And for anyone thinking of having a career in publishing, keep your eyes open for this upcoming title by Godine


“David R. 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

Forty years ago, a few young college graduates set up shop in an abandoned cow barn on the last working farm in Boston. They were all in their early twenties, had some experience in printing and absolutely none in publishing. They saw publishing through from early letterpress through offset printing, including fiction, nonfiction, photographic, and children’s books and into the new world of electronic publishing.

Over next four decades, those plucky  young grads gradually acquired enough experience to produce a good number of quite respectable books, all of them grounded in the original and largely intact ambition to (as they put it succinctly, if somewhat portentously) “publish books that mattered for people who cared.”

Godine at Forty: A Retrospective of Four Decades in the Life of an Independent Publisher
by David R. Godine

Godine is one of the country’s last remaining independent publishers, and in this large-format, full-color overview, the publisher has attempted to select and describe roughly two hundred titles that did, in fact, matter. Produced to high standards of design and production, organized by category, with every book, and considerable ephemera, illustrated and discussed, this volume presents a panorama of four decades of careful, concentrated, and diverse work.

David R. Godine, the author and founder, has been at the helm every league of the way. His talents, tastes, and foibles are abundantly displayed in this wide-ranging retrospective. A worthwhile read for every aspiring writer, publisher, and reader who truly cares about books. Godine is quite simply the best of the best and role model for all.

Hardcover, 224 pages
ISBN 978-1-56792-409-1
2011, $45 ($29.70 on amazon)

Available October 2011

The book was supposed to release last Nov 2010, but was delayed. That’s pretty typical of publishing, delays.  We think it really will be out this year, October 2011, so we wanted to remind you to tab it for a holiday gift, to yourself if no one else!

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