Seeing Like an Artist in the Wall Street Journal

“Go, look, love! A painter’s memoir of traveling to see great paintings with his own eyes becomes a passionate argument for the value of personal encounters with art….Beguiling and informative…Mr. Perry advises each of his readers to ‘create your own Grand Tour’ of the kingdom of art….this guidebook is obligatory.”—Dominic Green, The Wall Street Journal

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Advance praise for One True Sentence

“A revelatory compendium….readers are likely to come away with a deepened understanding of—and even awe at—Hemingway’s vast talent.”
Read the Publishers Weekly review

“An enjoyable exploration of how Hemingway’s influence on American literature continues to be significant….A valuable take on a canonical writer, highlighting how good work stands the test of time.”
Read the Kirkus review

For more about One True Sentence: Writers & Readers on Hemingway’s Art go here.

Godine in Publishers Weekly

Godine is delighted to be featured in a new Publishers Weekly article entitled “New England Indie Publishers Stuck with Their Niches in 2020.” The piece begins:

New England’s independent publishers are known for carving out strong niches and holding steadfast to them, come what may. The extraordinary forces of the last year—pandemic, protests, and climate change—put that model to the test, and for five publishers it appears that strategy paid off…

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Beneficence selected by Maine Public’s All Books Considered Book Club!


New York Times bestselling memoirist Meredith Hall’s debut novel Beneficence (Godine, 2020) has been named the inaugural selection of Maine Public’s All Books Considered Book Club for December/January.

The All Books Considered Book Club will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. and be joined by a very special guest: Meredith Hall.

For more details and to sign up for the club, click HERE. 

Beneficence raves in WSJ and WaPo


While Meredith Hall’s hometown newspaper, the Maine Sunday Telegram, recently called her novel Beneficence “a glorious book,” both the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post are also gushing. Here’s what the critics are saying:

“As organically as it traveled to heartbreak, Beneficence progresses to the place of wisdom that lies beyond it, where we learn that a home is part of the ‘vast world of innocence and harm,’ not an island beyond it.”
Wall Street Journal

“These voices from the past speak so clearly to our time, at a moment when many of us wonder whether we’ll lose the things that we consider blessings….Beneficence is a quiet but steady book, one that echoes ancient and important rhythms.”
Washington Post

Beneficence is a glorious book, its joy as quietly beautiful as the tragedy at its center echoes loudly through the lives of its characters. Hall acknowledges that each life is very small, on its own, but that the love we each bear for one another is immense, our capacity for it endless.”
Maine Sunday Telegram

WSJ Reviews How Baseball Happened


In a recent review in The Wall Street Journal, Paul Dickson raves about Thomas W. Gilbert’s How Baseball Happened, writing that the book:

“Explores the conditions and factors that begat the game in the 19th century and turned it into the national pastime. The book explains how almost all conventional wisdom about baseball’s origins and formative years is wrong. A delightful look at a young nation creating a pastime that was love from the first crack of the bat.”

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Coleman Wins Golden Poppy Award


The California Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the winners of this year’s Golden Poppy Awards—which honor “the most distinguished books written by writers and artist who make California their home”—and Wanda Coleman’s Wicked Enchantment has been named poetry book of the year!

The winners are chosen by California’s independent booksellers, which makes the award especially meaningful given what a truly independent spirit and bookstore lover Coleman was.

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Everyone’s recommending Meredith Hall’s novel Beneficence!


At a recent online book event for RJ Julia Booksellers in Connecticut, New York Times bestselling author Dani Shapiro and book critic/debut author Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains) were asked to recommend the best book they’ve read recently. Both authors leapt to recommend the same book: the newest novel from Godine, Meredith Hall’s Beneficence.

Shapiro gives the novel what she says is the highest praise she can give a book: she compare Hall’s immersive, deeply felt writing to that of Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner.

Watch the entire exchange here.

Pre-order Beneficence here.