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 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

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