needed balance to bookshelves in more countries and spreading Indigenous thoughts, vision, and values across the globe―among the ever-larger sphere of readers.
Together, we make impact!