Best books of indie publishers on their favourite books of the year | Books | The GuardianAnd every year they all pretty much feature the same titles. What about the indie titles? The hot romances, off-beat memoirs, the cool science fiction, fantasy and YA—worlds created and envisioned by one person, the indie author? Then find a cozy chair, take a few cleansing breaths and try to relax, because who knows what has in store? IR Verdict: Author Philip Wilson has taken a tired old genre and breathed new life into it by giving what has been a male superhero fantasy to a female, and a desk-bound one at that. Read the full review here.
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Books from independent presses and university presses continue to offer some of the most exciting writing available today. These houses are not afraid to publish works in translation; to offer new ways of thinking about science, history, and economics; or to use a book as a way to make a statement on an important topic such as the environment. They even give a new gloss to memoirs. See What I Have Done. Reservoir Paul, Minn. Asli Erdogan, trans.
These books lists always sound easy in theory, but then when I sit down to write one I discover compiling a list of, say, science fiction debuts that are worth reading is a bit more work than I imagined. Indie publishers are amazing and there are sooooo many books out there worth your time. I wrote down the first books that popped into my head that I have actually read and loved, and I bet I could easily do another list of more. I smell a sequel! There are so many stunners here, this list should keep you busy for a while.
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In previous years, I encouraged the participation of the indie lit community in both nominating and endorsing their most anticipated titles of the forthcoming year. With the edition, I discovered how much the community has grown. In just a little over a year, so many new presses have been founded including 7. Indie presses are also really refining their own unique aesthetics. I tried my damnedest to make this comprehensive, and that also means keeping it malleable, evolving with the year itself. Akashic Books is an acclaimed Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and nonfiction by authors ignored by the mainstream. Ahsahta Press champions and promotes surprising, relevant, and accessible experimental poetry that more commercially minded small presses avoid; in making it widely available, they aim to increase its readership.