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"The violence of forgetting"
"Why a Therapist Says Tapping Into Your Emotions Is the Secret to a Cleaner Space"
"A novelist's time in the MMA cage informed his book on memory loss and identity"
Mason Hereford Makes an Elevated Bologna Sandwich
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The 15 Best Romance Novels of 2022 That’ll Give You All the ~Feels~
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22 Summer Reads From 2022 That Need to Be in Your Beach Bag
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Paramount+ has handed a series order to School Spirits (w/t), a YA drama based on Nate & Megan Trinrud and Maria Nguyen’s upcoming graphic novel, with Peyton List (Cobra Kai) attached to star.
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"Hell Is a Cruise Ship at the Beginning of the Pandemic"
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ACTIVE MEASURES by Thomas Rid is the first book recommended on this list, in the New York Times :
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New York Times best-selling author Eliot Schrefer discusses his inspiration for writing “Queer Ducks (and Other Animals)”
Terry Real, author of US, in the New York Times
Paradise by the Patchogue Ferry: A Hundred Years on Fire Island
Summer reading recommendations for middle schoolers!
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Emily Henry calls the book "a gorgeous coming of age story."
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Reconnect with Yourself, Heal from Pain and Learn How to Thrive through the Power of Your Relationships.
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The superstar musician reveals his struggles with depression and how Terrence Real, author of the new book “Us”—which is excerpted here—helped him heal his relationships.
"The high volume of events, combined with Smith’s delightfully galvanic style, creates a sense of participation for the reader, a welcome involvement—even friendship—with Teenager’s young and troubled kids on the run."
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"Two teens set out to be a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in the new novel 'Teenager'"
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"Mixing bold ingredients and techniques, this enthralling collection will satisfy vegans and carnivores alike."
"Are China and the United States on a Collision Course to War?"
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Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed & Eugene Lee Yang To Topline Animated Pic From Netflix and Annapurna
Based on ND Stevenson’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel! Check out the Deadline announcement here.
Molly Shannon Is as Real as Ever in Her Charming Memoir Hello, Molly!
“For every story of loss, of striving, and of doubling down in Hello, Molly!, there is also a determination to find joy and pleasure, to foster community, and to laugh.”
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“I think this book is exactly what the world needs right now… I hope everybody buys the book. I promise you it will be worth your time and certainly worth your focus.” --Oprah
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How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
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‘You laugh until you cry’: a Laguna-born novelist on his deep dysfunctional comedies
“For Ginder, it seems, there are no small stories, just those that haven’t yet been told.” Read the article here!
The Macfarlane Burnet Medal 2022 is a career medal recognising research of the highest standing in the biological sciences. His innovative work spans locust swarms to nutrition.
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The hidden power of sad songs and rainy days
Have you ever wondered why you like sad music? Do you find comfort or inspiration in rainy days? In this profound, poetic talk, author Susan Cain invites you to embrace the feeling of longing—or the place where joy and sorrow meet – as a gateway to creativity, connection and love. Accompanied by the splendid sounds of violinist Min Kym, Cain meditates on how heartache unexpectedly brings us closer to the sublime beauty of life.
Rupert Russell lays out a connection between financial speculation, hunger, and war.
In his new book “Price Wars: How the Commodities Markets Made Our Chaotic World,” writer and filmmaker Rupert Russell argues that the modern era of algorithm-driven speculation has normalized unpredictable price swings in commodity markets and turned prices into “engines of chaos.” Russell joins Ryan Grim to discuss. Listen to the podcast here.
Christina Tosi, founder of Milk Bar, shares her favorite Dirty Dessert Secrets!
Watch Chef Christina Tosi on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where she discusses her new book, Dessert Can Save the World, and shares unique Dirty Dessert Secrets (Hot cocoa mixed with maple syrup, cake mix with mountain dew… and more creative combinations!) Watch the full clip here.
Lee Kravetz speaks to WBUR about his new novel, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.
“Journalist and psychotherapist Lee Kravetz is the author of “The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.” Plath’s “present and incurrent” voice in “The Bell Jar” is part of what makes this journey through a manic episode relevant 60 years later, he says.” Read the full article here!
We’re thrilled to share that InkWell client, Frank Huyler’s White Hot Lights, is a finalist for the 2021 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature. The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature is attributed each year by the Jan Michalski Foundation to crown a work of world literature. An original feature of the Prize is its multicultural nature. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. The Prize will be awarded for work of fiction or non fiction, irrespective of the language in which it is written. You can find more information on White Hot Light through this link.
Please consider joining Vladimir Alexandrov for a webinar on October 7. More information available here: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/2016280156066/WN_j-trr0gCS4S8V1-PQRC8PA
Professor Rashid Khalidi, author of The Hundred Year's War on Palestine, joins Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.
Andrea Mitchell is joined by Rashid Khalidi, Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. The full video is linked here.
We wish to congratulate Lawrence Goldstone on receiving this important award.
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“Books that explore how historic government policies on voting rights and reparations have marginalized Black communities are the 2021 recipients of the Lillian Smith Book Awards, administered by the University of Georgia Libraries to honor books dedicated to social justice issues.
This year’s honorees include From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-first Century (UNC Press), written by co-authors William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, and On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of American Voting Rights (Counterpoint Press), by Lawrence Goldstone. The works will be recognized during a virtual award ceremony this September.”
