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Just announced!
Years and Hours with Heidi Julavits, Richard McGuire, Kate Zambreno, & Pamela Paul
Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm / FREE

Heidi Julavits (The Folded Clock), Richard McGuire (Here, pantheonbooks), Kate Zambreno (Heroines, Green Girl harperperennial), and Pamela Paul (The New York Times Book Review) celebrate Julavits’ new diary book with readings and conversation about writing the hourly, the daily, the yearly, and the in-between.

We at HW simply cannot recommend The Folded Clock enough, and we’re so excited about this event next month! You can also check out The Keeping Society (thefoldedclock), Heidi’s blog of objects and ephemera from and inspired by the book.

#Brassai, The Secret Paris of the 30’s. First American Edition, 1976. Published by #PantheonBooks, a division of #RandomHouseInc translated from the original title of ´Le Paris secret des années 30.´ The iconic images follow the Parisian nightlife seen by photographer Brassai. “The real night people live at night not out of necessity, but because they want to. They belong to the world of pleasure, of love, vice, crime, drugs. A secret, suspicious world, closed to the uninitiated. I was eager to penetrate this other world, this fringe world, the secret, sinister world of mobsters, outcasts, toughs, pimps, whores, addicts, inverts. I felt at the time this underground world represented Paris at its most alive, it’s most authentic.” #champ_archive

How did the structure of this novel come together?

It is through playfulness and an attempt to have the moment of writing be itself real and realized life.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Jesse Ball on Fiction, Suddenness, and Expectations of Realism

So, so, so happy to see this conversation between Jesse Ball and vol1brooklyn’s tobiascarroll. Jesse's Silence Once Begun completely floored me, one of the best things in recent years, please check it out if you don’t know it! And his next book, A Cure for Suicide, comes out this spring (both from pantheonbooks). Do it, do it.

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Last Tuesday at The New York Book Show,  Knopf, Doubleday, and Pantheon imprints won awards in various production and design categories.

For General Trade:

1st place Book in General Fiction: The Night Circus

 Judges said:  Gorgeous! Stunning! So beautiful! Thorough pack­age and well thought out from the case to the ends to the overall design, both inside and out. 

2nd place Book in General Fiction: 1Q84

Judges said: Design reflects content of book. See-through jacket and cover design are intriguing. Innovative, readable.

 Merit Award Book in Poetry:  The Hunger Moon

Judges said: Classic but still unique design.  Beautiful composition.

So yes, the publisher was very supportive …. All of the people I worked with at the publisher, they all really care about making books, and I learned a lot about what goes into it, big choices and little choices. I was really impressed by the professionalism, dedication, and creativity that they put into those choices, and I saw first-hand how it’s those choices that really end up turning the manuscript into a book. I mean, it is the same text, the same work, but the way you present it, the way you frame it, bring people into the story through design and art and how you try to make them interested, that’s not something that I have any idea how to do, but they do. I learned what it means to actually publish something—they don’t slap a cover on it and ship it to stores.

From Flavorwire:

This week marked the release of Chris Ware’s unbelievably wonderful graphic novel Building Stories, which we (and everyone else) have been awaiting with bated breath for many months. The graphic publishing event of the year, the book is truly a world you can get lost in, and decidedly not one that you can appreciate on an e-reader — or even on your computer. Inspired by Ware’s effort, we’ve collected a short list of books that will restore your faith in the power of the printed book (if you ever wavered, that is).

“Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Building Stories is the single greatest argument for the continuation of print comics that could possibly be conceived. Building stories could not exist in any other format and retain its power and beauty. It is a wholly immersive experience which cannot be imitated nor duplicated in a digital format, not matter how powerful the processor or how many dpi your screen resolution….Building Stories is unlike anything else I have experienced. It is more than a book. It is more than a story. It is a glimpse into the lives of people. Building Stories should be in everyone’s collection, not just as a work of art, but as a notice of the potential that still exists in storytelling.”

Enough Said!

The author was similarly involved in the development of his latest feat of formatting, The Fifty Year Sword, a ghost story for adults. There are two pulp versions: the deluxe limited edition, specially stitched in Nepal and housed in a handsome box, and the standard edition, a beautiful object in its own right. Pantheon—an imprint of the design-conscious publisher Alfred A. Knopf—demonstrated a similar commitment to craftsmanship with the enhanced e-book edition of The Fifty Year Sword, a key project in the division’s strategic development plan and a category changer in the realm of digitized adult fiction.