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 Newman was warned that his book had been classified and could not be published, beginning a series of curious obstacles that kept his work widely ...
Indie novelists uncover the intersection of money & art
In the memorable 1965 film The Agony and the Ecstasy, based on Irving Stone’s book, an intense Michelangelo paints God on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and rants at Pope Julius II.
Decades later, legions of authors still seek to capture the art world’s passionate historical figures like Michelangelo or weave fictional tapestries that reimagine its lavish auctions, charismatic stars, shocking Nazi revelations, or brazen heists. Kirkus recently reviewed three intricate novels that explore the fraught intersection of money and art ...
We talk with Francine Lucidon, Owner of the Voracious Reader
The Voracious Reader, and its attached tea shop, A Proper Cup, turns 10 this year. The Larchmont, New York, bookstore is geared toward babies, young adults, and any book-buying adults in tow. Here, owner Francine Lucidon talks about her philosophy for creating a destination bookstore for families.
How would you describe the Voracious Reader to the uninitiated?
We are primarily a children’s bookstore that takes a decidedly nonpedagogical approach to reading, with a strong emphasis on children’s innate desire to ...
An early adapter to digital publishing is still going strong
By 1997, when he was 70, Warren Adler had already released 27 novels and had 12 of them optioned for film adaptations, including the blockbuster The War of the Roses (1981) and Private Lies (1991). Despite this incredible success, Adler became frustrated with the practices of traditional publishing and was drawn to the future possibilities of digital publishing. In 1998, to be a pioneer of e-book publishing, he founded Stonehouse Press, dedicated exclusively to his own works. In acquiring the ...
In Indieland, there’s no such thing as poetry month; we celebrate all year long. But April always serves as a welcome reminder to share some of our favorite starred collections.
Songs of Bernie Bjørnby Diane Elliott: “Readers learn about Bernie…in a series of 50 monologues….The neighbors say that when Bernie moved in next door, she ‘livened up our gossip / lightened up our lives / she was all beat and boogie / full of hope love and curiosity’….These songs of ...