On May 3rd, 2021, the Oprah Daily publication released a list of “20 of the Best Books to Pick Up This May” for readers to add new books to their spring reading list. Included in this list of reviews was The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker which has received a series of accolades ahead of its formal publication on May 18th of this year. The review says this novel is a “stylish, cunning thriller” and “Tucker follows one woman’s reckoning with the quarantines of her childhood, seeking love amid dark secrets hiding in the nooks and crannies of all our lives.”
On May 4th, 2021, The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Can the Pandemic Make Us Stronger? Endurance Athletes Tell Us How” wherein several endurance athletes were interviewed and asked to draw parallels from the physical strength they had to build in their sports career to that of the mental strength required to sustain oneself during the Coronavirus pandemic. Author of Bravey and Olympic long distance runner, Alexi Pappas, was featured in this article and offered relevant advice based on her experience as an endurance athlete and someone who has dealt with a fair amount of adversity and trauma.
On May 3, 2021, The Guardian featured an article wherein Kathryn Heyman details her journey of self-discovery on the open ocean as described in her first memoir, ‘Fury.’ Although she grew up with less financial means than her peers had in her formative years, Heyman took to the Timor Sea with four strange men in search of a safe space.
On April 29, 2021, The New York Times published a list of ‘9 New Books We Recommend This Week’ which included Linda Colley’s The Gun, The Ship, And The Pen and an insightful review of Colley’s recently published work. The article praises Colley’s “examination of constitutions in the modern world reveals surprising origins for the unprecedented restrictions that were placed on governmental power beginning in the 18th century.”
Laura Amy Schlitz’s Amber & Clay has once again garnered praise for its colorful storytelling and inventive mixture of verse and prose to relay the stories of Melisto and Rhaskos. Xina Maria Uhl, a reviewer from The Historical Novel Society, commends Schlitz’s work for its ability to intertwine the main characters’ story “around Greek history, communicated through art, the form of the narratives, the interludes, characters such as the famous philosopher Sokrates, and the fascinating details of ancient Greek life” which thereby results in “a rare, precious work of historical fiction that educates as much as it entertains”
On May 1st, 2021, The Locus Science Fiction Foundation picked its top ten finalists in each genre and category for the 2021 Locus Awards. This year, two novels written by InkWell authors were nominated in the “Horror Novel” category: The Deep by Alma Katsu and Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay. Readers chose the nominated books with a public ballot and the winners will be announced virtually on June 26, 2021.
In April 2021, author of Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Adam Grant, gave a TED Talk at a TED Institute event in partnership in BCG called “What Frogs in Hot Water Can Teach Us About Thinking Again.” Grant uses examples from his own life to convey the psychological explanation for why humans are slow to react to impending dilemmas as a way to describe the importance of “rethinking.” The organizational psychologist provides advice and insights on how people can become more open to opportunities to rethink.
On April 23rd, 2021, the Globe & Mail online publication listed Laura Amy Schlitz’s latest release, Amber & Clay, on their “Spring 2021 books preview: 45 new titles for you and the young readers in your life.” This feature included a review where they praise this modern day Greek myth for “Combining verse, prose and illustration” and how “Schlitz gives us a sui generis novel that hits the sweet spot for history, mythology and fantasy geeks.”
On April 22, 2021, Deadline announced that Shawn Levy, author of The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, will be partnering with C13Originals to produce a documentary series podcast centered around the relationship between Ronald Reagan, Lew Wasserman, and Sidney Korshak. These three men from the Midwest rose to be some of the most powerful men in Hollywood and even the world. Levy goes on to say, “The most remarkable part of Ronald Reagan’s political career is that it was largely fostered by forces that had nothing to do with what we normally think of as ‘politics.’ As wielded by men like Lew Wasserman and Sidney Korshak, power could seep into any place where there was a vacuum and something to be gained by filling it, whether that was the movie industry, the casino business, the upper echelons of organized labor, or even the White House. I’m thrilled to join forces with C13Originals to tell this incredible story.”
Following the publication of her latest book, Did I Say That Out Loud? Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them, Kristin Van Ogtrop wrote an insightful opinion piece for The Washington Post titled “I’m not sure I know what fun is anymore.” The InkWell agent reflects on how her definition of fun has changed throughout the course of the pandemic as well as her life. Ogtrop inquires, “When did fun become so much work? We all know middle-aged overachievers who pursue fun like it’s an assignment they are not allowed to fail. These efforts turn fun into something terribly serious and usually involve spending money to compete in some kind of midlife sports league or master the banjo in under a year. I should know: I once took three semesters of a local pottery class, only to discover that the possibility of fun was canceled out by the shapes (ludicrous) and hues (sad) that emerged from the kiln.”
Yet again, Travis Jonker’s wholesome picture book, Blue Floats Away, catches the eye of the press. On April 16, 2021, The New York Times included Blue Floats Away on their list of 8 Picture Books for Earth Day for its excellent depiction of the water cycle through storytelling. The review claims that “Jonker smartly hedges his bets on the ending, choosing a happy one accompanied by back-matter caveats and tips, while Snider’s cut-paper illustrations give emotional texture to a charming tale of separation and reattachment.”
