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THE ROAD OUT by Deborah Hicks Reviewed in The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe recently reviewed Debroah Hicks' memoir THE ROAD OUT, published by University of California Press on February 12th.

More News and Reviews for THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

Helene Wecker's novel THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, which will be published by HarperCollins on April 23rd, was included as a First Fiction feature in the February 4th issue of Publishers Weekly. It has also been chosen as an alternative selection for Bookspan book clubs.

The novel received an excellent advance review from Booklist which declares, " . . . Wecker does not disappoint as she keeps the surprises coming in this unusual story of the intersection of two magical beings and their joint impact on their parochial immigrant communities."

Excellent Publishers Weekly Review of THE CREATION OF ANNE BOLEYN BY Susan Bordo

Publishers Weekly notes, "The University of Kentucky humanities chair does a superb job of separating fact from fiction in contemporary accounts of Boleyn’s life, before deftly deconstructing the myriad and contradictory portraits of her that have arisen in the centuries since her death . . ." Bordo's book will be published by Houghton Mifflin on April 9th.

Ray Douglas Receives Honorable Mention in PROSE Award Competition

Ray Douglas's ORDERLY AND HUMANE has received an honorable mention in the PROSE Award competition, in the European History category. The PROSE Awards are given annually by the American Publishers Association, and recognize the best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are granted in a wide range of scholarly fields.

Goldin Agency Titles Featured in Publishers Weekly List

Both THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker and THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan are included in Publishers Weekly's list of their Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2013.

Two New Bestsellers

Earlene Fowler's new novel THE ROAD TO CARDINAL VALLEY has reached #3 on the Baker and Taylor mystery bestseller list.

PJ Tracy's novel OFF THE GRID (titled TWO EVILS in the UK) debuted at #8 on the London Sunday Times bestseller list.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann's New Novel Named Junion Library Guild Pick

Lyn Miller-Lachmann's novel ROGUE which will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books on May 16th, has been selected as an upcoming pick for the Junior Library Guild.

In Memorium Gerda Lerner

It was with a heavy heart that the agency learned of our client Gerda Lerner's passing on January 2, 2013.

"Gerda Lerner came to this agency in May of 2000, with a wonderful manuscript called FIREWEED: A POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY, an account of her life escaping Nazi-occupied Vienna, and then becoming an American radical. I had known of her work as a pioneer in the field of women's history for a long time and I was honored to meet and represent her. She and I shared many things--we both came as young women to our lifelong commitment to political activism. For years,a huge poster of FIREWEED greeted all who entered our office. That woman ROCKED!" - Frances Goldin

The touching New York Times' obituary can be found here.

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR Continues to be a Bestseller

Sales of FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver continue to be strong as it enters its 16th week on the New York Times bestseller list. It is currently at #33 on the extended list.

Barbara Kingsolver will also appear in conversation with Al Gore on February 12th at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, as part of the City Arts and Lectures series.

Goldin Agency Books Featured on Several "Best of 2012" Lists

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver was named a New York Times Notable Book for the year.

LA Times book critic David Ulin selected John D'Agata's THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT as one of his three end-of-the-year book recommendations.
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT and IMMOBILITY by Brian Evenson were also included in the Huffington Post's list of the top 20 books of the year.

Ray Douglas’s book ORDERLY AND HUMANE was selected as one of the best of the year by The Atlantic.

SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness won the Goodreads Readers Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy of 2012
It was also included in the fiction section of Barnes & Noble's Best Books of 2012, Amazon Canada's Best Books of 2012, and Amazon's Top Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2012.

The audiobook version won the Audible.com award for Best Fantasy Audiobook of 2012, and EL James named SHADOW OF NIGHT her favorite book of 2012 in The Guardian

Barbara Kingsolver's New Novel FLIGHT BEHAVIOR Released to Great Acclaim, is Also a Bestseller

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR debuted at #3 on The New York Times' Hardcover Fiction bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Hardcover Fiction List. It is currently #1 in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and on the national Indiebound Hardcover Fiction list

In addition to stellar sales, it also received fantastic reviews in The New York Times, The New York Times' Book Review, The Guardian, USA Today, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, People, Parade, Time, Entertainment Weekly,and many others.

