Rees books anticipated by B&N Teen
The Barnes & Noble Teen Blog has named several of the Rees Literary Agency's books in its "Most Anticipated of 2016" lists! Ashley Herring Blake's debut Suffer Love is one of "25 of Our Most Anticipated 2016 Contemporary YA's"; Kenneth Logan's True Letters From a Fictional Life" is among "15 of Our Most Anticipated LGBTQ YAs of 2016"; and agent Rebecca Podos' The Mystery of Hollow Places is one of "15 of Our Most Anticipated Debuts of 2016."
Mackenzi Lee nominated in Book Shimmy Awards
Author Mackenzi Lee, whose YA novel This Monstrous Thing debut in 2015, has been nominated for two Book Shimmy Awards in the categories of "New Kid on the Shelf" and "The Retelling Award." Be sure to vote for her here!
Black River is a Best Audiobook of 2015
S.M. Hulse's debut novel, Black River, has been named one of the "Best Audiobooks of 2015" by Library Journal.
Power Score makes the Top 10
Power Score by Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster, has made The Globe and Mail's "Top 10 Leadership and Management Books of 2015."
The Marauders is a WSJ Best Book
Congratulations to Tom Cooper, whose debut novel The Marauders made The Wall Street Journal's "Best Books of 2015" list in the mystery category.
Steve DiFillippo cooks on the Today Show
Steve DiFillippo, author of It’s All About the Guest and owner of Davio’s, recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show. DiFillippo participated in a Sunday Night Football cook-off, representing Team Chowder against Chef Bryan Caswell’s Team Chili. The verdict: a tie!
Book Riot recommends Half In Love With Death
Book Riot recommended Emily Ross’ debut YA novel, Half In Love With Death, on its list “5 Books To Watch For In December,” calling the book “A psychological thriller with a flowerchild twist.”
Black River makes the Seattle Times critics' list
Black River, the debut novel by S.M. Hulse, has made the Seattle Times critics' best books of 2015! Of the book, critic Barbara Lloyd McMichael said: "This Montana-based story, about a prison guard who returns to his hometown after decades away, is an intricate work that layers faith with broken promises, broken bones, and broken hearts. This is a story of people shaped irrevocably by place and circumstance."
The Rees agents judge Writer’s Idol
Agents Lorin Rees, Ann Collette, and Rebecca Podos will participate in a Writer’s Idol panel at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, December 8, in Cambridge MA. Hear the opening of your manuscript anonymously read aloud, get expert feedback on your incredibly important first page, and receive suggestions to keep readers’ attention.
The Bulletin gives The Suffering a starred review
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books has given Rin Chupeco’s The Suffering, the recently released sequel to The Girl from the Well, a starred review: “[A] startling, impressive sequel … It’s an unexpectedly complex bit of philosophical musing about how damaged is too damaged, so offer this to ghost and horror fans who appreciate sharp intelligence woven into their narratives.”
Read Emily Ross on Writer Writer Pants on Fire
Emily Ross, author of the soon-to-be-released YA Half in Love With Death, was interviewed by Mindy McGinnis on Writer Writer Pants on Fire about inspiration.
The Muralist an Indie/NEIBA Bestseller
The Muralist, the latest novel by B.A. Shapiro, recently made the Indie/NEIBA Bestseller list for the week ending November 29.
The New York Times features The Marauders
Tom Cooper’s The Marauders was featured in the 12/6 New York Times Book Review’s “Paperback Row” column, highlighting paperback books of particular interest.
Davio’s voted a Top Place to Work
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, the restaurant group owned by author of It’s All About the Guest Steve DiFillippo, has made the Boston Globe’s list of "Top Places to Work in 2015," based on a survey of nearly 77,000 workers.
- Daniela Lamas, M.D. writes for The New York Times
Author Daniela Lamas, M.D. has an article in The New York Times on "The Dangers of Knowing 'Just Enough' Spanish."
- Shelf Awareness reviews The Muralist
In its review of B.A Shapiro's follow-up to The Art Forger, Shelf Awareness declares: "A novel of art, romance, timely historical issues and family legacies, The Muralist smoothly bridges the literary/popular fiction gap." Shelf Awareness also recently interviewed Shapiro about her favorite books, favorite book lines, and the book that changed her life.
- B.A. Shapiro reads on the east coast
B.A. Shapiro, author of bestselling novel The Art Forger and its recently published follow-up, The Muralist, will be doing a series of events along the east coast. She'll appear at Rainy Day Books in Kansas City, MA on November 12; at the Center For Fiction, NYC on November 16; at the Southbury Public Library in Southbury, CT, and at RJ Julia Books in Madison, CT on November 17; and at the Book Court in Brooklyn, NY on November 18.
- Stephanie Gayle reads on the west coast
Stephanie Gayle, author of the mystery Idyll Threats, will be doing a series of events along the west coast, starting with the panel "Talking Mysteries" with Authors Lisa Alber, Cindy Brown, and Bill Cameron at Annie Bloom's Books in Portland, OR on November 10. Next she'll do a Reading and Q&A at Books Inc. in San Francisco, CA on November 12, followed by a Reading and Q&A at Seattle Mystery Bookshop in Seattle, WA on November 14.
- Bookpage names The Marauders a Top Pick
Bookpage has selected The Marauders, the debut novel by Tom Cooper, as a Top Pick for Bookclubs in its latest issue: "Cooper spices up an already lively story-line with black humor and bayou vernacular. Everybody's on the make in this briskly written, sharply observed tale of southern-style corruption." The paperback of The Marauders is now on sale.
