Spring 2017 Projects include . . . by Alyson Sinclair

GABRIELLE BELL's first book-length graphic memoir, EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE, which will be published in hardcover on June 6th, 2017.


In Everything is Flammable, Gabrielle returns from New York to her childhood town in rural Northern California after her mother’s home is destroyed by fire. Acknowledging her issues with anxiety, financial hardships, memories of a semi-feral childhood, and a tenuous relationship with her mother, Bell helps her mother put together a new home on top of the ashes. A powerful, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of a mother-daughter relationship and one’s connection to place and sense of self. Everything is Flammable unfolds with humor and brutal honesty.

“I’ve been losing myself on the train this week in Gabrielle Bell’s new comic, Everything Is Flammable. It doesn’t come out until April, so I’m jumping the gun here, but once I read it I couldn’t not write about it—it’s that good. Bell writes and draws stories with deep humanity, and, impressively, that humanity—painful, awkward, and uncertain—is her own. This new book spans a year and follows Bell as she travels to and from her mother’s home in rural Northern California, navigating the guilt she feels as an absent daughter and the anxiety she feels in trying to care for her independent mother. Bell’s self-awareness and observations never result in tidy epiphanies; the book’s strips open out into one another, accumulating without resolution. She is also always funny, and her distinct blocky hatching style gives warmth to every panel. The ineffable quality is that she makes all this look easy.” —Nicole Rudick, The Paris Review

You can watch Gabrielle Bell's video interview last year with The Paris Review here. 

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GABRIELLE BELL’s work has been selected for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, the Believer, Bookforum, and Vice among numerous other publications. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. Bell’s previous graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

BORNE a new novel from JEFF VANDERMEERthe acclaimed author of the Southern Reach Trilogy, will be published in hardcover by MCD/FSG on April 25th, 2017.

"VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with Borne he essentially invents a new one. In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles, with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature 'like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid' she calls Borne. Rachel adopts Borne and takes on its education over Wick’s objections. But Borne proves a precocious student, experiencing more and more complex transformations, testing Rachel’s loyalty as it undertakes a personal mission that threatens Rachel and Wick’s fragile existence even as it brings painful truths to the surface—truths like Wick’s mysterious past with the Company, the identity of the mercurial rival he calls the Magician, the origin of the feral children who roam the wasteland, and even the circumstances of Rachel’s own interrupted childhood. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of Borne shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit. What’s even more remarkable is the reservoirs of feeling that VanderMeer is able to tap into throughout Rachel and Wick’s postapocalyptic journey into the Company’s warped ruins, resulting in something more than just weird fiction: weird literature." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

Read the first pages on Entertainment Weekly

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JEFF VANDERMEER is an award-winning novelist and editor, most recently the author of the New York Times bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy—the first volume of which, Annihilation, is currently being made into movie to be released by Scott Rudin / Paramount in 2017—and the coeditor with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, of The Big Book of Science Fiction. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and multiple year’s-best anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

AMY THIELEN’s culinary memoir, GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE, will be published in hardcover by Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House on May 16th, 2017


A beautiful debut memoir from James Beard Award–winning writer and chef, Amy Thielen, chronicling her journey from the rural Midwest to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots.

Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City’s finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—she grew up in a northern Minnesota town, home to the nation’s largest French fry factory, with a mother whose generous cooking pulsed with joy, family drama, and an overabundance of butter. 

Give a Girl a Knife, Amy Thielen’s coming-of-age account, pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for intimate detail, and a dose of dry Midwestern humor. Inspired by her grandmother’s tales of cooking on the family farm, Thielen moves with her artist husband to the rustic off-the-grid cabin he built in the woods in northern Minnesota. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that sends her on a wild ride through diverse kitchens and eras—from her mother’s 1970s suburban electric range to a turn-of-the-century farmhouse to a hot plate in an illegal warehouse squat—and finally to the sensory madhouse of New York’s top haute cuisine brigades. When she returns to her rural cabin, she comes face-to-face with her past and its veritable cellar of taste memories, discovering that good food can be made anywhere—and that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.  

Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh, vivid view into New York’s high-end restaurant scene before returning Thielen to her roots, where she realizes that the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace at all, but gravy—honest, irresistible, and thick with the complications of home. 

Read the prologue on Entertainment Weekly!

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AMY THIELEN is a chef, TV cook, and two-time James Beard Award–winning writer. She is the author of The New Midwestern Table (2013)hosted Heartland Table on Food Network, and worked for celebrated New York City chefs David Bouley, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Daniel Boulud before moving back home to the Midwest. Amy speaks widely about home cooking and contributes to radio programs and magazines, including Saveur, where she’s a contributing editor. She lives with her husband, visual artist Aaron Spangler, their son, his dog, and a bunch of chickens, in Park Rapids, Minnesota. She can be found at amythielen.com and @amyrosethielen on Instagram and Twitter.

Review copy, interview, and event requests welcome. Find me at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com

Parents and educators: I'm also doing some communications work for Shared Worlds, an annual 2-week summer program for teen writers interested in speculative fiction (weird fiction / sci-fi / fantasy, etc.). It’s a residential program that takes place on the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, SC. Students work in groups and individually with critically acclaimed authors to create, write, and share their imagined worlds. 2017 visiting authors include Tobias S. Buckell, N.K. Jemisin, Kathe Joja, Sofia Samatar, as well as the camp’s co-director, Jeff VanderMeer

The program regularly accepts about 60 students from across the US and around the world every year. 2017 marks the program's 10th Anniversary! Spread the word that students should apply by April 1st, 2017 if they're interested in attending this July. More info here!

Just added for October 2016! / Chloe Caldwell's "I'll Tell You in Person" (Coffee House Press & Emily Books) by Alyson Sinclair

I'm psyched to be working on publicity for Chloe Caldwell's essay collection I'll Tell You in Person (out Oct. 4th, 2016). It's the 2nd release from the new Emily Books & Coffee House Press partnership. Taking review and interview requests now! Email me at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com

Chloe Caldwell has written the ideal ‘female companion book’—meaning, while reading, I felt like I had a female companion with at all times. On the subway, I had my female companion. In my backpack, I had my female companion. On the sidewalk, I held on tight to my female companion, and pedestrians would stare at her, so boldly yellow in my hands. Pretty soon my female companion took up residency in my head. She helped me process the world with sass, spite, sympathy, and wit. I don’t know what could be better than a book that allows you to be alone but to never feel lonely. ‘I’ll Tell You in Person’ does this and more. It projects the most potent afterglow, and Caldwell is a writer beyond gifted and generous. She is like a sage.
— Heidi Julavits, author of "The Folded Clock"
Chloe Caldwell tells you all her secrets in a controlled mania so you can devour them in a more compulsive fashion. I couldn’t stop reading this book, and when I was finished I kept looking around to see where my awesome new friend went. She’s right in here, brimming with most excellent girldom, a commitment to experience that feels religious, a dedication to vulnerability that likewise radiates holy holy holy. I love this person’s life, and I love the way she writes about it—funny and blunt and chatty and truthful.
— Michelle Tea, author of "How to Grow Up"
Chloe Caldwell is a brilliant essayist; one moment you’re laughing your face off and in the next she rips out your heart. I found myself talking out loud to her pages. We’re in there, with her, the hoping and the hurting and the living. I’ll go back again and again to ‘I’ll Tell You in Person.’ It’s about all of us.
— Megan Stielstra, author of "Once I Was Cool"

Summer & Fall Reads by Alyson Sinclair

A quick preview of the wonderful book projects I'm working on this Fall. Questions? Requests? Feel free to email me at aly@alysonsinclairpr.com. A limited number of hardcopy ARCs available now and (as always), I can be more generous with media review e-copies. Catapult's Fall titles available on Edelweiss and FSG's Tale of Shikanoko series on NetGalley

Happy Summer to you all! -Alyson

JANE ALISON’s forthcoming autobiographical novel Nine Island (out from Catapult, SEPTEMBER 2016) takes place in the lush setting of Miami, FL in a formerly upscale condo building now past its prime. After traveling up and down I-95 following a lover, the narrator contemplates whether or not she should “retire” from love.