Barbara also had appearances on The Leonard Lopate Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and NPR's Science Friday among several other programs.

Sharon Lerner Publishes Articles in The American Prospect and The Atlantic

Goldin Agency client Sharon Lerner published an article in The American Prospect this month about Oklahoma's early education system titled "Pre-K on the Range," as well as an article in The Atlantic titled "Why Paid Leave Could Pass in Obama's Second Term: Americans Want It."

Josh Garris-Davis Publishes a Memoir and More

Josh Garrett-Davis's memoir GHOST DANCES: PROVING UP ON THE GREAT PLAINS which was published by Little, Brown in August was selected as a "Can't Miss" book by Reader's Digest, with the journal noting that,"[This] combination of memoir and history is riveting.”

Garret-Davis also had a prominent review of Timothy Egan's book SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER in Sunday's New York Times Book Review.

In October he published an op-ed piece about George McGovern in the New York Times as well.

Early Buzz for THE GREAT PEARL HEIST by Molly Crosby


Booklist notes, "Crosby, who wrote the best-selling story of how yellow fever shaped U.S. history, The American Plague (2006), has crafted another compelling popular history."

Laura Miller at Salon declares, " . . . a story this fun simply cries out for a sequel."

It was also selected as a best book of the month by Barnes and Noble.

Great Reviews for Barbara Kingsolver's New Novel FLIGHT BEHAVIOR

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, FLIGHT BEHAVIOR, isn't being published until Nov. 6th (HarperCollins in the US and Faber in the UK), but it's already getting rave reviews.

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence.

FLIGHT BEHAVIOR has been featured in People, Parade, and Readers Digest, and received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist.

Publisher's Weekly declares, “With her powerful new novel, Kingsolver delivers literary fiction that conveys an urgent social message . . . a clarion call about climate change, too lucid and vivid for even skeptics to ignore.”

HarperCollins is preparing for her fans' enthusiasm by scheduing a first printing of 250,000 copies.

SHADOW OF NIGHT International Bestseller

The long-awaited SHADOW OF NIGHT, #2 in Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, was published on July 10, and debuted on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list at #1 on July 29. It has also been a bestseller for four weeks in the UK, debuting at #2 on the Times of London hardcover fiction bestseller list. After a three-week tour of the US, where she has read to sellout crowds, Deborah will tour England and France during the second week of September.

Frances Goldin Clients on The Leonard Lopate Show

Josh Garrett-Davis discussed his new memoir, GHOST DANCES: PROVING UP ON THE GREAT PLAINS, just out from Little Brown.

Aaron Bobrow Strain also joined Lopate to discuss food politics and his new book WHITE BREAD which was published by Beacon in March.


RIDE,BOLDLY RIDE: THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN WESTERN by Mary Lea Bandy will be published in October by the University of California Press, and was highlighted last week on TMC's website.

Glowing Kirkus Review of STATE OUT OF THE UNION by Jeff Biggers

Kirkus Reviews declares: "...the author is masterful at showing how the past is prologue...A timely book, especially with immigration policy playing a major role in the upcoming presidential campaign."

Brian Evenson's New Story Collection On Huffington Post

Brian Evenson's new collection WINDEYE was selected as one of Huffington Post's "Best 11 Summer Books of 2012."

It was also recently reviewed in Bookforum as well as in The StarTribune by Granta editor John Freeman.

BLACK GOTHAM Nominated For Prize

Carla Peterson has been nominated for the 2012 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for her book BLACK GOTHAM, which was published February by Yale University Press. Finalists were selected from a field of over one hundred entries by a jury of scholars, and the winner will be announced in the fall.

NOTES FROM NO MAN'S LAND Selected As "Common Book"

Approximately 5,000 incoming freshman to the Univerity of Kentucky this fall will be reading Eula Biss's collection of essays NOTES FROM NO MAN'S LAND, as part of their "Common Book" program.

Donna Andrews on NY Times Bestseller List

Donna Andrews's SOME LIKE IT HAWK, the 14th installment in her long-running mystery series, debuted on the NY Times Extended list at #33.

