Godine

Godine Godine is an independent press for independently-minded readers. At Godine, quality has remained foremost. Many hardcovers are still bound in full cloth. David R.

Godine is a small publishing house located in Boston, Massachusetts, producing between twenty and thirty titles per year and maintaining an active reprint program. The company is independent (a rarity these days) and its list tends to reflect the individual tastes and interests of its president and founder, David Godine. Our aim is to identify the best work and to produce it in the best way possib

le. All of our hardcover and softcover books are printed on acid-free paper. The list is deliberately eclectic and features works that many other publishers can't or won't support, books that won't necessarily become bestsellers but that still deserve publication. In a world of spin-offs and commercial "product," Godine's list stands apart by offering original fiction and non-fiction of the highest rank, rediscovered masterworks, translations of outstanding world literature, poetry, art, photography, and beautifully designed books for children. The company was founded in 1970. After receiving degrees at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, David Godine worked for Leonard Baskin, the renowned typographer and printmaker, and Harold McGrath, his master printer. David Godine opened a printing shop the following year in a deserted barn in Brookline, Massachusetts. His first books, printed on his own presses, were nearly all letterpress, limited editions printed on high-quality rag or handmade paper. Many of these early volumes are now collector's items. In 1980, the company initiated its children's program, publishing a number of books that have become classics: Mary Azarian's A Farmer's Alphabet; Dylan Thomas's holiday classic A Child's Christmas in Wales, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone; the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome; and of course, the Godine editions of Frances Hodgson Burnett's timeless works, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, which together have sold close to half a million hardcover copies. More recently, Godine has launched two new series: Imago Mundi, a line of original books devoted to photography and the graphic arts; and Verba Mundi, featuring the most notable contemporary world literature in translation. Volumes in the Imago Mundi series, which has received praise from reviewers and booksellers alike, include Jean Cocteau: The Mirror and the Mask by Julie Saul and Small Rooms & Hidden Places by Ronald W. Wohlauer. Verba Mundi has so far published works by world- renowned authors Georges Perec, Jose Donoso, Isaac Babel, and Anna Seghers, and has introduced new voices such as Sylvie Germain (whose Book of Nights was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times) and the acclaimed Swedish novelist Göran Tunström, author of The Christmas Oratorio. Godine, Inc., has received numerous awards, including the Carey-Thomas award for Excellence in Publishing (1976), the Boston Globe Literary Press Award (1987), the first New England Booksellers Annual Award (1989), and the Leipzig Internationalen Buchkunst-Austellung (1989). In 1984, Bookbuilders of Boston awarded Godine the W. A. Dwiggins Award for maintaining standards of excellence in book production. Additionally, on July 1, 2002, John Martin, the founder and for thirty-six years the publisher of Black Sparrow Press, closed down his shop in Santa Rosa, California. After finding new homes for four of his authors—Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, John Fante, and Wyndham Lewis—he entrusted the rest of his backlist to a fellow publisher, David R. Godine. The agreement was simple: Godine would keep Black Sparrow's offerings available to the trade, keep the best-selling titles in print, and keep the house's spirit alive through judicious acquisitions. In short, Black Sparrow Press would be reborn—as Black Sparrow Books at David R. Godine, Publisher. "David Godine is a remarkable publisher.... He is determined to prove that the day of elegant books has not vanished. And he does prove it. Elegantly."
— The New York Times

"Godine books are not 'beautiful' in the glossy fashion of the coffee-table books that flood the market at Christmastime. They are instead flawlessly produced examples of the arts of printing and bookbinding, exquisitely understated."
— Newsweek

"Thank God some publishers, such as David R. Godine, march to a different drummer. So long as publishers copy one another . . . the trend of the moment dominates. Initiative and courage are necessary to battle mass thinking, and Godine, a small Boston publisher, has them."
— Cincinnati Enquirer

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PLEASE WAIT BY THE COATROOM publishes today! This first collection by award-winning author John Yau, drawn from decades ...
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PLEASE WAIT BY THE COATROOM publishes today!

This first collection by award-winning author John Yau, drawn from decades of work, includes essays about Black, Asian, Latinx, and Native American artists and their exclusion due to systemic racism in the art world.