- The Muralist is Best of the Month
The Muralist, the newest book by bestselling author B.A. Shapiro, is an Amazon's Best of the Month selections for November in both the categories of Literature & Fiction and Mysteries & Thrillers.
- Think Skill, Not Will sells
Congratulation to J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D, whose book Think Skill, Not Will had sold to Perigee Tarcher. Dr. Ablon is the Director of Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School
- School Library Journal reviews Half in Love with Death
School Library Journal has given a glowing review of Emily Ross' forthcoming debut YA novel, Half in Love with Death: “With the tone and pacing of free verse poetry counterbalanced by the taut suspense of a mysterious disappearance, this debut effort transports readers … Ross succeeds brilliantly in conveying the confusion, passion, trepidation, fearlessness, and terror that every 15-year-old can relate to.”
Stephanie Gayle to attend Crime Bake
Stephanie Gayle, author of the mystery Idyll Threats, will attend the New England Crime Bake Conference in Dedham, MA, from November 6-8.
Library Journal reviews The Muralist
In its Starred review of The Muralist, the next book by bestselling author B.A. Shapiro, Library Journal says: “In this noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story, Shapiro ably intersects the early years of the abstract expressionist movement, the Roosevelts, institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees, the relentless run-up to World War II, and the generational losses of the Shoah … Mystery and historical fiction lovers who can accept that many lives and tragic histories can indeed intersect and converge around works of art in New York and France will find this a riveting read.”
- Listen to Ryan Bradford's Mixtape
Ryan Bradford, author of the YA horror novel Horror Business, has curated an October playlist for Electric Literature. Listen here to get into the Halloween spirit.
- Shelf Awareness reviews Death Wears a Mask
In a glowing review of Death Wears a Mask, the latest mystery novel from Ashley Weaver, Shelf Awareness says: "Ashley Weaver (Murder at the Brightwell) deftly evokes the glittering world of 1930s London society in her second mystery, Death Wears a Mask, assembling her suspects--complete with murky pasts and assorted motives for theft and murder--at a dinner party ... Although Amory may be unsure of where the truth lies, Weaver's skill--as evidenced by her sparkling prose and sensitive portrayal of a difficult marriage--is no illusion."
- Boston Magazine wishes Davio's a happy birthday
A write-up in Boston Magazine talks about Davio's upcoming 30th anniversary: "In DiFillippo’s world, nothing is approached without red-carpet showmanship and his signature gusto, which is why on October 21, the restaurateur will celebrate Davio’s 30th anniversary with bubbles, some well-marbled beef, and a slew of local sports stars." Steve DiFillippo is the author of It's All About the Guest.
- B.A. Shapiro published in Salon
Author B.A. Shapiro has an article in Salon entitled "What would Eleanor do?: The refugee crisis unfolding in Europe today brings to mind Mrs. Roosevelt’s dilemma 75 years ago." Read on here.
- Craig Faustus Buck wins Macavity Award
Congratulations to Craig Faustus Buck, author of Go Down Hard, for his 2015 Macavity Award for Best Short Story, "Honeymoon Sweet!"
- BookPage reviews The Muralist
In its review of B.A. Shapiro's newest novel, The Muralist, BookPage says: "...Even though The Art Forger was a smashing success, readers should be prepared for something different here: The Muralist elevates Shapiro to an even higher plane and is sure to be a crowning touch in an already celebrated career."
- John Rico published in Salon
John Rico, author of Blood Makes the Grass Grow Green and a veteran of Afghanistan, has an article in Salon entitled "I fought for nothing: Staggering incompetence, egregious corruption & America's doomed war in Afghanistan."
- Huffington Post interviews Steve DiFillippo
Steve DiFillipo, owner of the Davio's restaurant chain and author of It's All About the Guest,recently spoke with the Huffington Post about "The Taste of Success."
- B.A. Shapiro reads across Massachusetts
B.A. Shapiro, author of the bestselling novel The Art Forger, and her forthcoming novel The Muralist, will read and sign books across Massachusetts. She will appear at Eight Cousins Bookshop in Falmouth on October 22; at the Boston Book Festival on the 24; at the Harbor Hotel in Boston on the 25; at the Newton Distinguished Author Series in Newton on the 26; and at the JCC of the North Shore, Kernwood Country Club in Salem on the 20. The Muralist has been chosen as the #1 IndieNext pick for November.
- Ryan Craig Bradford published in the South Dakota Review
Ryan Craig Bradford, author of the YA novel Horror Business, has a story published in The South Dakota Review.
- Tool singer talks to Rolling Stone
Tool front man Maynard James Keenan recently talked to Rolling Stone about his forthcoming authorized biography with Sarah Jensen. Read the interviews here and here.
- The Huffington Post interviews Siobhan Fallon
Siobhan Fallon, author of the short-story collection You Know When the Men are Gone, recently spoke with the Huffington Post about the pressures of being a military spouse, of military life, and about her next novel.
- Emily Ross gives her Author Insights
Emily Ross, author of the YA novel Half in Love With Death (forthcoming from Merit Press) will speak at the Cambridge Public library as part of the Author Insights series. Her craft talk about transforming true fiction into crime will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, October 24.
- Mackenzi Lee joins #MonstrousReads Twitter chat
This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee will participate in a Twitter chat alongside fellow spooky YA writers on October 21 at 8 pm, EST.
