Sunday, April 18, 2010

TSS: Spotlight on NYRB Classics

The Spotlight Series is back!  We did really well in our first two-week series featuring Unbridled Books in March.  This time around, we're doing one targeted week in May- the 16th-22nd- and putting the spotlight on New York Review Books Classics!

NYRB Classics is one of my favorite publishers in the world.  They publish books that are often not quite full-length novels, but are not short stories, either.  This is often an overlooked length in the story format, and I love publishers that highlight these works.  NYRB also re-issues many books from earlier periods that were undeservedly forgotten or lapsed into obscurity.  And when I say "earlier periods," I don't mean prior to the 20th century.  One of my personal favorites, Wish Her Safe at Home, was published in the 1980s but didn't get a lot of attention until NYRB picked it up to publish recently.

So I'm really excited we're spotlighting NYRB Classics!  And I feel you should all be excited, too!  Not only are the books published of a manageable length to read, but there are also so many titles!  Really, participating in this series will help you achieve almost any reading challenge you are currently participating in.  There are books by people of color, people from nations all over the world, authors new and old, across almost any genre, and all with very distinctive and stylish covers.  NYRB is a publisher for book lovers and collectors and if you have yet to discover this fabulous press, then I hope you participate in our series.  Sign-ups are open through the end of the month over on the Spotlight Series blog.  Sign-up early and for as many books as you'd like!

There will be swag!

NYRB Classics

22 comments:

  1. Well, I definitely reading Wish Her Safe at Home! I just have to sign up now

    ReplyDelete
  2. You're going to give people the wrong idea. The Anatomy of Melancholy is one of their best-selling titles. For good reason - it's among the greatest pieces of English prose.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a fantastic list and my fantastic library system has many of them. Yay!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'll look forward to seeing it around, this is such a great idea for a series.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love the fact that publishers go back and bring back books that might have been overlooked.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have just seen The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson on the list. I read that last year and absolutely loved it. Would definitely recommend it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a great idea! I think I'll try it.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It sounds fabulous! Sort of like having a several-course gourmet meal at your fingertips.

    Here's my salon:

    http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2010/04/sunday-salon-418.html

    ReplyDelete
  9. I so so so want to join but I don't think I have the time, and now with the volcano issue I doubt I could get one of the books in time. I will read Wish Her Safe at Home though because it sounds so great!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Gonna go check it out now!

    ReplyDelete
  11. So many wonderful books that get largely overlooked!

    ReplyDelete
  12. You know I'm in! Looking forward to reading my book.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Yay! I knew I was saving my review of Wish Her Safe at Home for something! I am also probably going to be trying something else from this publisher for the spotlight series. This is a really wonderful feature, I like the idea of focusing on smaller publishing houses every so often. The big boys usually dominate the pack, and it's nice to give some love to these lesser known publishers.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've signed up to review The Summer Book by Tove Jansson and may grab one more from my library!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love the NYRB classics! They are such beautifully produced books. I can't see where I sign up to review something though - that is probably just ignorance and scanning too fast - I'll go over the post again more slowly and carefully. I think I was just over-excited by the prospect of those lovely books!

    ReplyDelete
  16. litlove- If you can't find the sign-up page, let me know your email address and I can give you detailed directions!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Excited about this one too. There are so many books to choose from. I'm still deciding!

    ReplyDelete
  18. My, they issue so many beautiful books and I covet them! They aren't so readily available here but they can be obtained online... I knew of them but I appreciate you spotlighting them so that I can discover more. So far I am attracted to the books about cats! I actually received another edition of the first Carbonel book recently as a gift so I'm eyeing up the sequel.

    I recommend those books that were (and some still are) Virago Modern Classics: Cassandra at the Wedding; The Enchanted April; The Dud Avocado...

    ReplyDelete
  19. I loved discovering this publisher! I've already read one book and I have a few more to read, although I can't commit to that one week...

    ReplyDelete
  20. I've read some really great books from this imprint. I just wish they had a printed catalog. I would love to sit and pore over it and figure out which ones to buy. The online catalog, while easy to use and complete, just doesn't give the same satisfaction.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I can't wait to sign up for this!! I'm still trying to decide which one to read.. many of them are in my to-read list! I hope to decide soon!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Man, I saw this a month too late. My bookclub has been reading NYRB titles, and I bought one that's been on my 'to-read' list for months. This would've been the perfect opportunity for it!

    ReplyDelete

I read every comment posted on this blog, even if it sometimes takes me a while to respond. Thank you for taking the time and effort to comment here! Unless you are spamming me, in which case, thanks for nothing.