Steve Light's Storyboxes Reviewed

And in the Goldin Agency's first foray into toys, author/illustrator Steve Light's (TRUCKS GO, TRAINS GO) Story Boxes got a great review in News Blaze.

Gwyndolyn Oxenham in The Times

Gwyndolyn Oxenham, whose book FINDING THE GAME was recently published by St. Martin's,contributed a piece about pick-up soccer to the New York Times' goal blog.

In Memorium Adrienne Rich

We note with grief the passing of our client and friend Adrienne Rich, who died on March 27 at her home in Santa Cruz, California. With the Goldin Agency for 25 years, Rich was an exemplar to all of us--fiercely committed to the written word, for its beauty, its rigor, its power as witness. She represented all that we as an agency aspire to. She was warm and unassuming in person, yet a commanding presence, even as she became more frail. We will miss her deeply.

The New York Times obituary is an excellent brief account of her life.

In addition, the note by Robyn Creswell on the Paris Review website is a brief but penetrating critical appreciation.

Rich had a long history with The Paris Review. In a 2011 interview, she talked about her latest poetry collection Tonight No Poetry Will Serve (Norton, 2011). In answer to the question, "What are poetry's obligations?" she responds, "For a poet, in this time we call 'ours,' in this whirlpool of disinformation and manufactured distraction? Not to fake it, not to practice a false innocence, not pull the shades down on what’s happening next door or across town. Not to settle for shallow formulas or lazy nihilism or stifling self-reference." Read the whole thing here.

Frances Goldin Receives 2012 Publishing Triangle Leadership Award

Frances Goldin recieved the Publishing Triangle Leadership Award on April 19th. This award puts the spotlight on the contribution of editors, literary agents, and others who have worked tirelessly to see that great LGBT literature reaches avid readers. The award ceremony was held at The New School. In her speech, she reflected on how the experience of being “Other” lends itself to a greater generosity of spirit, and encouraged the audience to foster this impulse. She also decried the disproportionate scarcity of people of color working in publishing today and urged everyone in attendance to participate in the Occupy movement, of which she has been avid supporter.

Read more about the event on the Publishing Triangle's website.

Media Attention For Gretchen Reynolds

Just out from Hudson Street Press/Penguin, Gretchen Reynolds’ bracing THE FIRST TWENTY MINUTES has been getting great media coverage. A review of all the latest science on exercise and fitness, the book has been featured in Parade and O: The Oprah Magazine, and Gretchen has appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, the Laura Ingraham Show, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Gretchen’s “Phys Ed” column in the New York Times is part of the newly expanded Well blog on nyt.com, which will soon feature related videos.

Gretchen also had a piece in the Times’ Sunday Review section about how we're all sitting too much.

A Facebook chat with Parade readers is here.


Steven Jaffe’s NEW YORK AT WAR, was published in April by Basic Books, and received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Library Journal. Bringing a unique lens to bear on the world’s most celebrated and contested city, Jaffe reveals the surprising ways the city has been shaped by war and conflict from its very beginnings. NEW YORK AT WAR is that most rare of books: a work of history that is at once local and international, timely and timeless. Library Journal calls it “magisterial”; “Well-researched, with a flair for the dramatic, and full of unexpected tidbits. Military buffs and New Yorkers will especially love it,” says Kirkus.

An excerpt from the book, along with an interactive map of New York’s wartime sites, is here.

TRAINS GO in New York Times

TRAINS GO by Steve Light was featured in the New York Times board book round up on May 2nd.

Gayle Brandeis Named Literary Laureate

Gayle Brandeis has been named the 2012 - 2014 Literary Laureate for the Inlandia Institute. The Inlandia Institute is a non-profit literary center that recognizes, supports and encourages literary activity in all forms in Inland Southern California. The recognition was announced on April 25th, and can be read about more here.


USA Today featured the 20th Anniversary edition of Dorothy Allison's BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA in their “Book Buzz” column , remarking that the book is a "seminal novel which spotlighted the emotional and financial struggles of a young girl growing up in a troubled family in the rural South." It was a National Book Award finalist, an Oprah pick and was made into an award-winning film by Anjelica Huston.

