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 In—a "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 Tor.com! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 universe. —Peter 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
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