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Faber & Faber titles from early 2007


Faber & Faber has some great upcoming titles, including the trade paperback version of Milan Kundera’s newest book.

Here are my picks from their winter/spring line.

* Imposture by Benjamin Markovits (January 2007)
* Utopian Dreams by Tobias Jones (January 2007)
* Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage (January 2007)
* The Observations by Jane Harris (February 2007)
* A Night at the Majestic: Proust & the Great Modernist Dinner Party by Richard Davenport-Hines (February 2007)
* The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor (March 2007)
* In Search of a Distant Voice by Taichi Yamada (March 2007)
* Beowulf (Bilingual Edition) translated by Seamus Heaney (March 2007)
* The Curtain by Milan Kundera (Trade Paperback, March 2007)
* Jack the Lad and Bloody Mary by Joseph Connolly (April 2007)
* Seizure by Erica Wagner (April 2007)

Spring/Summer 2007 Books from Europa Editions


Europa Editions is one of my favourite small press publishers. The books they publish offer a window into worlds I don’t normally view and they certainly cause me to think about new ideas.

Here are my picks from their spring/summer 2007 line.

* The Fugitive by Massimo Carlotto, trans. by Antony Shugaar (April 15, 2007)
* Prime Time Suspect by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett, trans. by Nicholas Caistor (June 24, 2007)
* The Worst Intentions by Alessandro Piperno, trans. by Ann Goldstein (July 20, 2007)

Spring & Summer 2007 Book Lists


After reviewing the Spring & Summer 2007 offerings from the various publisher’s catalogues, I created several lists of my personal recommendations. This post is intended to provide a summary of the publishers I listed, with links to the relevant original post. If publishing houses are missing it is because I have not yet looked through their Spring & Summer offerings.

My disclaimer: These are the books which I personally am looking forward to hearing more about and perhaps reading. This is in no way a reflection on what I think is going to be a big hit nor am I suggesting that any author is publishing a “bad” book by not listing it here. At the time the lists were created, I had not read the books.

List of Publishers
Alma Books
Arcadia Books
Ballantine Books
Back Bay Books
Bloomsbury UK
Bloomsbury USA
Bond Street Books
Broadway Books
Canadian Manda Group
Chatto & Windus
Chicago Review Press
Chronicle Books
Couteau Books
Del Rey
Delacorte Press
Dial Press
Doubleday Canada
Douglas & McIntyre
Europa Editions
Faber & Faber
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Gibbs Smith
Greystone Books
Harcourt (HBJ)
Harvill Secker
Henry Holt
Hesperus Press
Houghton Mifflin
Hyperion Books
Key Porter Books
Kondansha International
Little Bookroom
Little, Brown & Company
Metropolitan Books
Miramax Books
Nan A. Talese
NYRB Classics
Owl Books
Pelican Publishing
Penguin Group
Raincoast Books
Random House
St. Martin’s
St. Martin’s Minotaur
Shaye Areheart Books
Simon & Schuster
Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Tachyon Publications
Thistledown Press
Three Rivers Press
Touchwood Editions
Vintage Canada
Walker & Company
Warner Books
William Heinemann

Spring/Summer 2007 Titles from Hachette Group


Today I got the catalogues from the Hachette Group covering April to August 2007. I love wading through publishers’ catalogues, it’s almost like Christmas – seeing all the upcoming books and deciding what you want to read. Then comes the wait until you finally get a chance to buy the books, open them and have that new book smell. Nothing could be better!

So after extensive review, here are my picks of upcoming 2007 titles from Hachette. (Photos to follow)

Little, Brown & Company
* The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin (April 2007)
* Afternoons with Emily by Rose MacMurray (April 2007)
* Addled by JoeAnn Hart (May 2007)
* The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery by Elisa Strauss (May 2007)
* The Blood of Flowers: a Novel by Anita Amirrezvani (June 2007)
* Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney (July 2007)
* Exposure: a Novel by Kurt Wenzel (July 2007)
* By George by Wesley Stace (August 2007)

Back Bay Books
* Transparency: Stories by Frances Hwang (April 2007)
* Bank: a Novel by David Bledin (May 2007)
* The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo: a Novel by Peter Orner (May 2007)
* Tiare in Bloom by Célestine Vaite (June 2007)
* Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst (Trade Paperback, July 2007)
* Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker (Trade Paperback, August 2007)
* The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler (Trade Paperback, August 2007)

Warner Books
* Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson (Trade Paperback, May 2007)
* The Devil You Know by Mike Carey (July 2007)
* The History Book by Humphrey Hawksley (August 2007)

Twelve Hardcover
* Boomsday: a Novel by Christopher Buckley (April 2007)

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