About Us

The Gemma Open Door Series provides fresh stories, new ideas, and essential resources for adults and young people as they embrace the power of the written word.

Gemma Open Door offers intriguing, original stories by best-selling authors and important new voices, and some of our finest writers are engaging new audiences with short, sharp, edgy books…and eBooks. New readers can be thoroughly entertained while developing their proficiency with language and plot. Gemma Open Door affirms the truth that a story doesn’t have to be big to open the world.

Inspired by the Irish series first designed to enhance literacy, Gemma Open Door has expanded to both sides of the Atlantic with authors crossing a wide range of interests.  To engage mature audiences, they tackle some very grown-up subjects:  reconciliation between brothers after many years’ estrangement (Not Just for Christmas, Roddy Doyle), a fantasy novelist with a quest for sanity (The Sorrow of the Elves, Brian Bouldrey), a newly-minted soul who doesn’t know she’s dead yet (No Dress Rehearsal, Marian Keyes), a portrait of the artist as an old man (Nude, Naeem Murr), hoops, hopes, and family secrets (Basketball, Lucy Jane Bledsoe) a subway ride below Boston’s diversity (Yankee Doodle, Loretta Welch), a father’s ambition to exchange a delivery van for the stage (The Comedian, Joe O’Connor), a bored woman’s fixation on a construction worker (The Builders, Maeve Binchy), a tale of pirates and fossils (Pirates on Dinosaur Island, Mark Edwards)…and many, many more!

And we’re still expanding, adding a Young Adult series, written by and for young people, audio versions to complement print and digital editions, Reader’s Guides to open up the books to discussion, phone apps and new technologies to keep story-telling alive and well.


Gemma Open Door…new stories for new readers