Publishing Laboratory History
Established in 2000 under the visionary guidance of former CEO of HarperCollins and distinguished visiting professor Stanley Colbert, The Publishing Laboratory serves as both a classroom for graduate and undergraduate students and a fully functioning micropress that issues original works under its own imprint.
The Pub Lab published its first book, a reprint of J. Marshall Crews's history of Wilmington College, in 2001. It published its first novel, Sorayya Khan's Noor, in 2005, and Audubon North Carolina Education Director Andy Wood's Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary followed in 2006. In 2008 the Lab published a record four books, including an anthology of the Chautauqua Writers' Center, an anniversary edition of Ben Dixon MacNeill's classic Outer Banks memoir, The Hatterasman, the trade paperback edition of Ann Cottle's The Roots of Penderlea and its first full color venture, The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens:
A Tribute to Minnie Evans by Fred Wharton and Susan Taylor Block.