[DWJ] Best of 2017??

Alina contemplatinum at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 19:06:53 EST 2017


Would also love the spreadsheet!

On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Eleanor Joslin <eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk>
wrote:

> Spreadsheet: yes please!
>
> Also really interesting to see your publication list all in one place.
> There are some books there I definitely ought to read.
>
> I knew Rhiannon Lassiter at university when she was a goth and Anne Rice
> fan. I was in awe of her because she already had a publishing contract.
>
> Eleanor
>
> On Fri, 20 Jan 2017 at 07:43, Gili Bar-Hillel <gbhillel at netvision.net.il>
> wrote:
>
> > 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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