About Godine

We are a small independent publisher located in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2020, our new titles range from Shaun Bythell’s memoir, Confessions of a Bookseller to Meredith Hall’s exquisite novel, Beneficence, to the poetry of Wesley McNair and Wanda Coleman, to Thomas W. Gilbert’s groundbreaking history, How Baseball Happened: The Truth, Lies, and Marketing of America’s First Sport.

This year marks our 50th anniversary. Founded in 1970, Godine has survived all odds as an independent publishing house and will continue to do so thanks to the authors we publish and readers around the world.

David Allender

Joshua Bodwell
Editorial Director

William N. Thorndike, Jr.



David Godine is a remarkable publisher…. He is determined to prove that the day of elegant books has not vanished. And he does prove it. Elegantly. —The New York Times

Godine books are not ‘beautiful’ in the glossy fashion of the coffee-table books that flood the market at Christmastime. They are instead flawlessly produced examples of the arts of printing and bookbinding, exquisitely understated. —Newsweek

David R. Godine represents everything that is right and good about book publishing. As the trend moves away from the printed word in favor of cheaper, faster electronic editions, and many publishers seem content with flimsily constructed books, DRG continues to publish well made, often beautifully illustrated books every bookstore should be proud to carry on their shelves. Whether it’s the rich portraiture of photographer Yousef Karsh, the story of a racing yacht brilliantly captured in pictures and text that is Dorade, or the timeless children’s titles, David R. Godine’s books are meant to last a lifetime. Our customers have come to expect quality in printing and editorial curatorship that DRG has consistently delivered over time. Thank God there are still a few publishers who haven’t forgotten what is most important and maintain a consistent commitment to excellence. —Mark LaFramboise, Chief Buyer, Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington D.C.

Receiving David’s catalogue in the mail and going through it carefully is a highlight of each season, and has been for many years. I know each book has been carefully chosen and will be beautifully published, with care for the design, typeface, and every aspect of book production. In addition, the price will be attractive and appropriate for what the reader will hold in her or his hand. Godine books have a well-deserved reputation for quality in every sense of the word, and it’s a pleasure to stock them in our stores, and also to see them in other stores. On top of that, they sell well! —Jack Cella, Former Manager, Seminary Co-operative Bookstore, Chicago, IL

Perusing the Godine catalogue is one great pleasure of being an independent bookseller. A greater pleasure is to hold one of Godine’s books. Beautiful, thoughtful design & typography combined with great writing make the David R. Godine colophon one of the most notable presences on the shelves of City Lights Booksellers. —Paul Yamazaki, Chief Buyer, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, San Francisco, CA

David Godine may be a small publisher, but the books he issues are timeless in quality and feature the highest standards of production. He maintains a list of titles which continuously appeal to discriminating readers. To mention a few: Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Guy Davenport’s Geography of the Imagination, and the major works of William Gass and Georges Perec. Recent titles we’ve featured include Paragon Park by Mark Doty, Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric, and titles of 2008 Nobel Prize winner J.M.G. Le Clézio. Long live Godine Press! —Bob Contant, former owner of St. Mark’s Bookshop