Current Projects / February 26th, 2016 by Alyson Sinclair

Thanks to El Nino and some very busy months, it seems Winter will be over quicker than expected! 

This season I've had the pleasure of working with the fantastic writer and human, Paul Lisicky on his memoir The Narrow Door (Jan. 2016, Graywolf Press). He's had so many raves for his latest, but The Chicago Tribune is probably my favorite!

You know you're reading an exceptional book when, approximately two sentences into it, you start panicking at the thought of its ending. Be forewarned: This is likely to happen to you, as it did to me, reading the opening pages of The Narrow Door, the achingly gorgeous, wildly ambitious memoir by Paul Lisicky. You know you're reviewing an exceptional book when the best way to make your case, to convince your readers to run out and read it, is to quote at length from its pages, starting with page one, sentence one. —Meredith Maran, The Chicago Tribune

I'm also working on Cities I've Never Lived Ina "breath-stopping" (to borrow A.N. Devers adjective!) debut by Sara Majka. Her fiction collection was just released this month in the 2nd collaboration between A Public Space and Graywolf Press. It's one of The Millions' and The Chicago Tribune's most anticipated books of 2016! And, and it's . . . 

One of Men’s Journal "7 Best Books of February”

One of Elle Magazine’s “11 Addictive New Books to Keep You Warm this Winter” 

A Refinery 29 top book pick for February

Hello Giggles’ One of “9 new books by women we can’t wait to read this February” 

One of Bustle’s “Best Books to Light Up Your Winter”

And a Barnes and Noble’s “7 New Story Collections to Savor in 2016”

Looking into the Spring, The Tale of Shikanoko series by best-selling author Lian Hearn begins with Book 1 Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 26th, 2016). And continues with Book 2 Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 7th), Book 3 The Lord of the Darkwood (August 9th), and ends with Book 4 The Tengu's Game of Go (Sept. 27th)---all 4 books in the series publishing in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. For literary genre fans, think Shogun meets Lord of the Rings! The pre-pubs are starting to come in and . . . 

Kirkus Reviews says: The fluid prose and morally ambiguous characters are magically seductive.
ALA's Booklist says: Hearn’s new series is off to an exciting and promising start.

Check out these wonderful cover reveals on! E-galleys are up now on NetGalley if you're a reviewer, bookseller, or librarian and would like to request an early read. Feel free to email me as well for a physical ARC at 

What else am I working on?

Well, there's the always surprising O, Miami Poetry Festival taking place all over Miami, FL this April 1st-30th. This year there will be poetry in fortune cookies at local Chinese restaurants, poetry on rooftops that you'll see as you fly into the Miami airport!, poetry prescriptions, on the waterways, and more. Every year they up their game with collaborations and ideas for bringing poetry to all! Stay tuned for updates!

Plus, a strange, smart debut fiction release Man and Wife by Katie Chase on sale May 10th, 2016 from A Strange Object. I'm taking review copy requests now and it's also available as an e-galley on NetGalley. The early reads have been fantastic! 

These slyly subversive stories tweak suburban reality in a manner reminiscent of 'The Lottery' or The Stepford Wives. Katie Chase’s narrators sound like the girl-next-door. . . if you lived next door to a parallel universePeter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

With sharp, startling prose and fascinating premises, Man and Wife explores the emotional and cultural transactions between men and women, parents and children, and siblings. Toggling between the comic and the horrific, these brilliant stories rearrange the familiar into something more nuanced, fraught, and mysterious. —Edan Lepucki, author of California

I'll also be working the Catapult on all of their book releases from March-September 2016 while their wonderful publicist Jennifer Abel Kovitz is off temporarily on maternity leave. They have an amazing list in store for readers this year, feel free to email me with review copy requests!

March 2016: Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton 

April 2016: Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing. Find press materials here.

April 2016: Springtime: A Ghost Story by Michelle de Kretser. Find press materials here.

May 2016: Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest edited by Bryan Hurt. Find press materials here.

September 2016: Nine Island by Jane Alison

October 2016: Flying Couch by Amy Kurzweil (a graphic novel memoir)

Oct/Nov 2016 (exact date tk): Am I Alone Here? by Peter Orner

Enjoy the thaw and happy reading! -APS

Winter & Spring 2016 Preview: by Alyson Sinclair

It's been a busy, exciting Fall! I'm just back from Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival where there was a huge turnout (thousand's more than in year's past) at its new beautiful venue the Portland Art Museum. Amanda Bullock, the Festival's Manager, did a terrific job with the lineup and pairings. And I always enjoy working with the staff of Literary Arts. Everyone is a pro. 

