The fabulous Moshin Hamid with a packed house of fans last night at Warwick’s Bookstore in La Jolla, CA, where he read from the just-released paperback edition of HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA.
UnAmericans by Molly Antopol is as fresh as only a debut collection can be, and yet full of wisdom as if coming from a pen of a much more seasoned writer. It was inspired in part by Antopol’s family history and carries with it her love of human stories in every sentence and every paragraph. The book is, in essence, a collection of family stories that could be told over a cup of tea and a bagel.
Antopol’s characters are often culturally similar (most of them are Jews with roots in Eastern Europe), but the themes of her stories are universal. UnAmericans is about families caught up in the vortex of history, people overwhelmed by their situations. But do not expect the characters to step up and play major roles in the big events: their actions and heroics are deeply personal, contained in their own private world. Most people in this collection are lonely, and they view the world through the lens of their loneliness. A dissident from Prague is worried about how he is portrayed in his daughter’s play; an actor imprisoned during McCarthy years is trying to reconnect with his son; Israeli journalist is entangled in the relationship with a mourning widower and his teenage daughter; a man realizes he is a poor substitute for his new wife’s dead husband. Perhaps because of their circumstances, many people in Antopol’s stories make questionable choices. There are missteps and decisions soon regretted. And yet there is also a sense of optimism and hope: Antopol writes in the rich tradition of Russian and Jewish stories, combining human tragedies with humor and a dash of fatalism.
Did you hear the great news? The film rights to Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle just sold! How soon can we get our tickets?
This gif is everything to me right now. As is the image Deadline used in their film rights announcement, and the word “shag-happy.”
Beyond excited about this news.
given that I take as a creed “translation is the lifeblood of literature,” this makes me both really happy and really jealous. one of my top wish-list hopes for my own book is that it will published in several translations.
congratulations John G this is just fantastic!
Spotted some familiar faces in the wild on Politics & Prose’s Small Press Month table! And in really beautiful company. You face those suckers out, DC. (cc: politicsprose)
We are over the moon to say we acquired We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart and will be publishing it on 15th May 2014.
Click here for the story of how we acquired the book!
My UK publisher has a wonderful video and a fun story about their acquisition of We Were Liars.
We have some fantastic recent and upcoming releases at TNP this February, March and April. Fukushima by David Lochbaum and Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Susan Q. Stranahan is an invaluable read for energy activists: recounting the story of the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it is both an intense narrative account and a call to action for anti-nuclear activists. Check out the Los Angeles Times review and Edwin Lyman and Susan Q. Stranahan on Democracy Now! this morning.
Joshua Steckel and Beth Zasloff’s Hold Fast to Dreams, out on 3/25, tells the story of Josh, a college guidance counselor, and ten high school students from a Brooklyn high school as they navigate their way through college applications and their inaugural college years while battling daily realities like insecure immigration status and homelessness. It’s moving and momentous, and it reimagines a higher education system in which the choice to go to college is available to all. Kirkus calls it “A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students.”
And in April, Julia Deck’s novel Viviane, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale is officially on sale! A huge sensation in France, the novel is narrated by a 42-year-old recently separated woman who has just committed a violent crime; it plays with narration and perspective and madness in a very satisfying way—and it just won a French Voices award!
We’ve had a fantastic time keeping tabs on our favorite publishing houses, non-profits, publications, and activist organizations and posting everything from facts and figures on Black life from our book Black Stats to book reviews by amazing interns. And of course we want to hear from our readers – reblog or be in touch with what you’d like to see more from us here on Tumblr.
For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!
Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!
How to Enter:
Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!
To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:
1) The title of your humor book
2) A written synopsis of your idea (200 words or less)
3) Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)
Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.
1 Grand Prize:
- Book idea considered for publication
- $300 of Chronicle books
- Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor
- $100 of Chronicle books
- Written critique from Chronicle Books editors
Questions? Email email@example.com
It’s that time again kids!
Over the next few days we’ll be posting some of Lisa Brown’s early sketches from 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmarcy. Here’s part one.
29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy was written by an undergraduate poet with whom I was, and am, in love. I was an undergraduate cartoonist. Our favorite professors, a married painter and writer, would make little illustrated books and send them out in lieu of Christmas cards. We decided to do the same thing with Swinster. Twenty years later, I finished the art. Here’s one of my early sketches.
Tumblr does a fantastic job of pinpointing key influencers. Just look at the curated Books Spotlight, Writer’s Spotlight or browse Tumblr Book News to see what’s trending. A lot of great authors use Tumblr successfully. Some of my favorites include Emma Straub, Heidi Julavits, and Chuck Palahniuk. It’s also a good idea to follow literary sites like The Millions and The Rumpus along with sites that started on Tumblr like Last Night’s Reading and Slaughterhouse 90210. Feel free to check out the Doubleday Books Tumblr, too. (via Tumblr for Writers 101 | Book Country Blog)