- Booklist gives The Muralist a starred review
In its starred review of B.A. Shapiro's newest novel,The Muralist, Booklist says: "Shapiro perceptively parallels the creative valor of abstract artists seeking essential truth with that of those who courageously protested the government’s inhumanity. Shapiro’s novel of epic moral failings is riveting, gracefully romantic, and sharply revelatory; it is also tragic in its timeliness as the world faces new refugee crises."
- Mark Albion gives a TEDx Talk
Mark Albion, author of the New York Times bestseller, Making a Life, Making a Living, will give a TEDx Talk on "The Paradox of Achievement" at St. Mark's School in Southboro, MA on October 3
- The Quivering Pen publishes Emily Ross
Author Emily Ross has an essay on The Quivering Pen about the first time she fell in love with writing.
- The Improper previews Half in Love With Death
In its Fall Preview, the Improper Bostonian features Half in Love With Death, the forthcoming YA novel from Emily Ross.
- Voya reviews The Suffering
In its review of Rin Chupeco's The Suffering, the companion novel to 2014's The Girl from the Well, Voya gave the novel its highest quality rating, calling it: "excellently written ... for those readers who do like their fiction dark and creepy, this is top-shelf stuff."
- Emily Ross joins the Hunt
Emily Ross, whose debut YA novel Half in Love with Death is forthcoming from Merit Press, will participate in this year's YA Scavenger Hunt, starting October 1. The YA Scavenger Hunt is a biannual online event that promotes collaboration between YA authors from different publishing houses, offering fans an opportunity to see the latest and greatest in young adult literature.
- Ryan Craig Bradford published in Paper Darts
Ryan Craig Bradford, author of the YA novel Horror Business, recently had a story published in Paper Darts.
- This Monstrous Thing on sale
Mackenzi Lee's debut YA This Monstrous Thing, a historical fantasy retelling of the Frankenstein mythology, is now on sale!
- Half in Love With Death cover revealed
Happy Cover Reveal to Emily Ross, whose debut YA novel Half in Love With Death is forthcoming from Merit Press.
- This Monstrous Thing among the Best Books of the Month
Mackenzi Lee's forthcoming debut, This Monstrous Thing, has been chosen as one of the YA Best Books of the Month by Goodreads:“If you’re looking for a rich, beautifully written book that pays homage to Mary Shelley’s classic, you’ve found it ... it is a story that will stay with you long after you’re finished with the realization that there are no such things as monsters. There are only humans, and we all are saints and monsters both.”
- Idyll Threats on sale
Stephanie Gayle's novel Idyll Threats: A Thomas Lynch Novel, is now on sale!
- The Suffering on sale
Rin Chupeco's YA horror The Suffering, the sequel to last year's The Girl from the Well, is now on sale!
- S.M. Hulse attends the Montana Book Festival
Author of Black River S.M. Hulse will attend the Montana Book Festival in Missoula, MT from Sepetember 10-12. She'll participate in a reading called "Writers of Place" with authors Shann Ray and Craig Lancaster on September 11.
- Words After War reads You Know When the Men Are Gone
Siobhan Fallon's short-story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone, was chosen as the September book club selection by Words After War, a literary nonprofit organization bringing veterans and civilians together to examine war and conflict through the lens of literature.
- The Muralist is a #1 Indie Next Pick
Congratulations to B.A. Shapiro, whose soon-to-be-released novel The Muralist is a #! Indie Next Pick for November.
- Shelf Awareness speaks with Stephanie Gayle
Stephanie Gayle, author of the newly released Idyll Threats, was interviewed by Shelf Awareness in a recent edition of The Writer's Life. Read the full article here.
- Improper Bostonian previews Half in Love with Death
The Improper Bostonian will feature Emily Ross' forthcoming debut YA novel, Half in Love with Death,in its Fall Arts Preview. Look for it on newstands September 16-29.
- Go Down Hard selected by UC Berkeley
Craig Faustus Buck's mystery novel, Go Down Hard, has been selected by the University of California Berkeley Library for inclusion in it's California Detective Fiction special collection.
- Bill Capodagli teaches The Disney Way
Bill Capodagli, co-author of The Disney Way, will lead customer service workshops at the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, OH on September 25, as well as The Grand Lake Center in Grand Lake, CO from September 28-30. He will also deliver the keynote speech at the Global Center for Innovation's conference, "Disrupted: The Business of Healthcare" in Cleveland, OH on September 18.
- Kenneth Logan profiled on Sweet 16s
Kenneth Logan, whose debut YA novel True Letters from a Fictional Life is forthcoming from HarperCollins Children's, was recently profiled on the Sweet 16s Meet the Author blog.
- Suffer Love sells in Germany
Suffer Love, Ashley Herring Blake's forthcoming debut YA novel, has sold German rights to Magellan.
- Booklist reviews This Monstrous Thing
In its review of Mackenzi Lee's forthcoming YA novel This Monstrous Thing, Booklist says: "A very literary read, and those familiar with [Mary Shelley's Frankenstein] will likely be delighted by the parallels. In her debut, Lee has crafted an intriguing premise that will easily satisfy gothic horror and steampunk fans.
- Connections sells to Little, Brown
Congratulations to Daniela Lamas, whose book Connections: Human Stories at the Edge of Modern Medicine, has sold to Tracy Behar at Little, Brown.
- Maybe in Paris sells to Sky Pony Press
Congratulations to Rebecca Christiansen, whose debut YA novel Maybe in Paris has sold to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press.