In early April 2021, Publisher’s Weekly wrote a favorable review about Taylor Adams’ upcoming novel, Hairpin Bridge. This thriller follows Lena Ngyuen as she tries to discover what actually happened to her identical twin who’s death was declared a suicide when his body was found below the titular Hairpin Bridge. The reviewer raves that this book “skillfully entwined third-person narrative, posts from Lena’s blog, and passages from the book she’s writing about Cambry reveal the sisters’ past and Cambry’s final hours. Adams is a writer to watch.”
In early April 2021, it was announced that Sister, an independent, global, content studio based in London and Los Angeles, has acquired InkWell author’s, Michael Koryta, thriller novel, Never Far Away. Cathy Schulman, Oscar-winning producer, is set to oversee the production of the feature film adaptation of Koryta’s book. Never Far Away is the story of a mother who has to fake her own death and abandon her career as a pilot in order to protect her husband and children; but, when her husband dies in a car accident, she has to return back to her normal life to protect her children from the obstacles that lie ahead of them. Koryta’s novels, Those Who Wish Me Dead and So Cold the River have already been adapted into films and How it Happened is being developed into a series.
On April 13th, 2021, The American Scholar, a renowned quarterly magazine, published an insightful review on Robert Kanigel’s forthcoming book, Hearing Homer’s Song, which is set to be published on April 27th, 2021. The book outlines the life of twentieth century classical scholar, Milman Parry, and his contributions to literary analysis up until his untimely death. The review states that “his biography (the first) of Parry, set in California, Paris, Yugoslavia, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, would translate well to the big screen (or Netflix). Although an ideal beach read for the classics scholar, the book is aimed at the layperson; Kanigel eschews jargon and in-depth technical discussion while still attempting to convey the magnitude of Parry’s theory.”
In early April 2021, Shelf Awareness, a site designed to alert readers of the 25 best books of the week, recently published a review on Blue Floats Away by children’s author, Travis Jonker. The heartwarming book takes young readers on an adventure with Blue, an iceberg who’s lost his way and uses his resourcefulness to get back home. The review goes on to say that “Jonker’s simple language makes this picture book an excellent read-aloud that is also approachable for the four- to six-year-old set.”
On April 10th, 2021, Stephen Baylor, co-founder of London’s Design Museum, reviewed Alex Beam’s book, Broken Glass. The book follows the cultural and historical background concerning the architecture of the Farnsworth House in an illuminating narrative that is equal parts informative and dramatic. The reviewer praises Broken Glass, stating that “It is a compelling book — perhaps the best narrative I have ever read about modern architecture.”
Ahead of its release in May 2021, Nancy Tucker’s upcoming novel, The First Day of Spring, already catches the eye of reviewers. Publisher’s Weekly praises Tucker’s debut piece stating that its a “gripping novel about childhood pain and healing” and has “meticulously observed narration.” Be on the look out for this novel when it publishes on May 18, 2021!
On March 26, 2021, author, Lindsey Stoddard, was featured on the “#vted Reads” podcast hosted by the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at University of Vermont to discuss her new book, Brave Like That, for middle school aged readers. The podcast run by Vermont educators took the time to converse with Stoddard about the different ways students demonstrate bravery and the impact it can make on others.
On March 25, 2021, The New York Times included Alma Katsu’s Red Widow on their list of “12 New Books We Recommend This Week.” Red Widow was released on March 23, 2021 and is perfect for thrill seeking readers who want to get into the mind of a veteran CIA spy. The lives of two women agents become intertwined when they have to assess a threat to the Russian Division of the agency. The New York Times acknowledges that Katsu is “a former intelligence analyst best known for her paranormal and horror novels, finally writes what she’s most familiar with: This inside-the-C.I.A. thriller, about the friendship between an agent and the widow of a Russian asset, is replete with falsehoods, betrayals and double-dealing.”
On March 22nd, 2021, Susan Orlean spoke with Entertainment Weekly to discuss her upcoming book, On Animals, which is set to be released on October 5th of this year. On Animals is a collection of stories that touch upon the relationship between animals and humans whether they are our pets or living in the wild. The article also features an exclusive cover reveal of this highly anticipated book. In the interview, Orlean answers the most pressing questions such as “What is the last book that made you cry? Which book made you a forever reader?” and more!
Upon Amber & Clay’s release in early March 2021, it has received a whirlwind of praise on its creative storytelling of a new age Greek myth and the historical illustrations that accompany the riveting tale. On March 12th 2021, The Buffalo News featured Schlitz’s novel in their “Books in Brief” review and praised the author for “weaving her marvelous tale in free verse, using the crotchety voices of the gods and the voices of Sokrates, of Melisto, of Rhaskos and more.” The review goes on to examine the plotline surrounding “a wealthy Athenian girl named Melisto and a Thracian slave boy named Rhaskos are inextricably linked in this brilliant, breathtakingly beautiful, meticulously researched narrative of 5th century B.C.E. Greece.”
Gianrico Carlofiglio’s latest novel, Three O’clock In The Morning, published on March 16, 2021 and has been long awaited following his other award-winning works. This coming-of-age novel will take readers on an adventure with Antonio and his father as they endure two sleepless nights in 1980s Marseilles in search of a doctor to treat Antonio’s epilepsy. During this journey, the pair reconnects with one another and share unforgettable moments in the city’s outskirts.
Publisher’s Weekly included Three O’clock In The Morning in their list of PW Picks: Books of the Week, March 15, 2021 describing the novel as “Antonio’s catalog of intimate experiences, whether painful, pleasurable, or bittersweet, make for an enchanting coming-of-age tale.” In addition, the New York Post included this novel on the publication’s weekly list of ‘The Best New Books to Read: Top Releases.’
