History may be written by the victors, but historical fiction doesn’t place such limits on its authors. Readers never seem to tire of the genre—see 2014’s Kirkus Prize winner for fiction, Lily King’s novel Euphoria, as well as Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, and Kate Atkinson’s bestselling Life After Life and its sequel, A God in Ruins. Indieland is also fertile ground for authors who want to animate the past; here are excerpts from ...
An Indie writer who shares her success with others
January 27, 2016
Dianne Sagan photographed by Kimberly Black.
A hybrid author who also coaches aspiring authors, Dianne G. Sagan was on the Amazon Best Sellers list for 42 weeks with Rebekah Redeemed and The Fisherman’s Wife from her Women of the Bible series. She has ghostwritten 10 books for an international clientele, six of which were bestsellers. Sagan has published mysteries and books—The Hybrid Author, The Hybrid Author Companion Journal, and Tools and Tips for Writers—with tips for writers to hone their craft.
Self Published writers who vividly depict the creature world.
January 25, 2016
Readers who embrace animal tales—whether it’s Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts” cartoon strip, which chronicles the escapades of an intrepid cat and dog, or the Henri videos, which reveal the existential angst of a French-speaking feline—should look for three captivating Indie books that Kirkus reviewed recently. They include an empathetic novel about a bear, a charming memoir by a veterinarian, and an illuminating owner’s guide and memoir by a dog trainer, canine police officer, and dog sled racer.
The National Book Critics Circle's List of the Best Books of 2015
January 18, 2016
Kirstin Valdez Quade, the 2015 recipient of the John Leonard Prize for a debut book. Photographed by Maggie Shipstead.
Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World (Grand Central Publishing); Vivian Gornick, The Odd Woman and the City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); George Hodgman, Bettyville (Viking); Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon); and Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (Grove Press)
Terry Alford, Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth (Oxford Univ.); Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House); T.J. Stiles, Custer's Trials: A Life on ...
The enduring popularity of the horror genre shows that people still love to be scared. Stephen King, one of the most successful authors of all time, still regularly haunts the bestseller lists. AMC’s The Walking Dead remains a huge hit even into its sixth season, and horror movies, such as those in the Paranormal Activity series, still rake in millions. Kirkus Indie reviewed a few notable horror tomes in the past year that also deliver thrills and chills.
We talk with the legendary indie bookstore's staff
January 6, 2016
Square Books first opened in 1979 on the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi. The bookstore, named by Publishers Weekly as Bookstore of the Year in 2013, hosts more than 150 author events annually and is known for its selection of literary fiction, books on the American South and by Southern writers, and children’s books. We talked with General Manager Lyn Roberts; co-founder (and former Oxford mayor) Richard Howorth; and bookseller Paul Fyke about Southern writing, a marathon signing with ...
Self-publishing allows writers to tell their full stories
November 12, 2015
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen's book Changing Lives, Making History
Indie publishing is an increasingly popular option for religion writers, offering them a unique opportunity to expand on their thoughts and describe their own experiences. In some cases, self-publishing might be the only way to put across controversial views or touch on sensitive subjects. This was true for Qasim Rashid when he was looking to publish his memoir, The Wrong Kind of Muslim. Every traditional publisher he approached “included the caveat [that I would have] to either tone down the ...
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