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July 2010 Print(out) Edition of Galley Cat Reviews

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Welcome to the July 2010 Print Edition of GalleyCat Reviews

GalleyCat Reviews features daily book review content, including book reviews, excerpted book reviews from select review outlets, and curated posts linking to the best book reviews on the web. The reviews are written by a mix of professional reviewers and passionate readers in the GalleyCat community. If you are a publicist looking to submit books to GalleyCat reviews, please email your pitches to this new email address. We are accepting pitches for new books in any genre, but we will only be able to review a fraction of the suggested titles. Want to read more? Check out these links: With this special monthly edition, you can read GCR, print GCR, or download GCR to your favorite reading device. If you want more print-able goodness, check out these other links: GalleyCat Reviews February 2010 Print Edition GalleyCat Reviews March 2010 Print Edition GalleyCat Reviews April 2010 Print Edition GalleyCat Reviews May 2010 Print Edition GalleyCat Reviews June 2010 Edition Best Book Reviewers on Twitter Directory

Jonathan Schneer Explores The Balfour Declaration

Reviewed by Louise Leetch Read more about GalleyCat Reviews In the new book, The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, historian Jonathan Schneer explores a 1917 agreement that helped create the modern state of Israel. This is a must read for a clearer understanding of the vast changes that took place on the Arabian Peninsula in such a relatively short period of time and the impact of Foreign Secretary Balfour's declaration of support for the establishment of a Jewish nation. It's common knowledge that the British were responsible the divisions of the Middle East after WWII but the machinations, maneuvers and manipulations truly began at the turn of the 20th Century. The Zionist movement was founded in 1897 in Switzerland and grew and spread very slowly. Over the next few years, Jews bought up large tracts of land in Palestine in an effort to establish a substantial minority. The emergence of Chaim Weizmann as the Jewish leader expanded their efforts to seek more than that; a Jewish nation was now the goal. Up until the outbreak of WWI, England had little use for either the Jewish requests or the petitions from the Arabs to establish an Arabian nation. When Turkey entered the war on the side of Germany, the British began to listen to both. Hussein Ibn Ali aligned with many of the Arab tribes looking to break away from the Turks and their Ottoman Empire and establish an Arab nation. In 1916 the French and English together wrote the Sykes-Picot agreement, eventually the Tripartite Agreement, dividing up the Arabian Peninsula. There was no input from either Arabs or Jews. The maps that author Schneer provides in this eye-opening book make it perfectly clear that the parties involved in the break up of the Arabian peninsula had very different images of the final divisions. The Arabs had no idea the British were promising land to the Jews. The Jews thought they would be taking over Palestine as an English Protectorate and the French assumed that Syria and most of Northern Arabia would be under their governance. The English set aside the southern half extending East to Bagdad for themselves. Anatolia and Constantinople were to be reserved for Russia, though she was not informed of the agreement until some time later. The book really gives you a complete background for the ill feelings on all sides. We also realize the very simple concessions that could have avoided a great deal of grief and bloodshed. Louise Leetch divides her time between Chicago and Wisconsin. Both houses are just crammed with books. She collects her reviews on GoodReads.