“Yau is a prescient critic who has set the stage for a more expansive view of art.”
—Hrag Vartanian editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic

Coming in September... THE LAST ISLAND, A journey to the coast of North Sentinel Island, home to a tribe believed to be ...
06/21/2023

Coming in September... THE LAST ISLAND, A journey to the coast of North Sentinel Island, home to a tribe believed to be the most isolated human community on earth. This is a work of history as well as travel, an adventure not to be missed.

Booksellers, ask your rep for an ARC today!

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❗ ❗ JUST IN ❗ ❗
A new starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls THE LAST ISLAND a “thrilling book.” Stay tuned for more information about this fall title and reach out to your reps for an ARC.

MY MAN IN ANTIBES has received a lovely review from Shelf Awareness 🌊 🌊 “An up-close portrait of Greene, with many juicy...
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MY MAN IN ANTIBES has received a lovely review from Shelf Awareness 🌊 🌊

“An up-close portrait of Greene, with many juicy details. A rare, firsthand look at the one of the 20th century's greatest authors. ”

Read the full review in the link below.
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Looking ahead to the rest of June, there are some great events coming up. Check out our calendar for more information an...
06/13/2023

Looking ahead to the rest of June, there are some great events coming up. Check out our calendar for more information and come join us!

🚨 New review for WASHED ASHORE! 🚨 Read it at the link below! Thank you for the incredible review Star Tribune “Moving vi...
06/09/2023

🚨 New review for WASHED ASHORE! 🚨 Read it at the link below!

Thank you for the incredible review Star Tribune

“Moving vignettes of striving to be a good husband, stay-at-home-dad and writer….In writing about the sweet and bitter particulars of his corner of the world, Eville has written a book about life itself." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

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To all our Emily Franklin fans out there, THE LIONESS OF BOSTON is back in stock! Pick up your copy at a local bookstore...
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To all our Emily Franklin fans out there, THE LIONESS OF BOSTON is back in stock! Pick up your copy at a local bookstore today, just in time for summer. 🏖️ ☀️ 😎

Happy Pub Day to MY MAN IN ANTIBES! Bill Roorbach says, “This elegant account of decades of often warm, sometimes prickl...
06/06/2023

Happy Pub Day to MY MAN IN ANTIBES!

Bill Roorbach says, “This elegant account of decades of often warm, sometimes prickly companionship offers fascination, revelation, laughter, and ultimately pathos.”

John Banville calls it “Wonderfully entertaining.”

Read The Historical Novel Society's article about THE LIONESS OF BOSTON. Emily Franklin discusses memory and meaning and...
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Read The Historical Novel Society's article about THE LIONESS OF BOSTON. Emily Franklin discusses memory and meaning and the importance of art as a tool for remembrance. Find it at the link below!

https://bit.ly/3BWuxHB

MY MAN IN ANTIBES by Michael Mewshaw comes out in June! Bestselling author, Joe Klein calls it, "a wonderful, old-fashio...
05/27/2023

MY MAN IN ANTIBES by Michael Mewshaw comes out in June!

Bestselling author, Joe Klein calls it, "a wonderful, old-fashioned Côte d’Azur memoir, entertaining, insightful and beautifully written.”

Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who has expressed love for our spring catalog this season. We're honored to be making books that spea...
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Thanks to everyone who has expressed love for our spring catalog this season. We're honored to be making books that speak to readers like you! One last reminder that the catalog is available to view online. Click the link below to check it out!

https://godine.com/

Don't miss Emily Franklin's interview on The Sunday Journal with Cape Cod Broadcasting Media! Franklin discusses her cre...
05/19/2023

Don't miss Emily Franklin's interview on The Sunday Journal with Cape Cod Broadcasting Media! Franklin discusses her creative process writing and researching THE LIONESS OF BOSTON. Check it out today at the link below.

https://www.capecod.com/newscenter/sunday-journal-author-emily-franklin-talks-new-historical-fiction-the-lioness-of-boston/

Author Emily Franklin joins Sunday Journal this week to discuss her new work of historical fiction: “The Lioness of Boston.” The story follows the life of Isabella Steward Garner, founder of the ar…

Happy publication day Bill Eville! WASHED ASHORE is poignant and funny, filled with faith, struggle, and light. 🐚 🌊 🏠 “H...
05/16/2023

Happy publication day Bill Eville! WASHED ASHORE is poignant and funny, filled with faith, struggle, and light. 🐚 🌊 🏠

“Here is life: rich, raw, glorious and complicated. Bill Eville’s experiences are at once singular—married to a minister, living on an island—but also universal. In this memoir, he writes about his ordinary, extraordinary existence with warmth, wit, elegance and heart.” —Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March

Just a reminder that our spring catalog is available digitally on our website! It features some incredible titles such a...
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Just a reminder that our spring catalog is available digitally on our website! It features some incredible titles such as Joan Baez's AM I PRETTY WHEN I FLY and Emily Franklin's THE LIONESS OF BOSTON. Check it out now at the link below:

https://godine.com/

A huge congratulations to Emily Franklin whose event in Sandwich, MA has sold out (after being moved to a larger venue t...
05/10/2023

A huge congratulations to Emily Franklin whose event in Sandwich, MA has sold out (after being moved to a larger venue to accommodate demand)! 👏 👏 The event is in collaboration with Titcomb's Bookshop and will take place at the end of May.

🗞️ 🗞️ New review for THE LIONESS OF BOSTON! 🗞️ 🗞️ “Gorgeous writing enhances this absorbing portrait of a fascinating wo...
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🗞️ 🗞️ New review for THE LIONESS OF BOSTON! 🗞️ 🗞️
“Gorgeous writing enhances this absorbing portrait of a fascinating woman ahead of her time.” -The Toronto Star
Read it here now: https://bit.ly/3VKMxxJ

Today at noon! Emily Franklin will be visiting the Barnes & Noble in Hingham, MA. Check out the schedule for more events...
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Today at noon! Emily Franklin will be visiting the Barnes & Noble in Hingham, MA. Check out the schedule for more events in May. 🎉

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In stores now! WASHED ASHORE, told in a series of linked essays, is poignant and funny, filled with faith, struggle, and light.

“A genuine memoir of a family man who continues to evolve, whether by will or by force. Bill Eville’s forthrightness is refreshing and painfully funny, making this book a joy to read.” —Booklist

Any Bitter Thing is a gripping and compassionate tale of family and faith, whispers and accusations, and the deeply hidd...
05/02/2023

Any Bitter Thing is a gripping and compassionate tale of family and faith, whispers and accusations, and the deeply hidden truths we’re compelled to uncover. Wishing this title a very happy pub day!! 🍂 🍁

https://godine.com/book/any-bitter-thing/

Happy Pub Day to The Paper Man by Billy O'Callaghan! The Paper Man is a deeply moving interwar romance set between 1930s...
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Happy Pub Day to The Paper Man by Billy O'Callaghan! The Paper Man is a deeply moving interwar romance set between 1930s Austria and 1980s Ireland, based on a real-life unsolved mystery. Get your copy today!

https://godine.com/book/paper-man/

One last post, in honor of National Poetry Month! This time, we're sharing our poetry month TBR stack, featuring some ou...
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One last post, in honor of National Poetry Month! This time, we're sharing our poetry month TBR stack, featuring some our favorite Godine poets published in recent years. 📚 ☀️

Have you enjoyed our poetry month series? Check out our website for more incredible poets and celebrate poetry month, every month!

ATTENTION READERS! Our Spring-Summer reader's catalog hits mailboxes today! Check out the online version at the link bel...
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ATTENTION READERS! Our Spring-Summer reader's catalog hits mailboxes today! Check out the online version at the link below and treat yourself to some incredible books from our latest collection!!🌹 🌸 🌷 🌻 🌼

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Godine (also home to Black Sparrow Press) is an independent publishing house located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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It’s the last week in National Poetry Month! Next up in our series is Donald Hall's Old Poets: Reminisces & Opinions.

For lovers of literature, this is a gorgeous remembrance and likely to compel an immediate visit to the poetry section of the nearest bookstore.

“An astonishing array of encounters . . . Hall’s observations are shrewd and generous.”
—The Boston Globe

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Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow once said, “A writer is a reader who is moved to emulation.” Fall in love with writing - and reading - again. Reaching Inside, edited by The New York Times bestselling novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III, explores the short stories that inspired acclaimed writers such as Richard Russo, Joyce Carol Oates, and many more.

