Rafe Bartholmew’s new memoir Two and Two
Rafe Bartholomew photographed by Leslie Gonzales.
Generally, I don’t miss living in New York City. Though I wouldn’t trade the experiences of my six years in NYC for anything—one positive, of course, was that I found a job at Kirkus—I grew weary of the pace and chaos and needed to make a change.
People frequently ask what I miss most about New York, and the answer is always the same: friends, food, and music. I have all of these necessities in abundance in Charleston, but the ...
Veronica Chambers photographed by Jason Clampet.
“Everything changes when you move to a new country. Doctors become cabdrivers. Lawyers become waiters. My mom, who was once a glamorous TV star, became a maid.” Or so Camilla de Valle (Cammi), teen narrator of Veronica Chambers’ YA novel The Go-Between,would have folks believe.
Cammi’s mother, a Mexican telenovela superstar, has chosen to flee her paparazzi-plagued life for the relative obscurity of Beverly Hills—and she only plays a domestic on TV. But when Cammi’s fellow students at ...
David Garrow photographed by David Rubin.
Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.
And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama, on his long arc to the presidency, to have been a man of many agendas, not all of them transparent ...
To get the girl in Randa Abdel-Fattah’s YA novel, The Lines We Cross, Australian teenager Michael Blainey needs to get (and stay) “woke”—though it’s probably not the term he would use.
“I’m familiar with it,” Abdel-Fattah says of the slang usage denoting possession of a social justice consciousness, “but it’s very much an American-specific context word, although it certainly resonates with what’s happening in Michael’s situation.”
Readers of The Lines We Cross (ages 12-17) meet Michael at an ...
Kirkus Indie talks with industry insiders
The staff of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
In Kirkus’ Word on the Street series, we talk weekly with editors, agents, booksellers, and librarians—who collectively represent publishing from manuscript to finished product—about their takes on the industry. Here, we ask several editors and agents to talk about their specific roles within publishing.
What’s unique about your corner of the publishing industry?
Erika Imranyi, executive editor, Park Row Books: Park Row Books just launched in the summer, and our first books go on sale in May 2017, starting with ...
Margaret Atwood photographed by Marisol Diaz.
Margaret Atwood is having a moment. In March, she was given the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle. In early April, she was profiled in the New Yorker, and in late April, a TV series based on her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, was streamed on Hulu. Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale has shot back onto bestseller lists 31 years after its original U.S. publication. I recently read it for the first time since ...
Quips on our radar
Lidia Yuknavitch photographed by Andrew Kovalev.
“He doesn’t know anything about marriage, so I’m not concerned.”
—Nan Talese on husband Gay Talese’s forthcoming book on the subject of their 57-year marriage, in the Vanity Fair profile “How Nan Talese Blazed Her Pioneering Path Through the Publishing Boys’ Club”
What are some words you despise that have been used to describe your writing by readers and/or reviewers?
“When a reviewer claimed The Small Backs of Children, a story about a girl who ...
Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.
The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford
One of the hallmarks of science fiction is asking "What if?" IN fact, the entire subgenre of alternate history is based on ...