Agatha Award Nomination

Donna Andrews was recently nominated for an Agatha Award for her novel THE REAL MACAW, the latest installment of her popular bird-themed mystery series.

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE Selected for World Book Night

Barbara Kingsolver's novel THE POISONWOOD BIBLE was selected as one of the books given away during World Book Night on April 23rd. World Book Night is an annual even that started in the U.K. in 2011, and has since expanded to include the U.S. and Ireland. Thirty paperback books are selected to be distributed for free by thousands of designated "book givers." The event is designed to promote a love of reading, and doubtless created many new Kingsolver fans.

Publisher's Weekly Starred Reviews

Two of the agency's books that were released in the beginning of 2012 received starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly.

Publisher's Weekly calls Lewis' book an "impressive, meticulously researched study of the exciting new developments in gene therapy." The review notes that, "with each success, as Lewis recounts in this rigorous, energetic work, possibilities in treating HIV infection and dozens of other diseases might be around the next corner."

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT by John D'agata and Jim Fingal (W.W. Norton)
In this innovative work of non-fiction, acclaimed essayist D'agata spars with fact-checker Fingal over the verification of details in an article D'agata was publishing in The Believer. Publisher's Weekly declares it,"Very a propos in our era of spruced-up autobiography and fabricated reporting, this is a whip-smart, mordantly funny, thought-provoking rumination on journalistic responsibility and literary license." THE LIFESPAND OF A FACT was also featured on the cover of The New York Times Book Review on February 21,2012.

Eula Biss Awarded National Endowment for the Arts' Fellowship

Eula Biss, who was also awarded a Guggenheim this year, was one of forty writers to recieve The 2012 National Endowment for the Arts’ Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose). Each fellow received $25,000 to help them in their writing. Her book Notes from No Man's Land won an NBCC last year.

A Discovery of Witches: Film Rights to Warner Brothers

Deborah Harkness's stunning debut novel A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, the first volume in her ALL SOULS TRILOGY, has been optioned for film by Warner Brothers, with Denise DiNovi and Allison Greenspan to produce; Rich Green at CAA handled the deal. No word yet on who will play Diana or Matthew, although there has been much debate about casting on Facebook! The announcement of the deal on deadline.com is here.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES shot right to the top of bestseller lists upon publication in early February. Debuting on the New York Times hardcover fiction list at #2, it spent a total of 15 weeks on the list. The book was a top-ten bestseller on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble for the entire month of February. Prior to publication it was featured in a Publishers Weekly "Galley Talk"; O, The Oprah Magazine called it a "romantic, erudite, and suspenseful first novel"; and Entertainment Weekly included it in their 2011 Preview Issue: "This might just be a Twilight for the tweedy set." The book was mentioned on "The Today Show," was an "Indienext" pick, was featured as one of Amazon.com's "Best Books of the Month" for February, and will be published in 34 different languages around the world.

An insightful article about the author and the book appeared in the
Los Angeles Times.

Haunting Book Trailer for Ryan Van Meter's Debut Collection

The Publisher's Weekly's blog PWxyz highlighted Ryan Van Meter's "stunning short film/book trailer" for his debut collection If You Knew Then What I Know Now.

This short film is a wonderful and haunting example of what book-related web videos can be, if they're riffs on the substance of books, rather than thinly disguised pitches.

If You Knew Then What I Know Now from Sarabande Books on Vimeo.

PW gave the book a starred review and Kirkus raved: "If You Knew Then What I Know Now [is] as compelling as a great novel, and as ethereally beautiful as a poem that you read and still remember years later. Which is all to say that I haven’t read many books like it--not just because, as the sum of its parts, it’s difficult to pigeonhole into one genre, but because it’s flawless. Van Meter is a young writer, and this is his first book, but he’s already mastered a literary form that takes most other writers decades and decades to get right."

PJ Tracy's Play to Kill Debuts on London Times Paperback Bestseller List

Penguin UK reports that PLAY TO KILL, PJ Tracy's latest in their long-running series, debuted at #8 on the London Sunday Times Paperback Bestseller list on April 17th, after rising to #4 on the hardcover list last spring. This marks the fifth consecutive bestseller for the mother-daughter duo in the UK.

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