Things to Watch Out For

After the announcements that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is no longer acquiring new books (except for children’s titles) and that their publisher, Becky Saletan quit, the publishing industry is on a death watch for the company (actually, with layoffs announced at S&S, Random House and Thomas Nelson today, the death watch may be for the entire business).

So, it seems apt timing that NYT reviewer Dwight Garner covers one of HMH’s books today, a compilation of Alison Bechdel’s comic strips, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For. Garner notes that her first graphic novel, Fun Home, also published by Houghton Mifflin (before they were joined with Harcourt). “knocked a lot of people, myself included, right over.” Time magazine was called it the best book of 2006.

HMH folks — you’re great publishers; our fingers are crossed for you.


The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

by Alison Bechdel

  • Hardcover: $25; 384 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; (November 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0618968806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618968800



Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic 

by Alison Bechdel

  • Paperback Reprint: $13.95; 232 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (October 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0618871713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618871711

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