Founded in the spring of 1979 by Robert McFarland Franklin, Jefferson–based nonfiction book publisher McFarland invites the public to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

On June 14, the publisher’s campus will be open to visitors from noon until 5 p.m., with finger food, conversation and tours — including a state-of-the-art book factory, eccentric offices and a large collection of outsider art — provided. McFarland’s staff of more than 50 employees will answer questions and guide tours, and many of the company’s authors will be in attendance.

A leading independent publisher of academic nonfiction, McFarland is recognized for noteworthy books about pop culture, sports, military history, transportation, body and mind, literature, history and medieval studies, among other topics. McFarland currently offers nearly 7,000 books in print, and many have received academic and mainstream awards. More information is available at

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