[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Janet Eastwood janet.eastwood at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 20 14:46:40 EST 2017


I would love to see this list. Thank you, Gili! Congratulations on your business - you're living the dream (says the freelance editor).


Janet


> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of Gili Bar-Hillel
> > Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 1:43 AM
> > To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
> > Subject: Re: [DWJ] Best of 2017??
> >
> > If anyone is interested, I've compiled an Excell sheet with all your
> recommendations. I can send it to people who ask for it. It contains author
> names and titles, no additional info, and without people's opinions about
> books that were mentioned, though mostly I assume books were only mentioned
> if they were enjoyed or important-or-interesting-despite-not-being-fully-
> enjoyed.
> >
> > As many of you know, I'm a publisher now, and I publish Hebrew
> translations of certain books, many of which I discovered directly and
> indirectly thanks to this list. So I take your recommendations very
> seriously. I've build a career off them! That's also why sometimes I
> recommend a book that's not actually out yet, like Garth Nix's
> "Frogkisser". I honestly can't keep track of the pub dates. I know I've
> read other books that people are waiting for - such as "The Pearl Thief",
> Elizabeth Wein's prequel to "Code Name Verity" - but I try not to be
> frustrating in my recommendations...
> >
> > As people have posted their syllabi here, I might as well post my
> publishing list, no? Needless to say, EVERY book on the list is a book I
> feel strongly about. Unfortunately there are many books I could not publish
> because they had already been claimed by other publishers! "Uprooted" was
> one of these.
> >
> > Currently I run a publishing house devoted to children's and YA books,
> which I founded myself about three years ago. It's called "Utz", which is
> Hebrew for "Oz" (as in the Land of) So far I've published:
> >
> > * 4 of the sequels to "The Wizard of Oz" by Frank Baum
> >
> > * "Poor Cecco" by Margery Williams Bianco. At this point I was still
> cutting my publishing teeth on public domain books, and this is a very
> sweet one from the 1920s. The author is better known for "The Velveteen
> Rabbit", but I knew several competing publishers were planning translations
> of that as soon as the rights expired, so I thought I'd take a lesser known
> book (but one I like much better). Another nice thing about Cecco is that
> there are (sadly too few) illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
> >
> > * "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex. There's a sequel out now in
> English, but I found it dissappointing.
> >
> > * "Cakes in Space" by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. This has proven
> to be my best-selling book, absolutely loved by the readers. I feel it
> fills a big hole for 2nd-4th graders who still want a book that's not too
> long and has plenty of illustrations, but also want something to sink their
> teeth into, that doesn't talk down to them. Reeve and McIntyre have
> collaborated on 4 books that are now being marketed as "not so impossible
> tales", though they're not really a series: four standalones in the same
> format. I recently published "Oliver and the Seawigs" which was the first
> of these, and am planning to continue soon with "Pugs of the Frozen North"
> and "Jinx and O'Hare Funfair Repair". Delightful stuff, all of it.
> >
> > * "Gobbolino the Witch's Cat" by Ursula Moray Williams. One of those
> books that's quite well known in the UK, but all but unheard of in the USA.
> I consider it classic. And Kathleen drew illustrations for my edition! It
> was the first of my books to make it to the bestseller list, by virtue of
> word-of-mouth alone as there's no current "buzz" around it.
> >
> > * "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein. For older readers than others
> I've published, but I am planning on branching out into more YA.
> >
> > * "Mars Evacuees" by Sophia McDougall. Starts out a bit slow, but once
> it finds its pace is an unputdownable proper Science Fiction book for
> middle grade and up.
> >
> > Next in line to be published: "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge. This
> is actually my least favorite of Hardinge's books, but as with DWJ, I feel
> she's SO GOOD that even my least favorite leaves other books in the dust.
> > I'm starting with it because it will be the easiest to promote, having
> won the Costa prize last year. I think my favorite of all her books was
> "Cuckoo Song", but they're all so good. (tangent: Frances Hardinge is
> friends with Rhiannon Lassiter who also writes terrific books that have not
> gotten the attention they deserve)
> >
> > After that: "Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien, oldy
> but goldie.
> >
> > Also planning to publish "Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby, a book that somewhat
> defies definition. It's coming-of-age-in-rural-America interspersed with
> dreamlike sequences that don't seem to add up, until they do.
> >
> > And at some point I'm committed to publish, as a book with original
> illustrations by Ofra Amit, Christina Rosetti's "Goblin Market". It took
> years to translate and I have a grant to publish it, so I do need to get
> stepping with it.
> >
> > I also published many terrific books at my previous two positions, but
> this is getting long enough as it is!
> >
> > Gili
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:36 PM, Tina <liril at gmx.net> wrote:
> >
> >> Hello
> >>
> >> and belated good wishes for the new year to everyone!
> >>
> >> I was wondering if anyone made some best of list for 2016 - I remember
> >> getting such good recommendations via these.
> >>
> >> Since I am have a long train commute this year, I'd love some tips.
> >> And since I'm afraid I am a bit out of the loop, they need not be "new
> books"
> >> (first published in 2016).
> >>
> >> Unfortunately I don't have a real list to offer.
> >>
> >> My highlight were the Flora Segunda books by Ysabeau S. Wilce - I
> >> especially loved the audio version of the first book, read by Danielle
> >> Ferland. (I even bought another audiobook read by her because I wanted
> >> to continue listening to her, but it wasn't the same. Maybe it was
> >> because to me she was just such a perfect match for Flora...)
> >>
> >> My favorite DWJ re-read was Deep Secret.
> >>
> >> My favorite weird genre mix were the first two Laundry Files books by
> >> Charles Stross. Lovecraft meets Dilbert meets James Bond...
> >>
> >>
> >> Bettina
> >>
> >>
> >>
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