Newbery Medal winning author, Laura Amy Schlitz, recently released an epic novel on March 9th, 2021, titles Amber & Clay. This book will spark the interests of young fans of poetry, mythology, history, and fantasy with its vivid depiction of Ancient Greece through the eyes of two children, Rhaskos and Melisto, who are spiritually connected to one another. The New York Times reviewed Amber & Clay and praised it for Schlitz’s ability to convey “children’s wordless emotions, like the feeling of not really wanting to do something destructive but not being able to stop yourself.” The reviewer also goes on to say that Schlitz “hops from one style to another with tremendous skill” in reference to her transitions from verse to prose.
InkWell author and New York Times Bestselling writer, Cullen Bunn’s graphic novel, The Ghoul Next Door, was selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard. The Ghoul Next Door will be published on July 13, 2021.
Powell’s Books in Portland, OR hosts Richard Brown, photographer and activist, in conversation with Brian Benson to discuss their co-authored memoir, This is Not for You: An Activist’s Journey of Resistance and Resilience on Friday, March 5th, at 6pm PT.
On March 1st, 20221, InkWell represented author, Katie Engelhart, had an excerpt from her recently published book, The Inevitable, featured in The Atlantic. The Inevitable focuses on the Right to Die movement and the people and professionals surrounding this issue.
In early March 2021, UTA Independent Film Group announced at the virtual European Film Market that Grant Ginder’s novel, The People We Hate at the Wedding, is being adapted into a movie produced by FilmNation. The movie is set to star “Oscar winner Allison Janney, Schitt’s Creek Emmy winner Annie Murphy and Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt.” The movie centers around a dysfunctional family who comes together for a wedding but things go awry when the secrets of their past are revealed.
Lots of buzz has generated surrounding the news of this star studded cast; Page Six, in particular conveyed such excitement: “But, hark! Break out the cream soda. Upon us is a new real movie, like what we once got in theaters. “The People We Hate at the Wedding.” Allison Janney, Ben Platt and “Schitt’s Creek” star Annie Murphy play a cranky family who, gathered for a ceremony, fight over every ratty thing each ever did.”
Publisher’s Weekly gave an insightful review on Yelena Moskovich’s latest novel, A Door Behind A Door, which is set to be released on May 18, 2021. The review praises the novel for how the “dynamic style and psychological depth make this an engaging mind bender.”
On February 25, 2021, The New York Times named InkWell author, Lizzy Mason’s forthcoming novel Between the Bliss and Me on their list of 13 Y.A. Books to Add to Your Reading List This Spring. Between the Bliss and Me follows a girl on the verge of moving to New York City for college as she discovers that her father is also there but he’s homeless and living with schizophrenia. This novel will be released on April 6, 2021.
InkWell Management celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the innumerable contributions of Black-Americans of the past and present. In honor of Black History Month, we’re happy and proud to share a few of the books and authors we’ve worked with:
From the mind of an award winning and critically acclaimed author, Chambers offers readers a vibrant and educational view into the life of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman in Congress and the first to run for the Democratic nomination for presidency. This picture-book biography narrates Chisholm’s life from her early years, to her political career, and into the legacy she has left behind.
Dufu’s powerful book starts with that common feeling among women that they need to “do it all.” In this hybrid memoir and manifesto, she guides readers on the art of letting go using her own life experience as an example of how to embrace imperfection.
NAACP Image Award nominee, Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar was named one of the Best Books of 2014 by the San Francisco Chronicle. This novel follows a woman named Charley through the upheaval of inheriting a Louisiana sugarcane farm and uprooting her and her daughter’s life from Los Angeles.
Melanie Raabe, winner of the Stuttgart Crime Fiction Prize, exhibits her talent for writing psychological thrillers in this chilling novel about destiny and revenge. When Norah is approached by an elderly, homeless woman foretelling the murder Norah will commit, she is forced to face the trauma of her past to take control of her future.
Top Chef star and award winning chef, Gregory Gourdet, inspires readers with the story of how he sought to compile the healthiest and most flavorful dishes from around the world. In this unique cookbook filled with 200 different recipes, Gourdet takes you on a food journey using global ingredients and techniques. Everyone’s Table will be published on May 11th, 2021.
As the winner of the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Sexton delivers an emotionally charged historical novel about the generational struggles of a Black family from the South. The book switches between perspectives of Evelyn, a member of the upper echelon of Black society in New Orleans during WWII, her daughter, Jackie, a single mother tackling her husband’s drug addiction, and Jackie’s son T.C., a marijuana grower released from a four month stint in jail.
Currently a story editor for FX’s hit show, Snowfall, Gary Phillips has a great deal of experience in writing novels, comic books, and short stories. Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem is the first graphic novel in a series that follows the first black man to travel to the North Pole at the end of the 1920s. The story follows Matthew Henson as he battles villains while trying to protect his friends and the people of Harlem.
Roommates and best friends, Maya and Athena, are as opposite as can be but Maya learns how to adopt the qualities in her counterpart to her advantage. When Maya dives into a whole new world through music, she discovers the price she has to pay after leaning into her temptations.
The newly divorced Solène unexpectedly becomes intimately and romantically involved with a famous musician and must learn how to protect their relationship from the media and her daughter.