NINE ISLAND is a crackling incantation, brittle and brilliant and hot and sad and full of sideways humor that devastates and illuminates all at once.
— Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
Evocative, sad, at times funny, and never completely without hope, a story that studies what it means to be alone later in life.
— Kirkus Reviews

AMY KURZWEIL’s debut graphic memoir Flying Couch (out from Catapult Books, OCTOBER 2016) tells the stories of three unforgettable women. Amy weaves her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist into the narrative of her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto by disguising herself as a gentile. 

Beautiful and strong.
— Miriam Katin, author of Letting it Go and We Are On Our Own
Flying Couch is a moving, intricate story of identity and family history.
— Ariel Schrag, author of Adam
I read Flying Couch in one sitting, without moving, literally laughed and literally cried.
— Rachel Fershleiser, co-editor of the NY Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning

In PETER ORNER’s nonfiction release Am I Alone Here? (out from Catapult Books in NOVEMBER 2016) the critically acclaimed writer shares his life’s lessons as found in reading (and writing). Each of these essays, in their depth, shared human experiences, and contagious passion for books, will resonate equally with voracious readers and writers. Orner reads and writes wherever he finds himself—in a hospital cafeteria, a canoe in northern Minnesota, the Las Vegas Cafe in Albania, or on a bus in Haiti. Stories have always been his lifeblood, as they are the only way he has been able to make sense of a chaotic life. His father’s death, his divorce, an unexpected pregnancy—all are seen, one way or another, through the lens of literature. The result is what Orner calls 'a book of unlearned criticism that stumbles into memoir.'

I don’t mind calling Peter Orner’s humane and wonderful AM I ALONE HERE? a great book. It is lucid about literature and recklessly frank about life. With humor and candor, it punctures the ambivalence about literature in this moronic age and gives us a dynamic reason to go on reading and writing.
— Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair: Stories
This book, thank god, defies any category. It’s partly an ode to reading, partly a memoir of Chicago and family, partly a travelogue, and often it’s all of these things in one four-page essay. Orner reads Cheever in Albania, thinks about Salinger in Haiti, salutes his father from a taqueria in San Francisco. Although some will want to dive in randomly and skip around, reading these exquisite essays in order allows the book to develop a momentum and cumulative power that sneaks up on you and knocks you back.
— Dave Eggers

LIAN HEARN's Tale of Shikanoko series (all 4 books out from FSG Originals in 2016) is literary epic storytelling—set in ancient Japan with warriors, demons, and the occasional dragon. Think Shogun meets Lord of the Rings! Fans of Lian Hearn's bestselling Tales of the Otori series should be extra excited for the return of her fierce imagination. 

The 1st book Emperor of the Eight Islands was published on April 26th, 2016, book 2 Autumn Princess, Dragon Child just went on sale June 7th, book 3 Lord of the Darkwood will come out August 9th, and book 4 (the final in the series) The Tengu's Game of Go will complete the series on Sept. 27th, 2016

A thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists, political intrigue, romance, and a richly detailed setting.
— Karin Thogersen, Library Journal
Addictive . . . Hearn’s characters grab you by the hand on page 1 and whisper, ‘Follow me.’ It’s a pleasure to obey.
— Kelly Luce, author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail
The Tale of Shikanoko is “truly remarkable, wholly magical, and a gift for whomever is willing to take the ride.
— Bookish
Lian Hearn’s mythic Japan fully unfurls, expansive and engrossing, rendered in crystal-clear prose that reads like the translation of a book from outside of time. This kind of story, written with this kind of craft, has become rare. There are fugitive royals and evil monks; there is forest magic and high politics. The swords all have names. There’s a name for this genre, even if you don’t see the label stuck to shelves much anymore. The word for The Tale of Shikanoko is: adventure!
— Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore