We talk to Joe Bratcher, owner of Malvern Books
Joe Bratcher of Malvern Books.
Malvern Books, founded in 2013, is doing its part to keep Austin weird. Focused on the “lesser-known and emerging voices the world needs to hear,” the general bookstore is the vision of Joe Bratcher. While running Host Publications, an indie press he co-founded, Bratcher dreamed of opening a community space devoted to independent presses.
How would you describe Malvern Books to the uninitiated?
Malvern Books is a comfortable community space that specializes in poetry and fiction from small and ...
Highlighting the best LGBTQ indie fiction
A novel’s setting shapes the fates of its characters, especially an LGBTQ cast. Time and place can dictate everything about characters’ survival and happiness. A couple of recent Indie titles use the electric backdrop of Manhattan to render slices of queer life during two very different decades in the same city.
In Juliana, playwright and professor Vanda gives us “a well-researched, richly textured look at LGBTQ life in 1940s New York City, a time when women could get into trouble ...
One of the oldest elements of the noir genre is the romantic, doomed couple on the run from the law. It’s featured in many movies, from Gun Crazy (1950) to Natural Born Killers (1994), and it remains popular among crime-fiction writers. Each of these examples, reviewed by Kirkus Indie, offers surprising twists on the formula:
Harvey Havel’s The Thruway Killers (2016) features a classic noir plot: Sabrina McPhee plots the murder of her wealthy husband, Arthur, with his crack-smoking, middle-aged ...
The indie bestseller divulges the secrets to her success
Over the past eight years, Canadian writer Eve Langlais has juggled raising kids, taking care of housework, and producing more than 90 romance novels and novellas. Even more surprising is the wide array of genres her romance and erotic stories fall into. Her more than 10 different series take readers on dates with demons, hunky cyborgs, and enough shape-shifters to fill a zoo, and her readers can’t get enough of her frenetic worldbuilding. Avid fans have propelled kitschy titles like ...
A bestselling YA writer regains control of her books
Rachel Carter’s USA Today bestselling Black Mageseries started with the 2014 book First Year.A daydream of Carter’s involving a man and woman dueling with magic as a castle crumbled around them inspired the magical realm of Jerar, where 15-year-old Ryiah enters a war school and falls in love with a prince, who also becomes her biggest rival. Young fans of these dark, romantic fantasies have followed Ryiah through four books and a prequel, with the final installment, Last Stand ...
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 ...
We talk to the store’s co-owner Ellen Burns
Ellen Burns and Darwin Ellis
Books on the Common, in Ridgefield, Connecticut, credits their 30-plus years of success—surviving chain bookstores and the rise of Amazon—to a loyal customer base that considers the general bookstore an essential part of the New England town. Here, Ellen Burns, who co-owns the store with Darwin Ellis, talks about their “reading rabbit,” an event with Roz Chast, and how a liberal staff manages politics in polarized times.
How would you describe Books on the Common to the uninitiated?
In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his book had been classified and could not be published, beginning a series of curious obstacles that kept his work widely ...