Academy Award winning screenwriter John Ridley delivers a darkly comedic story in this tale about a down on his luck con man who is shockingly content in his squalor. But everything changes when Jeffty stumbles upon a young homeless woman named Mona,and he falls madly in love with her. .
On February 24, 2021, Long Island University announced the winners of their 73rd annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. One of our clients, Katie Engelhart, won the award for Magazine Reporting for her riveting article that tells the story of the first reported Covid-19 death in the United States at a nursing home.
Historian and New York Times bestselling author, Alexis Coe, curated a list of 7 books to read for President’s Day that was featured on the Good Morning America website. Included in the roundup were InkWell represented authors, Bettye Kearse, Catherine Grace Katz, and Veronica Chambers and their books The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family, The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrismans: A Story of Love and War, and Shirley Chisholm is a Verb, respectively.
On February 14th, 2021, Suleika Jaouad, author of Between Two Kingdoms, was featured in a segment on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss her battle with leukemia and her journey back to a normal life.
On February 16th, 2021, Elizabeth Passarella, author of Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York, wrote an opinion piece for Daily News detailing her experience as an Evangelical living in New York City for the past 21 years. She discusses the preconceived notions people have of her and how she contradicts these assumptions.
On February 7th, 2021, The New York Times book review section featured an in depth review of Suleika Jaouad’s heart-wrenching memoir, Between Two Kingdoms.
Congratulations are in order for Dima Alzayat as her short story collection, Alligator And Other Stories, was recently on the long list for 2021 PEN America Literary Awards and the Dylan Thomas Prize! Alzayat’s short stories are competing in PEN’s category for the Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection. The Dylan Thomas Prize showcases the work of promising young writers, such as Alzayat, from around the world and the winner will be announced at a virtual event at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Winners for both prizes will be revealed in February 2021.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and while you may already have plans with your significant other, what are you doing with your gal pals?! InkWell is here to inspire you to celebrate Galentine’s Day on February 13th with a few feel-good books about female friendship. These books will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate your girlfriends even more!
InkWell agent, Charlie Olsen, recommended this humorous and outspoken graphic novel about three tipsy mermaids who manage to disguise themselves as human so they can indulge in more drinking at a local tourist attraction. The next day, they realize in their hungover haze that they don’t remember the spell to turn back into mermaids so they can go home. Follow the haphazard adventures of the Thirsty Mermaids as they try to maneuver life on land together.
As recommended by agents David Forrer and Kristin van Ogtrop, The Women In Black follows four women working at Goode’s department store and their life beyond the storefront. Patty, Fay, Magda, and Lisa are known for the black dresses they don while selling dresses to the masses but are lesser known for their aspirations in their personal life. This witty novel about the importance of female friendship is sure to put a smile on your face.
Louisa Onome’s debut novel was recommended by one of our agent’s Claire Friedman and is perfect for readers who enjoy stories about a diverse community. The friendship of Kate and Nelo is tested after Kate’s family’s store is vandalized and the incident attracts negative attention to their neighborhood. Can the two friends rebuild their friendship and their community they once cherished? You’ll find out when Like Home comes out on February 23rd!
Thanks to one of our agents, George Lucas, for suggesting an enthralling piece on historical female friendship. Game Of Queens recounts the generation of powerful leading women who ruled over sixteenth century Europe. This group biography of the female rulers who trailblazer and changed the course of history will fascinate and empower you all at once.
As the feminist movement is on the rise in Allegra’s Sydney suburb, she is forced to take an introspective look at her life and her relationship with the women in her life. She learns the ways that women can support each other and uses this newfound strength to stand up for herself to her loved ones.
This thrilling novel about three best friends trapped on an island as their all-girls school is put under quarantine depicts their journey of survival from a deadly, unknown illness that has seeped through the woods and infected the students and teachers. When one of the friends goes missing, the other two girls risk quarantine and face their fears of what lies beyond the school’s fences in order to save their friend.
Littler Women is a contemporary take on the classic story Little Women with the beloved March sisters as they encounter their new neighbors, the Lawrence’s, school dances, and their first crushes. While the sisters are all different in their own way, they end up growing closer as they help one another face these challenges.
Set in 1950s Italy, this coming of age tale follows the friendship of Isabella and Bridget as they enter the next chapter of their life after their high school graduation at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Pentila. Bridget takes this opportunity to reinvent herself but is concerned that Isabella is hiding something from her that could potentially alter their friendship forever.
Best friends, Delia and Josie, host a local cable show every Friday night called Midnite Matinee with their alter egos, Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood. With their high school graduation looming over them, Josie has a tough decision to make about whether she wants to leave for university while Delia wants to stay close to home and continue growing Midnite Matinee. The uncertainty of their future puts their friendship through the ultimate test.
With the struggles of marriage, infidelity, and motherhood weighing them down, three women venture to Nantucket in search of peace from their tumultuous lives. From a serious illness to the discovery of extramarital affairs, the women depend on each other to cope with these low points throughout their summer together. This great recommendation from our agents, David Forrer and Michael Carlisle, portrays the resilience we gain from our close friendships.
Preceding its release on February 9th, 2021, graphic novel blogs have already shared their excitement for the publication of Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh. The Beat, a blog centered around comic book culture, listed Thirsty Mermaids on their list of “The 75 Most Anticipated Graphic Novels for Winter 2021.” Similarly, Smash Pages, a comic book super-blog, featured this graphic novel on their weekly guide to new comic book releases.
