18 June 2010

Featuring . . . Harper Perennial Books

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
But wait! There's more! My feature on Harper Perennial Books won't be limited to just this list. As new titles are released and as I spend more time reading the Harper Perennial catalog, I plan to let you know about other books in this imprint that seem to call out to me.

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.

A Note from Erica Barmash
Hi!

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.
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.

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.

25 comments:

Julie P. 6/18/10, 6:59 AM  

Another great imprint! I'm really looking forward to Katrina Kittle's new one!

Lenore 6/18/10, 7:01 AM  

HP is an awesome imprint - so glad you are doing this!

Beth Kephart 6/18/10, 7:05 AM  

Wow, oh wow, Beth. This is the sort of blog series that is going to change the way readers and writers understand the publishing industry.

Beth Kephart 6/18/10, 7:05 AM  
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Beth Kephart 6/18/10, 7:07 AM  

(I realize I just called you by your blogger name and not your real name. my enthusiasm got the best of me)

bermudaonion 6/18/10, 7:56 AM  

A lot of great titles on that list! I'm reading a Harper Perenniel right now - The Queen of Palmyra.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) 6/18/10, 9:46 AM  

Lots of good titles! I just got Rachel Shukert's book in the mail this week, and I'm looking forward to it!

Josh Kilmer-Purcell 6/18/10, 9:59 AM  

I simply can't express my love of Harper Perennial enough. Without the team there I wouldn't still be publishing. They took a big chance on me and my work. I deeply respect each and every one of them.

Tea 6/18/10, 10:10 AM  

This is going to be exciting. I imagine your exciting about doing it. This is a closer look at Harper Perrenial. Looking forward to these special Fridays.

Summer Wood 6/18/10, 10:48 AM  

Looking forward to your reviews! Happy to see Barb Johnson's MORE OF THIS WORLD OR MAYBE ANOTHER up there -- what a great book! The Harper Perennial list offers some pretty reliably good reads, in my experience.

Word Lily 6/18/10, 11:33 AM  

Harper Perennial caught my attention last fall, I've read a couple of the ones you've listed (plus others).

Sandy Nawrot 6/18/10, 11:50 AM  

Aren't you something????!!!! This is awesome. I'm so impressed with you and very excited about this feature. Never mind that I've not heard of these or read them...I now have a new go-to list!

Kay 6/18/10, 1:15 PM  

I'm really excited about this feature. When you told us the other day to look back and see if there were imprints that we tended to like, I made a note to do that. Haven't accomplished it yet, but I know that this is one that I have read several by. Very much looking forward to seeing the books in the coming weeks.

Andi 6/18/10, 2:24 PM  

Harper Perennial is one of my faves, and Simon Van Booy is one of my faves! I did a little mental/emotional dance when I saw his name mentioned.

Looking forward to more on this imprint!

Michelle 6/18/10, 3:43 PM  

HP IS a great imprint! Thanks for reminding me to subscribe to their blog. I can't believe I hadn't done that already, even though I visit there all the time!

Robin McCormack 6/18/10, 7:19 PM  

I love Harper Perennial books and reading "the Great Lover" right now as a matter of fact. I've been following Olive Reader for a while now. So great that you are doing this. Look forward to hearing all about it in the future.

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) 6/18/10, 10:08 PM  

Absolutely loved Financial Lives of the Poets, which was the first book I read this year and will be among my favorites. I'm very excited about this feature of yours! As Beth Kephart said, this will be interesting and educational for many of us. Thank you!

Veens 6/18/10, 10:30 PM  

Wow, I am looking forward to this series. I am sure I would love to read some of the titles on that list mysef. I need to read something by HP myself :)

Margot at Joyfully Retired 6/19/10, 10:21 AM  

I'm so glad you are going to be featuring Harper Perennials every Friday. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts on Amy Einhorn's books. And now these. It's a great way to look at one publishing company's set of books and why they choose those authors. I found some good books in the Amy Einhorn imprint and I'm sure I'll find some good ones in Harper Perennial's imprint.

Topher 6/19/10, 2:22 PM  

How great! And thanks for the heads up - I always need new books to add to my pile, and these promise to be excellent. :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 6/19/10, 2:40 PM  

Harper Perennial is another 'can't miss' imprint. When I see that olive logo, I know I'm in for a good read. And, according to the tag line, I'm in the cool club :)

Jenners 6/19/10, 7:35 PM  

Now I know this is an imprint I have a few of ... and I did read 'In A Perfect World" and thought the world of it.

Vasilly 7/1/10, 10:23 PM  

What a great idea! I'm starting to take notice of the books I read imprints from and I'm noticing that I read a lot of books from Harper Perennial. Looking forward to all of your posts!

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