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.
On October 20, 2020, CBS This Morning featured Marc Brackett on a segment where he discussed the subject matter of his book, Permission To Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive. He spoke with students and parents Ruler Approach schools to talk about why emotions matter when interacting with children. Check out the segment here as well as Brackett eye-opening book.
On October 6th, 2020, the finalists for the National Book Foundation’s National Book Awards was announced. Inkwell’s Gavriel Savit had the honor of having his novel, The Way Back, nominated in the Young People’s Literature category. The Way Back is described as “a sweeping historical fantasy that follows two teens on a journey through the Far Country, a Jewish land of spirits and demons.” The winner will be announced on November 18, 2020.
Congratulations to Gavriel Savit on his nomination!
Inkwell Management is proud to announce that author, Gavriel Savit, was included in the National Book Award’s longlist for young adult literature. Savit is a first-time nominee for his novel The Way Back (Knopf Children’s).
Read more about the National Book Awards Longlists!
Available on September 1
The Washington Post raves about this upcoming anthology of stories of “Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19”. InkWell client Scott James contributes alongside other writers, with proceeds going toward the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
On sale on April 20, 2021
We offer our congratulations to Rashid Khalidi.
We offer our congratulations to Rashid Khalidi for being shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards of 2020, which you can read more about here: https://www.palestinebookawards.com/news/item/palestine-book-awards
Coming to Netflix on September 16
Read more here at Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/08/the-devil-all-the-time-trailer-tom-holland-robert-pattinson
A first look at Chemical Hearts starring Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams. Streaming on Prime Video August 21st.
“The film is as if the Avengers and the Justice League met up with the Fantastic Four and teamed up with the X-Men. It did the thing the superheroes movies are supposed to do—present a world where the best among us fight for what’s right—but which none had done before: present a world that feels like my own.”
The pool is closed.
The sun is bright.
It’s too hot to cook.
It’s time to read a book.
The grass is mowed.
The subway is slow.
Pippin Peregrine Took.
It’s time to read a book.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General and author of TOGETHER, went on The Daily Show to discuss the urgency of providing medical professionals with the protection and equipment they need to combat COVID-19.
Check out the conversation here!
LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Karen Foxlee, HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT by Helena Fox, THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE THE ENDING by Vikki Wakefield, and IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD by Nina Kenwood have been shortlisted for the $30,000 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature!
The full shortlist can be found here.
Hello from InkWell. First and foremost, we hope this note finds you and yours in good physical, emotional and spiritual health, despite the stresses and strains brought upon all of us by the coronavirus pandemic. We want you to know that InkWell’s operations have continued uninterrupted. Beginning this past Thursday, our entire staff began working remotely. We are making new deals, servicing your contracts, and processing incoming and outgoing payments. All snail mail is being opened and inbound calls are being answered. We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the publishing industry and will be in touch with updates to help answer your questions and address your concerns. It is our goal to be a continued source of stability in these disruptive and disturbing times.
Our thoughts are with you, your loved ones, and your communities.
Kim, Michael, Richard and the InkWell team
Bettye Kearse, descendant of James Madison and retired pediatrician and geneticist, discusses her new book, THE OTHER MADISONS: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family, with WNYC. The book will be published on March 24.
Click here to listen to the interview!
WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power and LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero O'Connell have been recognized as finalists for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult and LGBTQ Comics categories, respectively. The winners' ceremony will be held June 8th in New York City's NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, emceed by Saturday Night Live's Bowen Yang.
Oprah Magazine has revealed the full list of finalists here.
William Bayer's THE MURALS has been shortlisted for the International Association of Crime Writers' Hammett Prize, which is awarded to one book every year that "best represents the conception of literary excellence in crime writing," according to the IACW website. Previous nominees have included included Norman Mailer, Robertson Davies, Cormac McCarthy, Laura Joh Rowland, and Walter Mosley,
Read more about the Hammett Prize here.
A huge congratulations to all the InkWell clients who are 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists: David Chang (Best New Restaurant); David Kinch (Outstanding Baker); Dave Arnold and Naomi Pomeroy (Outstanding Bar Program); Andrew Carmellini, David Kinch, Christopher Kostow, Ludo Lefebvre, and Gabriel Rucker (Outstanding Chef); Jose Andres (Outstanding Restaurant); James Syhabout (Best Chefs: California); Brooks Headley and Alex Stupak (Best Chefs: New York State); Gregory Gourdet (Best Chefs: Northwest & Pacific); and Mason Hereford and Isaac Toups (Best Chefs: South).
The full list of semifinalists can be found here.