- School Library Journal reviews This Monstrous Thing
In its review of Mackenzi Lee's forthcoming YA novel This Monstrous Thing, School Library Journal raves: "In her debut novel, Lee skillfully infuses her adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with fantastical details and a steampunk twist. The adeptly paced and well-written story reveals the troubled relationship between two brothers and how their choices can either destroy or make them stronger. This novel with a complex cast of characters allows themes such as loyalty, family, revenge, betrayal, and humanity to be tactfully explored. Full of action, mystery, and suspense, this reimagined classic will not disappoint readers of gothic, steampunk, and historical fiction. VERDICT: A satisfying tribute to Shelley’s monster tale."
- NY1 News talks to Jen Prosek
Jen Prosek, co-author of Raising Can-Do Kids, recently spoke with NY1 about what it means to have successful children, and which skills parents need to impart. Watch the segment here.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Hollow Man
Mark Pryor's newest thriller Hollow Man has earned a starred review from Pubilshers Weekly: "Dominic, the unreliable narrator of this devilishly clever and suspenseful standalone from Pryor ... drafts his odd-duck roommate with whom he barely speaks, Tristan Bell, and ex-cop Otto Bland as his cohorts, with a mysterious seductress in a green dress looped in as well. But the ostensibly foolproof robbery soon hits snag after snag, topped by a double homicide. As the mishaps escalate for the conspirators, so does the suspense, culminating in a denouement worthy of the neo-noir film classic The Usual Suspects."
- Ashley Weaver speaks to Publishers Weekly
Ashley Weaver, author of Murder at the Brightwell and its soon-to-be-released sequel, Death Wears a Mask, spoke to Publishers Weekly about writing in another era, her unusual husband-wife detective team, and Agatha Christie.
School Library Journal reviews The Suffering
In its review of Rin Chupeco's The Suffering, the companion novel to 2014's The Girl from the Well, School Library Journal declares: "Teens will savor the vivid portrayal of ghost exorcism as well as the action-packed adventure, romance, and drama of this tale...An exciting, unforgettable drama that echoes Stephen King infused with Japanese culture.”
Death Wears a Mask earns great reviews
In its review of Ashley Weavers' forthcoming Death Wears a Mask, the second novel in the series that began with Murder at the Brightwell, Kirkus says: "A second murder investigation is in the cards for a 1930s society couple...Clearly, this dangerous adventure will either bring them closer or put paid to their marriage. Fans with fond memories of Georgette Heyer's mysteries set in the same period will be delighted with the gallery of suspects and the edgy romance." Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly promises that "Readers will hope to see a lot more of the sophisticated, elegant Amory."
Booklist gives Hollow Man a starred review
Mark Pryor's thriller Hollow Man has earned a starred review from Booklist: "Dominic is not your grandmother’s psychopath...Readers will feel themselves worked over by the wily, untrustworthy narrator, but it’s an interest-piquing unease. This noirish twisty tale will appeal to those who enjoy Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Pryor’s own Sherlockian international thriller series starring Hugo Marston."
The Girl from the Well keeps readers up all night
Rin Chupeco's YA debut, The Girl from the Well, has made Barnes & Nobles' list of "20 YAs That Kept Us Up All Night." See the full list here!
Booklist gives Idyll Threats a starred review
Stephanie Gayle's soon-to-be-released mystery, Idyll Threats: A Thomas Lynch Novel, has earned a starred review: "After a devastating loss as a New York City cop, Thomas Lynch decides to start over as small-town police chief in Idyll, Connecticut. But small towns have big secrets, and when Cecilia North’s corpse is found on the town’s golf course, more than one resident has cause to withhold information about the night she was killed. Lynch is among them. He saw Cecilia hours before she died, but to explain the circumstances, he would have to tell his officers that he is gay...Lynch is a deeply compelling character. He knows that he is compromising the investigation by not coming forward, but he can’t make himself say the words...Readers will want to see how the next two decades treat this intriguingly complex cop, should this fine crime debut launch a series."
Shelf Awareness reviews Newport
A recent issue of Shelf Awareness gave Jill Morrow's novel Newport a rave review: "Morrow has crafted a complicated mystery in Newport, though not of the typical whodunit variety...[She] has done an impressive job of pulling together various stories and threads into a cohesive and fast-paced novel of love and regret."
S.M. Hulse published in The Spokesman-Review
S.M. Hulse, author of the critically acclaimed Black River, has a short story in The Spokesman-Review, which runs a 10-week series of short fiction by local authors each summer. Read the full story online.
RT gives Hollow Man a great review
In a review of Mark Pryor's thriller Hollow Man, RT Book Reviews declares: "'Pryor’s exquisite stand-alone is a gem that explores a man who will go to any lengths to fulfill his needs. On the surface, what seems like a crime novel ends as a carefully plotted thriller. It raises the question,'Can there be a perfect crime?'"
This Monstrous Thing to publish in the UK
Mackenzi Lee's debut YA novel, This Monstrous Thing, coming this September from Katherine Tegen Books, will publishin October with HarperCollins UK.
Publishers Weekly reviews Raising Can-Do Kids
In a review of Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World, by authors Jen Prosek and Richard Rende, Publishers Weekly says: "Rende, a developmental psychologist, and Prosek, CEO of public relations firm Prosek Partners, unite to provide useful strategies for parents hoping to steer their children toward successful careers. Their book should help parents raise kids flexible and creative enough to grasp future opportunities in business and in life."
Suffer Love cover revealed
Happy Cover Reveal to Ashley Herring Blake, whose debut YA novel Suffer Love is forthcoming from HMH Books for Young Readers in summer, 2016. Enter at Pop Goes the Reader for the chance to win a signed advance reader copy.
The End of Big sells in Thailand
The End of Big: How the Digital Revolution makes David the New Goliath, has sold Thai rights to Success Media.
