Thrilled to announce that A KIND OF FREEDOM is a finalist for the Crook’s Corner Prize for best debut novel set in the South, chosen this year by Tayari Jones. Congratulations to Margaret Wilkerson Sexton!
Click here to learn more!
InkWell Management salutes ....
InkWell Management salutes ….The Power of the Written Word to Promote Peace—the mandate of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Finalist in non-fiction is James Wright’s ENDURING VIETNAM.
Click here to see all the finalists and read more.
Elin Hilderbrand discusses how her personal experience with breast cancer influenced the writing of her latest novel, “The Perfect Couple.”
We want to express our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Tony's family. We will remember him not only for his immense talent, but, more importantly, for his friendship. We have known and worked with Tony for two decades. This loss we feel today is deep and extraordinarily profound.
Click the link to read the first excerpt of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak!
Gabrielle Hamilton was named the country’s Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards
Proud of James Gleick and all of the Authors Guild for their 17 year-long fight for the payment of freelance authors
Michael Robotham's The Secret She Keeps is winner of General Fiction Book of the Year for ABIA Awards 2018.
ABIA AWARD WINNERS HIGHLIGHTS 2018:
Gold ABIA for Book of the
Year - Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend
Biography Book of the Year -
Working Class Man, Jimmy Barnes
General Fiction Book of the Year - The Secrets She Keeps,
The Matt Richell Award for
New Writer of the Year - Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend
Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-13) - Nevermoor,
Jessica Townsend (Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia)
Book Spy says of Mike Maden's work on the Jack Ryan franchise in their list of the 20 hottest thriller books to read this summer:
“I couldn’t put this book down for a second. First of all, Mike Maden was a brilliant choice to take over the Jack Ryan Junior franchise when Grant Blackwood exited the series. What he’s done is nothing short of incredible, putting a charge into this franchise that, while popular, always seemed to be in the shadows of the Jack Ryan Senior books. That changes now. . . thanks to Maden putting his own stamp on this series and elevating it to new heights. Clancy fans, trust me, this book is awesome.”
Read the full review here.
The 2018 James Beard Foundation Book and Journalism Awards have quite the turnout from InkWell.
(Ten Speed Press)
Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
(Ten Speed Press)
2018 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards:
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, Cara Parks, and the Roads & Kingdoms Team
Library Journal calls Sands Hall’s FLUNK. START. “an early candidate for memoir of the year”!
Ivy Pochoda and Stephen Alford are finalists for 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes!
Michael Connelly, “The Late Show”
Paul LaFarge, “The Night Ocean”
Attica Locke, “Bluebird, Bluebird”
Joyce Carol Oates, “A Book of American Martyrs”
Ivy Pochoda, “Wonder Valley”
Stephen Alford, “London’s Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare’s City”
Mark Bowden, “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam”
Dan Egan, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes”
Frances FitzGerald, “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America”
Richard Rothstein, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”
Jury Chair Janice Stein announces five finalists for the 2018 Lionel Gelber Prize, including Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? By Graham Allison, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
About the Jury: Janice Gross Stein, Jury Chair (Toronto, Canada) is joined by distinguished jurors Ramachandra Guha (Bengaluru, India), Desmond King (Oxford, England), David M. Malone (Tokyo, Japan), and Jeannette Money (California, USA). The Lionel Gelber Prize Podcast Series features all five of this year’s finalists in conversation with Robert Steiner, Founder of the Fellowships in Global Journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Special thanks to Funding Media Partner Focus Asset Management for their support of these podcasts, available on iTunes.
The 2018 winner will be announced on March 13 and invited to speak at a free public event at Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on April 17, 2018.
About the Prize: The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world’s best nonfiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. A cash prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Nature gives Antonio Damasio’s THE STRANGE ORDER OF THINGS a rave review, calling it “bold and important…fascinating…compelling and refreshingly original”!
Susan Fowler has been named Financial Times Person of the Year!
Read more about it here.
Amazon Best Book for 2017 are here and InkWell has a bunch. Take a look!
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Strong is the New Pretty by Kate Parker
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz
Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani
Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire
Comics for a Strange World by Reza Farazmand
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
The Child Finder by Rene Denefeld
Irresistible by Adam Alter
NPR's Best Books of 2017 has a whole host of InkWell Books on the list.
Backstagers by Rian Sygh and James Tynion IV
Royal City by Jeff Lemire
After Death by Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder
Hollow by Owen Egerton
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh
Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
Otis Redding by Jonathan Gould
Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
Daniel Beer won the International Cundhill History Prize for THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD.
The International Cundhill History Prize is the richest prize in non-fiction for a single work in English. And THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD is Beer’s groundbreaking study of Siberbian exile under the Tsars. Read about the International Cundhill History Prize here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/mu-bhd111617.php
David France won The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2017 for HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is an unprecedentedly comprehensive witness account of the AIDS epidemic between the years of 1981 and 1996, when there was no effective medical treatment for HIV infection. Read more about The Baillie Gifford Prize here: http://thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk/news/how-survive-plague-wins-baillie-gifford-prize-2017
Harvard professor Graham Allison ponders the conflict between the world’s two greatest powers in his new book, "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides' Trap?" Allison joins Margaret Warner to discuss what happens when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power.
Click here to watch the talk.
Wendy James' THE GOLDEN CHILD is on the short list for the Ned Kelly Crime Writing Awards in Australia!
At the 2017 Eisner Awards, Nate Powell and Jeff Lemire were among great company when they each were nominated and won an Eisner.
Powell was nominated and won for Best Reality-Based Work for his work on March (Book Three) with co-creators John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.
Lemire was nominated and won for Best New Series for his work on Black Hammer with co creator Dean Ormston.
You can read more about the Eisners and the other winners here.
We're seeing stars with this cover of Popular Astronomy.
Congrats to Sophie Menin who was shortlisted for the Pio Cesare Food and Wine Writer of the Year 2017 Award.
In a book feature with NPR, "Writer Elin Hilderbrand, 'Queen Of Summer,' Wears Her Crown Proudly."
Elin Hilderbrand’s The Identicals was on NPR on July 3rd. Catch the whole feature here on NPR.
Nimona gets a 2020 release date! See below the article from Screen Rant.
“Fox Animation sets the Nimona animated movie for release in February 2020. Comic books and graphic novels have long served as inspiration for all kinds of big screen adaptations, from famous superheroes like Superman and Batman to less well known properties like Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ The Secret Service – which provided the source material for Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. In recent years, moviegoers have been treated to the massively expanding subset of films based on all manner of comic books, with superhero movies branching into R-rated territory thanks to 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool and Logan, but there’s plenty of other kinds of comics that Fox can adapt.
“Twentieth Century Fox Animation is one of the major animation houses in Hollywood, joining the likes of Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, and even the much newer Illumination. Though their most recognizable – and successful – franchise is no doubt Ice Age and its sequels, Fox Animation has also produced Rio and its sequel as well as The Peanuts Movie. In terms of upcoming films, Fox Animation is gearing up to release Ferdinand later this year, an adaptation of a popular children’s book, and more recently took a major step forward on Nimona.
“Of course, while a number of comic book adaptations are live-action, Fox’s Nimona will be animated, joining the adaptation of Lumberjanes (another 20th Century Fox property) in the animation camp. Stevenson also worked on the Lumberjanes comic series, which is published by BOOM! Studios. Fox has set Emily Carmichael to direct Lumberjanes, though it doesn’t yet have a release date.
“It seems both Nimona and Lumberjanes are part of another arm of Fox’s push to adapt all kinds of comic book properties to the big screen. Unlike Deadpool and Logan, Nimona and Lumberjanes – both the films and their source material – are directed at a younger audience, and Fox seems to be keeping the properties true to their roots by adapting them to animation rather than live-action. Plus, considering all the creatures into which Nimona transforms and the antics the rambunctious sidekick gets up to with Blackheart, Stevenson’s graphic novel would be challenging to bring to live-action anyway. Now with a release date set, those excited to see Stevenson’s best-selling novel brought to life will be able to in less than two years when Nimona’s adventures hit theaters.”
Tom Clancy Point of Contact by Mike Maden hit #4 on USA Today Week and#3 on NY Times Bestseller List.
Cath Crowley's WORDS IN DEEP BLUE debuted at #11 on the Young Adult Indie Bestseller List and has been chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far in the YA category. Go Cath!
Gavriel Savit's ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN won the 2017 ALA Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production!
Click here to get the audiobook.
Veronica Chamber's THE GO-BETWEEN is a 2017 International Latino Book Award finalist
The Adventure Zone graphic novel is underway in a big way and First Second has revealed a couple pages for your viewing pleasure.
Click here to take a look at the reveal if you’d like to tweet with other #TAZ fans and get yourself pumped for what’s to come.
Publisher's Lunch has released their Buzz Books for Fall/Winter of 2017, and our authors Krysten Ritter, Rene Denfeld, and Sara Holland made the list.
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's A KIND OF FREEDOM is an American Booksellers Association INDIES INTRODUCE top 10 debut!
Click here to see the whole list.
Amy Ewing’s THE BLACK KEY debuts this weekend at #7 on the German Der Spiegel bestseller list!
The winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee! This book was chosen – and unanimously loved by – a panel of four experienced children’s book specialists from Readings along with guest judge, author and illustrator Elizabeth Honey.
A Most Magical Girl is an imaginative and charming tale set in Victorian London and perfect for readers aged 9-12. The prim but gutsy Annabel, and her somewhat wild companion Kitty, struggle against a malevolent villain in a quintessential battle of good and evil.
Honey says: ‘This is a great swirling sensual story. You can hear and smell the London of Dickens, the clanking, creaking, murky fog, within which is found the dusty old, slow covens of fading magic. There are unforgettable characters – Miss Henrietta Vine and Miss Estella, Kitty, the faeries, Hafwen, and the Finsbury Wizards – familiar old magic written with originality, and powerful scenes befitting an action movie. Nothing is easy. The instructions are not clear. Annabel must discover her powers, while the shadowlings, like a Dickensian Alien, await their chance. This is fine reading for young humanlings.’
Foxlee’s first book for children, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, was shortlisted for the Prize in 2015. As this year’s winner, she will receive prize money of $3000.
You can read the judges’ report here.
Alongside A Most Magical Girl, the shortlist for this year’s Prize included Escape to Moon Islands by Mardi McConnochie, Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Ailsa Wild, The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman, Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller and Grover finds a Home by Claire Garth.
You can read more about this year’s shortlist here.
You can read more about the award here.
We have some fantastic clients nominated for Eisner Awards! "And the nominees are..."
Best Limited Series
Kim and Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera (Black Mask)
Best New Series
Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Dark Horse)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
The Creeps, Book 2: The Trolls Will Feast! by Chris Schweizer (Abrams)
Best Reality-Based Work
March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender, Plutona (Image); Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant)
Ayelet Tsabari is the recipient for the 2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction!!
2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00PM
Innovation Center, Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
ABOUT THE AWARD
The Edward Lewis Wallant Award is presented annually to an American writer whose published creative work of fiction is considered to have significance for the American Jew.
The award was established shortly after the untimely death in December 1962 of Edward Lewis Wallant, gifted author of The Human Season and The Pawnbroker, by Dr. and Mrs. Irving Waltman of West Hartford. The Waltmans were prompted to create this memorial because of their admiration for Edward Wallant’s literary ability.2016 Recipient -
Ayelet Tsabari was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. She grew up in a suburb of Tel Aviv, served in the Israeli army, and travelled extensively throughout South East Asia, Europe and North America. Ayelet was first published at the age of ten in an Israeli children’s magazine, and worked as a freelance journalist from the age of fifteen, mostly writing for Maariv. Learn more…
New York Times piece on golfing with Sadhguru.
“On a Par 5 in Dubai, Good Humor and a Respite From All Things Trump” and jumping into all things Sahguru with this New York Times piece on golfing with the yogi.
Congrats to the 2017 James Beard Award Winners!
2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking Chris Court (Ten Speed Press)
2017 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
Food and Culture
“A Last Dinner in the Jungle” Shane Mitchell Roads & Kingdoms
Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Karen Brooks Portland Monthly
MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“The Dog Thief Killings” Calvin Godfrey Roads & Kingdoms
Publication of the Year
Roads & Kingdoms
“Sociology taken to the streets and basements, yielding a well-wrought introduction to a scene little known—and perhaps little imagined—to outsiders.”— Kirkus on Night Class
Good luck to InkWell’s clients and their works that have been nominated for tonight’s James Beard Foundation Media Awards!
All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China
(Ten Speed Press)
Taste & Technique:
Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking
(Ten Speed Press)
Television Program, on
The Mind of a Chef
Host: Ludo Lefebvre
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Lydia Tenaglia, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini,
Michael Steed, Jared Andrukanis, Gillian Brown, Morgan Fallon, and Krissy
Airs on: PBS and YouTube
2017 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
Dining and Travel
“New York City Versus San
Food and Culture
“The Barnacle Queens of the Spanish Seaside”
Roads & Kingdoms
Food Coverage in a
Roads & Kingdoms
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, and Cara Parks
Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Counter Intelligence: “Destroyer Blows Up the Norm”; “Red Sauce, Royal
Treatment”; “Bubbling Cauldrons of Goodness”
Los Angeles Times
MFK Fisher Distinguished
Life and Thyme
Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
“High Chairs and Hard Core”; “The X-Files”; “Beyond Biscuits and Gravy”
Cory Taylor's Dying has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
Australia’s Stella Prize, honoring women writers and their work, has announced their shortlist of six titles. The winner will be announced on April 18. The nominees:
Between a Wolf and a Dog, by Georgia Blain
The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Poum and Alexandre, by Catherine de Saint Phalle
An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire
The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose
by Cory Taylor
Both Jeff Zentner's GOODBYE DAYS and Laura Amy Schlitz's PRINCESS CORA AND THE CROCODILE are among good company on this list of amazing books from the Indie Next List for Spring of 2017.
Check out this list here.
The Audio Publisher’s Association released their list of Audie Nominees and James Patrick Cromnin, narrator of The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons has been nominated for best Thriller/Suspense. The winners will be announced in May at a ceremony in New York!
See the complete list of finalists here.
Each year around this time we find ourselves frequently affirmed in our judgment that our authors are the best in the world by news outlets, critics, readers, and award organizations. We’re happy to report the latest: NPR has named many of our authors to their Best of 2016, the full list of which is available below. From fiction to nonfiction and graphic novels and cookbooks and everything under the sun—InkWell is proud to represent a diversity of books from authors and illustrators at the top of their game.
Each year around this time we find ourselves frequently affirmed in our judgment that our authors are the best in the world by news outlets, critics, readers, and award organizations. We’re happy to report the latest: NPR has named many of our authors to their Best of 2016, the full list of which is available below.
From fiction to nonfiction and graphic novels and cookbooks and everything under the sun—InkWell is proud to represent a diversity of books from authors and illustrators at the top of their game.
Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites
Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter
Adam Grant’s Originals
Robert Kanigel’s Eyes on the Street
Minh Le’s Let Me Finish
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March Book 3
Morimoto’s Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking
Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table
Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Cookbook
Lionel Shriver’s The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047
Dava Sobel’s The Glass Universe
Paul Tremblay’s Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
InkWell salutes the long and engaged life of Ruth Gruber a beacon of integrity who, in the words of Richard Holbrooke, ‘was drawn to the downtrodden, the forgotten, the drive-by-victims of history.’
Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were presented the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature on Wednesday, November 16th for their graphic memoir on the civil rights movement.
Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell were presented the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature on Wednesday, November 16th for their graphic memoir on the civil rights movement.
“I remember in 1956 when I was sixteen years old, with some of my brothers and sisters and cousins, going down to the public library and trying to get library cards. We were told that libraries were for ‘whites only’ and not for ‘coloreds.’ To come here and receive this award, this honor, is too much,” the congressman said during his acceptance speech, with tears in his eyes.
Powell added: “A challenge to our incoming president, to take this trilogy into your tiny hands and allow your tiny heart to be transformed by it. None of us are alone in this—not even you.”
March: Book Three is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award.
Aydin also commented: “There are two important lessons from this. One, is the story of the movement be told. We all must know it if we are to understand the politics of today. And two, let the prejudice against comic books be buried once and for all.”
InkWell congratulates Powell and his co-authors on winning this historic award and are honored to be working with him—there are many exciting announcements to come!
"How to Raise Successful Kids--Without Over-Parenting"
In her just-released and much-anticipated TED talk, Julie Lythcott-Haims expands on the work that she began with her New York Times bestselling How To Raise and Adult. This video comes courtesy of PBS and their special “TED Talks: Education Revolution” which airs on September 13.