Drunk Hulk Unmasked

We've championed the capitalized literary criticism of Drunk Hulk for months. The pseudonymous reviewer would share opinions about books and culture on Twitter--earning 33,771 followers and producing gems like "DRUNK HULK NO BE THIS EXCITE ABOUT BOOK SINCE PIZZA HUT MAKE BOOK IT PROGRAM!" Today GalleyCat Reviews is proud to reveal the secret identity of Drunk Hulk--we caught up with the writer behind the giant green critic for an exclusive interview. SPOILER ALERT: If you wish to remain blissfully ignorant of the real identity of Drunk Hulk, simply stop reading this post now... The Drunk Hulk Twitter feed was written by author Christian A. Dumais. Dumais (pictured) was most recently published in Shock Totem and edited the Cover Stories collection. He currently lectures at universities in Poland, teaching American Literature and Pop Culture. We caught up with this mysterious writer in an email interview. Dumais shared his experiences working as an intoxicated superhero: "The responses from readers have been overwhelmingly positive. I've gotten so many emails from people thanking me and then venting their own problems: 'I wanted to totally Drunk Hulk the guy' or 'If I were Drunk Hulk, I wouldn't have this problem.' And then there are those who've offered me T-shirt and merchandise deals, the guy who offered to buy the Twitter feed, and various other people who had me wishing I'd chosen a public domain character instead. You know, something I could make money from without fear of pesky lawsuits." He continued: "Some of the jokes have offended people, which is something I find funny only because those same jokes were also aimed at me. For instance, months ago I made an Ayn Rand joke ('DRUNK HULK FEEL PROUD! AND SELF RIGHTEOUS! LIKE TEENAGER WHO FINISH READING AYN RAND BOOK!') that had quite a few people upset. As I was reading their reactions, I'm thinking, I was that teenager too! I'm confident if I re-read The Fountainhead today, I'd be walking around for a week with that Rand High, the one where you feel like you can take on the world. It's what makes her books so great, whether you dig the philosophy or not. She writes the way Nigella cooks. You're in the kitchen saying, 'Yeah! I can cook like that! With ten pounds of butter! And I'm going to look sexy doing it too!.'" Dumais also discussed the storytelling power of Twitter: "I'm fascinated by Twitter's potential for storytelling. I've always been a big fan of nano-fiction and just how minimal the writing can be before it stops being a story. Raymond Carver talked about the iceberg approach to storytelling, where what's not being said is as important as what's said, and

when you have 140 characters to work with, the challenge is getting readers to see what's underneath the surface ... Mostly, I created the Twitter feed to provide me with a break during three to four hour writing sessions, like the ginger between bites of sushi. In that sense, the writing is enormously liberating. What I didn't count on was for it to take off and have a life of its own." Dumais concluded: "One of the things that make me laugh is the fact that even though I've been published before, the writing that has brought me the most attention is the project where I purposely use poor grammar and write in all caps. I publish long stories where the response is minimal, and then I post 'DRUNK HULK JUST FIGURE OUT TWIST! M NIGHT SHYMALAN CAREER WAS DEAD WHOLE TIME!' and the response is huge, and instantaneous. So here I am with this double life, one where my grammatically incorrect writing is a nice success with tens of thousands of readers, and another one where my carefully written books are read by a dozen people."

GalleyCat Readers List the Worst Negative Book Review Clichés

Earlier this week, literary critic, novelist, and One-Minute Book Reviews editor Janice Harayda tweeted the "5 Most Overused Put-Downs in Book Reviews." The post generated an impressive response, as GalleyCat Reviews readers shared their least favorite bad book review clichés. We've listed them all below for your edification and enjoyment. Follow this link to read the original post. Jenna Glatzer shared this gem: "'I threw it across the room.' (Do people really do that that often?)" Marc Vun Kannon added: "Lifeless/wooden/stilted dialog" MByerly: "'This book is a perfect example of why I don't like (insert genre, media, subject matter.)' The comment always begs the question, 'If you don't like this kind of book, why did you read it to review it?'" Georgia Beaverson: "Typical first-time novel problems (without stating what they are)." Rae Francoeur: "Wait for the movie." Robert Wyatt: "I liked it, but I didn't love it." Marianna Jameson: "'Ever wonder what the result would be if [uber famous author] had written a [insert genre] novel?' Um. No, not really." Marwa: "Purple prose, anyone?" Finally, Shannon listed one word: "Banal."

Mad Men Book Reviews

Can a television show's homage to a particular title be construed as some kind of book review? This GalleyCat Reviews editor believes that perfect harmony between book placement, plot development, and a loyal audience can be a very effective form of literary criticism. Yesterday Flavorwire reviewed all the books that have made cameo appearances on the beloved television show, Mad Men. Titles mentioned on the show included everything from Exodus by Leon Uris to Ship of Fools by Katherine Ann Porter. Our favorite Mad Men-approved book is Meditations in an Emergency by the poet Frank O'Hara. When the book appeared on the second season, sales skyrocketed as a new generation explored the classic book of poems. Below is an excerpt from "Meditations in an Emergency," via the Poetry Foundation.

"Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there'll be nothing left with which to venture forth. "Why should I share you? Why don't you get rid of someone else for a change? "I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love."

Read the rest at this link.

