Our preview of books first published overseas
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was
Trans. by Cribb, Victoria
Iceland: 2013 | JPV/Forlagio
U.K.: June 2, 2016 | Sceptre
U.S.: Aug. 2, 2016 | FSG
The fireworks of an erupting volcano, a devastating outbreak of the Spanish flu, and World War I provide the backdrop to this slim volume which swept up all Iceland’s literary prizes and is to be published in nine more languages. Máni Steinn—Moonstone—is a young cinema addict who earns a living by quietly selling ...
Larry Watson photographed by Susan Watson
In the opening pages of As Good As Gone, Larry Watson’s tenth novel, Bill Sidey says of his father, an aging cowboy, “It’s hard to imagine a man who values independence more than Calvin Sidey.” The novel is an exploration of Calvin and men like him, men who hand-roll their cigarettes, eschew electricity for kerosene, and prefer action (violent, if necessary) to introspection.
Watson’s own grandfather, Gustavus Adolphus Petterson, was a horseman in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota ...
Drew Nellins Smith photograped by Celesta Danger.
The gay bar is a sanctuary, we’re often reminded in the wake of the massacre in Orlando, a presumably inviolable place. Gay bars like Pulse are thumping, conspicuous, fearless; but there exists another kind of sanctuary for men who sleep with men, one subterranean, much lesser-known, and built on fear. It’s all dark hallways, cramped cubbies, anonymous faces, hushed voices, and sticky floors. And it isn’t the bathhouse; that’s far too gay. It’s the arcade—that red-lit labyrinth of tiny video ...
Bella Andre photographed by Paul Belleville
Having sold more than 5 million books, Bella Andre has been a bestseller around the world. Her novels have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 28 times. She has been the No. 1 ranked author at Amazon on a top 10 list that also included J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, and Stephen King. A graduate of Stanford University, Andre has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences, including a standing-room-only event at Book Expo America in ...
A Kirkus Indie Review Success Story
More than 3,500 books are published each day in the United States. The majority of these books sell fewer than one thousand copies—and a good portion of them far less than that. So how is an author who publishes with small independent presses to break through the noise? One method, I’ve discovered, is to contact bookstores directly, providing a free desk copy of my book and asking them to consider stocking the volume in small quantities ...
Patrick Kuh photographed by David Stork
Soon after Patric Kuh became Los Angeles Magazine’s restaurant critic, in 2001, he detected a shift in the scene. Chefs began culturing their own butters; bar managers were now brewing their own bitters. The word that kept cropping up in explanation was “artisan.”
“In the beginning I said eh, you know, this is like ‘fusion,’ it’ll be the word of the moment then, in five years, nobody will have heard of it,” says Kuh, author of ...
What was Hamilton reading before he died?
Do you have a hankering to see the hit Broadway musical Hamilton? It’s no fault of democratizing auteur Lin-Manuel Miranda that tickets are $1,000 a pop these days, a perfect example of the economic laws of supply and demand.
Ron Chernow, the author behind the author, is no stranger to economics, either, and he turned over a whole library of Revolutionary-era literature in order to write his spry biography of the bastard—the term is used advisedly—Hamilton. As a ...
Flynn Berry photographed by Beatrice Murch
While writing Under the Harrow, Flynn Berry frightened even herself: her husband came home from work one evening to find Berry had bought four additional locks to bolt their apartment.
“He was a little concerned,” Berry now says. “There was a certain point where I almost wanted someone to attack me so I could fight back, because I was so angry. It affected my lens on the world.”
Under the Harrow opens with a grisly scene: Nora, a ...