Bullying, school shootings, and homelessness are some of the weightier topics Todd Strasser has tackled in his novels, but he’s also dabbled in more lighthearted fare, including his Help! I’m Trapped… series for middle-grade readers. The author drew from his own childhood to write Fallout, which Candlewick will publish September 10. The book marks a significant milestone for the author, as it is his 100th original work of fiction (his oeuvre also includes a number of novelizations). In the novel, set on Strasser’s Long Island, N.Y., childhood turf, Scott’s father builds the only bomb shelter in the neighborhood as the Cold War heats up in 1962. Strasser’s father did the same, but happily the family never had to take put the shelter to use. Scott’s family isn’t so lucky.-Publishers Weekly
The Blood of Gods and Royals series follows the tale of Alexander the Great before he became a conqueror, in a history tinged with fantasy. In Legacy of Kings, Alexander sets out to rediscover Blood Magic as a girl named Katerina – a girl who Alexander is drawn to, and whose first love Jacob will do anything to win her heart – sets out to kill the queen.
Simon Helberg – better known as one of the actors on “Big Bang Theory” – and his wife Jocelyn Towne will produce the project under the banner Wildline Entertainment.
Open Road is releasing Ry Russo-Young’s adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s hit YA novel.
Before I Fall is hitting the big screen next year.
Open Road Films announced Tuesday that the Awesomeness Films adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s bestselling YA novel will get a wide release on April 7, 2017.
Paul Tremblay is an asshole. He’s an asshole because he’s supremely talented, and really nice, and actually not an asshole at all, which makes me think he’s secretly an asshole.- Terribleminds on Paul Tremblay
Broadway producer Kevin McCollum and former “Glee” producer Michael Novick have optioned rights to Leila Sales’ young adult novel “This Song Will Save Your Life” for stage and film.-Vanity Fair
“I am a 31-year-old American woman who has never seen any of the Star Wars movies. I’m sorry.”-Leila Sales on Star Wars
At some point, every child must navigate his or her own path in life. Some do this fearlessly and with gusto, while others take a more cautious approach. We can see the contrast in two new middle-grade novels set in Virginia, one historical, the other contemporary.
-Lisa Graff, New York Times
In this NPR interview Aja Raden talks about her new book, Stoned, about jewelry, but on the first page she lays out a bold statement: “The history of the world is the history of desire.”
1945 - 2016
InkWell Management salutes the late, great Katherine Dunn. Her novel Geek Love was published in 1989, was a finalist for a National Book Award, and has never gone out of print. The intensity and reach of her influence is apparent in the many tributes now being made by her fans.
InkWell is proud to work with three finalists for the 2016 Indies Choice Awards.
Congratulations and well-earned to Claire Fuller, Gavriel Savit, and Noelle Stevenson for their nominations for 2016 Indies Choice Awards. These are especially gratifying as they represent the collective will of independent booksellers around the country. These are the books that your local bookstores are championing. Go see why.
Claire Fuller - Our Endless Numbered Days - Book of the Year, Adult Debut
Gavriel Savit - Anna and the Swallow man - Book of the Year, Young Adult
Noelle Stevenson - Nimona - Book of the Year, Young Adult
InkWell at the Edgars
The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America and recognize excellence in kinds of books related to crime and assorted nastiness. Guess this year was especially good for InkWell nastiness, because we are representing the heck out of the nominees list: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html.
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Canary by Duane Swierczynski
BEST ORIGINAL PAPERBACK
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
BEST FACT CRIME
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica
Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver & H.C. Chester
MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD
The Masque of a Murderer by Suzanne Calkins
Noelle Stevenson is a finalist for the National Book Award.
Which is fantastic news.
It’s the least fantastic thing about Noelle Stevenson.
What’s more fantastic is that Noelle Stevenson is author of Nimona, the ingenious and wonderful book that garnered her the National Book Award nomination.
Noelle Stevenson is a talented storyteller and a rising star.
Also a National Book Award finalist.
Every book by an InkWell client was a Best Book of 2015, obviously, and so this list comes with a big fat [SIC] attached. No doubt Amazon is working hard to amend this list to reflect that. But in the meantime, here is a list of books judged to be Best by the website and leading manufacturer of big weird clocks, Amazon.com:
AQUARIUM by David Vann
FUTURE CRIMES by Marc Goodman
WINNIE by Sally M. Walker and John Voss
FORENSICS by Val McDermid
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB
FRANKLIN BARBECUE by Aaron Franklin
NOPI by Yotam Ottolenghi
RICE, NOODLE, FISH by Matt Goulding
CABIN PORN by Zach Klein
A HINT OF STRANGENESS by Susan Isaacs
FOUR NIGHTS WITH THE DUKE by Eloisa James
FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CURIOSITY HOUSE by Lauren Oliver
Long, slender, and Manhattan-centric. It also has a little foot at the bottom that sort of caresses Wall Street and a curl at the top that goes into The Bronx like a severe flapper bang. The Great Gatsby.
You have never taken this train, but you once claimed you had (by accident) as an excuse for why you were late to work. Middlemarch.
They just do not stop making red trains. This train seems to almost want to make it to JFK airport, but stops short, just like that plane in Lost Horizon.
This train literally ends in a park. Like so many of the characters in Jurassic Park.
Spends a lot of time on the Upper East Side, but then it steps way out in The Bronx and Brooklyn in a way reminiscent of the first few of the Patrick Melrose novels.
There are stops on this line called Elder, Castle Hill, and Zerega. Zerega! The Silmarillion.
A whole new train stop discovered underground! Go Set a Watchman.
This is a long train that starts at a fun beach and ends at a monastery. Augustine’s Confessions.
From Euclid Avenue to Washington Heights—math and Founding Fathers combines in the form of Ben Franklin’s Autobiography.
The only time you get on this train is to get to the airport, so fill in your favorite pass-the-time mass market paperback here.
Well, this is a train, and it ends up at Brighton Beach where you can buy borscht by the gallon, so… Anna Karenina.
New York’s spooOOOookiest train because… it’s, uh, orange like a jack-o-lantern and passes through Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage up at Fordham and… whatever. Frankenstein.
This is an excellent train. It takes you to Talde, the ground zero for everything Dale Talde and Asian-American—available now and here!
This is a very funny train to look at from the perspective of a bird. It starts in Queens then high-tails into Manhattan, then basically does a U-turn and goes back onto Long Island nearly forming a loop. I have never read The Return of the Native but it has the word “return” in it.
This train is only rumored to exist. Like the next Game of Thrones book.
If you look at this line on the map, you’ll see that the section which starts at Broad Street in Manhattan and ends at Cypress Hills in Queens really looks like it traces the profile of a leg, from foot to knee. But there’s a crook right at the bottom of the calf which unfortunately brings to mind Misery.
I dunno—the official Scrabble dictionary?
Hot, Flat, and Crowded.
Exquisite, short, and obscure. Like your chapbook of poetry.
This line begins in Greek Astoria and ends at the ocean, so we gotta go Odyssey.
This is constantly confused/paired with the N train. Iliad.
This right here is a great American train. From far-flung Bay Ridge, to downtown Brooklyn, through Wall Street and Midtown, and finally to sleepy Forest Hills. It’s a cross section. John Dos Passos’ USA Trilogy.
Lol just kidding
The walls look slightly whiter!
What are these things. What do they do.
August is a perfect month for reading because it is the last full month of summer before the sheer drop off into fall. That is, it combines the two best reasons to read: to pass the time, and to escape the present. It is basically equivalent to the interval between pulling the plug in the bathtub and the moment when the waterline dips below your body, exposing you to the cruel cold air of the world out there. It’s still warm; but the gurgling grows louder.
Here to introduce some fabulous new books this week—all perfect for August reading—is William Wordsworth:
What’s your favorite book store?
My favorite bookstore is Books, Inc. in San Francisco – I think I attended about a reading a week for a good two years there and those shelves started to feel like my living room.
OK, but you’re in New York now…
Still Books, Inc. Though I also like the Housing Works Bookstore.
What are you looking for?
What I’m looking for – My reading mind is split: I am a glutton for the beach read almost much as I crave a thought-provoking narrative account of history I haven’t heard before. I have always been attracted to women’s commercial fiction, spanning from chick lit all the way up to cozy stories, with a penchant for aspirational fiction. In terms of nonfiction, I want it to make me think and I want to learn something. I will read anything related to medicine and psychiatry and I will always make time for narrative history, science, addiction and recovery, drug reform, biography and memoir.