Librarian Uses Kickstarter to Fund Video Book Reviews

The video book review site In the Stacks is using the community fundraising site Kickstarter to raise $5,000. Here at GalleyCat Reviews, we are very interested to see if Kickstarter can help raise money for criticism. Author Michelle Zaffino founded the site while earning her Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Money raised through the project will be used to upgrade the site, hire a developer and help pay the graphic designer, illustrator and a few other librarians working on the site. Here's more about the project: "Last year I created the program In the Stacks video book review, which features 60-second long reviews of recent books. The reviews are done by one of the most authoritative sources on the topic: Librarians. In the Stacks is meant to not only be intellectually provocative but also features tastefully sexy librarians, and asserts that women can be both sexy and smart. The 32 60-second spots currently on the website are meant to run like ads, with longer episodes in the works."

The Library of Bad Books

What's your favorite bad book? Is there a book filled with terrible dialogue, cheesy illustrations, or mindboggling plot twists that you love despite of (or perhaps because of) its flaws? We spent the weekend laughing at the so-bad-it's-good artwork stored in the brilliant Museum of Bad Art, and decided it was time to build The Library of Bad Books. Add your favorites in the comments section, and we will keep expanding the archive with your suggestions. Over at Awful Library Books they have been collecting some of the so-bad-it's-good books uncovered at libraries--a laugh out loud collection. Check out the site for inspiration, like this Michael Bolton book: "This is part of a chapter entitled 'Close Encounters,' which includes brief uncredited stories from Bolton fan club members. The story sucked me in with its romance novel tone then slapped me around with its unexpected change in narrative mode. She must have been in a M.I.T. when writing this."

Peek Inside the Philadelphia Inquirer Fiction Reviews Bookshelf

Space, resources, and freelance budgets are shrinking at traditional book review outlets. But one thing hasn't decreased: the number of incoming galleys. In a sobering essay entitled "Why the hell won't they review my book," author Tess Gerritsen included that snapshot from the galley bookshelves at Philadelphia Inquirer. This GalleyCat editor has a big stack on his desk, but the Inquirer's July galleys pile dwarfs our stack. Check it out: "You are looking at the July fiction reviews bookshelf of the Philadelphia Inquirer. These are the galleys that the Inquirer is considering for reviews during the month of July. Mind you, this is only the fiction section; the nonfiction section has a cabinet with just as many galleys waiting for review. This is only for the month of July, and these are the survivors after a severe winnowing down of all the galleys the newspaper received for this month." What do you think? How can writers ever find readers in this overwhelming environment? Yesterday, the CEO of BookTour.com had some suggestions.

The Mountain Goats Reviewed by a Poet

Should poets review songwriters? Should poetry reviews include lyrics? These questions don't get asked much anymore, but this GalleyCat Reviews editor loves to think about it. Poet Jim Fisher championed the work of The Mountain Goats in a Paris Review essay. He encouraged poets to listen to the band led by singer and songwriter John Darnielle to reconnect with rhythm and rhyme in their own poetry. Here's an excerpt: "We poets write a lot about the music of poetry, its roots in oral/aural traditions, its rhythm and need to be sounded aloud, but very little about the meter of poetry--meter, which is a requirement of rhythm and of what most Westerners consider song. It's a missed opportunity, because for metrical verse to work, it doesn't much matter how the stresses--or pulses--in each measure are perceived. The beat of 3/4 or 4/4 time is as effective a cadence as that of trimeter or tetrameter, and the syncopation of the vocalist as nimble a device for varying those beats as a formal poet's phrasing. Lyric poetry, after all, was first written for the lyre." For more inspiration, check out this video where the great author Tobias Wolff sings one of the world's saddest songs along with Darnielle.

Best Beach Reads for Late Summer

As a public service announcement, we would like to remind our faithful readers that there is still one month of quality beach reading time left this summer. What books will you bring to the beach for your late-summer reading? Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has created a giant meta-list of beach reads. Counting on our readers' collective knowledge of books, GalleyCat Reviews regularly features curated book lists from this site. Over the last year, Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations has assembled 390 lists-giving reading advice on everything from book club books to beach reads. We've included a few beach read suggestions from GalleyCat readers below. Share your late summer favorites in the comments. Laura posted: "So Cold the River by Michael Koryta for the mystery/thriller set and The Island by Elin Hilderbrand, set on an island near Nantucket, for the literary romanceinclined." That Neil Guy added: "I'll be reading the new novel by Allison Winn Scotch: 'The One That I Want' (http://amzn.to/cEsrSa). Sadly, though, I probably won't make it to the actual beach and will just sit on my back porch instead."