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Happy National Poetry Month! Next up in our series of Poetry Month Picks is Wesley McNair's Late Wonders.

This is a collection for anyone who believes mixing a little sorrow and little comedy makes for poetry that moves the heart. Wesley McNair’s story-like poems celebrate the dreamers and the misfits, the small but hard-earned triumphs of everyday life.

❗ ❗ ❗ Review just in ❗ ❗ ❗ According to Priscilla M. Jensen of The Wall Street Journal "Ms. Hazrat’s splendid exploratio...
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❗ ❗ ❗ Review just in ❗ ❗ ❗

According to Priscilla M. Jensen of The Wall Street Journal "Ms. Hazrat’s splendid exploration of ! is stimulating even in an excitement-weary moment.”
Read the full review of AN ADMIRABLE POINT in the link below:

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A medieval scholar’s suggested “punctus admirativus” became one of the most vexing punctuation marks. How much ! is too much?

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by checking out some of our incredible poets. First up in our series of Poetry...
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April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by checking out some of our incredible poets. First up in our series of Poetry Month Picks, is Wanda Coleman's Wicked Enchantment!

Rejected by the elites during her lifetime, Wanda Coleman was a voice for justice, anti-racism, and equality―here is the greatest and most powerful work of the people’s poet, Wanda Coleman.

“These poems are wildly fun and inventive . . . and frequently hilarious; they seem to cover every human experience and emotion.”―The New York Times

“Her work pushes us to confront injustice with as much candor as she did.”―Poetry

“Required Reading” ―Bustle

An incredible launch for THE LIONESS OF BOSTON last night at Newtonville Books.Emily Franklin spoke about her love of re...
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An incredible launch for THE LIONESS OF BOSTON last night at Newtonville Books.
Emily Franklin spoke about her love of research, the nature of biography versus fiction, and her connection to the Gardner Museum. Thank you to everyone who came out to support!

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Have you picked up your copy of An Admirable Point yet? According to Booklist it's not to be missed!!! Get your copy today.

The Lioness of Boston is out today! “A vivid narrative . . . brims with pitch-perfect period details" —Publishers Weekly...
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The Lioness of Boston is out today!
“A vivid narrative . . . brims with pitch-perfect period details" —Publishers Weekly
"...an engaging portrait of a bold yet vulnerable woman ” —Kirkus Reviews

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04/09/2023

BAEZ ON THE ROAD: NASHVILLE (1) Before taking the stage on the second stop on her cross-country tour, Joan Baez got a personal tour of Parnassus Books from the brilliant and generous Ann Patchett. (2) Of course, Ann (in green) was also stopped by fans along the way. (3) At Oz Arts, the evening’s co-hosts, Joan signed 500+ books for the sold-out audience, with only two breaks for licorice tea and stretching. (4) When Joan and longtime friend Emmylou Harris took the stage, the audience leapt to their feet and gave the two legends a standing ovation. (5) The audience was treated to an intimate conversation. Like the old friends they are, Joan and Emmylou chatted and joked casually about Joan’s art, activism, and humanitarian work. (Photo: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean). On to NEW YORK CITY!

BAEZ ON THE ROAD: SAN FRANCISCO (1) Joan Baez was given the most coveted seat at the legendary City Lights Booksellers &...
04/09/2023

BAEZ ON THE ROAD: SAN FRANCISCO (1) Joan Baez was given the most coveted seat at the legendary City Lights Booksellers & Publishers: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s desk! (2) Kerouac Alley outside the bookstore filled to brimming with fans who came from across California and beyond (!) to hear Joan discuss her new book AM I PRETTY WHEN I FLY? with journalist Paul Liberatore. (3) After the event, Godine editorial director Joshua Bodwell carried away the piles of gifts—including flowers and freshly baked bread—fans brought for Joan. On to NASHVILLE!

This morning on WBUR 90.9 FM with Radio Boston Emily Franklin spoke about her new book, The Lioness of Boston. Listen no...
04/06/2023

This morning on WBUR 90.9 FM with Radio Boston Emily Franklin spoke about her new book, The Lioness of Boston. Listen now on the link below!

https://wbur.fm/3UfD5S4

Provocative stories and authentic voices from around Boston.

