Kirby Gann’s Ghosting was reviewed in the June 3rd (Summer Reading) issue of the New York Times.
“Ghosting” offers a high-low cocktail of lovely prose and cruel deeds…. Gann populates his novel with darkly beautiful images…”
Outerborough Blues received a nice review in the April 16 issue of Publisher’s Weekly:
“…a novel that reads like Raymond Chandler taking dictation from Walt Whitman.”
…and in the May 1 issue of Booklist:
“Cotto, who lives in Brooklyn, evokes a New York state of mind in this well-crafted urban noir.”
Kirby Gann’s Ghosting was named a “Must Read” for April by Flavorpill.
“A classic whodunit ripe with spare, snappy prose and riddled with period language, this is one show-stopper that deserves a standing ovation.”—Publisher’s Weekly
A starred review for Ghosting in the Feb 20 issue of Publisher’s Weekly.
“…the characters are fully realized—rooted in the land and veined with bad blood—and their motivations are complex and believable. Violent, bloody, and darkly beautiful, this is a fascinating novel depicting the seedy bottom of an America in decline.”
2011 was a good year for Ig Publishing. We started the year with award-winning author Ron Tanner’s delightfully dystopian novel, Kiss Me, Stranger. You have to read the book to fully appreciate the experience, but for those of you who only have 4 minutes and 27 seconds of free time, here is Ron’s book trailer, which will give you an idea of what happens on the printed page, both visually and linguistically.
Next came a book that wound up being quite prescient in anticipating the political and social turmoil that would come to represent 2011, Reviving the Strike: How Working Can Regain Power and Transform America. Author and labor lawyer Joe Burns convincingly argues that the only way for workers to break free of the repressive system of labor control that has been imposed upon them by corporations and the government for the past seventy-five years is to redevelop an effective strike based on the now outlawed traditional labor tactics of stopping production and workplace-based solidarity. Joe’s book perfectly represented a moment of change that began with the attacks on labor in Wisconsin the spring, and continued with the OWS movement in the fall.
2011 also saw the continuation of our “Class-Ig” series of reprints of important works of history and politics, with the release of Edward Bernays’s Crystallizing Public Opinion and Vance Packard’s The Waste Makers. Our second title by Bernays, after Propaganda, which we reissued in 2004, Crystallizing, originally released in 1923, was the first ever book written about the then nascent field of public relations, and set down the principles that corporations and government have used to influence public attitudes over the past century. Featuring an introduction by Bill McKibben, The Waste Makers is Vance Packard’s pioneering 1960 work on how the rapid growth of disposable consumer goods was degrading the environmental, financial, and spiritual character of American society. We are happy to reintroduce these classic works to a whole new audience.
The fall saw the release of two dynamic novels, Laura Ellen Scott’s Death Wishing, a tale of what happens when dying wishes start to come true, and Mark Yakich’s A Meaning for Wife, the story of a man trying to come to terms with the sudden death of his wife, the aging parents he has long avoided, and the tribulations of single parenthood. A Meaning For Wife helped us end the year on a high note, as it was chosen as the number one “Small Press Highlight” of 2011 by the National Book Critics Circle.
If 2011 was a good year, we have even higher hopes for 2012, when Ig will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Among the books you can look forward to in the new year are Kendra Pierre-Louis’s Green Washed, about how we cannot shop our way to sustainability; Ghosting, Kirby Gann’s lush and lyrical novel of family and community, and the ties that can both bond and betray; Jonah Man, Chris Narozny’s novel about vaudeville, drug dealing and one-armed jugglers; Andrew Cotto’s Outerborough Blues, a mystery set in early 1990s Brooklyn, Trevor Aaronson’s The Terror Factory, based on his Mother Jones cover story about how the FBI uses informants to manufacture terror plots,; Mark Van de Valle’s Trailer Park Nation, about trailers in the American psyche; and Diana Wagman’s brilliantly bizarre novel, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets.
Happy New Year to everyone! See you in 2012.
Since no one really knows what the future holds for e-books–other than the fact that the market should continue to grow–we are trying a little experiment. For a limited time, Death Wishing by Laura Ellen Scott is available for FREE on Kindle. We figure that one of two things will happen as a result; giving people a chance to read this fun, crazy and extraordinary novel for free will lead to said people telling their friends about it–the old “word of mouth”–so that when it comes time to charge money for it again, these word of mouthers will happily part with their hard earned cash; or, these same people will enjoy their free swag, tell no one about it, and this little experiment will lead to nothing. Tune in a few weeks to find out what happens. Meanwhile, enjoy your freebie.
UPDATE–Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books, who I spoke to on Friday, has a very well thought out post on our free giveaway of Death Wishing.
Here is video of Joe Burn’s appearance on The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell