Left Bank Books will host the fourth talk in its Winter Lyceum series Sunday, April 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. when it welcomes publisher David Godine to the downtown shop.

The founder and president of the independent publishing house David R. Godine, Inc will talk about his 40 years of experience in book publishing. Godine defines the aim of his Boston press as to identify the best work and produce it in the best way possible; it publishes between 20 and 30 new titles per year. The list is deliberately eclectic and reflects the tastes and interests of the publisher — books that will not necessarily become bestsellers but that he feels are worthy of publication.

In his latest catalog, Godine reflects on his 40 years in business, saying “For forty years, and admittedly with varying degrees of success, we have tried to make good on that promise … And the mere effort of trying to come close, to engage in the process, to yet again take a sheaf of manuscript pages and turn them into something as miraculous and as workable and as permanent as a printed book, seems to me worth any amount of trouble.”

After receiving degrees at Dartmouth College and Harvard University, Godine worked for Leonard Baskin, the renowned typographer and printmaker, and Harold McGrath, his master printer. He opened his own printing shop in a deserted barn in Brookline, Mass. in 1971. His first books were nearly all letterpress, limited editions printed on high-quality rag or handmade paper, many of which are now collector’s items.

In 1980, the company initiated its children’s program, publishing a number of books that have become classics: Mary Azarian’s “A Farmer’s Alphabet”; Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” illustrated by Edward Ardizzone; the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome; and the Godine editions of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless works, “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess,” which together have sold close to half a million hardcover copies. More recently, Godine has launched two new series: Imago Mundi, a line of original books devoted to photography and the graphic arts; and Verba Mundi, featuring the most notable contemporary world literature in translation.

David R. Godine, Inc., has received numerous awards including the Carey-Thomas award for Excellence in Publishing (1976), the Boston Globe Literary Press Award (1987), the first New England Booksellers Annual Award (1989) and the Leipzig Internationalen Buchkunst-Austellung (1989). In 1984, Bookbuilders of Boston awarded Godine the W. A. Dwiggins Award for maintaining standards of excellence in book production.

There is no charge for the Lyceum event, but space is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400.  The shop, located at 21 East Main St./Route 1, is open daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.