And what grabs you in a query?
A succinct pitch and ability to imagine where the book fits in the marketplace. Once I got a query that said a novel was a cross between THE ODYSSEY and THE BIBLE. That was a tough one.
What are you not looking for?
What I’m not looking for: literary fiction (with the extreme exception of a persuasive referral), historical fiction, poetry, political science, children’s, young adult, sci-fi, steampunk, or historical romance.
But if you were looking for historical romance… which era?
The 1990s are good.
InkWell Management salutes its client and friend Alan Cheuse who died recently. Not only was Alan a fine writer and good critic (NPR’s All Things Considered) but he was a dedicated teacher and enthusiastic supporter of other writers. From the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley (where he was teaching with InkWell colleagues two weeks ago) to his beloved George Mason University Graduate program, Alan was a beacon for the belief that well-crafted writing matters.
The Ten Steps of Publishing
Arbitrary honors are the best kind!
There are arbitrary honors like the participation ribbon you won at your junior high track meet, and then there are arbitrary honors that actually do reflect merit. Amazon’s “Best Books of the Year So Far” falls under that second category, and while we think they missed a few (for full list of who we think ought to have won, see: inkwellmanagement.com/clients), the ones they chose are unarguably deserving.
Business & Investing
Future Crimes—Marc Goodman (best in category)
Comics & Graphic Novels
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 – Noelle Stevenson
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
The Valiant – Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt
Stumptown Vol. e - Greg Rucka
Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Franklin Barbecue – Aaron Franklin & Jordan Mackay
Milk Bar Life – Christina Tosi
A Hint of Strangeness – Susan Isaacs
Literature & Fiction
Aquarium – David Vann
Future Crimes—Marc Goodman
Water to the Angels —Les Standiford
Four Nights with the Duke – Eloisa James
Teen & Young Adult
Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
That's right folks. FOX is letting you stream the first episode of Wayward Pines before it airs on television.
Don’t miss the special preview event of WAYWARD PINES’ first episode available now through THURSDAY, APRIL 30! No matter who you are or where you are in this big wide world, you too can stream the first episode of Wayward Pines, based on the books by Blake Crouch. Get ready for this amazing show by clicking the link below and watching what is sure to be a wild ride.
Forty-one years after the mega-hit Six Days of the Condor, the Condor has returned...
The Washington Post has an amazing review for James Grady’s RETURN OF THE CONDOR. Check out the link below.
The book is a hugely anticipated follow up to the hit SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR which James published forty-one years ago. That’s 1974, folks. Then Sydney Pollack made a movie version with Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway (and shaved three days off of the title), and the rest is history. Well—was history. Because it’s back.
Go read the review. Or buy the book, really. You’re going to want to anyway.
The Chicago Tribune loves Ross Ritchell's debut novel, calling it a "masterpiece".
The Chicago Tribune loves Ross Ritchell’s debut novel, comparing it to Phil Klay’s National Book Award winner Redeployment: “In 2014, the short stories in Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” were heralded as some of the most authentic wartime writing in our ever-changing post-9/11 world. In 2015, “The Knife,” another literary masterpiece, deserves the same praise for its portrayal of valor and the horrors of war.”
For the full review: http://trib.in/1Cjto9v
To pre-order The Knife: http://amzn.to/1vh35im
Fantastic PW review for Jessica Treadway's LACY EYE.
Publisher’s Weekly loves LACY EYE, a “...devastating portrait of a family torn apart from both the outside and within.” Read the full review here.
Available March 10 from Grand Central Publishing. Pre-order now!
Agent Monika Woods shares her must read baby books and looks for your recommendations.
My husband and I are having a baby in March and we are both big readers. We’ve been thinking about our own childhoods and how we both learned to love reading so early in life, and we hope that our child does too. It’s exciting to think about a teenaged version of our baby looking through our bookshelves someday and asking us what we think of a certain book. We’ve also been brainstorming ideas on how we can try to make sure our kid grows up to love books and we want to create reading experiences for our child.
I remember going to the library with my dad, and my mom suggesting book after book for me to read as a kid, and I can’t wait to do those things too. We’re going to have an alphabet poster on the wall, and tons of children’s books around way before the baby would ever be able to read them, just to be prepared!
For le bébé:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
I love this book so much I still own my own copy from when I was a child. To me it’s a classic.
My First Kafka by Matthue Roth
This book is actually one my husband is excited about and showed me! I think it’s really cute and funny, and hope it’ll inspire a future of reading…
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
I love the illustrations, the recurring characters, the rhyming, and Madeline herself. And I love how much fun Madeline has. These books were also favorites from my own childhood.
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
I’ve been enjoying this book because it feels like a battle plan to combat a my biggest fear, which is that the baby won’t stop crying. A lot of parents I know have enthusiastically recommended this one to me, which meant a lot and is the reason I bought it.
So, what recommendations do you have for new moms and babies? Tweet us your thoughts @InkWellMgmt
Author of The Hundred-Foot Journey highlights the importance of fostering understanding across cultures, languages, and borders through food.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Washington, DC-based nonprofit Global Ties U.S. is pleased to announce that Richard C. Morais will be named 2015 Citizen Diplomat of the Year, the organization’s highest honor. Mr. Morais is receiving this award for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary works. Most significant of these works isThe Hundred-Foot Journey, now an acclaimed motion picture of the same name starring Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
As the author said in a recent interview with Global Ties U.S., “All of my stories try and work out how you both honor a home culture and country, and yet deal with a world that is not static or homogenous.” The Hundred-Foot Journey—tracing the journey of Chef Hassan Haji from Bombay, India through England and ultimately to France—exemplifies the trials and triumphs that are a necessary part of bridging cultures and understanding between people and nations. Through its rich and imagery-filled exploration of the culinary world, the book also highlights how fostering common interests and passions between cultures can be an avenue for greater cooperation and tolerance.
The prestigious award will be presented to Mr. Morais during the Global Ties U.S. 2015 National Meeting, the premier gathering of organizations, U.S. government agencies, and leaders in the international exchange field. The National Meeting will take place February 4-7, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. It is sponsored and funded in part by the U.S. Department of State and will feature other distinguished speakers like Noble Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Costa Rica Oscar Arias; Kristin Lord, Ph.D., President and CEO of IREX; former Ambassador Marc Grossman; and Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Visit newdiplomacy.globaltiesus.org for more information.
“Global Ties U.S. and our network of more than 120 member organization across the United States and 13 countries are truly honored to have Mr. Morais accept our 2015 Citizen Diplomat of Year Award. Mr. Morais has a fascinating background full of cross-cultural experience—personally and professionally—that are the cornerstone of all his literary works, and this resonates very strongly with the nature of our own work as we strive to build a more prosperous and peaceful world,” said Jennifer Clinton, President of Global Ties U.S.
The Global Ties U.S. Citizen Diplomat of the Year Award is the organization’s most distinguished award, recognizing individuals who use their talents, time, and resources to be a force for connecting ordinary people across national borders. The award has been presented to nine individuals, beginning with Senator J. William Fulbright in 1987. Other recipients include John Richardson, a founder of the U.S. Institute of Peace (1990), poet and activist Maya Angelou (1993), Richard Stanley, founder of the Stanley Foundation (2000), Keith Reinhard, founder of Business for Diplomatic Action (2007), choreographer and dancer Garth Gagan (2008), travel author and television host Rick Steves (2009), Dr. Aaron Shirley, founder of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (2013), and the Taharka Bros. Ice Cream Co. in Baltimore, Maryland & De La Sol Haiti (2014). Mr. Morais’s novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, as well as his other literary works like Buddhaland Brooklyn: A Novel, demonstrate the importance of one of our core beliefs that inspire and guide the Global Ties network—that individuals must act locally to engage globally to solve our most pressing global challenges.
After six years at Foundry Literary + Media, literary agent Stephen Barbara will join InkWell Management, effective January 5th, 2015. Barbara, who was instrumental in building Foundry's books for young readers presence, will take all 50 of his clients with him.
