Host has long been one of the most prestigious Czech publishers, especially in the area of contemporary Czech fiction, translated fiction, crime novels and thrillers, poetry, non-fiction and specialist literature. Now Host publishes children’s, SF, fantasy and YA literature, too.
The roots and interests of Brno based Host Publishers are linked with the magazine of the same name, which first appeared, in samizdat, in 1985. On the Czech book market Host now has the profile of a practically unique phenomenon. This is thanks to its well established editorial series, authors whose names are among the most prestigious and successful in Czech literature and the Host monthly magazine, which reflects on and enriches the Czech literary scene.
Host has introduced to Czech readers the crime novels of Stieg Larsson, David Lagercrantz, Lars Kepler, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Peter May and Henning Mankell, which have been quick to occupy the top of the sales charts. Books by Czech authors Kateřina Tučková, Petra Soukupová, Jan Balabán, Jiří Hájíček, Bianca Bellová and Alena Mornštajnová have also become bestsellers. But Host can of course take pride in more than just its leading role in the sales charts. The content of its catalogue of publications is of remarkably high quality and includes many leading writers from abroad, including Jeffrey Eugenides, Olga Tokarczuk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Muriel Barbery, Fredrik Backman, Elena Chizhova and Czech writers including Antonín Bajaja, Radka Denemarková, Jakuba Katalpa, Jan Němec, Ivana Myšková and Petra Dvořáková. Host provides opportunities for début authors, too, be they poets, prose writers or scholars of literature (e.g. Matěj Hořava, Viktorie Hanišová, Dita Táborská, Vladimíra Valová).
Host has also provided a home for the prestigious Czech Library / Česká knižnice series of high-quality editions of classic Czech works. Since 2009 Host has published annually a volume entitled The Best Czech Poetry / Nejlepší české básně.