Celebrate the U.S. Launch of Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to live all four corners.” -Virginia Woolf

In 1917, Virginia and Leonard Woolf started The Hogarth Press from their home, armed only with a handpress and a determination to publish the newest, most exciting writing. Hogarth brought the world authors who shaped the culture of the past 100 years: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, E.M. Forster, Christopher Isherwood, Sigmund Freud, Gertrude Stein, Vita Sackville-West, to name a few.

This year, what began in London in 1917 finds a new life in New York and Hogarth’s goals are no less lofty: bring readers the authors who will shape the culture of the next 100 years: Anouk Markovits, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Stephanie Reents, Jay Caspian-Kang, Vincent Lam, Shani Boianjiu, Lawrence Osborne, Ben Masters….

Hogarth is publishing a list of all fiction, all the time: contemporary, voice-driven, character-rich, eclectic, adventurous, provocative, vividly written.

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At Read It Forward we want to bring you the authors that people will be talking about 100 years from now and – as always – give you the opportunity to read them first.

“We are honored to create an American life for a great publishing name, and we look forward to building a list of worldly, provocative, and well-written works for a broad and lasting readership,” says Molly Stern, Publisher of Hogarth and Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown Publishers.

Read It Forward is delighted to share limited edition sets featuring advance reader’s copies of some of Hogarth’s new books. The four books included in the limited edition set are:

I Am Forbidden by Anouk MarkovitsI Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
An extraordinary novel about the Satmar, the most insular Hasidic sect. The affecting story of two sisters–one who believes and one who rebels–is profoundly moving and completely absorbing. Available wherever books are sold May 8, 2012.

Kissing_ListThe Kissing List by Stephanie Reents
Written with sparkling prose, witty dialogue, and unforgettable characters, this inventive debut follows a group of overeducated twentysomethings desperate to find meaning and connection in a world that seems to offer ever-diminishing returns. Available wherever books are sold May 22, 2012.

watchThe Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
The first major novel about the Afghanistan War. Told from the perspective’s of a wide cast of characters, this powerful and gripping novel authentically re-creates the chaos, intensity, and immediacy of war. Available wherever books are sold June 5, 2012.

The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian KangThe Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang
A fiercely original debut novel–at once hilarious, moody, and inventive–that tears through the streets of San Francisco with a tale of murderous intrigue, hippie detectives, and an MFA student on the run. Available wherever books are sold August 7, 2012.

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Visit Hogarth online at HogarthBooks.com and on Twitter @HogarthBooks.

About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.