“I can say that when the box full of finished copies arrived recently at my house, I did kind of stare at them in amazement. Most of that is probably because I’m about halfway through a new novel, at about the exact moment in the process where it feels nearly impossible that I’ll ever finish, and inconceivable that I’ve ever finished anything. So, to be able to see and hold a physical copy...
Best. Day. Ever.
Today it was announced that our own beloved, adored, treasured Reagan Arthur will be the publisher of Little, Brown. We can’t imagine a sharper, savvier, funnier person to helm the ship. It’ll mean some changes for us, but today we celebrate! And so many are celebrating with us. Here is the woman of the hour herself, hard at work, glass of wine to toast with handy, and surrounded by...
Eowyn Ivey's THE SNOW CHILD is a Discover Award...
The title says it all: our beloved Eowyn Ivey’s wonderful debut, THE SNOW CHILD, is one of three fiction titles up for the 2012 Discover Award. Winners will be announced on March 6, 2013. Hooray-owyn! -MB
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to our Endpapers
Last week I was hunting around online for the right image to use as endpapers in Kate Atkinson’s upcoming LIFE AFTER LIFE (April 2! Mark your calendars!). I had in mind something that looked like William Morris wallpaper and would incorporate certain elements of the story. I was surprised to find, without too much digging, exactly the perfect pattern, on someone’s Pinterest page. I was even more...
"Organized religion may be one way to find an...
The always thoughtful and wise Claire Cameron reviews Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY for The Millions, offering up reflections on the power of fiction, the interpretation of religion, and the gap between what we think and how we feel. —SM
SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP: Ian Rankin - Standing in... →
seattlemysterybookshop: Tues, Jan. 29th, Ian Rankin will drop by to signStanding in Another Man’s Grave.Two detectives work the case of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared along a scenic Scotland highway. Other than a photo sent from her phone, there’s been no trace of her. The case becomes more complicated by…
Ian Rankin: US tour: to know him is to love him
Ian Rankin is coming to a store near you! Meet and cavort with a brilliant, funny writer we’ve loved for literally twenty years. Enjoy, dear readers! 1/24: Los Angeles, CA (CA - Los Angeles) 7:00 PM - Book Soup 1/25: Half Moon Bay, CA (CA - San Francisco) 7:00 PM - Bay Book Company 1/26: Corte Madera, CA (CA - Other, CA - San Francisco) 4:00 PM - Book Passage 1/27: Scottsdale, AZ (AZ -...
Better than a P.O. Box
The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that if you write a letter to “Ian Rankin, Scotland” it will be delivered to The Oxford Bar (favored drinking establishment of Detective John Rebus.) Side note: Ian’s book STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE hit bookstores this week. To read an excerpt, visit Ian’s Facebook page. -MRP
Sara Nelson wants Kate Atkinson
From her Omnivoracious post “Sara Says: All I Want for New Years is… Kate Atkinson: Life After Life What if life could be a series of re-dos? That’s the question at the heart of Atkinson’s amazing novel that traces the life — and the potential deaths — of one fairly ordinary woman in 20th century Britain. Sound gimmicky? It’s not. By 20 pages in, you’ve completely...
And Valentine's Day come extra early at RAB!
This in the form of Simon Rich’s hilarious and touching new story collection THE LAST GIRLFRIEND ON EARTH. Prepare to fall in love with Simon’s humor if you haven’t already. Complete with a fabulous cover and adorably-sized packaging. Happy late 2012 and early 2013 holidays from RAB! —SM
Fun with Keywords
We love that the keywords for Simon Rich’s New Yorker story “I Love Girl” (an excerpt from his forthcoming collection The Last Girlfriend on Earth) are: Love Cavemen Artists Caves Horses Rocks Monsters -MRP
Christmas Come Early at RAB...
…in the form of Ian Rankin’s new book. John Rebus is back, starring in STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE! —SM
Anne Zouroudi’s THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY hit...
tips for flying
Virgin (so much leg room—and I wasn’t even in an exit row!) Sprees and other assorted chewy, sugary, candies Kate Atkinson I, for one, was worried about Life After Life. Could I love anyone more or even as much as Jackson Brodie? Yes indeed I can. Life After Life is intricate, funny, inventive, and peopled with the sort of memorable, endearing characters that I’ve come to expect for Ms....
Ian Rankin's US tour for Standing in Another Man's...
At long last we can post the dates for Ian Rankin’s 2013 US tour. People get ready, there’s a Rebus a comin’: 1/22: New York, NY- Barnes & Noble Upper East Side 1/24: Los Angeles, CA - Book Soup 1/25: Half Moon Bay, CA - Bay Book Company 1/26: Corte Madera, CA - Book Passage 1/27: Scottsdale, AZ - Poisoned Pen 1/28: Beaverton, OR - Powell’s 1/29: Seattle, WA -...
