“Trio” Nominated for 2019-2020 Hoosier Book Award

We are so excited to announce that Trio has been nominated for the 2019-2020 Hoosier Book Award by the Indiana Library Federation. We hope that this determined little cat will bring joy to many more children in the years to come.

Written and illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski, “Trio” is one fetching little kitten whose infirmity didn’t stop him from pouncing, sneaking, and jumping like any other feline. Trio especially loves playing with the eleven chickens that share the garage and garden, and he is game to try all their activities: digging up bugs, rolling in the dust, and even laying eggs. The latter requires real effort, especially making it up into the nesting box, but once he figures it out, he returns to it faithfully every day. And his persistence pays off! One day, an egg starts hatching beneath him. Little does he know, the chick that pops out will become his best friend. This is a story about diversity, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately, acceptance. The story is delightful and the brightly colored linocut illustrations endearing, sure to charm adults, children, cats and chickens alike.

Andre Dubus III Interviewed by America Magazine

Andre Dubus III spoke of the life and legacy of his father, writer Andre Dubus, in an interview with America Magazine – The Jesuit Review. Dubus discussed family, religion and forgiveness over the course of the interview conducted by Franklin Freeman. The interview was conducted in response to the volumes of Dubus’s work released by David R. Godine, Publisher such as “The Cross Country Runner.” Dubus III sheds light on the mindset and beliefs of his father.

“None of us are exempt from screwing up. I believe strongly, and I have a hunch my father would agree with me on this, that in his 62 years on the planet, my father put the very best part of himself into his writing. Everything else, including his wife and children, came after that. A close second I would add. But after that.”

“On some level, I think my father knew he wouldn’t have a very long life, and he needed to get to that desk. Well, I’m grateful that he did just that.”

Check out the rest of the interview on American Magazine.

Andre Dubus was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to a Cajun-Irish Catholic family. He graduated from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and later moved to Massachusetts, where he taught creative writing at Bradford College. His life was marked with personal tragedies, as are those of his protagonists – ostensibly ordinary men who are drawn to addiction and violence as methods to distract themselves from their woes. Unlike his characters, however, Dubus eventually found success and repute, as well as the corresponding offers from large publishers. He nevertheless remained loyal to Godine until the end of his career.

Beneath the Streets of Boston Garners “T” Award

We’ve got big news here at the Godine office! Just in, hot off the presses, is an absolutely glowing review from Eli, a five-year-old soon-to-be Kindergartener and resident of Bedford, MA.

When challenged to choose a book he’d give an award to by his public library, he judiciously conferred upon Godine author Joe McKendry the “T” Award.

His words below:

“I really like that you marked which line is which, and told about how each line was built. I also like the maps showing all the construction and where it was builded. My favorite thing in the world in this book is the maps. And the part that tells how each line got its name.”

His mother adds:

“He also really wants you to know that he loves the T store in Somerville and the T mugs and T shirts, and he wants to make sure that you know that the Alewife garage is crumbling. He always tells us that this book has everything about the T, except the purple line and the silver line. So maybe that can be your next project – he will spend all his allowance money to buy that one too!”

We are so excited Eli loves the book, and we hope this means we can expect a purple and silver line sequel out of author and illustrator Joe McKendry sometime in the near future.

Donald Hall, Celebrated Poet, Dies at 89


Donald Hall, American poet, writer, editor, critic, and teacher, passed away on June 23, 2018 at his family farmhouse in Wilmot, NH.

Hall’s poetry and prose focused on simple language to evoke complex universal themes. His work glows with the affection he held for the land, the people, and the customs of rural New England, and especially for the small New Hampshire dairy farm near Ragged Mountain he visited every summer as a child.

Hall published fifteen books of poetry along with multiple collections of essays, children’s books, and plays. He was widely accomplished, receiving two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Robert Frost Medal, and served as the fourteenth U.S. Poet Laureate from 2006-2007.

Four of Hall’s children’s books – Christmas at Eagle Pond, Lucy’s Christmas, Lucy’s Summer, and The Man Who Lived Alone – are published by Godine, along with two collections of his essays – String Too Short to be Saved and On Eagle Pond. His writing often calls to the desire for a simpler, gentler way of life, one he found rooted in the rhythms of his beloved farm at Eagle Pond.

He will be dearly missed by his friends at Godine.

To read the New York Times obituary for Hall, please follow this link.

To read the Boston Globe obituary, please follow here.