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The Marble Orchard receives a starred review in Publishers Weekly

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Starred Review for The Marble Orchard

Alex Taylor’s wonderfully bloody Kentucky noir The Marble Orchard received a starred review in Kirkus:

“Taylor’s understanding of place, ‘ancient beyond all measure and remote beyond all reckoning,’ and the hard people who ‘walk around with the dark all their lives until they are the dark’ echoes the cultural dissections of Daniel Woodrell and James Lee Burke. A brilliant debut.

A beautiful book trailer…

for Rachel Weaver’s beautiful novel, Point of Direction:

Sheila Bapat in The Nation

Part of the Family? author Sheila Bapat was interviewed in The Nation.

Point of Direction on NPR

Rachel Weaver’s Point of Direction was reviewed by Alan Cheuse of NPR’s All Things Considered:

Point of Direction in Oprah Magazine

Rachel Weaver’s Point of Direction was reviewed in the May issue of O Magazine. “The romance between a hitchhiker and the fisherman who picks her up becomes ever more complicated when they agree to become caretakers of a remote Alaskan lighthouse, in this strikingly vivid debut novel.”

Written in the Stars Reviewed by The Wall Street Journal

“What hunting takes place in “Written in the Stars” is entirely of the romantic sort—vividly, captivatingly so—set in a long-ago postwar world when teenagers said things like “golly” and “gee whiz.” This volume collects for the first time early stories penned by the prolific Lois Duncan, who will turn 80 later this month. Her best-known works include the humorously insightful “Hotel for Dogs” (1971) and the teen suspense novel “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (1973).

What makes “Written in the Stars” striking and quite wonderful is the ease and sagacity with which Ms. Duncan writes about adolescence (at an astonishingly young authorial age) and the emotional resonance she creates with characters we will know only briefly—for such is the nature of short stories. Here, for instance, a girl remembers what life was like before she discovered boys: “She thought of . . . the long, golden summer stretching behind her, free of twisting little jealousies and tears, free of sudden sweet joy, free of agonizing moments of heartbreak that come so easily at fifteen and last such a short time and yet fill the world so completely while they last.” When Ms. Duncan wrote these wise words, she was just 15 herself.

Rachel Weaver interviewed in Bookslut

Point of Direction author Rachel Weaver was interviewed in the April issue of Bookslut.

Point of Direction is an Indie Next pick

Rachel Weaver’s Point of Direction has been chosen as an Indie Next pick for May. This comes on the heels of the book’s selection as an ABA “Indies Introduce” Debut Authors selection. The book is also scheduled to be reviewed in the May issue of Oprah Magazine.

Damn Love–PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction

We’re pleased to announce that Jasmine Beach-Ferrara’s Damn Love was named as an “Honorable Mention” in the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Congrats, Jasmine!

Lizzie Skurnick Books in The Baltimore Sun

Ig’s hot YA imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, was profiled in the Baltimore Sun

Ernest J. Gaines on NPR

Lizzie Skurnick Books’s latest release, A Long Day in November by Ernest J. Gaines, was reviewed by Alan Cheuse on NPR’s All Things Considered:

Jessica Mason Pieklo, co-author of Crow After Roe, on Democracy Now!

Jessica Mason Pieklo, co-author of Crow After Roe, appeared on Democracy Now! to talk about the recent abortion rulings in Texas:

Ryan Bartelmay Featured in the Chicago Tribune

Ryan Bartelmay, author of Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward, was profiled in the October 13th Chicago Tribune. Watch for the hat!

Lizzie Skurnick Books profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered

Lizzie Skurnick Books in The Washington Post, NY Daily News, Newsday and Bookish

Lizzie Skurnick Books was everywhere this week–The Washington Post, NY Daily News, and Newsday.

Lizzie Skurnick Books Featured in The Chicago Tribune (and Forward)

Ig’s new classic YA imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, was the subject of a feature in the 9/8 edition of The Chicago Tribune. This comes on the heels on another feature on the imprint, in the Jewish Daily Forward.