Black River is the Best of the Year So Far
Congratulations to S.M. Hulse, whose debut novel Black River made Amazon's Best of the Year So Far list for Literature and Fiction.
Craig Faustus Buck nominated
Craig Faustus Buck, author of the recently released mystery novel Go Down Hard, has received both an Anthony and Macavity Award nomination for his short story, "Honeymoon Sweet."
Davios celebrates its birthday
Steve DiFillipo, author of It's All About the Guest, and owner and chef at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, has taken his restaurant from its Boston roots to Manhattan, Philadelphia and Atlanta. As his business turns thirty, he's preparing to open a location in California, Boston Business Journal reports.
Bookgasm gives Go Down Hard a rave review
In its review of Craig Faustus Buck's debut mystery novel, Go Down Hard, Alan Cranis at Bookgasm calls the book "one of the finest and most entertaining crime novels of the year... Go Down Hard also shows traces of such contemporary masters as Donald E. Westlake and Elmore Leonard – especially in its combination of abrupt, unexpected violence and laugh-out-loud humor. Anyone curious about the state of or characteristics of the contemporary crime novel need look no further than Go Down Hard. Let’s hope Craig Faustus Buck doesn’t keep us waiting too long for a follow-up."
Ottawa County learns the Disney Way
After reading The Disney Way, Ottawa County officials contacted co-authors Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson and their company, Capodagli Jackson Consulting, to help the Michigan county develop a Disney-like customer service culture. "A few years ago, the notion of having the 33 different areas of the county singing the same customer service tune seemed like an impossible dream," says the county administrator in PM Magazine. "However, as Walt Disney said, 'If you can dream it, you can do it.' That is the Disney Way, and now it is the Ottawa Way, too."
Black River long-listed
Congratulations to S.M. Hulse, whose debut novelBlack Riverhas been long-listed for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Jill Morrow speaks with NPR
Jill Morrow speaks with Sheilah Kast at NPR about her recently released novel Newport, which NPR calls "a complex drama of rich people behaving badly—or, at least behaving mysteriously, even beyond the grave."
Publishers Weekly and Kirkus review This Monstrous Thing
In a review of Mackenzi Lee's debut YA fantasy This Monstrous Thing, coming this fall from Katherine Tegen Books, Publishers Weekly calls the book an "accomplished first novel ... Lee does a fine job of incorporating Shelley and her illustrious husband into her clockwork universe, which should especially please those familiar with Frankenstein and its author." In its own review, Kirkus raves: "The old and new are woven together in language and theme, creating a solid tale that explores what it means to be human. Part homage to a sci-fi original, part re-imagining, plenty of teen torment and trouble—an absorbing read."
Emily Ross blogs on Dead Darlings
Emily Ross, author of the YA mystery Half in Love with Death (forthcoming from Merit Press) gives writers "Ten Ways to Paint a Portrait With Words." Read the article here!
B.A. Shapiro to speak at SLA and ALA
B.A. Shapiro will speak at the Special Libraries’ Association Annual Conference Dinner in Boston at 6:00 pm on June 13, and at the Author’s Tea at the ALA annual conference in San Francisco at 2:00 pm on June 29.
Jen Estes judges for Write the World
Jen Estes, author of the YA fantasy Fifteen, will guest judge the Fantasy Writing Competition for Write the World, a global community of young writers. Read Jen's "tips for writing a story that's out of this world" here.
Steve DiFillippo speaks to the Huffington Post
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Steve DiFillippo talks about his book, It's All About the Guest, and shares "five simple strategies for getting a taste of success the Steve DiFillippo way."
The Reluctant Matador on sale
Mark Pryor's novel The Reluctant Matador, the next installment in the Hugo Marston series, is now on sale!
Mackenzi Lee and Ashley Herring Blake tell their Story
Mackenzi Lee, author of the forthcoming YA fantasy This Monstrous Thing, and Ashley Herring Blake, author of the forthcoming YA contemporary Suffer Love, will participate in Pop! Goes the Reader's feature, "Her Story: Ladies in Literature." Over the month of June, guest authors will share posts celebrating a singular female character who changed their life for the better. Look for Ashley's post on June 11 and Mackenzi's on June 23.
Ashley Herring Blake blogs about diversity in YA
Ashley Herring Blake, whose debut YA novel Suffer Love is forthcoming from HMH, addresses diversity in YA in a recent blog post. She writes about listening, and about learning from our mistakes: "Because I want diverse books. I need them. They excite me and give me hope and open my eyes and expand my mind. They give teens who aren't white-male-straight-cishet a home and books in which they can find themselves. I'm not trying to write more diversely because I should. But because I believe in diverse characters - a diverse world - and I want to be a part of that."
Up sells to Crown
Congratulations to Elena Botelho and Kim Powell, whose nonfiction book UP: How to Get To The Top - and How to Stay There sold to to Roger Scholl at Crown.
Ashley Herring Blake shares her Writer Odyssey
Ashley Herring Blake, whose debut YA novel Suffer Love is forthcoming from HMH, spoke with Chasing the Crazies as part of their ongoing segment, Writer Odyssey Wednesday. In her own words, she explains how “teens are some of the bravest people she knows” and how that inspires her to create important stories that speak to their struggles and the rapid changes they’re going through.
The New York Times takes tips from Richard Rende
In the article "Make the Kids Make Dinner. It's good for them" The New York Times cites Richard Rende, a psychologist and author of the forthcoming book Raising Can-Do Kids. Read the full article here.
