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Mercer University Press, March 2020 “A stunning debut, Bells for Eli establishes Susan Beckham Zurenda as one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction,” says Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of five …
Republic Books, September 15, 2020 Abraham Lincoln is one of the most beloved and admired figures in all of history. Thousands of books have been written about him, but this is the Lincoln novel that readers have been waiting for. Old Abe, the sweeping …
Publisher Penguin Random House, February 11, 2020 Queen Elizabeth’s spymasters recruit an unlikely agent—the only Muslim in England—for an impossible mission in a mesmerizing novel from “one of the best writers in America” (The Washington Post) The ye …
Publisher Soho Press, 2020 When high schooler Saskia Brown plays around with a vial of liquid mercury, then touches a tattered old daguerreotype, she makes a startling discovery. She is somehow able to visit the man in the daguerreotype: Robert Corneli …
Publisher Putnam, March 3, 2020 What if the one good thing you did in your life doomed you to die? A hard-nosed real estate baron is dead, and detectives P.T. Marsh and Remy Morgan learn there’s a long list of suspects. Mason Falls, Georgia, may be a …
Publisher Soho Press, 20120 Introducing a new series set in West Africa, by critically acclaimed author Kwei Quartey. When her dreams of investigating homicides like her revered late father crash around her, 26 year old Emma Djan is unsure what will be …
Windows on the World, the Twin Towers and the Restoration of New York Publisher Abrams Books, 2019 On the streets of Manhattan, you see it around you; the people who move briskly with purpose and the ones who can barely take a step; it is a city of exp …
Publisher William Morrow, October 29, 2019 Bestselling author Cassandra King Conroy considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, Pat Conroy, the legendary figure of modern Southern literature. Cassandra King was lea …
Publisher Harper Collins, September 10, 2019 In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna’s …
Snippets and Accolades
The Monroeville Literary Festival and the Alabama Writers’ Forum are pleased to announce that Patti Callahan Henry (Mountain Brook, AL) is the recipient of the 2020 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer.
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre selects the previous year’s mysteries in multiple categories. We are proud to announce that John McMahon’s wonderful novel THE GOOD DETECTIVE, has been selected by the Edgar Awards Committee as one of six finalist in best first novels category of 2019 .
A huge congratulations to John, to his editor Mark Tavani and to his publisher, Putnam/Random House
See the page here: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html#bestfirst
Congratulations to John McMahon whose debut novel THE GOOD DETECTIVE (Putnam) made the New York Times year end list of the 10 BEST CRIME NOVELS of 2019. With tens of thousands of crime books published each year, this is a tremendous honor, especially for a debut author.
Detective P.T. Marsh returns in John’s second novel, THE EVIL MEN DO, coming from Putnam in March 2020.
October 13/19: New York Times Book Reviews – “Editor’s Pick”
September 19/19: Seattle Times – MARLEY one of 10 Books to Watch for Fall 2019…
Publishers Weekly – September 23, 2019
Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad. Pitched as a little bit Heathers, a little bit Miss Peregrine, the YA thriller follows a secret society of girls who discover that when they handle liquid mercury, they are able to visit long-dead people who appear in daguerreotypes. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Marly Rusoff negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Booklist Review has given Tom Roston’s THE MOST SPECTACULAR RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD, a ‘spectacular’ Starred review in its September 2019 issue.
Meg WaiteClayton’s THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON has been selected (Aug-Sep 2019) as one of the season’s best new novels by several media outlets including the BBC’s list of Ten Best Books of the Fall and a recent New York Post’s list of most anticipated upcoming novels.
The ABA’s INDIE NEXT LIST of the 10 NEW WRITERS TO WATCH includes Rich Farrell’s brilliant debut novel.
THE FALLING WOMAN, which is scheduled to be released next May by Algonquin Books.
We congratulate Rich on this wonderful and auspicious beginning for a first time novelist. The list is selected from all fiction and nonfiction books being published from January through May 2020, and comes with the invaluable support of the influential independent booksellers of America.
Patti Callahan with Heather Reisman the influential CEO of Indigo, Canadian’s largest book chain, who selected BECOMING MRS LEWIS as a top summer read, calling it ” a remarkable piece of fiction.” Heather invited Patti to Toronto where she was interviewed before a live audience July 17th.. The book has appeared on bestseller lists in both US and Canada.
Kirkus Review has given John Clinch’s MARLEY a Starred review in its August 2019 issue. This is the second title represented by our agency to receive a Starred Kirkus this month.
Kirkus Review has given Tom Roston’s THE MOST SPECTACULAR RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD, a ‘spectacular’ Starred review in its August 2019 issue.
Haunting Paris, Mamta Chaudhry’s just published lyrical first novel (Nan A. Talese Books/Knopf) was among the 4 novelists presenting recent works at a “Literature Lovers’ Night Out” program, hosted by Excelsior Bay Books’ lovely impresario Pamela Klinger-Horn. Agent Marly Rusoff and writer Patricia Hampl (The Art of a Wasted Day) were there to celebrate Mamta’s Midwestern debut. The event went national when it made the “Photo of the Day” on Shelf Awareness’s daily newsletter.