More Than 200 Book Bloggers to Read

When it comes to creating a buzz about books, book bloggers are definitely an appreciated group within the industry. Immediately after BEA 2010, the first Book Bloggers Convention took place in New York City's Javits Center. As a wonderful resource for publicists, agents, authors, and GalleyCat Reviews readers, the convention site offers a directory with all the book bloggers who attended as well as links to their respective blogs. Follow this link to explore the list. The event boasted an attendance of almost 250 book bloggers who heard speakers discuss topics such as ethical professionalism, marketing, the author-blogger relationship, and a keynote speech given by Maureen Johnson. (Via Publishers Weekly)

Maggie Stiefvater Goes Where Werewolves Linger

Reviewed by Maryan Pelland Read more about GalleyCat Reviews Linger is a young adult novel about werewolves. No surprise, considering the success of properties like Twilight and True Blood. Shape shifting's commercial appeal makes it logical that publishers are sensitive to the genre. One writer mixed Alcott's Little Women with werewolves. Why shouldn't Maggie Stiefvater follow suit? In Linger, Stiefvater offers readers four post-adolescents--Grace and Sam, Isabel and Cole. The girls are mostly human. They guys are, or have been wolves. There's background noise about other wolves, but we never meet them. They remain unresolved. Stiefvater has good ideas. She stages the book from four points-of-view. Each character gives us the story as he or she sees it. The multiple points-of-view device is seldom used, and for good reason. It takes incredible prowess to pull it off--making sure readers don't feel like the little balls popping around in a toddler push toy. Problem? You can't tell the difference between characters. They sound the same -teenager-y, but not. Plot-wise, the wolves' underdeveloped wofiness doesn't weigh in heavily. The book is mostly teen angst, teens misunderstood by their parents, and starcrossed love. It could be set anywhere, anytime, with any backstory. These young werewolves grapple with staying human or succumbing to the call of the wild. The writer gets in her characters' way. They can't breathe the wildness of wolfery, nor show their perspective, motivation, or distinct individuality. Pop-culture influences trumpet like moose among the wolves. Like The X Files' Scully and Mulder, characters call each other by name constantly, sometimes twice in a single dialog run. Backstory tries to bring readers into Linger's world but fails. Page after page, Sam describes Grace, Grace describes her symptoms, Cole describes his hatred for life, and Isabel covers for everyone. Best-selling writer Stiefvater knows the rules of Fiction 101. Readers need to be in the moment, feel the textures, see the sights, smell the scents. Formulaic paragraphs dutifully list mornings tinted blue with fog, air smelling like wolf feces, cold skin, and eyes seeing something in the distance. That's technique, not involvement. There are intensely gripping werewolf, vampire, and wizard books, but Linger misses the short list. It could have been the product of software guaranteed to stamp out a tale of young supernatural coming of age. It's about werewolves, but there are no delicious

shudders. It is, indeed, about kissing, but the kissing that never makes it off the page into the reader's imagination. Stiefvater exercises technique, grappling more with herself than with her characters. She dumps Sam into the hospital watching his true love die. After an obligatory fist-fight between Grace's Dad and Sam, Stiefvater tells us Sam "sits with his face crumpled in one hand." That awkward description forces the reader out of the story with a visual of Sam's disembodied face smushed into the palm of his extended hand (or paw). The book will find an audience, but it could have been so much more. Maryan Pelland is a certified book ghostwriter/writer specializing in and writers' issues and baby boomer tech. Her byline has appeared more than 400 times in major publications in print and online. You can contact her at: maryan[at]ontext[dot]com.