Emily Ross blogs on Dead Darlings
Emily Ross, author of the YA mystery Half in Love with Death (forthcoming from Merit Press) gives writers "Ten Tips for Losing a Hundred Pages." Read the article here!
Go Down Hard on sale
Anthony Award nominated author Craig Faustus Buck's new novel, Go Down Hard, is now on sale!
Jen Anckorn attends New England Mobile Book Fair
Jen Anckorn, author of the recently released YA sci-fi Untaken, will be signing books at the New England Mobile Book Fair on Sunday, May 17, from 1-3 in Newton, MA.
Ann Collette, Mark Pryor and B.A. Shapiro attend BEA
Agent Ann Collette, along with authors Mark Pryor (the Hugo Marston Series) and B.A. Shapiro (The Art Forger) will attend BookExpo America on May 27 in New York, NY.
Grand County learns The Disney Way
Bill Capodagli, co-author of business book The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in your Company, will give a keynote presentation sharing leadership lessons from Disney and other Fortune 100 companies, and will lead workshops on innovation and customer service on May 15, in Grand County, CO.
- Now You See Her sells to Katherine Tegen Books
Congratulations to Lila Michaels, whose YA thriller Now You See Her has sold to Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen Books.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Reluctant Matador
In a review of Mark Pryor's fifth Hugo Marston novel, The Reluctant Matador, Publisher's Weekly calls the book "Intricately-plotted ... characters and digressions on their habits and history lend a certain aura of coziness to this gory tale."
- Murder at the Brightwell and sequel sell abroad
Ashley Weaver's debut mystery novel, Murder at the Brightwell, and its sequel Death Wears a Mask, have sold foreign rights in Portugal and Japan.
- Dragons are People, Too on sale
Sarah Nicolas' debut YA novel, Dragons are People, Too, is now on sale!
- Ford Hall Forum remembers Helen Rees
"Bringing Out the Best: A Forum in Memory of Helen Rees" will be held at Suffolk Law School in Boston, MA on Thursday, May 14. Speakers including Donna Carpenter, Phyllis Karas, Barry Libert, and Michael Treacy will celebrate Helen as the founder of the Rees Literary Agency, and as an active participent in the peace movement, in politics, and in the Boston community throughout her life. To attend, please register here.
- Pick up Black Candies today
The new issue of Black Candies, a Journal of Literary Horror edited by Horror Business author Ryan Bradford, is now available. Learn more about Black Candies and pick up a copy here.
Raising Can-Do Kids sells in Romanian
Raising Can-Do Kids, a parenting book by authors Richard Rende and Jen Prosek, has sold Romanian rights to Editura Trei.
Ann Collette and Rebecca Podos judge Author Idol
Agents Ann Collette and Rebecca Podos will act as judges in an Author Idol event at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, MA on Wednesday, April 8.
Ann Collette attends Crime Wave
Agent Ann Collette will attend the 2015 Maine Crime Wave conference in Portland, ME on Saturday, April 11. The day-long conference will include panel discussions, theme-specific workshops, editor and agent critiques, book-signings, and more.
Rebecca Podos to speak at AWP
Agent Rebecca Podos will attend the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, April 11. She'll participate in the panel "The Relationship of a lifetime: Agent/Author Collaboration Through Each Stage of the Publishing Process" alongside several agents and authors.
Ashley Weaver, Ann Collette and Mark Pryor to attend HWG
Authors Ashley Weaver and Mark Pryor will participate in a panel discussion on "How to Get an Agent" alongside agent Ann Collette at the 2015 Houston Writers Guild Spring Conference. The conference will take place April 24-26 in Houston, TX.
Rebecca Podos to attend NESCBWI
Agent Rebecca Podos will attend the New England Society for Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators Spring Conference, where she will participate in on-the-spot Agent Quick Queries Critiques on Friday, April 24 in Springfield, MA.
Ann Collette and Ashley Weaver to attend Edgar Awards
Ashley Weaver, whose novel Murder at the Brightwell has been nominated for an Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author, will attend the Edgars Banquet alongside agent Ann Collette. Each year the Edgars, awarded by Mystery Writers of America, honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. Winners will be announced at the Banquet on April 29 in New York, NY.
Emily Ross blogs on Dead Darlings
Emily Ross, author of the YA mystery Half in Love with Death (forthcoming from Merit Press) writes about the dark inspiration for her book on Dead Darlings: "As the Guardian recently wrote in reference to the genre, 'Any true crime story is shaped by what is included – or, more pertinently, left out' ... Half in Love with Death ended up being very different from the case that inspired it. But the Pied Piper of Tucson gave me a much needed framework for my plot and characters, and led me to the story I needed to tell."
J.E. Anckorn's debut YA novel, Untaken, is now on sale!
Emily Ross discusses setbacks
In a recent article on Artsake, Emily Ross, author of the YA mystery Half in Love with Death (forthcoming from Merit Press) talks about the setbacks that impact an artist's trajectory, and how she overcame hers on the path to publication.
Electric Literature reviews Horror Business
Ryan Craig Bradford's debut YA novel, Horror Business, gets a glowing review in Electric Literature: "Bradford does something exceedingly smart and a whole lot of fun to see pop off the page: in writing a novel concerning the horror of child murder and rabid dogs, among a host of other fears, he sets his sights on something worse: the horror of being a teenage boy ... Horror Business is for all: a warm outstretched hand, and a chilling reminder."
