During its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, The American Library Association made Max Barry’s book is a recipient of the Alex Award for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Penguin Press published the book on June 18, 2013.
Ismet Prcic’s “Imperial Dreams,” a feature film co-written with Matt Vitthal about an ex-con trying to reconnect with his son, won the Best of Next audience award at Sundance Film Festival. Prcic’s award-winning novel SHARDS was published by Grove Atlantic on October 4, 2011.
Seamus Blackley has played in a jazz quartet, operated a commercial recording studio, been a teaching and research fellow at the Fermi National Accelerator laboratory, designed aerobatic aircraft, produced and designed award winning video games, collaborated with Steven Spielberg, invented the Xbox, co-founded entertainment finance firms, and headed the videogames division of CAA. Now he works as president and co-founder of Innovative Leisure, Inc.
James Scott’s THE KEPT was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and was given three stars by USA Today, which called it an “unsettling but gracefully written debut novel” and the dialogue “simple, direct and haunting.” The New York Times Book Review said, “Scott is a master of mood… This landscape is more mythic than historic, and Scott’s characters are dark brush strokes of appetite and deceit.” Harper published the book on January 7, 2013.
The 18th novel by Ward Just, AMERICAN ROMANTIC, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. The review raves that “Just’s clever plot revels a man conflicted by duty and loyalty…It’s also a fascinating portrayal of American embassy operations and the treacherous shoals of international diplomacy and duplicity.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on April 1st, 2014.
Jennifer Percy’s DEMON CAMP was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, which called it “visceral, seductive” and said, “Percy’s narrative…artfully upsets a common misperception: that all veterans’ experiences of war are alike.” Scribner published the book on January 14, 2014.
Manuel Gonzales’ THE MINIATURE WIFE was named an “Outstanding 2013 Short Story Collection” by The Story Prize. Riverhead published the book on January 10, 2013.
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age was reviewed in the December 9, 2013 issue of Publishers Weekly. The review says that “With great affection and a twinkle in his eye, veteran actor Wagner recalls Hollywood’s glory days of the 1940s and early 1950s, when class, manners, friendship, and a code of values ruled the city of stars” and calls Wagner “an expert storyteller.” Viking will publish the book on March 11, 2014.