Adrian Tomine's Killing and Dying book release (just out in Oct.) has been going very well too. This Sunday marks Adrian's 4th week on the NY Times Best Sellers list and his tour wraps up tomorrow (Nov. 12th) at Skylight Books in Los Angeles with Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio. If you're in LA, hope you can make it out!

Today, I wanted to share a quick preview of the books, authors, and projects I'll be promoting January-May 2016 . . .

* Paul Lisicky's The Narrow Door (Jan. 19th, 2016 / Graywolf Press / memoir)

* Sara Majka's Cities I've Lived In (Feb. 16th, 2016 / Graywolf Press & A Public Space / debut fiction)

* Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First (March 15th, 2016 / Catapult / fiction)

* Justin Tussing's Vexation Lullaby (April 12th, 2016 / Catapult / fiction)

April 1-30th, 2016O, Miami Festival of Poetry returns (various locations throughout Miami-Dade, FL / Festival)

 * Michelle de Kretser's Springtime (April 18th, 2016 / Catapult / fiction) 

* The Tale of Shikanoko Series by best-selling author Lian Hearn book 1 Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 26th, 2016), Book 2 Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 7th), Book 3 The Lord of the Darkwood (August 9th), Book 4 The Tengu's Game of Go (Sept. 27th)  
(all 4 books in the series publishing in 2016 / Farrar, Straus and Giroux / fiction)

* Katie Chase's Man and Wife (May 10th, 2016 / A Strange Object / debut fiction) 

Click here for more information about the books and O, Miami Festival above. As always, you can send request for advance copies, information, or interviews to

Book covers pictured above: Paul Lisicky's The Narrow Door, Sara Majka's Cities I've Never Lived In, Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First, and Katie Chase's Man & Wife

Fall Preview: Tomine, Wordstock, Spahr, CHP, Places, and O, Miami by Alyson Sinclair

Since this week's cover of the New Yorker features another great illustration by Adrian Tomine, it's a good time to share some updates on Tomine's next book Killing and Dying out in hardcover on OCTOBER 6th, 2015 from the wonderful Drawn and Quarterly. Adrian will have events this Fall in Brooklyn, NYC, Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles, Toronto and more for this stunning release. A starred Publishers Weekly review, blurb from the one and only Zadie Smith, and more early praise on the press release

"Adrian Tomine can draw, think, write and feel. He sees everything, he knows everything; he's in your apartment, he's on the subway, he's in your dreams. He knows about ageing baseball fans and delusional horticulturists, he knows useless fathers and awkward nerd-girl stand-ups, he knows the single and the married, the mad and the sane, he knows zines and hardback 'graphic novels,' knows when to use a speech bubble and when silence is enough. He has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime." --Zadie Smith

Literary Arts will announce the 2015 lineup for Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival the evening of September 9th (my Birthday!). Amanda Bullock (formerly at Housing Works) has done a bang up job programming renowned authors from the NW and far beyond. This year's festival will take place at the lovely Portland Art Museum in Downtown, Portland and it's sponsored by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the legendary Powell's. The announcement will be posted here on 9/10, feel free to write me with requests before or after. If you're in Oregon or looking for an excuse to visit, join us on Saturday, November 7th

Over in the Bay Area, Commune Editions will publish Juliana Spahr's That Winter the Wolf Came on August 30th. Starting off nicely with a starred PW review and her first book review in the NY Times Book Review (this Sunday's 8/30 edition). If you'd like an early read, Granta and PEN published poems from the book online. 

Beautiful and urgent, the pieces open up and allow the lyrical to inhabit logic, the political to become embodied. Spahr has been carefully developing a mode of writing over several books, and here it sings at its brilliant best. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

If you're in the Twin Cities, come out to Housequake at the Fulton Brewery Taproom in Downtown Minneapolis on September 21stCoffee House Press kicks off their exciting fall season of books, toasts Publisher Chris Fischbach’s twentieth year at Coffee House Press (he started as an intern in 1994!), launches their new internship stipends (a step toward making publishing more accessible and diverse), and learn more about their Books in Action programming for 2015-16. Hope to see you there. 

I'm excited to share that I began working with Places this summer. They publish serious, thoughtful essays and criticism on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Places has recently partnered with Princeton University Press to publish a book series. Stay tuned. 

The O, Miami Festival is on top of their game this year. Submit your project ideas for the 2016 Festival (April 2016) by October 16th, 2015. Details here

As always, feel free to email me with questions or requests on any projects I'm currently working on. The busy season has already begun!