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Peter Beren

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Peter Beren is an American literary executive and a book publishing consultant to authors, self-publishers and independent publishers. Formerly Vice-President of Publishing at Palace Press International (now Insight Editions), Publisher of Sierra Club Books,[1][2] Publisher of VIA Books,[3] an Acquisitions Editor for Jeremy Tarcher and Executive Editor at And/Or Press, Inc.,[4][5][6] he has more than four decades of experience in the book publishing industry.

Beren is the author or co-author of seven books, including The Writers Legal Companion,[7][8] California the Beautiful,[9] and The Golden Gate.[10] California the Beautiful was a Foreword INDIES Award finalist in 2009.[11] His articles have appeared in Mother Jones,[12] Newsweek,[13] Publisher's Weekly,[14] and Tufts Magazine[15] and was a contributor to such anthologies as America’s Cup San Francisco (Insight Editions) and Moving Into Space (HarperCollins).

As a literary agent, publisher or editor, Beren has worked with such authors as photographers Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell, and Baron Wolman[16] as well as independent scholars like Colin Wilson, Ralph Metzner and Robert Anton Wilson. He has also published graphic artists, Jack Katz and Brian Froud, musician Jerry Garcia, and California State Senator and counter-culture icon, Tom Hayden.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts University[17] and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.[18]

As the publisher of VIA Books,[19] the book publishing division of the California State Automobile Association and project director for the Centennial book, Spirit of the Road. Beren was awarded the Merit Award for Excellence in Communication by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in Bay Area Bests Category in 2002.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Writers Legal Companion (Basic Books)
  • Moving into Space (originally called: Worlds Beyond, And/Or Press) (Harper & Row)
  • California the Beautiful (now Rizzoli, formerly Welcome Books)
  • Hidden Napa Valley (now Rizzoli, formerly Welcome Books)
  • Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra (Welcome Books)[20]
  • Vintage San Francisco (Welcome Books)[21]
  • The Golden Gate (Insight Editions)


  1. "Spotlight: Peter Beren", Oakland Tribune, Monday, October 1994, On the Move, Page A-16.
  2. "The Recycling Game", Publishers Weekly, July 25, 1991, by Will Nixon, Page 11-13.
  3. "Everything's A-OK at AAA" Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. "At And/Or Press They're Into Present/Future Alternatives", San Francisco Chronicle, by Leah Garchik, Sunday, March 15, 1981, Review, Page 11.
  5. "California Moving Up in Book World by 'Alternate' Route", Los Angeles Times, by S.J. Diamond, Sunday, January 14, 1979, Outlook, Business, Part VI, Page 1.
  6. "Moving West: Eastern Publishers Finally Spot the Talent Out Here", San Jose Mercury News, Sunday June 25, 1978, by Peter H. King (AP).
  7. "Authors vs. Publishers", San Francisco Chronicle, February 12, 1989, Between the Lines column by Patricia Holt, Review, Page 2.
  8. "Science New Books", Science News, Vol. 154, November 11, 1998, by Carl Anthony, Page 306.
  9. "Galen Rowell and Peter Beren: California the Beautiful" WritersCast. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  10. "In other words: Great quotes on the Gate" SF Gate. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  11. "Finalists" Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  12. "Zodiac Politics" Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  13. Newsweek, "I Was There", August 8, 1994, Page 42.
  14. "After Getting Laid Off, a Publishing Professional's Second Act" Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  15. "Remembering Fred" Tufts Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  16. "California Literary Agent Announces International Deal for Famed Rock Photographer" Music Industry Today. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  17. "Class Notes" Tufts Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  18. "Peter Beren" Nonfiction Authors Association. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  19. "VIA Books Offers Titles On Cars, Travel" Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  20. "The Literate Traveler", "Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra", San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, April 10, 2005, by David Armstrong.
  21. "Vintage San Francisco by Peter Beren" PlatonicsPassions.com Library. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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