"Reading is probably another way of being in a place."
- José Saramago

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We’re gearing up for the movie release of THE HOBBIT (December 13!) with three new companion titles, one sale now. Here’s what’s hitting shelves this week!

MY MISTAKE: A Memoir by Daniel Menaker. A wry, witty, often tender memoir by a former New Yorker and Random House editor who has great tales of a life in words.

THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug Visual Companion by Jude FisherIntroduced by Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin Oakenshield, and with over 100 rich illustrations, the Visual Companion is the perfect guide to the Company’s passage to Erebor and the Dragon that awaits them … 

THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug Activity Book. A teasing insight into what lies in store for fans of The Hobbit. Packed with stills and artwork from the film, the book includes character profiles and hobbit puzzles and games, making it the ideal gift for fans young and old and the perfect entry-level companion for younger readers.

THE HOBBIT: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Storybook. Find out what lies ahead for Bilbo and the Dwarves in this easy-to-read storybook that provides an enticing summary of the events in the second film. Fully illustrated with dozens of stills from the film and full-color artwork, this engaging and thrilling film companion reveals the full excitement of the second part in The Hobbit movie trilogy, including the characters and events exclusive to the film! 

RAISED FROM THE GROUND by José Saramago. Now in paperbackA multi-generational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of modern Portuguese political history, and one of Saramago’s most deeply personal books. 

THE ART OF YOUTH: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts by Nicholas Delbanco. Portraits of three artistic prodigies who died young—Stephen Crane (writer), Dora Carrington (painter), and George Gershwin (composer)—that form the centerpiece of a beautiful and fascinating inquiry into creation, mortality, and the enigma of promise: What would they have done had they lived longer?

Happy reading!

We want to give a BIG, HUGE congratulations to HMH editor Drenka Willen, who is the first recipient of the James H. Ottaway Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature, presented by Words without Borders, a nonprofit and online magazine.

Drenka joined HMH in the 1960s and has been an advocate for literature in translation for close to 50 years. Among the authors and translators she has worked with are Nobel laureates Günter Grass, Octavio Paz, José Saramago, and Wisława Szymborska, as well as Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and Stanisław Lem.


It’s a new week, my friends, and one week closer to the holiday season…

For the Jose Saramago fan, RAISED FROM THE GROUND, written in 1980, has never before been published in English. It is Saramago’s most autobiographical and deeply personal novel, a multi-generational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of modern Portuguese political history.

For the Ralph Steadman/Hunter S. Thompson aficionado (and cat lover), say hello to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets cats. Yup. THE RALPH STEADMAN BOOK OF CATS is a charming, funny, and outlandish book in which the cult-favorite aritst Steadman turns his unflinching eye—and his ruthless pen—to cats of all varieties. 

Two New Books in Translation by Jose Saramago Pub Today!


“Each book I write is a conversation with my reader.” - Jose Saramago

Announcing the paperback publication of Manual of Painting and Calligraphy and Small Memories, both by Jose Saramago and translated by Giovanni Pontiero



Publishers Weekly reviews Saramago’s Manual of Painting and Calligraphy as its “Pick of the Week!”

After publication of the late Nobel Prize winner’s final novel, Cain, along comes the first English-language translation of his first book. The first-person narrative centers on H., a…

Our Spring 2-works titles are here! Check out these two-novels-in-one combos by beloved authors with evocative covers designed by Ray Fenwick.

Willa Cather: My Antonia/O Pioneers!

First published in 1918, My Ántonia is the unforgettable story of an immigrant woman’s life on the hardscrabble Nebraska plains. Together here with O Pioneers!, a classic American tale of pioneer life and the transformation of the frontier, this volume of Willa Cather’s works captures a time, a place, and a spirit that are part of our national heritage.

Jose Saramago: Blindness/Seeing

In Blindness, a city is overcome by an epidemic of blindness that spares only one woman. She becomes a guide for a group of seven strangers and serves as the eyes and ears for the reader in this profound parable of loss and disorientation. We return to the city years later in Saramago’s Seeing, a satirical commentary on government in general and democracy in particular. Together here for the first time, this beautiful edition will be a welcome addition to the library of any Saramago fan.

Alice Walker: The Color Purple/The Temple of My Familiar

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Color Purple is the moving story of a young woman’s endurance of shame and suffering to become whole and to know God. The novel became an instant classic and has been adapted into a film and musical. Paired here with The Temple of My Familiar, which the author describes as “a romance of the last 500,000 years,” this edition brings together two works that established Walker as a major voice in modern fiction.

Eudora Welty: Delta Wedding/The Ponder Heart

Set in 1923, Delta Wedding is an exquisitely woven story of southern family life, centered around the Fairchild family’s preparations for a wedding at their Mississippi plantation. In The Ponder Heart, a comic masterpiece, Miss Edna Earle Ponder, one of the few living members of a once prominent family, tells a traveling salesman the history of her family and fellow townsfolk. This edition brings together two fine works from one of the most beloved writers of the American south.