Before I started blogging, I had no clue who published the books I was reading. The names of the big five (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster) were familiar, but inconsequential. Recently, though, I’ve come to realize that the specialization of individual imprints can be extremely helpful in finding titles best suited to my reading taste. Here are a few (big imprints, small presses will get their own post!) that I’ve started to notice some positive trends with.
I’m a pretty huge fan of all the Knopf Doubleday imprints, which include Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, and Nan. A Talese, among others. There’s still quite a bit of variety under the Knopf Doubleday umbrella, as each individual imprint specializes in a specific type of book. A Little Life, Americanah, Stone Mattress, and All the Birds, Singing are just a few of the powerhouse titles that have sprouted up from Knopf Doubleday.
I also love the great mix of fiction and nonfiction coming out of Liveright, which is an imprint of W.W. Norton. I very rarely encounter a dud, and have absolutely loved recent titles like Sweetland, Severed, and The Animals.
Hogarth is another imprint, which falls under Crown, that consistently puts out some amazing literary fiction. The Shore, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, and The Dinner are a few of my recent favorites.
I have to throw in my insane excitement for Lee Boudreaux Books, a new imprint of Little, Brown which has its first titles lined up for early next year. Lee Boudreaux acquired and edited some of my very favorite books, including The Sisters Brothers, The Son, and Fourth of July Creek. Obviously, she has impeccable taste, and I can’t wait to read what the imprint has in store.
Have you noticed that you have better luck with some imprints over others? Do you specifically seek out titles from certain publishers?