FSG Gets My Vote August 30, 2012Posted by Chris in Fiction, Non-Fiction, Thoughtful Ramblings.
In All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith, the author, frustrated by a bookseller in Guayaquil having to search for Austen’s books in numerous places throughout the store asks “Why aren’t all the Austen titles in one place?” When told that the books are organized by publisher, she responds that most people care about the author, not the publisher. Keyword most.
I’m one of those readers who very often checks to see what my favorite publisher—Farrar, Straus and Giroux—has brought out recently when I’m searching for a good read. Reason being that many years ago when reading a book that really moved me, I’d stop and look to see who published it. Very often it was FSG.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux is known for its international list of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books and has won numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and twenty-two Nobel Prizes in literature. They were the first to publish my life-long favorite, Joan Didion. More FSG authors I’ve enjoyed include Hermann Hesse, T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Franzen, Jamaica Kincaid, Marilynne Robinson, Alice McDermott, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Susan Sontag and Tom Wolfe. And I’ve always savored the writing of Thomas Friedman and John McPhee.
Since I often go to http://us.macmillan.com/FSG.aspx/ to discover new authors as well as new titles, I think I’ll do that right now.