In a rave review of Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny, the novel is proclaimed to be “touching and fizzy” as well as “a winner!”
Read the full review here.
Get Early Morning Riser here.
The 10th annual New York Game Awards was held virtually on January 27th, 2021 through the New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC), “a non-profit organization that works with underserved communities in New York City.” This year, Jason Schreier was awarded the Knickerbocker Award For Best Games Journalism for his article entitled, “As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last” that was published on Kotaku, a video game news and opinion website.
Learn more about the awards here.
Read the award-winning article here.
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association recently announced the recipients of the 2020 - 2021 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature which highlight and honor the “individual works of Asian/Pacific American experiences (either historical or contemporary) or Asian/Pacific American cultures by Asian/Pacific Islander American authors and illustrators.” This year, we are proud to announce that Andrew Fukuda, author of This Light Between Us: A Novel of World War II, is the winner of the Youth Literature Category!
This touching historical fiction follows the unlikely friendship that flourishes between a Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl as they seek hope in the midst of war. The letters they send take them away from their respective desolation and allow them to dream of their future friendship.
Learn more about the APALA Awards here.
The Jewish Book Council published the winners for the 2020 National Jewish Book Awards wherein notable works of Jewish literature are recognized. We are proud to announce that Gavriel Savit has won the Young Adult Award for The Way Back. This is Savit’s second National Jewish Book Award after winning the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction for Anna and the Swallow Man. There will be a virtual awards ceremony held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00PM ET.
Learn more about the 2020 National Jewish Book Awards here.
Purchase tickets for the awards ceremony here.
On January 25th, 2021, the Mystery Writers of America released their nominations for the 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Awards which honor “the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2020.” We’re excited to announce that Ivy Pochoda’s These Women was nominated for Best Novel! The 75th Annual Edgar® Awards will be held on April 29, 2021 where winners will be announced.
Learn more about the Edgar Awards here.
Every New Year arouses the question: What is your New Year’s Resolution? For those of you who have the goal of reading more in 2021, we at Inkwell have compiled a list of books that can help get you started on this resolution. Here are 10 books that will not only accomplish this goal but may even inspire next year’s resolution!
Recently named the winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for 2020, How It Feels To Float takes you through the dark and mysterious mind of Biz while she tries to cope with the disappearance of her father. Debut author Helena Fox has readers explore intergenerational mental illness through a relatable story about love and grief.
Looking to add a little suspense to your day? An Accusation unravels a shocking crime that leaves Ellie traumatized as an abduction victim. The woman who Ellie accused of kidnapping her, Suzannah, claims that she is innocent, but her disturbing past proves otherwise.
From the mind of a CNN columnist and correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News, readers are given an in depth analysis that tries to answer the question “where does diplomacy end and war begin?” Andelman provides a behind-the-scenes look using exclusive interviews and research to uncover the origins and manifestations of political “red lines.”
This touching historical fiction follows the unlikely friendship that flourishes between a Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl as they seek hope in the midst of war. The letters they send take them away from their respective desolation and allow them to dream of their future friendship.
As the recent awardee of The 2020 Moore Prize, Shehadeh powerfully chronicles his hometown of Ramallah in the wake of the fiftieth anniversary of Israeli occupation. The chairperson of the Christopher G. Moore Foundation affirms that Shehadeh “draws the reader towards a sense of intimacy with the city and people of Ramallah trying to live their lives in dignity and peace.”
The Olympic runner, actress, filmmaker and writer Alexi Pappas reveals her touching battle with mental health and finding confidence within herself while achieving her dreams. Pappas combines humor with inspirational personal stories to convey the up’s and downs of life’s journey.
While this coming-of-age novel will not be released until March, readers can look forward to the adventure that a father and son endure as they spend two sleepless nights in Marseilles. Join this pair as they reconnect and share unforgettable moments in the city’s outskirts.
Since this novel is in the development stage of a TV adaptation with Apple TV+, now is the time to read the inspiration behind the series! This science-fiction thriller takes a nuanced approach to portray our paths not taken and what one will do to claim the success they have always dreamt of.
Harper Lee Prize winner, James Grappindo, delivers a thriller that is equal parts timely and provocative. The novel observes Jack Swyteck as he springs into action when his family is caught in the crossfire during a mass shooting in Florida.
This intriguing account of one of America’s Founding Fathers was recently listed as Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction Books of the Year which the site described as “a Roots for a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history.” Kearse dives into the historical figures and gives voice to those that may not be discussed in modern day textbooks.
Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, will appear on the Book Club, hosted by renowned economist and Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, on March 22, 2021 at 8am EST. The Book Club is a free online global forum where Sachs interviews well-known authors about their endeavors in “sustainability, economics, history, social justice, and more.”
The Book Club will be held via Zoom and participants can sign up on edX here.
Learn more about the Book Club here.
