Let me introduce you to Harper Perennial. Unlike the other imprints featured here on Beth Fish Reads, Harper Perennial is a big imprint that's been around for a while. But like all imprints, it has a focus and is directed by a particular vision.
Because Harper Perennial is an established imprint, I'm going to shake things up a bit for my Friday feature. Dozens of books are published each year under the imprint, so I have worked with Erica Barmash to create an initial list of twenty-two books that we're excited about. Some the titles have already been published, and some will be released over the coming months.
Each Friday this summer and into the fall, I'll feature one of the books on the following list, letting you know what it's about, giving you links to the author's website or blog, quoting from reviews, and/or showing you the trailer. Most important, though, I will tell you why I am looking forward to reading each one. I will also post my reviews as I delve into the books. Here's what you have to look forward to:
Harper Perennial Featured Books
- Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
- The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
- Commuters by Emily Gray Tedrowe
- Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever by Justin Taylor
- Everything Is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert
- Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
- Girl Trouble by Holly Goddard Jones
- Great Lover by Jill Dawson
- If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous
- In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke
- It All Changed in an Instant by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser
- Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
- Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
- Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
- More of This World or Maybe Another by Barb Johnson
- Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon
- Numb by Sean Ferrell
- Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle
- Stretch by Neal Pollack
- Truth about Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen
- Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis
- What He's Poised to Do by Ben Greenman
I will not be hosting another reading challenge, but I will post a review page with a Mr. Linky, so we can all share our thoughts about these and other Harper Perennial books. Look for that post in the next couple of weeks, and I'll also add a tab to my blog header.
I'm thrilled that Erica Barmash has taken the time to tell us about the Harper Perennial imprint. But before we get to her note, I have a couple of things to say.
First, thanks so much to Erica and the HP Books people for coming up with the very cool button for this feature. I just love it, and I'm very grateful for the tech and design help. Second I have to add a plug for Harper Perennial's great blog The Olive Reader. If you aren't a subscriber, you ought to be. It has a good blend of zany and serious. Check it out.
Hi!And I for one am happy to be a member of the Harper Perennial community. Thank you , Erica, for the introduction and warm welcome. Let me turn it around and welcome Harper Perennial to Beth Fish Reads. I also want to encourage you all to click through to the Huffington Post interview for a closer look at the imprint.
My name is Erica Barmash, and I'm the marketing manager for Harper Perennial, where we're all SO excited to be featured here on Beth Fish Reads. For those of you that don't know us, here are the basics: Harper Perennial is one of the trade paperback imprints of HarperCollins. We publish both trade paperback originals and reprints of hardcovers. We publish literary fiction, nonfiction, short stories, memoir, history, popular science, and many other types of books that I'm probably forgetting. The one thing that unites the books we publish, as said so well by our editorial director, Cal Morgan, in a recent Huffington Post interview is "the sheer enthusiasm we're seeing among writers out there—a kind of faith that writing can still change the world."
This excitement is present not only among our writers (people like Simon Van Booy, Katrina Kittle, Tony O'Neill, Ben Greenman, and Marcy Dermansky, to name a few), but also here in the office. I've never been around more people who care so passionately about books and want to share that feeling with other readers. I hope we can continue to do that through this feature, and I'm looking forward to chiming in about all the books you'll be learning about in the coming weeks. Welcome to the Harper Perennial community! We're happy to have you.
I love the eclectic mix of genres and styles that Harper Perennial publishes, and I can't wait to share these "Good Books for Cool People" with you. I hope you are as excited as I am to get to know Harper Perennial.