With less than one week before The Lioness of Boston hits the shelves, we're counting down the days! Don't miss this inc...
04/05/2023

With less than one week before The Lioness of Boston hits the shelves, we're counting down the days!
Don't miss this incredible new work of historical fiction by Emily Franklin that Jessica Shattuck calls a "beautiful, sensitively written novel explor[ing] the fascinating life of Isabella Stewart Gardner—feminist before feminism, celebrity before celebrity...I couldn’t put it down.”

“Long before I picked up the ukulele and found refuge in music, I picked up the pencil and found refuge in drawing,” wri...
04/04/2023

“Long before I picked up the ukulele and found refuge in music, I picked up the pencil and found refuge in drawing,” writes Joan Baez in the introduction to her new book, AM I PRETTY WHEN I FLY? AN ALBUM OF UPSIDE DOWN DRAWINGS. Kirkus Reviews says the book’s “pages come alive, taking readers on a pictorial trip through Baez’s life.” Godine is honored to work with and publish Joan Baez, a musical force of nature whose commitment to social activism has never wavered. Happy publication day, JB!

Don't miss Mark Cirino, coeditor of ONE TRUE SENTENCE, in-person at Boswell Book Company on March 29 at 6:30 pm (CT)! Re...
03/14/2023

Don't miss Mark Cirino, coeditor of ONE TRUE SENTENCE, in-person at Boswell Book Company on March 29 at 6:30 pm (CT)! Register free at the link below.

Mark Cirino, coeditor of ONE TRUE SENTENCE - an in-person Boswell event

“A charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets . . . Bythell’s dry humor and skeptical v...
12/30/2022

“A charming look at a small-town bookstore, its owner, and the people he meets . . . Bythell’s dry humor and skeptical view of humanity make for a very funny take on his business.” —Library Journal

Forty years after the publication of his American classic, Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez continues to speak eloque...
12/28/2022

Forty years after the publication of his American classic, Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodriguez continues to speak eloquently to questions of how we work out issues of identity, opportunity, and fairness in America. Rodriguez recently discussed his debut on American Purpose with Georgetown University’s Paul Elie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QRaFEGlZoc

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David R. Godine, Publisher is a small publishing house located in Boston, Massachusetts, producing between twenty and thirty titles per year.

The company was founded in 1970. After receiving degrees at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, David Godine worked for Leonard Baskin, the renowned typographer and printmaker, and Harold McGrath, his master printer. In collaboration with Lance Hidy and Martha Rockwell, Godine opened a printing shop the following year in a deserted barn in Brookline, Massachusetts. The press’s first books, printed on their own presses, were nearly all letterpress, limited editions printed on high-quality rag or handmade paper. Many of these early volumes included original wood-engraving by Hidy and are now collector's items. David R. Godine, Publisher has received numerous awards, including the Carey-Thomas award for Excellence in Publishing (1976), the Boston Globe Literary Press Award (1987), the first New England Booksellers Annual Award (1989), and the Leipzig Internationalen Buchkunst-Austellung (1989). In 1984, Bookbuilders of Boston awarded Godine the W. A. Dwiggins Award for maintaining standards of excellence in book production. In 2002, Godine acquired much of the backlist of the Black Sparrow Press. Both Black Sparrow and Godine are now directed editorially by Joshua Bodwell.

In January 2020, David Godine retired after 50 years directing the publishing house he co-founded. Taking his place was David Allender, the current publisher of Godine.

Together, Josh and David are creating a new tradition of excellence.


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Truly a lens the author himself would have greatly appreciated.. A deeply thoughtful review of a collection that, in addition to being immersed in professionally, I have also been touched by personally on a deep level.
David Godine, Oklahoma City now has three indie booksellers, one local institution (Full Circle), one inventive newbie (Commonplace Books), and one tiny upstart (Literati).
I have recently become more interested in Real Photo Post Cards and the book: "As We Were" has been a godsend to me! I am so hooked on the book and glad that I own some of the "RPPC". Thank you so much for publishing "As We Were"!