On January 11th, 2021, the Christopher G. Moore Foundation announced that Going Home: A walk through fifty years of occupation, (2019) by Raja Shehadeh was the winner of The 2020 Moore Prize. The purpose of the Moore prize is to recognize and “encourage original, creative, and courageous writing of fiction and non-fiction about the relationship of power to the lives of ordinary citizens in all parts of the globe; and to encourage authors to investigate and analyze the causes of conflict, abuse and violation of human rights.” Catherine Morris, the Chairperson of the judging panel, reverently remarked that “the beauty of its writing and the author’s ability to convey the everyday realities of generations of ordinary Palestinians living under occupation. Readers will not come away from this book with a multi-party history, an analysis of Palestinian resistance to occupation, or a catalogue of human rights violations. Instead, the poignant power of Raja Shehadeh’s memoir draws the reader towards a sense of intimacy with the city and people of Ramallah trying to live their lives in dignity and peace.”
Learn more about Going Home’s Moore Prize and about the other books on the short list here.
Get yourself a copy of Going Home: A walk through fifty years of occupation by Raja Shehadeh here.
Lynn Cahoon, a New York Times bestselling romance author, recently reviewed Dark Matter by Blake Crouch on BookBub. In this review, Cahoon states:
“So, it’s odd to call a truly mind bending sci-fi -a romance, but to the base of this story, it’s a man trying to get back to the one love of his life. There are many choices that he could have just accepted a close enough - maybe even better in some ways - life. But he fought for the one woman and life he loved. With all the lessons this book might provide, the thought that love is worth fighting for is the strongest.”
Dark Matter has sparked a fair amount of conversation since news broke that a TV adaptation is in development in partnership with Apple TV+.
For the eleventh day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, we’re upgrading the eleven pipers piping for one-hundred and eleven lessons that you won’t find in a textbook! The Captain delivers a hilarious and refreshingly honest account of history through a modern lens. From dating rituals in Ancient Greece to the squad of Catherine the Great, you very well may learn something new after reading F*cking History.
And on the twelfth and final day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, we are trading in the twelve drummers drumming for The Twelve Caesers. Matthew Dennison recounts the tumultuous events within the Roman Empire and gives detailed biographies of each notorious emperor.
For the ninth day of the Twelve Days of Inkwell, we would like to imagine that the nine ladies dancing are at a rave similar to those in Rave On: Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music. Matthew Collin uncovers the history of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) to find out how this dance subculture has taken the world by storm in the past three decades.
For the tenth day, while we might not have ten lords a-leaping, we can still Jump at the Sun with Kim McLarin’s poignant historical fiction. Readers can sympathize with the main character’s grief and path of overcoming isolation as Grace Jefferson attempts to find her footing as a stay at home mother in the aftermath of the Civil Rights movement.
On December 9th, Molly Rosen Guy was featured on The Oprah Magazine to discuss her her four-week, virtual writing workshop called the Brooklyn Writers’ Collective. The Brooklyn Writers’ Collective is a downloadable, self-guided experience intended to help writers of all levels “engage with their own stories.” At a cost of $249, writers from all around the world are able to begin their next literary adventure with the help of Guy’s curated workshops. Check out the full article here!
Inkwell is proud to announce that Nina Kenwood, is a finalist for the 2021 William C. Morris YA Debut Award from the American Library Association. This award is bestowed on first-time author’s writing for teens in the young adult literature category. Kenwood was shortlisted for her quirky, romance novel, It Sounded Better in My Head. Learn more here.
On the seventh day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, instead of swimming with swans, we will be swimming into Herman Koch’s witty, psychological thriller. Summer House with Swimming Pool follows a high profile doctor to the stars, Dr. Marc Schlosser, as he’s on a family vacation with a large group of fellow socialites. However, things take a turn for the worse when famous actor, Ralph, faces a dark fate and the vacationers are left with the aftermath.
On the eighth day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, we can utilize the maids a-milking to help make the creations from Edward Lee’s melting pot cuisine in Buttermilk Graffiti. Inspired by the immigrant culture of America, Lee takes a two year adventure and documents the plethora of food amalgamations that he finds from every corner of the country. From his sixteen unique adventures, come forty different recipes that anyone can try, especially during the holidays!
On December 10, 2020, the winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2020 were announced and Inkwell author, Helena Fox, was named the winner! This is Australia’s most prestigious and valuable prize for literary works. Fox earned this award in the Young Adult Literature category for her brilliant novel, How it Feels to Float.
On the fifth day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, we don’t necessarily have five gold rings but we can offer The Golden Child by Wendy James. This compelling thriller was shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction and rightfully so considering that it delves into a chilling story about cyberbullying.
On the sixth day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, we venture to a place where we may not find six geese a-laying but a story that involves adventure and mystery. The Rarest Bird in the World: The Search for the Nechisar Nightjar by Vernon R.L. Head takes the reader to Ethiopia in 1990 along with Cambridge scientists studying bird specimens. Along the way, they find a never-before-seen bird wing that could lead to the discovery of a new species.
Inkwell author, Blake Crouch, is currently in the process of adapting his science-fiction thriller, Dark Matter, into a script for a television series on Apple TV+. The series will be co-produced by Apple and Sony Pictures Television and Crouch will executive produce together with Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl from Matt Tolmach Productions. This new development is in the wake of Dark Matter being named Amazon and NPR’s Best Books of 2016.
Inkwell is proud to announce that three authors are on Kirkus Reviews’ list of Best Nonfiction Books of 2020. These books include: The Invention Of Medicine by Robin Lane Fox, Apollo’s Arrow by Nicholas Christakis, and The Other Madisons by Bettye Kearse.
