Bring on the baseball books!
Readers of the print editions of Kirkus have become accustomed to seeing thematic picture-book roundups at the ends of the children’s and teen section in the first issue of most months. These roundups gather together the predictable clusters of books published each year to recognize holidays and observances: Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Easter and Passover, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, etc. This year, for the first year since we started publishing these roundups, we will not be rounding up ...
Kelly Jensen photographed by Jennifer Brister.
Algonquin published Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on January 24, three days after 673 women’s marches and nearly five million feminists took their sneakers—and voices—to streets across the globe.
The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, and it’s easy to imagine that this scrapbook-style anthology bubbled up as a post-election season battle cry, a response to casual remarks about “pussy grabbing” and “nasty women.”
Algonquin did push the anthology’s February 28th publication date one ...
Quips on our radar
“[P]erhaps the most eye-opening foreign country I ever visited was Los Angeles International Airport, where once I spent two weeks wandering the terminals, watching the global city of the future form and re-form around me.”
—British-born global travel writer Pico Iyer, “Is travel writing dead?” (answer: no) at Granta
“[T]hat rhetorical move—the, ‘here, I’m telling you a joke; you’re about to laugh’ move—is so much like the way a poem moves, creates ...
Photo courtesy Deborah Feingold
Among the epigraphs of Melissa Febos’s sophomore memoir, Abandon Me, is a quotation by English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott: “It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.”
“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to use that epigraph,” says Febos, who considered it for her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart, the chronicle of her experience as a professional dominatrix. “When I first read that sentence, it just fell to the ...
Angie Thomas photographed by Anissa Hidouk.
It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are individual, particular to specific families, neighborhoods, and communities, not generic fodder for hashtags and sound bites.
Thomas says she sometimes ...
When considering what to charge for an e-book, the calculus can be complicated. We talked with Smashwords founder Mark Coker about smart pricing strategies, including how to price multiple books and different genres.
What’s the best strategy for pricing your e-book?
Mark Coker: Every time you sell an e-book, you gain two benefits. The first is money in your pocket. The second is you gain a reader. Smart pricing can help you find that common intersection where you maximize earnings ...
It’s a setup worthy of Sherlock Holmes: a museum acquires a work of art for a pittance, not quite realizing what it has on its hands, only to discover, quite casually, that the piece in question is a long-lost work by a canonical artist.
So it was in real life when, in 1965, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art bought a plaster and stucco statue dating to the 1400s, the height of the Italian Renaissance, paying only $225 for the ...
Our preview of books first published overseas
The Golden Legend
U.K.: Jan 12, 2017 | Faber & Faber
U.S.: April 18, 2017 | Knopf
Aslam portrays his native country, Pakistan, as a violent, cruel place where beatings, killings, and rapes are commonplace, injustice and sectarian rivalry reign, and suicide bombers seek vengeance for insults to Islam. His two central characters, Massud and Nargis, are both architects renowned for their beautiful buildings. Massud is killed in what appears to be a terrorist attack by an American ...