The Heart of the Matter: Exploring Heartland Publishing 2021. “America’s Heartland has sometimes been dismissed as “flyover country,” and its publishing activity is often overlooked by an industry concentrated on the coasts and increasingly dominated by international conglomerates. But due to the critical mass of independent publishers—and bookstores—in both the Twin Cities and Chicago, those two metropolitan areas have become exciting hubs of literary activity that spills over state lines into Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.” via Publishers Weekly