For the third day of The Twelve Days of Inkwell, the three French hens will look a little different considering that they will be zombie hens! Julie Mata’s lighthearted novel, Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens, follows a 7th grade aspiring director as she juggles her mother’s prized hens and exploring new friendships.
For the fourth day, we ventured into the animal kingdom to follow calling birds among other species to learn how they get around. Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie delves into the mystery behind the methods of how animals and insects know their way around the world. Barrie calls upon animal behaviorists and Nobel Prize–winning scientists to uncover puzzling phenomena.
To celebrate the holiday season, Inkwell will be showcasing and recommending a variety of novels in a series called The Twelve Days of Inkwell. We will be highlighting some of our author’s books as they relate to The Twelve Days of Christmas.
For the first day, we are trading in the partridge in a pear tree for a mango tree. Sunil Dutta’s Stealing Green Mangoes is a moving memoir about his life as an Indian refugee and his turbulent relationship with his brother. You won’t want to put down this inspiring story about creating meaning in life against all odds.
For the second day, we elevated the meaning of the classic two turtle doves to focus on how they represent the concept of flight. In Higher, Deeper, Faster by Lawrence Goldstone, you can explore the pioneers of aviation in the early twentieth century. Learn more about the men and women who soared past everyone’s expectations of modern aviation
On November 25, 2020, David Chang discussed fatherhood, his blended culinary practices, and combatting depression. The Momofuku restauranteur and host of Netflix television series, ‘Ugly Delicious’, opens up about his personal life and more in his new memoir, Eat a Peach.
Listen to the podcast here.
Inkwell author, Helen Cullen, was a featured guest on the podcast, Cos You Want to Write, where she got the chance to talk about her latest novel. In addition, to discussing The Dazzling Truth, Cullen was able to delve into her creative process as a writer with interviewer, Joy Rhoades. Listen to the podcast episode here.
Every year, the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) has 65 authors select their favorite book from the past year and this year, Frank Huyler was among the many chosen to be on this influential list. Specifically, his collection of short essays in White Hot Light earned him a spot on this list for its poignant personal accounts from the Emergency Room.
Check out the other books featured here.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sophie Kinsella, comes a charming romantic comedy following a writer on her international dating journey. When Ava decides to abandon her dating apps for a writing retreat on the coast of Italy, she ends up embarking on an unexpected love affair with a member of the neighboring retreat. Is this too good to be true? Will they make it when they return home?
Love Your Life is now available as an audiobook for US and Canadian readers!
2020 has been a long year for us all so why not switch things up and learn something for the French. Ollivier Pourriol’s The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard offers a fresh, laissez-faire outlook on life derived from the minds of revered French philosophers.
This conclusion to the Paradise trilogy was recently named a 2020 New York Times bestseller and Amazon’s editor’s pick. Follow Irene Steele and her sons as they unravel the mysterious death of her husband on the Carribean island of St. John. While you’re at it, you can pick up the first two novels in this thrilling series: Winter in Paradise and What Happens in Paradise.
This isn’t your typical history book. The Captain delivers a hilarious and refreshingly honest account of history through a modern lens. From dating rituals in Ancient Greece to the squad of Catherine the Great, you very well may learn something new after reading F*cking History.
In light of recent outcries for social justice reform, The Cult of Smart provides another angle for one to perceive today’s inequities. Fredrik deBoer dives into the causes of America’s broken education system as a result of unequal class structure based on intellectual ability. deBoer proposes striving for an equality of outcomes and many more insightful recommendations.
With all this free time, why not get healthy and learn a new recipe at the same time? This recipe book of gourmet salads provides easy-to-follow steps to turn simple ingredients into a flavorful and hearty masterpiece. There’s also nutritious recipes for grain bowls and sweet treats!
If it wasn’t already on your mind this year, now’s your chance to dive deeper into what it truly means to be viral. Epidemiologist, Adam Kucharski, explores the science behind contagion in our day-to-day lives from video trends to illnesses.
Looking for a new thriller to add to your reading list? Follow FBI special agent Lisa Tanchik as she navigates a deadly cyber security threat so she can save America’s institutions and millions of lives.
In the wake of a historical election, it never hurts to brush up on your knowledge of the U.S. government. This accounts unravels the history of white supremacy and discrimination as it relates to the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution. Learn more about the tumultuous history of voting rights and how to preserve the future of American democracy.
Lastly, find out how you can shoot for the moon in your everyday life with this self-help book using rocket science! Uncover nine simple strategies to elevate your work and social life based on this out of this world discipline.
Patricia Chadwick spoke with CBS This Morning to share her story about growing up in a religious cult during the 1950s and 1960s. This part of her life inspired her memoir, Little Sister, which she discusses with CBS’s Dana Jacobson. Watch the full feature here.
On November 16, 2020, Veronica Chambers’ two children’s books, Finish The Fight and Shirley Chisholm Is A Verb, were named the finalists for the 2020 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. The winner will be announced on January 15, 2021.
On October 21st, 2020, the Nanovic Institute of European Studies at Notre Dame University announced its shortlist for the 2021 Laura Shannon Price in Contemporary European Studies. This shortlist included one of Inkwell’s clients, Peter Gatrell, and his historical book about post-war Europe, The Unsettling of Europe: How Migration Reshaped a Continent. The winner will be announced in January 2021 based on the best history or social science book published in between 2018-2019 and the winner will be awarded $10,000.
Learn more about Gatrell’s achievement here.