Of Words and Dogs and Little Fishes*

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I feel so blessed that I can “work” from home as a book reviewer, essayist and occasionally as a literary editor, and to comfortably say that I read for a living.  It’s like living the dream (well, until the bills come in, but that’s neither here nor there). But I didn’t realize just how many [….]

LitChat Interview: Executive Editor David Pomerico, Harper Voyager

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David Pomerico joined Harper Voyager in Spring 2014 as Editorial Director, coming from Spectra, Del Rey, and, most recently, 47North, where he helped launch the imprint. He is focused on all things science fiction and fantasy and very excited to be heading up Harper Voyager US! He’s currently working with authors such as Richard Kadrey, [….]

LitChat Interview: Amy Tannenbaum

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Amy Tannenbaum began her book publishing career with a brief stint at Harlequin where she edited romances that were far more entertaining than the books she read while earning her English degree at Wesleyan University. She then joined Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, where she edited a diverse list of bestselling non-fiction [….]

J. K. Rowling, Michael Pietsch to receive PEN American Center Awards

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The PEN American Center has announced that author J. K. Rowling has been named as the recipient of the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award “for the extraordinary inspiration her books have provided to generations of readers and writers worldwide.” Of the award, PEN President Andrew Solomon wrote: “Through her writing, Rowling engenders imagination, empathy, humor, [….]

LitChat Interview: Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency

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Sarah Younger has been with Nancy Yost Literary Agency since 2011, having previously been an eBook editor at Press 53. She earned a graduate degree in publishing from the University of Denver and grew up on a horse farm in North Carolina. Sarah is specifically interested in representing all varieties of Romance, some Women’s Fiction, [….]

LitChat Interview: Lisa Rodgers of JABerwocky Literary Agency

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  Lisa Rodgers grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in German literature-in-translation, history, and culture (sadly, she doesn’t speak German, although it’s on her bucket list). She moved to New York City in 2012 [….]

10:04 by Ben Lerner

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10:04 Ben Lerner Faber and Faber Release Date:  September 2, 2014 ISBN 978-0-86547-810-7 It’s not very often that I recommend a book where very little happens.  I’ve got to admit that I like a book with at least a little action; I can take a lot of philosophizing, musing, and just plain stream of consciousness [….]

LitStack Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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The Silkworm Robert Galbraith Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  June 19, 2014 ISBN978-0-316-20687-7 I daresay, even if I didn’t know that Robert Galbraith was a pen name of J.K. Rowling, I still would thoroughly enjoy the Cormoran Strike detective novels, of which The Silkworm is the second installment (The Cuckoo’s Calling being the first). [….]

LitStack Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Gabrielle Zevin Algonquin Books First Edition:  April 1, 2014 ISBN 978-1-61620-321-4 What a lovely gem of a book! A.J. Fikry is a recently widowed fellow who owns a struggling bookstore on tiny Alice Island, Massachusetts.  He’s only in his mid-thirties, but seems older due to a somewhat cantankerous manner [….]

Publishing Profits and E-books

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Author Paolo Bacigalupi (The Windup Girl, Zombie Baseball Beatdown) has once again started a fascinating discussion on social media, this time on the merits (or demerits) of publisher’s profits on e-books.  He gives a fascinating insight into an industry that is a mystery to most of us, even though it impacts all of us bibliophiles [….]