August Book Club Authors Revealed

You can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. In an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types in real life, we are hosting our third mediabistro.com Book Club on August 17, 2010 at Underbar in New York City. Follow this link to RSVP. The after-work party will feature a memoir about race, a dessert cookbook, a Wall Street expose, a foodie/blogger novel, and a hotel novel. This installment will feature tons of free book giveaways for attendees. This GalleyCat Reviews editor will lead the book club discussion with the authors. We received an overwhelming number of submissions last month, and these five authors were handpicked to include a wide range of subjects, genres, and publishing experience. Besides scoring some free books, mediabistro.com book club participants will have a night of practical and entertaining conversation. More information about the Book Club authors follows below. Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 10,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams: "Losing My Cool portrays the allure and the danger of hiphop culture like no book has before. Even more remarkably, Williams evokes the subtle salvation that literature offers and recounts with breathtaking clarity a burgeoning bond between father and son." Desserts 4 Today--Desserts Made with Just FOUR Ingredients by Abigail Johnson Dodge: "The recipes in Desserts 4 Today rely on simplicity--no outrageous ingredients, no difficult-to-master techniques, and no hours of prep work. Each of the 125 flavorful desserts uses pantry ingredients, is ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes, and provides flavor variations sure to please any palette and any craving. Desserts 4 Today enables cooks of all skill levels to effortlessly create delicious desserts." Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford: "Nine months after Rachel Goldman's divorce, she gives birth to a cooking project as well as a blog that helps her find her voice that was missing during her married years. Life from Scratch is an enjoyable read about not only learning how to grab your own happiness, but also, how to fry your own egg. An amateur chef and popular blogger herself, Ford is the author of the award-winning website, Stirrup Queens. Her blog has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten motherhood blogs."

Chasing Goldman Sachs: How the Masters of the Universe Melted Wall Street Down . . . And Why They'll Take Us to the Brink Again by Suzanne McGee: "The financial system has been saved from destruction but as long as the mind-set of 'chasing Goldman Sachs' lingers, it will not have been reformed. As banking undergoes its biggest transformation since the 1929 crash and the Great Depression, McGee shows where it stands today and points to where it needs to go next, examining the future of those financial institutions supposedly “too big to fail." Based Upon Availability by Alix Strauss: "From the very first page of Based Upon Availability readers will be drawn into the strange, often humorous world where eight women grapple with family, sex, power, love and death. Throughout this powerful novel, these characters explore the basic need for human connection while seeking to understand themselves better."

Book Reviewer Bookshelf Porn

That, my friends, is a shot from inside The Dallas Morning News book room, giving you a peek at what happened when book review editor Michael Merschel "neglected to shelve books for a couple weeks." The excellent Book Publicity Blog is collecting photos of book reviewers' overloaded bookshelves--illustrating both a passion for books and the overwhelming glut of titles that will never get reviewed. See all the photos on the Flickr stream, and share your photos by emailing bookpublicityblog[at]gmail[dot]com. The whole bookshelf photograph movement was inspired by a GalleyCat Reviews post last week, a peek inside the Philadelphia Inquirer's bookshelf.

Italo Calvino's Daughter Raises Money for Video Book Review

Producer and comparative literature professor Giovanna Calvino (the daughter of the great author Italo Calvino), is raising money for a new web video show entitled Amateur Thursdays. The new site will feature video book reviews, a new multimedia addition to the literary criticism toolbox. The site is already soliciting reader submissions. Calvino's team is raising money for the program through the web-based fundraising site Kickstarter--last week we wrote about a librarian using the same site. Here's more about Amateur Thursdays: "In T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, a character calls his wife's attempt at hosting a salon her 'amateur thursdays.' His telling of these gatherings is both hilarious and unforgiving. By calling our literary web show AMATEUR THURSDAYS we set the tone for humor, glamour and intelligence. Each week we'll post a five-minute episode with writers -- upcoming and established, famous and unknown -- talking to each other about their current readings. The show will be available for free on our website, which will also feature independent video book reviews by a variety of readers."

Best Publisher Pages on Facebook
Facebook counted 500 million users today, prompting us to finally create a GalleyCat Facebook page. Stop by and say hello--we will use the new site for event listings, literary contests, and publishing debate. Discovering the keyword "publishing" turns up 17,000 pages, we realized that we can't navigate this sea of content alone. So we've decided to build a reader-curated directory of the best publisher pages on Facebook--to help us build our Facebook network and help our readers find the best Facebook content. We've started the list below--a directory that barely scratches the surface of the publishing scene on Facebook. Add your favorite publishers to the comments section, and we'll keep updating the directory.