His list of authors includes New York Times bestseller Lauren Oliver, Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, National Book Award nominee Lisa Graff, Indie bestseller Lynne Jonell, Edgar Award and Emmy winner Jack Ferraiolo, #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Ricardo Cortes, international bestseller Todd Strasser, President of the Board of Directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards Paul Tremblay, and Sam Munson, whose novel “The November Criminals” is in development with Chloe Moretz attached to star and Sacha Gervasi attached to direct the film adaptation. Barbara also represents young novelists such as Robert L. Anderson, Lexa Hillyer, Chelsey Philpot, Jess Rothenberg, and Leila Sales, in addition to the companies Paper Lantern Lit and The Story Pirates.
Richard Pine, who co-founded InkWell along with Kimberly Witherspoon and Michael Carlisle ten years ago, said of the move, “We welcome Stephen and his amazing clients to InkWell with great joy and excitement and look forward to helping him and them experience the kind of success they imagine in their wildest dreams.”
Commenting on the change, Barbara said: “I look forward to joining the superb InkWell team. It’s an agency I’ve long admired, and I couldn’t miss the chance to work with such a world-class group of authors’ representatives.”
In the spirit of end-of-year top ten lists, here are my top ten memorable reading experiences from the last year. Some were published this year or very recently and some were published a while ago. I would recommend any of them to anyone looking for any kind of gift for any kind of person. Buy them! -William
Robert Walser, Translated by Damion Searls
New York Review of Books, 2013
Part of this book is a series of essays and the idea is that Walser is writing in character as a young schoolboy and anyone who still has memories of high school will laugh nervously and uncomfortably all through the one on Nature which begins, “It is hard to write about Nature, especially for someone in grade A-2,” and ends with, “There’s the bell.” Word count! Torturing young people for at least 110 years!
Earlier this year I had my first and only bout with short-term insomnia. It went away. During my childhood I experienced a handful of what I guess sort of popularly goes these days by “night terrors”: I would wake up in an excited state and overcome with a desire to escape something. And in college I remember smoking pot, closing my eyes, and suddenly looking over high ridge onto a vast field that was punctuated every few miles by giant castles shaped like those cat statuettes in Chinese restaurant windows, and all the while endless saffron banners dropped silently from the sky. It wasn’t cute. It was awful, I promise.
But all in all I have rarely had problems with sleeping or nightmares or anything like that. Then I got Columbine and read that Eric Harris “shared his dreams in Internet chat rooms. He described them vividly to online chicks. In one, he was suspended inside a small dank room, like the interior hull of a ship. Futuristic yet decaying old computer screens lined the walls, covered with dust and mold and vines. The moon provided the only light, trickling dimly in through the portals, shadows creeping all around. A vast sea rose and fell monotonously. Nothing happened. Eric was overjoyed.”
And I had nightmares for several nights.
Edited by Elizabeth Longford
Oxford University Press, 1989
I like this book so much because you can open it to any page and be pretty much guaranteed to see the word “Duke” or “Princess” or “licentious”. Also, I liked that it included a story about a rich American who after the Revolutionary War thought that George III wasn’t all that bad and said “I should like to smoke a pipe with him” which means that Americans have been administering “the beer test” to our potential leaders since the very beginning. Cool!
Nicolae Ceauşescu killed a lot of bears!
St. Martin’s, 1998
This is the best novel I’ve read in a long time. It was recommended to me by a good friend who knows about these things. She was right, but this particular copy, published in 1998, (it was written in 1948) also comes with another recommendation printed on the cover from one J.K. Rowling, helpfully identified under her blurb as “author of the Harry Potter series” which looks funny now, but must have been necessary in 1998 when Harry Potter was only a year into publication. This book is perfect. It’s about a down-and-out family who live in a drafty castle with basically no money. If it ended there, after the first thirty or so pages, I would like this book a lot, and return in my memory to that happily drafty castle. But then there are these strangers who show up, fall in love with the castle—and with the girls!—and we’re off to the races. I want to read this book again, and I want a castle.
Man, I don’t want to be at a party with any of these people!
Usborne, date unknown
These are illustrated stories of children around the world, in space, and throughout time having adventures and stumbling into puzzles. You, the reader, have to solve these puzzles in order to continue the story. I recently bought these again after having read them many, many times as a child, and I was stumped by exactly the same puzzle that infuriated me as a child—one of the first in “The Ghost In the Mirror,” in which you are supposed to figure out how to get into Grimstone Manor by looking at the cluttered front yard and seeing what items could be combined to make an entry contraption for a second-story window. SPOILER: it is a completely baloney solution involving an inexplicably snow-white tire and a rope, and it made no sense when I was ten, and it makes no sense now, and in reality those kids would never have made it into Grimstone Manor, which is all for the best because there really actually is indeed a ghost in the mirror.
This is a giant book of portraits by August Sander (died 1964), whose life project over was to photograph as many German people as he could. He got a lot of them. I bought this beautiful book from the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street (RIP). He labeled all of the portraits by occupation or social role, and my favorite is one labeled “Kinetics Researcher from Vienna” who is just a man walking in his underwear (I’m a kinetics researcher too!), and my least favorite is “Explosion Victim.”
Abrams, 2003 and 2005
These are both collections of gorgeous and wonderful photos of rich people around the world from the 1950s through the 1980s and I like to look at them and make myself feel better by thinking: “And yet none of you had the internet.”
This is an unbelievable biography of a hard-to-believe man. I knew next to nothing about him when I picked this book up, and I could have read this as a novel if I’d wanted to. It’s so vivid and active, and rejects completionism and instead focuses on exemplary episodes from the man’s life. This is a great way to write biographies, I think. And a perfect way to read them. I’ve never read a biography which so well got to the heart of the problem of writing about someone who is so detestable and yet also so admirable and gifted and influential—and which doesn’t short-change any of those dimensions. This book is better than the man it’s about.
A sincere congratulations to our InkWell authors who were included in Amazon's Best Books of 2014.
There were some delicious, bold and brave picks this year. See below for the full list.
Galadrielle Allman - PLEASE BE WITH ME
Simon Sinek - LEADERS EAT LAST
Michael Koryta - THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD
Mira Gonzalez - I WILL NEVER BE BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE US BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER
Yotam Ottolenghi - PLENTY MORE
Marcus Samuelsson - MARCUS OFF DUTY
Gabrielle Hamilton - PRUNE
Elosia James - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X
Robert Harris - AN OFFICER AND A SPY
Congratulations to the following InkWell Authors who made the Goodreads Best Books of 2014 list. Cast your votes today! The semifinals are posted, and here are some of our beloved books that deserve your votes and adds to the your 'To Be Read' lists.
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Fiction)
The Last Town by Blake Crouch (Horror)
Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney (Humor)
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Humor)
Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers (Memoir & Autobiography)
Thrive by Arianna Huffington (Business)
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek (Business)
Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Food & Cookbooks)
Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen (Food & Cookbooks)
Don and Rosie are back! Simsion created these delightful characters in his acclaimed first novel, The Rosie Project (a LibraryReads top pick).
Now they are living in New York City, where Don is a visiting professor at Columbia University’s medical school and Rosie is working on her PhD. Marriage has complicated Don’s life, but he is coping. Rosie convinced him to give up the standardized meal system and told him that sex could not be scheduled. As Don determines other ways to manage their lives with the utmost efficiency, Rosie announces that they have something to celebrate. She says, “We are pregnant.” This declaration throws Don into a tailspin, but he manages to bounce back. Comic adventures follow as he researches pregnancy, how to be a dad, and dealing with Rosie’s late-night cravings.
VERDICT: Readers who loved the first book are in for another treat.
Pre-order THE ROSIE EFFECT here.
On September 23, 2014, almost 75 years after her grandfather, one of the most famous European art dealers disembarked in New York, one of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France, Anne Sinclair sat down with Kati Marton at La Maison Française NYU to discuss My Grandfather’s Gallery, available now.
Leaving behind his beloved Paris gallery, Paul Rosenberg had managed to save his family, but his paintings—modern masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Monet, Sisley, and others—were not so fortunate. As he fled, dozens of works were seized by Nazi forces and the art dealer’s own legacy was eradicated.
Anne Sinclair is Paul Rosenberg’s granddaughter. For thirteen years she was the host of 7 sur 7, a weekly news and politics television series that had some of the highest ratings in France. The director of French Huffington Post, Sinclair has written two bestselling books on politics: My Grandfather’s Gallery is her first memoir.
Janine di Giovanni is a frontline reporter. It's a job that many may not understand but, now is the time to understand it. With the recent beheading of James Foley we can no longer turn a blind eye to those who risk their lives to give us the news.