Bookslut reviews Black River
In a review of S.M. Hulse's recently released Black River, Bookslut praises and evaluates the novel: "As other critics have observed, Hulse is closer in style to Annie Proulx than Cormac McCarthy, as there is a certain softness in the handling of characters that is typically not witnessed in the latter's work. The author is much more concerned with breaking down posturing and her character's mental, emotional, and psychological walls rather than showing the terrible expense of their upkeep ... Hulse takes the road less traveled, hinting at the rebirth of fatherly love and the transformative blessing of forgiveness.
Seattle Magazine praises Black River
Seattle Magazine says of S.M Hulse's recently released novel, Black River: "This striking debut novel by Spokane writer S.M. Hulse is a contemporary Western that has earned critical comparisons to the work of Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx and Wallace Stegnerand deservedly so. Hulse uses spare language to craft a rich portrait of inland Northwest ... Brimming with grief, guilt and the glorious relief music can provide."
Ryan Craig Bradford talks Horror Business
Ryan Craig Bradford, author of the recently released YA novel Horror Business, talks to Marlene Moss at On Writing and Riding about his new book, plotting vs. pantsing, and his love of b-grade genre films.
WBAI Radio reviews The Marauders
WBAI Radio featured on on-air review of Tom Cooper's recently published novel, The Marauders, calling the book "a social commentary, a comic cavalcade, and a crime filled gem. The crimes exposed are large and small, corporate exploitation and hustlers pushing dope. You might laugh out loud reading The Marauders. You might also cry."
This Monstrous Thing cover revealed
Happy Cover Reveal to Mackenzi Lee, whose debut YA novel This Monstrous Thing is forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books, Fall 2015.
Horror Business published
Ryan Craig Bradford's debut YA novel, Horror Business, is now on sale!
USA Today reviews The Marauders
USA Today says of Tom Cooper's recently published debut novel, The Marauders: "In this engaging tale, set along the Gulf Coast after the spill, Tom Cooper brings the region to life: the corporate emissary negotiating knockdown settlements, the shrimpers trawling depleted waters. A one-armed treasure hunter named Lindquist and his assistant, Wes, are the book's heroes, trying to navigate through the ruined territory toward something brighter ... The Marauders is excellent, finely written and funny – an admirable novel from a very promising writer."
The New York Times mentions Mark Pryor
In a story in The New York Times, author Mark Pryor talks about the conception of his Hugo Marston Mystery Series: "Pryor was inspired by a bookseller as he was strolling along the famed Seine River in Paris with his wife. 'For some reason, my mind just thought: 'How quaint. How can I make this deadly?'" Read the full story here.
The Wall Street Journal reviews The Marauders
The Wall Street Journal has given Tom Cooper's debut novel, The Marauders, a rave review, saying: "Mr. Cooper’s gothic picaresque stands with ease among the work of such stylistic predecessors as Twain, Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. One thing that gives “The Marauders” its own clear hallmark is its quicksilver prose ... The book’s other standout aspect is how it demands and earns sympathy for all but its most evil characters and for the fate-blasted but nature-blessed locale they inhabit."
Adam Gallardo speaks to Justine Magazine
Author Adam Gallardo recently spoke with Justine Magazine about his YA novels, Zomburbia and the forthcoming Zombified. Read the full interview here.
Ryan Craig Bradford speaks to We Do Write
In anticipation of his forthcoming YA novel, Horror Business, author Ryan Craig Bradford spoke with We Do Write blogger Dorothy Dreyer about super powers, Google searches, and the business of writing. Read the full interview here.
Shelf Awareness reviews The Marauders
Shelf Awareness has given The Marauders a starred review, calling it "a wild pirogue ride through the post-Katrina, post-oil spill bayous of Barataria, outside New Orleans. His characters are the soul of this first novel, a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking "swamp noir" gumbo with echoes of John Kennedy Toole, Larry Brown and Daniel Woodrell."
The Marauders is a Best Book of the Month
The Marauders, Tom Cooper's debut novel, is a Best Book of the Month on GoodReads.
Library Journal gives The Marauders a starred review
In a starred review of Tom Cooper's newly released debut novel, The Marauders, Library Journal raves: In his self-assured and highly entertaining first novel, Cooper introduces us to the small bayou town of Jeanette, LA ... Cooper's writing is taut, his story is gripping, and the characters and their problems will stay with you long after you finish this book. Recommended for readers who enjoy authors such as Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard."
The Los Angeles Review of Books praises Black River
The Los Angeles Review of Books has high praise for S.M. Hulse's debut novel Black River: "The assured rhythms of the language convey grace, restraint, insights, power, and beauty. Black River transcends its setting and the circumstances of a few people in a small Montana town to say something true and enduring about violence and families, and grief and compassion."
BookPage praises The Marauders
Tom Cooper's debut novel recently received a great review from BookPage: "Brash and unapologetic, The Marauders is a thrill ride. The plot is brisk, the characters are captivating and the writing is lush and striking. Cooper’s writing is the kind a reader can happily get lost in, and his depictions of the Deep South are so evocative that if he ever gets tired of fiction, he might give travel writing a try. But The Marauders is such an impressive offering from an audacious new voice in fiction that one can only hope it is but the first of many. As far as bibliophilic treasure hunts go, this one is literary gold."
Meet Ashley Herring Blake
Learn all about Ashley Herring Blake, author of the forthcoming YA novel Suffer Love, in her Meet the Author profile on the Sweet Sixteens blog.
Kirkus talks to Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper, author of The Marauders, recently spoke with Kirkus about his debut novel, his complicated characters, and the "tradition of grotesque literature in the south." Read the full interview here.