Nine InkWell books have been longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards: ROOM FOR A STRANGER by Melanie Cheng; PEACE by Garry Disher; WEIRD, WONDERFUL, AMAZING by Tim Flannery; HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT by Helena Fox; THE YELLOW NOTEBOOK: DIARIES Vol. I 1978 by Helen Garner; IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD by Nina Kenwood; EXPLODED VIEW by Carrie Tiffany; THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE THE ENDING by Vikki Wakefield; and SAND TALK by Tyson Yunkaporta.
The full longlist can be found here.
HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT by Helena Fox,WHEN THE GROUND IS HARD by Malla Nunn, THE SECRETS OF MAGNOLIA MOON by Edwina Wyatt, and THE GOOD SON by Pierre Jacques Ober, Jules Ober & Felicity Coonan are Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books of 2020. Congratulations, authors!
The full list of CBCA Notable Books of 2020 can be found here.
THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction! The Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as individuals or groups promoting social justice through their creative endeavors.
Check out the full list of nominees for literary works here.
LENNY'S BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Karen Foxlee has been longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020, one of the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people. According to the CILIP website, the list of twenty titles for the 2020 Medal were selected from a total of 162 nominations, read by an expert volunteer team of 14 children's and youth librarians from across the UK.
The full longlist can be found here.
Paul Tremblay's Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novel, A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, is being adapted for film, with Scott Cooper set to direct Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Margaret Qualley. The film will be produced by Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of the Allegiance Theater, Susan Downey of Team Downey, Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek, Cooper and David Gambino. Robert Downey Jr. is executive producing.
Check out the full press release here.
According to Women's Running, Olympic Dreams, which was shot entirely by Pappas' husband Jeremy Teicher and is being released by IFC Films, is the first feature film to be shot entirely on location at an Olympic Village, during the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang as part of the IOC’s artists-in-residence program. It features cameos by many athletes who actually competed in the 2018 games, including American skiers Gus Kenworthy and Morgan Schild.
Check out the full article here.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE by Audrey Kurth Cronin and THE UNSETTLING OF EUROPE by Peter Gatrell have been shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize, which recognizes books that deal with significant issues in foreign relations. The winner of the 2020 Lionel Gelber Prize will be announced on Tuesday, March 10.
The full shortlist can be found here.
Michael Mewshaw’s THE LOST PRINCE: A Search for Pat Conroy has been long-listed for the 2020 PEN Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. According to PEN America, the award is given "for a distinguished biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research," and is judged by David W. Blight, Yunte Huang, Miriam Pawel, Rebecca Walker, and Shawn Wen.
The full PEN America longlists can be found here here.
WEARING PAPER DRESSES by Anne Brinsden, A GIRL IN THREE PARTS by Suzanne Daniel, and SAND TALK by Tyson Yunkaporta have been shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2020. Congratulations, authors!
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s THE REVISIONERS has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work! According to the NAACP Image Awards' website, the Awards are "recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors."
The full list of nominees can be found here.
BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, and LUMBERJANES by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, AnneMarie Rogers, Kanesha C. Bryant, Maarta Laiho, and Aubrey Aiese have been nominated in the Outstanding Comic Book category of the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards, while She-Ra and the Princesses of Power has been nominated for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
The GLAAD Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.
Check out the full list of nominees here.
Farah Naz Rishi and Glasstown Entertainment are partnering with Amazon Studios to develop Rishi's debut novel. According to Deadline, I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE is "tells the stirring tale of three teens—Cate, Jesse, and Adeem—who find themselves on a collision course with fate in the aftermath of a message from an alien race granting humans seven remaining days to live. The novel tackles issues of mental illness, faith, queerness and race."
Click here to read more.
Erin Gough's AMELIA WESTLAKE WAS NEVER HERE was named one of the ten best YA novels of 2019 by Entertainment Weekly alongside titles such as ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas, THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black, and FRANKLY IN LOVE by David Yoon. Congratulations!
The full list can be found here.
Tor Nightfire has included THE CHILL by Scott Carson, THE DEEP by Alma Katsu, WONDERLAND by Zoje Stage, SURVIVOR SONG by Paul Tremblay, and BURN OUR BODIES DOWN by Rory Power in its list of most anticipated horror books of 2020!
Check out the full list here.
BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, COSMOKNIGHTS by Hannah Templer, and LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell have been highlighted by Comics Beat in its list of Best Comics of 2019!
Check out the full list here!
