The Host publishing house focuses primarily on high-quality original Czech prose and prose in translation, poetry, literary theory and educational works on literary subjects. The principal foci of its specialist publications include history, sociology, linguistics and auteurs of cinema. In the last few years it has greatly expanded its range of fiction in translation and crime fiction and thrillers from Scandinavia. Host recently provided a home for the prestigious Česká knižnice/Czech Library series of high-quality editions of classic Czech works.
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, Lars Kepler, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Henning Mankell and Åsa Larsson, which have been quick to occupy the top of the sales charts. Books by Czech authors Kateřina Tučková, Petra Soukupová and Jan Balabán have also become bestsellers. And the poems of legend of the underground J. H. Krchovský continue to be a popular phenomenon. But Host can 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 Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides, Daniel Glattauer (Austria), Christos Tsiolkas (Australia), Carol Birch (UK), Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Muriel Barbery (France), Willem Frederik Hermans (Netherlands) and Czech writers including Antonín Bajaja, Radka Denemarková, Jiří Hájíček, Jakuba Katalpa and Bianca Bellová. The many Czech poets who publish with Host include Petr Hruška and Radek Malý. Host provides opportunities for début authors, too, be they poets, prose writers or scholars of literature.
Since 2007 Host’s ‘court’ graphic artist has been Martin Pecina, one of the Czech Republic’s most distinctive and highly regarded typographers, making books from Host impossible to mistake. Since 2009 Host has published annually a volume entitled Nejlepší české básně/The Best Czech Poetry. Host Publishers holds regular literary events.