Bill Capodagli gives the ACTS keynote
Bill Capodagli, co-author of The Disney Way, will give the keynote address at the annual leadership conference for ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc, on February 11.
The Marauders published
Tom Cooper's debut novel The Marauders is now on sale!
Barrie Sanford Greiff speaks to NewBridge on the Charles
Barrie Sanford Greiff, author of Legacy: The Giving of Life's Greatest Treasures, recently spoke to residents of NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA.
Gerald Schroeder speaks at National Prayer Breakfast
Gerald Schroeder, author of Genesis and the Big Bang,will lead a breakout session on the topic of "Life after Life" at the National Prayer Breakfast, held annually in Washington D.C., on February 5.
The New York Times reviews The Marauders
The New York Times praised Tom Cooper's forthcoming debut novel, The Marauders, in its Sunday Book Review:"It’s always the voice, the singular sound of a place like none other, that draws you into a regional mystery. In Tom Cooper’s first novel ... that beguiling music comes out of the Louisiana bayous, where a raucous chorus of shrimp fishermen, marijuana growers, treasure hunters, professional crooks and common thieves fight to be heard."
BBC Culture reviews Black River
In an online review of S.M. Hulse's debut novel, Black River, BBC Culture gives the book high marks: "This first novel pulses with dramatic tension and emotional resonance ... Hulse's story is lyrical, elegiac and authentic. Watch for it on best-of-the-year lists."
Make an Agent Match with Rebecca Podos
Agent Rebecca Podos will be joining in Agent Match, an online event that takes place on February 10. From 8 am to 8 pm, literary agents will scroll through writers' profiles and story synopses, hoping to find the perfect match. Rebecca will also be live chatting with organizer Samantha Fountain and with participating writers on February 7 at 1 pm.
The New York Times reviews Black River
The New York Times reviewed S.M. Hulse's newly released debut novel, Black River, calling the book "a promising debut ... the lyrical weather and emotional landscapes are in place."
The Boston Globe reviews Black River
In its review of S.M. Hulse's debut novel, The Boston Globe praises Black River: "Hulse evokes the Montana landscape in lyrical, vivid prose...[she] is a gifted wordsmith with promising dramatic instincts."
The Washington Post reviews Black River
In a review titled "A Western landscape of rage, penance," The Washington Post raves about S.M. Hulse's newly released novel, Black River: "Hulse has positioned this slim novel at the confluence of several extraordinary events that could easily have cause an emotional pileup ... [but] she understands that grief and love are 'like the same note played an octave apart, at the same time, ringing and resonating together.'"
The Tampa Bay Times mentions The Marauders
Tom Cooper's forthcoming novel The Marauders gets a mention in the Tampa Bay Times article, "Notable: First-Time Novelists Off to a Good Start."
Ryan Craig Bradford blogs for SD City Beat
Ryan Craig Bradford, author of the forthcoming YA novel Horror Business, has a new article up on San Diego City Beat.
Esquire names The Marauders a Best New Book
In the article "5 Chilling Books You Need To Read Now," Esquire picks Tom Cooper's forthcoming debut novel, The Marauders, proclaiming it "More fun than a book about the aftermath of a giant ecological disaster has any right to be."
Murder at the Brightwell nominated
Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver's debut mystery novel, has been nominated for a 2015 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
True Letters from a Fictional Life sells to HarperCollins Children's
Congratulations to Kenneth Logan, whose contemporary YA novel True Letters from a Fictional Life has sold to Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins Children's.
Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries #1) published
Jen Estes' YA fantasy Fifteen is now on sale!
Black River published
S.M. Hulse's novel Black River is now on sale!
The Marauders featured in O
The Marauders, the soon-to-be-published debut novel by Tom Cooper, is featured in O, The Oprah Magazine's article "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now." The reviewer writes, "Wade into moral muck with the pill-popping, treasure-hunting, one-armed hero of this finger-lickin’-good Louisiana swamp noir.”
Esquire spotlights The Marauders
Tom Cooper's forthcoming novel The Marauders is spotlighted in the January/February issue of Esquire, in the article "Major Crimes: Five outstanding novels about murder, treachery, calamity and revenge."Esquire's assessment: "More fun than a book about the aftermath of a giant terrorist attack has any right to be."
Fifteen available for pre-order
Jen Estes' YA fantasy Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries Book One) is one week away from release, and the Kindle version is now available for pre-order!
Ann Collette to speak at Pine Manor
Agent Ann Collette will speak to students in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston, about the publishing industry, the role of an agent, and what life is like inside a literary agency, on January 10.
Read Jen Anckorn in Chronology anthology
Jen Anckorn, author of the forthcoming YA novel Untaken, has a short story in Curiosity Quills Press's just-released annual anthology, Chronology.Pick up a copy today!
Bill Capodagli to speak in Michigan
Co-Author of the bestselling The Disney Way, Bill Capodagli, will present the keynote speech to the Michigan Local Government Management Association on Thursday, January 29, in Novi, Michigan.
Black River is a Best Book
Black River, the soon to be released novel from S.M. Hulse, is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for January, 2015! Alexandra Woodworth exclaims: "Black River is a portrait of a man shaped by the unforgiving landscape of the west – its beauty and violence and the haunting memories that fill a life. Hulse gracefully unfolds the story of Wes’s past: his fraught relationship with his step-son, his father’s lonely death, and his abled hands, which 'made music for the moon and the stars.' By turns angry, grieving, violent, and compassionate, Wes wrestles to find his faith, hide his fear, and move on from the two things that he’s loved. Black River is a sure-footed and powerfully drawn debut."