“Like many families of those who simply disappear and go missing, James Foley’s were no different. They believed that one day their son, who had gone missing before Thanksgiving 2012 in Syria, would walk through the door.
Jim was smart. Jim was brave. Jim was a good guy. Because of these traits, his family and his closest friends held out hope and refused to believe he was really gone.
Nicole Tung, who had been with Foley just before he was kidnapped and returned several times alone to northern Syria to search for her friend, was not giving up hope. Sometimes, while working in Aleppo, she would disappear to meet with someone to try to find out if her friend was being held in certain prisons, if he was safe, if he was still alive.”
"My surreal journey into the world of movie-making started long before my family and I walked down the red carpet two weeks ago. That was the night producers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Juliet Blake showcased their beautiful film of The Hundred-Foot Journey, my novel about a young Indian chef who becomes a three-star chef in Paris."
“One of the most memorable moments actually happened last fall, when my wife and I visited the film set an hour outside of Toulouse, the mud fields where director Lasse Hallström and a long list of major-league talent, including actors Helen Mirren and Om Puri, were miraculously turning my little tale into a big-screen fable. Oprah Winfrey wanted to meet me, and so my wife and I nervously made our way to the producer’s tent, near the old farmhouse that had been turned into an Indian restaurant. Inside the tent, which was filled with lush platters of fruit, Oprah strode forward, shook my hand, and told me how much she enjoyed the book and how surprised she was to learn I wasn’t Indian. It was a bit like being summoned by the Queen—I babbled like an idiot.
But then I heard the voice I have had in my head for 17 years. It was my character, Madame Mallory, and I looked around for the source. There, on a small monitor in the tent, was a close-up of Helen Mirren, perfectly channeling my creation. I became a little emotional. “You must forgive me,” I stammered, “but it’s a bit overwhelming. This is my 100-foot journey.” Oprah fixed me with her leonine stare for a moment and said, “Richard, let’s face it. This is a lot more than a 100 feet.”
Oprah was right. The next night, I sat down in the catering tent alongside a costumed Mirren and Puri, in effect dining with the characters I had created. I marvelled at how I had started writing The Hundred-Foot Journeyin the late 1990s, and how, for a good decade, I was simply unable to get published anywhere in the U.S. or Britain. My break came in 2008, when HarperCollins India first published my little book. Soon afterward, Juliet Blake optioned the book’s film rights, and as the book went on to become an international best seller, published in 30 territories around the world, my persistent producer got Spielberg’s DreamWorks and Oprah’s Harpo Films on board.
One day, Juliet called me up and said, “Richard, we have a draft of Steven Knight’s script. But I am not going to show it to you.” She was trying to protect me, but the reporter’s instinct kicked in, and I got my hands on the script in progress—only to freak out. I was upset by the plot changes and liberties taken with my story, and contacted my old friend in London, the writer Kazuo Ishiguro, for advice. “Hold on, Richard. Look at the names involved in your film,” Ish said. “You know that sort of talent won’t make a truly bad film of your book.” Well, OK, I could accept that. “If they make a film that isn’t as good as your book, every review will say, ‘Go read the book, it’s so much better than the film.’ And, if it’s a really good film, everyone will go read your book, anyway. So, you’re really in a win-win situation.” Ish was of course right. I chilled out.
On the day of the premiere in New York, a black Mercedes whisked my wife, daughter, and I to the Ziegfeld Theater for our red-carpet strut. Lights flashed as we had to look this way and that; reporters from Vanity Fair to Mexican television thrust microphones into my face. I adored the attention.
The hand-picked Ziegfeld audience was very generous, breaking out in raucous clapping as names scrolled during the credits, my posse of boisterous brothers and sisters-in-law taking up a row. I was deeply touched by Hallström’s film and what everyone from production designer David Gropman to composer A.R. Rahman had created. Yes, the film’s plot was somewhat different from my book, but they nailed the book’s spirit and characters.
There was, briefly, a tense moment when A.O. Scott of The New York Times shredded the film, as my other hometown critics at The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Daily News, and the Village Voice generally gave a thumbs up. The Scott review reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., who said watching a critic tear apart a novel is like watching a person “put on full armor” to attack a “banana split.” Luckily, audiences took issue with Scott’s assessment. The film’s opening weekend box office of $11 million surpassed expectations, and it was the only just-released film that earned an A in audience exit polls.
My lesson from all of this: Don’t micromanage real talent. Let them own the project and make it theirs. They’ll generally rise to the challenge and make you proud—as I am.”
First published on August 15th on Barrons.
"I couldn’t stop reading this, but I can’t remember the last time a book made me want to crawl out of my own skin...."
“Chapter by chapter, it is shockingly cynical and infected with a strain of humor so toxic that it should come with a bottle of Purell…You wouldn’t want to vacation with this monster [Dr. Marc Schlosser] — or sit on his cold examining table, but seeing him splayed out here on Koch’s pages is ghoulishly fascinating.” - Ron Charles, The Washington Post
Click here to read the full article.
Click here to preview and purchase.
Amazon recently published its 'Best Books of the Year So Far' list and we’re pleased that several InkWell clients were featured in various genres. See below for full details.
Biographies and Memoirs
“Galadrielle Allman offers a moving and poetic portrait of her late father.”— Rolling Stone
Business and Leadership
“In Thrive, Arianna urges all of us to get in touch with who we really are so that we can live life on our own terms. From the importance of sleep to the imperative to listen to our own inner voice for ways to deal with the daily time crunches we all feel, this book lays out a path for each of us to look within and make our lives more authentic and fulfilling.” -Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In
“As refreshingly simple and easy to follow as it is thought-provoking” -Management Today
“A present-day fairy tale that practically sparkles with its own icy menace…[a] memorable and ultimately moving novel for young readers.” - The Wall Street Journal
Humor and Entertainment
“A vividly crafted series of essays…a charmingly candid collection.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Fascinating…While “American Crucifixion” masters its setting and era, the book’s greatest contribution is its dramatic account of the events, as acted out by many memorable characters… “American Crucifixion” paints a brilliant picture of religious experimentation, public intolerance and the making of a martyr.” - Chicago Tribune
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
“Elegantly written…Koryta shows great sensitivity in examining how each brother deals with these parallel tragedies.”—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
* A special congratulations to Michael Koryta as Those Who Wish Me Dead is the overall best book of 2014 (so far).
“[A] superb historical thriller. . . . Thick with scenes of code-breaking, covert surveillance, hairsbreadth escapes and violent death.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Romance writing does not get much better than this.” -People
Click here to see the full list of winners.
Elin Hilderbrand is known as "The Queen of the Summer Novel" for her 13 books set on the sandy shores of Nantucket. On Thursday, June 12th, Elin talked with "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about how her cancer diagnosis coincided with a subject in her newest book, THE MATCHMAKER.
“I cannot help but draw parallels with the protagonist of The Matchmaker, Dabney Kimball Beech. I spent many months trying to put myself in Dabney’s penny loafers, asking myself: What would it feel like to find out you had cancer? How would you react? Would you do things differently? Would you do things the same? I tell my audiences that I don’t write from real life, and yet I had Dabney handle her situation the way I thought I would have. She is brave, she prays, she sets her affairs in order, she smiles, she cherishes the days she has left, and she is most worried for the people she is leaving behind.
I told myself that if I could write a character like Dabney, then I could be like Dabney. I would accept the fact that my body and its current failings were my own, and I would fight and I would smile and I would do everything in my power to live to write thirteen more novels and sit on my throne and let the ocean lap at my feet.”
Click here to watch the full video of Elin on CBS This Morning.
Click here to read her inspiring story on the Huffington Post.
"Books make readers happier, healthier. Better." -Richard Pine, InkWell Managing Partner
On March 10th at the18th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards, InkWell partner, Richard Pine, was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Richard represents authors who inspire him and helps them build wide, loyal readerships. His clients include a diverse group of novelists, journalists, and subject-specific experts whose ideas and narratives challenge, thrill and enrich readers’ lives and minds, including Andrew Weil, Susan Orlean, Erin Morgenstern, Arianna Huffington, Andre Agassi, Katherine Dunn, Michael Koryta, Martin Seligman, Mark Hyman, Christopher Reich, Susan Cain and Donald Ray Pollock.
Pine thanked Scott Manning and the Books for a Better Life Board, Jenny Powers and her associates at the MS Society, his wife Nancy, his fellow InkWell partners Kim Witherspoon and Michael Carlisle, his InkWell colleagues and his wonderful clients. He concluded his speech by thanking his father, “the late, great Arthur Pine”.
