Last Tuesday night, Other Press hosted a happy hour for bloggers and other publishing industry professionals at Antarctica Bar. It was great fun to have a few drinks (I discovered vodka and pineapple juice is yummy.), match faces with names, and get to know the people behind the books a little bit better. Lively conversations were abound and at one point or another during the evening the topics turned to whether readers and bloggers were interested in backlists (they are!), original trade paperbacks vs. hardcovers, Amazon vs. Indies and just how we will know what the person across the way from us is reading if they are reading on an e-reader! And since no book event is complete without a few goodies, I came away with a few good reads.
Other Press has a great tote bag and they allowed me to put a few books in it! Exciting.
- Mr. Toppit, by Charles Elton
- How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Susan Bakewell
- The Wrong Blood, by Manuel de Lope
- Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape, by Susan Richards
In addition they have quite a few books coming up that have me on the lookout.
- Enough About Love, by Hervé Le Tellier
- Seven Years, by Peter Stamm
- Galore, Michael Crummey
- A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, by Atiq Rahimi
It was a great event. I basically jump-started my blogging career with Other Press – Hurry Down Sunshine, by Michael Greenberg was one of the first review copies that I received – it was a little sad, but a great read. I asked how many book they have out at a time (for Spring, Summer and Fall seasons), and they said usually no more than eight. Not only do they have great titles, but they make it relatively easily for you to read all of them.