Alfred A. Knopf: "one of America's foremost book publishers--known for both the quality of its authors and for the high level of its book design and production." Algonquin Books: "Independent publisher of literary fiction and narrative nonfiction." Allworth Press: "Business books for creative professionals." Archipelago Books: "A not-for-profit press devoted to publishing exceptional translations of classic and contemporary world literature. In our first six years, we have brought out 60 books, translated from twenty languages." Arte Publico Press: "the nation's largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors." Avon: "Avon has been publishing award-winning books since 1941. It is recognized for having pioneered the historical romance category and continues to bring the best of commercial literature to the broadest possible audience." Back Bay Books: "We are the paperback imprint of Little, Brown and Company." Beacon Press: "An independent publisher of serious non-fiction and fiction." Black Sparrow Books: "Sought out the great and astounding statements of America's literary outsiders, writers whose kinship is with the red blood of Whitman not the blue blood of Longfellow, with the dirty hands of Dreiser not the kid gloves of Edith Wharton."

Canonbridge LLC: "a second-tier independent publisher located in Iowa. It was established in 2007 to encourage and publish new writers who demonstrate talent and the potential for solid growth." Carina Press: "Publishes a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance and its subgenres." Chelsea Green Publishing: "Publishers of renewable energy, sustainable living, organic gardening, and progressive books since 1984." Chicken Soup for the Soul: "Home to the largest catalog of user-generated, life-changing stories." Chronicle Books: "An independent publisher located in San Francisco, we have an award-winning history of innovation in both subject matter and format for our distinctive books and gifts." City Lights Publishers: "a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics." Columbia University Press: "OVER 160 NEW TITLES annually in the fields of Asian studies and literature, biological sciences, business, culinary history, current affairs, economics, environmental sciences, film and media studies, finance, history, international affairs, literary studies, Middle Eastern studies, New York City history, philosophy, neuroscience, paleontology, political theory, religion, and social work." Dalkey Archive Press: "A nonprofit publisher at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign" David R. Godine, Publisher: "An independent general trade press that publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children's, and art & photography titles." Duke University Press: "Disseminating knowledge—through the publication of printed books, periodicals, and electronic files—beyond the confines of the University's campus." Dutton: "Dutton is an adult hardcover fiction and non-fiction imprint of Penguin Group." Dzanc Books: "Dzanc Books is a nonprofit publishing company." Egmont USA: "A children’s book publisher." ENC Press: "ENC PRESS is the intelligent alternative to traditional publishing: a small but fiercely independent boutique press, whose specialty is social satire."

Farrar, Straus and Giroux: "renowned for its international list of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's books. Farrar, Straus and Giroux authors have won extraordinary acclaim over the years." Free Press: "Free Press is one of six imprints that comprise the Adult Trade Division of Simon & Schuster. Free Press publishes approximately 70 new titles per year" Gallery Books: "new imprint from Simon and Schuster featuring a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles." Graywolf Press: "Graywolf publishes about thirty books a year and works with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to distribute those titles to bookstores and media outlets across the country." Hachette Book Group: "Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world." HarperCollins Canada: "a prestigious and award-winning company with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, and reference and spiritual books." HarperCollins Children's Books: "Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality books for children, HarperCollins Children's Books is home to many of the classics of children's literature." HarperOne: "publishing influential books on personal growth, religion, spirituality, and wellness." Harper Perennial: "Good Books for Cool People." HarperTeen: "the home of the most exciting teen publishing anywhere." Invisible Publishing: "We find contemporary voices who reflect the real Canadian diaspora." Lee & Low Books: "an independent children's book publisher specializing in diversity." Melville House Publishing: "An independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The company was founded in 2001 and was named winner of the 2007 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing" A Midsummer Night's Press: "Publishing affordable poetry titles in elegant little packages."

Moon Travel Guides: "Expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon ensures that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying experience--and a few new stories to tell." Murdoch Books: "An independent, international book publishing company, under private Australian ownership." Museyon Guides: "Indie publisher of guidebooks." New York Review Books: "An innovative list of fiction and nonfiction for discerning and adventurous readers" Nicholas Brealey Publishing: "The world's smallest publishing multinational." North Atlantic Books: "North Atlantic has become a leading publisher of alternative health, martial arts, raw foods, and spiritual titles." Other Press: "We publish novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best. Our nonfiction books--should they be history, current events, popular culture or memoir--explore how psychic, cultural, historical, and literary shifts inform our vision of the world and of each other." Overlook Press: "An independent general-interest publisher, founded in 1971. The publishing program consists of nearly 100 new books per year, evenly divided between hardcovers and trade paperbacks." Oxford University Press: "The largest university press in the world." Palgrave Macmillan: "A cross-market publisher, specializing in cutting edge non-fiction, student texts, research and reference. Peachtree Publishers: "Independent Children's Book Publisher in Atlanta, GA." Pantheon Books: "An American imprint with editorial independence that is part of the Knopf Publishing Group, which was acquired by Random House in 1960." Peachpit Books: "We publish super-cool, best-selling books and videos on the latest in graphic design, Web design and development, digital video and more." Pearson Education: "Leading global education company, dedicated to helping students learn and achieve success." Penguin Books: "Penguin Books publishes blockbusting, prize-winning, celebrated, controversial, heart-warming, thought-provoking and inspiring books." Picador Paperbacks: "One of the leading literary trade paperback imprints in the country."