“On most days,” he said, “I still think that I’m just a figment of his gracious and loving imagination.”
What an amazing time to celebrate Women’s History Month. All month we'll be celebrating women of the literary persuasion.
Fresh off the heels of an incredible Oscar’s event with Lupita Nyong’o becoming the first black female to win Best Supporting Actress for her remarkable role in 12 Years A Slave, we couldn’t be more excited to reflect this month on the many accomplishments of women across the globe and of the literary persuasion.
Stay tuned for pieces from authors highlighting four legendary women throughout history and podcasts from Vicki Leon celebrating the Uppity Women of the last 4,000 years. We’re all set to celebrate history.
A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science.
Ophelia and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.
As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.
A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.
Praise for OPHELIA AND THE MARVELOUS BOY:
“A present-day fairy tale that practically sparkles with its own icy menace…[a] memorable and ultimately moving novel for young readers.”—The Wall Street Journal
“A well-wrought, poignant and original reworking of Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen.’”—Kirkus, Starred Review
“Foxlee’s writing is elegant and accessible, with a pervading melancholy… this story shines.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Author of "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" Simon Sinek joins the CBS This Morning co-hosts to discuss what makes a good leader and the future of American business.
As he did in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories from a wide range of examples, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking. The biology is clear: when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader’s vision and their organization’s interests. It’s amazing how well it works.
Click here to watch Simon discussing the future of American business and why the best leaders eat last.
How do you prepare for your very first Vogue cover shoot? Just ask Lena Dunham.
In Vogue’s original short, directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Lena Dunham gets a lesson from Hamish Bowles—with a special assist from supermodels past and present.
Produced by Supermarché, in association with Moxie Pictures.
An adorable must watch. Click here to see the video.
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY CLUB, inspired by Richard C. Morais’ international bestselling novel, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, (Scribner 2011) has officially launched.
Soon to be a major motion picture (August 2014) starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Dayal, directed by Lasse Hallström, and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, DreamWorks Studios, and Participant Media, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY seeks to inspire in all of us a commitment to live courageously.
A Hundred-Foot Journey begins the moment you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm well beyond your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better.
We’ve launched THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY CLUB to collect and share these journeys. Anyone who has made, or dreams of making, a Hundred-Foot Journey can join. Our goal is to build a community of people who embrace the idea that even the smallest events and initiatives can be the most powerful catalysts of personal transformation.
If you have a Hundred-Foot Journey story you’d like to share, please write it (500-700 word limit) or make a short video and send it to Journey@100footjourneyclub.com. Every month we will pick the story we find most moving, and the contributor will receive a signed copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey. Additionally, one story will be selected and awarded a special honor prior to the release of the film.
We look forward to hearing from you and being inspired by your journeys.
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Praise for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY:
“Outstanding!! Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking.” —Anthony Bourdain
“This novel, of mythic proportions yet told with truly heartfelt realism, is a stunning tribute to the devotion of family and food, in that order.”—Booklist (Starred Review)
“The novel’s charm lies in its improbability: it’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ meets ‘Ratatouille.’” —New York Times Book Review
“Serious foodies will swoon. Morais throws himself into the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event.” —Washington Post Book Review
“Hilarious romp through life, love and the workings of a French kitchen.” —O, Magazine
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In PAT AND DICK, biographer Will Swift brings his years of experience as a historian and as a marital therapist to this unique examination of a long-misunderstood marriage.
“Richard and Pat Nixon may have had a turbulent, 53-year marriage—but their relationship was also widely misunderstood, says presidential biographer Will Swift in his new book, Pat & Dick: The Nixons, an Intimate Portrait of a Marriage. Swift shares some of the surprisingly sweet aspects of their marriage, as well as some of the romantic missives the couple wrote to each other.”
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PAT AND DICK available now.
Praise for PAT AND DICK :
“The marriage of Richard and Pat Nixon undergoes sharp analysis by Swift…a nuanced portrait…a model of well-documented revisionist history.”—Kirkus (starred review)
“With an eye for the telling detail, Will Swift deftly revises our view of the Nixon marriage, showing that the reserve the couple displayed in public masked a deep love and abiding respect. The marriage underwent strains that would test even the strongest ties, and Swift is frank in assessing these. He uses his expertise as a psychologist to compare the Nixon marriage to others—in the ups and downs, the use of varying techniques to preserve the union, and the differing needs of the two partners. Even readers who thought they fully understood “Plastic Pat” and “Tricky Dick” will be enlightened by Swift’s perspective and delighted with his vivid descriptions.”—Betty Boyd Caroli, author of First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
“The daunting challenge in writing a dual biography, particularly one about a president and First Lady, is composing the subjects in a comfortable balance, so that one does not eclipse the other. Swift meets this challenge brilliantly, and his Nixons—equally fascinating—illuminate each other. The result is an insightful and engaging book.” —Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage
Agent William Callahan lists his top books for 2013 and has us traveling through the decades with his thoughtful and offbeat picks.
The following are my favorite ten (well, technically eleven) books from 2013, books that I would unhesitatingly recommend you buy as a gift for someone. While I tried to constrain this to books that published in 2013, I didn’t. In no particular order:
Translated from the Turkish by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk
Persea Books, 2009
Hikmet is apparently the foremost modern poet in the Turkish language, and this is an epic political poem that he began while in prison in 1941. He looks very dashing on the cover of the book,like a cross between John Cleese and Fred Gwynne. I don’t know if it’s beautiful, but it’s consistently interesting, which is a tall enough order for a novel in verse, and it’s filled with lines that I would not be displeased to see tattooed on other people, like: “To kids and cats // prison or paradise—it’s all the same” and “The destiny // of iron // coal // and sugar” and “The road is wide // and long. // And littered”. This is true! Especially Bedford Avenue south of Atlantic Avenue. And the late 20th century.
Caleb Crain Penguin, 2013
This one is beautiful, for sure.It’s about an American in Prague in the 90s, so there’s great stuff in here about a society just unthawing from a long, deep freeze, and characters are uncomfortably, perilously real seeming, but I was most moved by the depiction of what dating was like when people relied on landlines. Eek!
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013
Oxford University Press, 2001
I picked up the first one and then saw the second at Unnamable Books in Prospect Heights. As I was buying it, the bookstore guy said something about how much better it sounded than the “new one”—i.e. Constellation of Genius 1922—and I said I was reading that one too, and enjoying it, and then the rest of the transaction was conducted in polite silence. I kind of understand what he meant, but he’s wrong. They’re complementary. Constellation, most fun in its footnotes, is full of great gossip (jeez, Joyce saw a lot of eye doctors!), and is weirdly, entertainingly interested in rehabilitating the forgotten silent star Harold Lloyd, and Reading 1922 is a bit denser (there’s a lot about Tractatus which is pleasantly easy to pretend to read). So they fit perfectly together, although Jackson does directly dispute North on when Egypto-mania swept America and Europe, before or after Tutankhamun. But anyway, what’s better than a combination of light and dense? Like whipped cream on top of some kind of dense dessert thing.
St. Martin’s Press, 2013
I was flipping through this book in the Strand and started crying. It’s very funny and very beautiful, but everyone already knows this. Good luck getting a copy from Amazon. KONY 2012; HONY 2013.
Text by Richard Garfield
Garfield Games, 1994
I got this book sometime around 1995, and I think the game only came into commercial existence in 1994? There’s some fabulously funny stories from the early days of Magic development (“Control Magic” actually really did exchange ownership of the actual card!),and some choice FAQ and support ephemera (instructions on where to find the support office in Freegate, a MUD accessible at something called “Illuminati Online”) but the greatness of this book is in the extremely strange and incredibly unnecessary short story that introduces what is, essentially, an instruction manual. It involves someone named Thomil, someone named Worzel, and a demon, familiar to all planeswalkers, named the Pit Lord. It is as gripping as I imagine top-notch chess fan fiction might be. I have read this book hundreds of times.
