Today is the first day of the Spotlight on New York Review Books Classics! I am very excited for this week's Spotlight Series because NYRB is my favorite publisher. I am so thrilled that over 40 book bloggers signed up to participate in the series this week. Hopefully by Saturday, May 22nd, you will all instantly recognize the very distinctive cover of an NYRB Classic book.
As many of you already know if you have been reading this blog for some time now, I read and loved Stephen Benatar's Wish Her Safe at Home. This is the first book I read by NYRB Classics, and the cover, introduction and story all made me want to learn more about the publisher. When I visited the publisher's website and browsed the catalog, I realized that the books chosen for publication were wonderfully diverse- by subject matter, author ethnicity, time period written and any other criteria I would use to judge a publisher. They publish everything from Dante's Inferno to Viking battles to stories of Nazi occupation to criminology to treatises on growing food organically. So many books in the NYRB catalog pique my interest that now, if I see one on a bookshelf somewhere, I automatically pick it up as I am sure to find it interesting in some way.
Small press publishers such as Persephone, Hesperus Press and NYRB Classics make a concerted effort to bring forgotten books back into publication for the betterment of readers everywhere. I am so glad that they give us the opportunity to read books that otherwise, we might never have known. I hope that some of this week's Spotlight Series posts inspire you to pick up one of NYRB's distinctive covers the next time you see one. Having picked up several myself, I can say that they are definitely worth the shelf space!