Pocket Books: "an industry pioneer with imprints including Pocket Books Hardcovers, Threshold Editions, Downtown Press, MTV Books, G-Unit, and Star Trek." Potomac Books: "Building on our strong roots in military history, we have expanded our editorial focus to include general history, world and national affairs, foreign policy, defense and national security, terrorism, intelligence, memoirs and biographies, and sports" Press 53: "Independent literary publishing house located in Winston-Salem, NC." Princeton Architectural Press: "World leader in architecture and design publishing, both in market share and in editorial and design excellence." Putnam Books: "one of the oldest and most prestigious imprints in the publishing industry." Raincoast Books: "Books, glorious books." Random House: "We publish books." Random House Canada: "Random House of Canada was established in 1944 as the Canadian distributor of Random House Books. In 1986 the company established its own indigenous Canadian publishing program that has become one of the most successful in Canadian history."

Riverhead Books: "dedicated to publishing extraordinary, ground-breaking, unique fiction and non-fiction writers." Regnery Publishing: "Publishing great conservative books since 1947." Scholastic: "World's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media." Seal Press: "founded in 1976 to provide a forum for women writers and feminist issues. Since then, Seal has published groundbreaking books that represent the diverse voices and interests of women" Simon & Schuster: "Simon & Schuster is the home of bestselling authors such as Stephen King, Frank McCourt, Jodi Picoult, Mary Higgins Clark, John Lithgow and Vince Flynn." Soft Skull Press: "Pugnacious indie press who wants to be your friend."

Soho Press: "an independent book publisher based in New York City. Since 1986, we have been publishing literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and mysteries set in exotic locations." Spiegel & Grau: "books with a serrated edge, to cut through the noise and chaos of our culture." Tantor Audio: "a leading independent publisher of over 2000 unabridged audiobooks, in a wide variety of genres." Tarcher Books-Penguin: "one of the premier publishers of mind, body, and spirit titles." Tundra Books: "Books for children, young adults, and those young at heart!" Threshold Editions: "Publisher of Glenn Beck, Jerome R. Corsi, Brian Jennings, Mark R. Levin, and more!" TSTC Publishing: "Texas State Technical College Waco press." Two Dollar Radio Books: "Two Dollar Radio is a mom and pop's book publishing outfit founded in 2005, with the tagline: Books too loud to ignore." Uncial Press: "[We] publish finely crafted and well-written eBooks. Fiction titles will feature strong character development, coherent plots, and engaging story lines, and will be both line and content edited. University of California Press: "among the six largest university presses in the United States and, of these, is the only one located in the West and associated with a public university." University of Chicago Press: "has been publishing books and journals for discriminating readers since 1892. The Press also distributes a wide variety of books for over 50 international publishers." University of Minnesota Press: "Publisher of groundbreaking work in social & cultural theory, race & ethnic studies, urbanism, feminist criticism, and media studies." University of North Carolina Press: "explore[s] important questions, spark lively debates, generate ideas, and move fields of inquiry forward." University of Texas Press: "a focal point where the life experiences, insights, and specialized knowledge of writers converge to be disseminated in print." Welcome Books: "A publisher of fine illustrated books on subjects ranging from art and photography to history, travel, and food."

Word Riot Press: "online literary magazine and small press celebrating the forceful voices of up and coming writers." Writer's Digest: "Writer's Digest is the No. 1 resource for writing better and getting published. It is a division of F+W Media." Your It List: "To discover what's It now in Style, Music, Art, Movies, Sports, Comedy and Celebrity." Editors Note: Ji Hyun Park helped assemble this directory.

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