Kirkus Reviews has named five InkWell YA titles in its 'Best YA of 2019' lists! Congratulations to WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power (Best YA Books of 2019 that ‘tackle hard truths’); HOW IT FEELS TO FLOAT by Helena Fox (Best YA Books of 2019 about ‘living boldly’), LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell and Mariko Tamaki, and BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau (Best YA Romance of 2019), and WHEN THE GROUND IS HARD by Malla Nunn (Best YA Historical Fiction of 2019)!
Slate has listed THE INFORMATION by James Gleick as one of the 25 best nonfiction books of the past 25 years. According to Slate's books team, "this book imparts [knowledge] in great, glorious fistfuls, as it loops through time and space, shedding brilliant light on first one corner of experience, then another. Its breadth and grasp are dazzling."
Check out the full article here.
SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim and MARTIN MCLEAN, MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEEN by Alyssa Zaczek have been selected as Kids' Indie Next Picks for winter 2019-2020!
See the full list here.
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and Diane Williams have been longlisted for the 2020 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize, which awards $50,000 to a writer who, according to the Simpson Literary Project website, "has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers." The Shortlist Finalists will be named in March 2020; a winner will be announced in April 2020.
View the full 2020 longlist here.
THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, RECURSION by Blake Crouch, THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern, and FURIOUS HOURS by Casey Cep are among TIME magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019.
View the full list here!
THE SUMMER OF '69 by Elin Hilderbrand, THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern, RECURSION by Blake Crouch, FURIOUS HOURS by Casey Cep, GROWING THINGS by Paul Tremblay, BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, and WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power are still in the running for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.
The semifinals round ends on November 17th—click here to vote for your favorites!
Ayelet Tsbari's THE ART OF LEAVING is a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. According to The Star, "finalists were selected from a field of 99 titles submitted by 55 publishers. Each of the finalists will receive $5,000, with the winner receiving an additional $60,000...They were chosen by a jury composed of writers Ivan Coyote, Trevor Herriot, and Manjushree Thapa."
THE SUMMER OF '69 by Elin Hilderbrand, THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern, RECURSION by Blake Crouch, FURIOUS HOURS by Casey Cep, GROWING THINGS by Paul Tremblay, BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME, and WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power have been nominated for the opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards.
The opening round ends on November 10th—Cast your vote here!
According to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, "Southern independent booksellers have selected the finalists for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, representing bookseller favorites from 2019 that are...either about the South or written by a Southern writer." The sixteen finalists that received the most nominations are a collection of the year's most beloved 'hand sells' in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature.
Winners will be announced February 14, 2020.
According to Deadline, Matt Olmstead, former Chicago PD showrunner, has been named co-showrunner of ABC’s new drama Stumptown, which just received a back order from ABC.
Olmstead kicked off his writing career on NYPD Blue, and was the co-creator for Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Breakout Kings.
Read the full article here!
Former Walt Disney Studio’s Chair, Dick Cook, together with the Victorian Government (which is spending AUD $46 million in production costs) announced they will film RANGER’S APPRENTICE in Australia next July.
According to Premier Daniel Andrews, Dick Cook Studios “secures a pipeline of major screen projects and ongoing jobs in Victoria. “This is a coup for our industry and reflects the global reputation of our facilities, locations and talent.” Read the full announcement here: https://bit.ly/2BLwabY
Three years ago, The Conversation Project compiled a list of ten must-reads about death and end-of-life care that included authors such as Atul Gawande, Joan Didion and Paul Kalanithi. This month, it has expanded that list to include eleven more titles, including ADVICE FOR FUTURE CORPSES by Sallie Tisdale and WITH THE END IN MIND by Kathryn Mannix.
Browse the full list here.
Vogue calls Meredith Erickson's ALPINE COOKING a "passionate exploration of all things Alpine that follows her through Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France as she collects the best recipes and stories from the Alp’s most iconic chalets, huts, stubes, and refugios. From the brioche fondue at Val d’Isère, to the perfect Swiss raclette, to Grossglockner’s Wiener schnitzel—this one is a must-have for every ski bum foodie."
Check out the full list here!
Entertainment Weekly announced today that Jessica Jung, a former member of the K-pop group Girl's Generation, will publish her debut novel, SHINE, in the fall of 2020. SHINE is part of a two-book deal with Simon Pulse about a Korean-American teenager in training to become the next major K-pop star.
Glasstown Entertainment has already sold SHINE in 11 foreign territories, and is currently developing it for film with Matt Kaplan of ACE Entertainment (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). Read the full story here!
"There is a pirate in the basement. (The pirate is a metaphor but also still a person.)" Read an excerpt of Erin Morgenstern's A STARLESS SEA, coming November 2019, on Tor.com!