This is a great book. It takes its name from the Anna Akhmatova poem (“Madness has already covered // Half my soul with its wing, // And gives to drink of a fiery wine // And beckons into the dark valley.”), which is great, but I don’t even think the best title possibility from that stanza. A Fiery Wine! C’mon Piers! The chapters alternate between checking in with the US, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Russia, and Japan, and, like the title promises, it is the 1930s, so there’s some bleak stuff in here, no joke. The author is transcendently knowledgeable, though, and his vantage enables him to see the gallows humor in the decade-long death march. Like, echoes of Rodgers and Hart in “Peroxided, powdered, and rouged, he dressed up (or, rather, was dressed by his valet) in comic opera uniforms,green silk pantaloons, violet kimonos and purple togas, holding the ensemble together with jewelled brooches, gold sashes, and gem-encrusted belts.” Göring! What not to wear!
This is a novel about a mouse leading a slave revolt against a seaside fort, which is simultaneously being besieged by a pirate, who is a rat. A+++++++++ When I was young, when it was perhaps more appropriate that I was reading this book, my older brother presented me a mouse that had been caught and killed in a mousetrap we had in the basement. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Two great new histories of WWI.Clark’s is a throwback to Harold Nicolson-style diplomatic history, nicely appropriate for an era when foreign policy was still in its striped pants. In its reconstruction of all the crazily freelancing characters, it shows what Hastings simply states in his book: “The only untenable view of the July crisis is that was the consequence of a series of accidents.” Hastings is on the side of historians who place most blame at Germany’s feet, while Clark refrains from commentary. But, yeah, it was the Kaiser. The nice thing about WWI [sic] is that it seems to have less a clawhold in American imaginations, so the cycle of reinterpretation can move more quickly than more recent events and World Wars. Demonstrated in Hastings’ dismissal of the myth that crowds across Europe spontaneously rose up in joy at the first bugle call. It turns out that more than a few of them were busy with things like farming and being alive.
Wordsworth Editions, first
Tiberius! No! Bad!
This is a brilliant novel that will be taught for years to come in writing classes as a perfectly plotted story. More importantly, it is absolutely riveting and ingenious, and many, many people have discovered that, and many, many more people deserve the opportunity to.
LIFE AFTER LIFE by award winning author Kate Atkinson has topped several Best Books of 2013 including The New York Times Book Review, Time, Good Reads and Publisher’s Lunch.
LIFE AFTER LIFE tells the story of Ursula Todd, the third child of a wealthy family born on a cold night in 1910. Ursula dies before she can take her first breath and yet on that same night, Ursula Todd is born again; letting out a lusty wail and embarking upon a life that is far from typical. As Ursula grows, she also dies, repeatedly in numerous ways, for in Ursula rests the fate of civilization.
Time Magazine said of the title, “Life After Life rhymes and chimes and harmonizes with itself, adding layers of complexity as it goes, in a bravura performance as great as anything published so far this millennium. Particularly as it all serves a story that is, in its essence, primally simple: like all of us, Ursula wishes only to live her best life, to be who she ought to be — watching her try and fail and ultimately triumph in this basic human task is the most thrilling and moving experience fiction has to offer this year.”
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award and she has been an international bestselling author ever since with over a million copies of her books sold in the U.S. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, One Good Turn and many more.
LIFE AFTER LIFE was first published by Little Brown & Co. in April 2013. Kate Atkinson is represented by Kimberly Witherspoon.
Praise for LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson:
“An audacious, ambitious book that challenges notions of time, fate and free will, not to mention narrative plausibility…[Atkinson’s] writing is funny and quirky and sharp and sad - calamity laced with humor - and full of quietly heroic characters who offer knowing Lorrie Moore-esque parenthetical asides…Atkinson’s true genius is structure…Each version is entirely and equally credible.” - Sarah Lyall, New York Times
“An exercise in narrative gutsiness; a meditation on history, contingency, and free will; and the best new novel I’ve read this year.” - Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine
“A densely layered, century-sprawling work that is a formidable bid for the brass ring of the U.K.‘s prestigious Man Booker Prize. Life After Life is a drama of failures and providential rebirths…High-concept premise…A deft and convincing portrayal of an English family’s evolution across two world wars…Marvelous…Not only does she bring characters to life with enviable ease, she has an almost offhand knack for vivid scene-setting ...Her storytelling prowess is on fullest display in a gorgeous and nerve-racking novella-length chapter set during the Blitz ... It’s spellbindingly done.” - Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating… A tour de force that ponders memory and déjà vu-and puts history on a very human scale.” - Parade
In Portland’s restaurant galaxy, Le Pigeon,Toro Bravo and Pok Pok are among the brightest constellations; their chefs— Gabriel Rucker,John Gorham and Andy Ricker, respectively—its most vivid stars.
In Portland’s restaurant galaxy, Le Pigeon,Toro Bravo and Pok Pok are among the brightest constellations; their chefs— Gabriel Rucker,John Gorham and Andy Ricker, respectively—its most vivid stars. If we end up looking back on 2013 as the year of the Portland cookbook, that will be due, in large part, to these three chefs choosing to put down their knives for a spell and sharpening their pencils instead.
Their cooking styles—Rucker’s Southeast Portland spin on French classics, Gorham’s Spanish tapas served fast, hot and always family-style; Ricker’s bona fide Northern Thai dishes reconstructed with an engineer’s sense of precision—could hardly be more different. Yet combined, this trio has helped make Portland a dining destination and the background flavor of countless special anniversaries, birthdays, first dates and first stops by visiting guests. And now you can bring those flavors home. Click here to read the full story on Oregon Live.
Bainbridge Island author Carol Cassella’s forthcoming novel “Gemini” (Simon & Schuster, March 2014) was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s BuzzBooks contest at the group’s annual tradeshow.
Bainbridge Island author Carol Cassella’s forthcoming novel “Gemini” (Simon & Schuster, March 2014) was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s BuzzBooks contest at the group’s annual tradeshow.
The tradeshow was Oct. 6-8 in Portland, Ore. More than 150 booksellers and librarians from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska visited publishers on the tradeshow floor to listen to pitches for some of the most anticipated titles from those presses. Participants then voted for the book they felt generated the most buzz to share with their customers and patrons. Click here to read the full story.
I’m reading The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell—a fictionalized account of a deadly dance hall explosion in West Table, Missouri in 1929. It’s a quietly powerful novel—a novella, really, but more densely packed with keen human insight, nuanced characters, and acute plotting than most 400 page books.
What are you reading?
I’m reading The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell—a fictionalized account of a deadly dance hall explosion in West Table, Missouri in 1929. It’s a quietly powerful novel—a novella, really, but more densely packed with keen human insight, nuanced characters, and acute plotting than most 400 page books. The axis of Woodrell’s story is Alma, a maid whose beloved sister Ruby died in the fire. Through her recounting of the tragedy—the conspiracies that surround it and the lives that were lost—we come away with a masterful portrait of rural life in during the Depression, complete with its social, financial, and more grapplings. What drew you to the book? Well, first of all, Daniel Woodrell’s name on the cover! That pretty much sold it to me. I loved The Death of Sweet Mister and Winter’s Bone. Woodrell can conjure an entire lifetime in a few sentences without sacrificing nuance or clarity. What did you love about the book? In this age of flamboyantly dramatic thrillers, psychological and otherwise, the dextrous restraint of Woodrell’s story and the haunting poetics of his writing are a respite and revelation. Ivy Pochoda is the author of VISITATION STREET. “A crowd gathers on the corner of Visitation Street after the disappearance of two local girls—one of whom has washed up on shore, barely alive—and our narrator teases: “The story develops slowly.” The same can be said of Ivy Pochoda’s atmospheric debut, which is as much an ode to the ragged neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn as it is a slow-burning mystery. At times I felt I was reading of some foreign or forgotten city, a moody and crumbling place in the shadow of Manhattan. While the damaged-goods characters are quite memorable—a woman spends her days “speaking” to her dead husband; a music teacher drinks to oblivion, haunted by his dead mother; an immigrant shop owner dreams of a better Red Hook—the star here is “the Hook.” One character describes it as “a neighborhood of ghosts,” where trash rolls like tumbleweed—hazy, smelly, noisy, blue collar, crime-ridden, yet full of heart and hope. Says one character, who wants to flee Red Hook in the boat his murdered father left him: “It’s not such a bad place … if you look under the surface.” The same can be said of Visitation Street, a deceptively literary tale that brings to mind its benefactor, Denis Lehane, who published the book under his new imprint.—Neal Thompson” Praise for VISITATION STREET: “A powerfully beautiful novel” - Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review (New York Times Book Review) “A stunner of a literary thriller. Grade A-” -Entertainment Weekly (Entertainment Weekly) “Utterly transporting.”-People (People)