Pelican Publishing Company was established in 1926. Its history is tied to such names as William Faulkner, whose first trade publication was published by Pelican, and Stuart O. Landry, whose vision kept the company alive from 1926 to 1966. Several years before purchasing Pelican, Dr. and Mrs. Milburn Calhoun developed Bayou Books, a mail-order rare and out-of-print book business. When they moved to New Orleans, Bayou Books was opened as a retail bookstore. In order to meet the growing demand for out-of-print literature, Dr. and Mrs. Calhoun decided to purchase Pelican Publishing Company from Betty and Hodding Carter in 1970. In 2019, Pelican became an imprint of Arcadia Publishing based in South Carolina.
Pelican’s motivational titles by Zig Ziglar (See You at the Top) and Dr. Walter Doyle Staples (Think Like a Winner!) led its entry into markets in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Many Pelican titles have now been widely translated and are enjoyed around the world. One of Pelican's most recognized children's titles is the holiday classic Cajun Night Before Christmas illustrated by James Rice. The beloved favorite is available in many formats and has spawned musicals, plays, cakes, costumes, and even a holiday light display.
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