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DAW Books is an American science fiction and fantasy publisher.


DAW Books is founded by Donald A. Wollheim following his departure from Ace Books in 1971. The company therefore claims to be "the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy." The first DAW Book published was the 1972 short story collection Spell of the Witch World by Andre Norton.

In its early years under the leadership of Wollheim and his wife Elsie, DAW gained a reputation of publishing popular though not always critically acclaimed works of science fiction and fantasy. Nevertheless, the company published numerous books by well-respected authors in the 1970s, including such luminaries as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Fritz Leiber, Edward Llewellyn, Jerry Pournelle, Roger Zelazny and many others. In 1982, C. J. Cherryh's Downbelow Station was the first DAW book to win the Hugo Award for best novel, which gained the publishing house increased respect within the industry.

Until July 1984, all DAW books were characterized by yellow spines and a prominent yellow cover box containing the company's logo as well as a chronological publication number. When the design was changed the chronological number was retained but moved to the copyright page and renamed the DAW Collectors' Book Number.

As of October 2010, the company had published more than 1,500 titles during its 38-year history. Although it has a distribution relationship with Penguin Group and is headquartered in Penguin USA's offices, DAW remains closely held by its current publishers, Elizabeth R. Wollheim (Donald's daughter) and Sheila E. Gilbert.[1] The company's offices are in New York City.

The Kingkiller Chronicle[]

The main novels of The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy trilogy and the stand-alone novella The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss are published by DAW Books. The September 2012 issue of Locus Magazine lists another book sale by Rothfuss to his longtime editor (and 2012 Hugo winner) Betsy Wollheim at DAW Books. The sale is listed as “the first book in a new fantasy series” by the author.[2]


  1. Lassen, Jeremy (July 26, 2003). "A View From Corona #12". Night Shade Books. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  2. Patrick Rothfuss Will Write More Fantasy After the Kingkiller Chronicles (September 7, 2012)

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