What Fancy People Call "Meta" →
“It’s important for me to get it right, and it’s a real fear that I won’t get it right…I feel like I’m leaving a record of the city.” Check out this article about George Pelecanos’s visit to a high school AP English class in D.C. You will immediately see why we are so lucky to work with him. —SM
Here are a few ways to entertain yourself when you must hunker down for four days in a tiny New York City apartment while a hurricane sweeps through the neighborhood. After watching hours of storm surge on the news, finally crack your copy of Susan Casey’s THE WAVE. Reassess long-held desire to learn how to surf. Rewatch an entire season of Friday Night Lights. Maybe Season 1, which...
Simon Rich at Litquake →
Simon Rich took part in Literary Death Match at Litquake. The reason he won is obvious. Hint: it’s because he is a hilarious web of talent.
Patrick Somerville at The Center for Fiction
Last night Patrick Somerville and Hannah Tinti had an event at The Center for Fiction. It was a total delight. Where we were: Here is a picture Hannah, Kristin Henley from the Center, and Patrick. ADORABLE. Brettne Bloom, (Patrick’s agent), me, and Oliver Haslegrave: the original Team Patrick. Oliver is the editor who brought Patrick to us. Then he ran off to start this...
LIFE AFTER LIFE
Can you tell that we’re really excited about Kate Atkinson’s new book LIFE AFTER LIFE? Not yet? Then allow me to gush a little for you. I was so sad to finish this book that I entered into a period of mourning and couldn’t read anything else for days. I offered to blurb it myself. Every time someone asks me if I’ve read anything good lately, which is OFTEN...
Kate Atkinson is a marvel. There aren’t enough breathless adjectives to...– Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl
Sarah Lotz's The Three
PW has announced our announcement, making the announcing way easy for us. We have signed up a fantastic writer, Sarah Lotz, and I can’t even explain how creepy and wonderful and intense and addictive her book, The Three, is. But I’ll have to find a way because we’re going to make sure the whole world hears about it, starting now. PS: I used a lot of restraint not making a...
A Lesson About Loaning Your Books
A friend might borrow a book from you, reach the mid-way point — and then decide to rip it in half in order to take *just* the second half on vacation with her. Without asking. And no, a replacement copy of INFINITE JEST will never compare to the copy from which you yourself read all 1,000+ pages. Be warned, so that you do not suffer the same fate as my friend Francis, whose bookshelf...
You Rach You Lose: Center for Fiction →
patricksomerville: I’ll be reading at the Center for Fiction on 10/9 at 7:00—my old friend Hannah Tinti is going to be there, too. Ten years ago, Hannah published my first story at One Story. We’ll probably talk about the new book, but maybe I’ll even dip back into the Jim Funkle…
Stuart Nadler is wonderful. But we already knew...
Our own Stuart Nadler has been chosen by Edith Pearlman to be one of the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honorees! This seems like as good a time as any to mention that Nadler’s debut novel, Wise Men, will be out in February 2013. And that he is such a masterful writer you would be a fool not to read it. A fool, I says. -MB
Tony Earley Interview : The New Yorker →
Deborah Triesman interviews Tony Earley about his story in this week’s New Yorker: “Years ago, on a bridge in the middle of the night, a dog bit my grandfather’s brother Marion. Uncle Marion grabbed the dog by the head and threw it into the creek. Then he ran through a cornfield to my grandfather’s house. Everyone assumed that the dog was rabid and that Uncle Marion was going to die....
Neil Patrick Harris announces memoir: 'My plan is... →
One more reason to love Neil Patrick Harris.
Brooklyn Book Festival 2012
Brooklyn Book Festival was back this weekend and it was better than ever. Not just because it meant that I could spend time with the always hilarious, talented, and charming Patrick Somerville. But, yeah, that was a big part of it for me. Here’s Patrick on his panel with Thad Ziolkowski and Francine Prose. They are all experiencing feelings. Serious feelings. Patrick signs copies...
Seasons by the Color
Book publishing is all about seasons. Here at Little, Brown, we have two seasons: Spring-Summer and Fall-Winter. As I was reorganizing my book display the other day (no, I’m not anal), I noticed there’s a seasonal trend in the cover art at Reagan Arthur Books. Our spring and summer titles seem to have covers dominated by reds, oranges, and yellows: Our fall and winter titles, on...
How Does Simon Rich Do Everything All the Time?
Do you think Simon Rich sleeps? Perhaps he just curls up under his desk at Pixar for 20 seconds three times a day to stay on his game? I can’t imagine that he’s getting eight hours of shuteye a night while putting out as much wonderful writing as he is and holding down a full-time job. Check out the latest piece in this week’s The New Yorker, “The Married Kama...
Booking it through Savannah
The post in which Sarah Murphy reports from Savannah (and discovers pralines) I was in Savannah earlier this summer for one of the eight weddings I’m attending this year. Tip for those of you also facing a daunting string of nuptials: if you’re looking to include a little something extra with your card and check, try a copy of WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST. It’s full of emotional and...
EMT: Editors Matter Too! →
The story of Peter Blackstock’s first acquisition (welcome to the club, PB!) and of David Abrams debut novel, and the elbow grease they each applied to the process. Happy almost pub day boys! —LT
Patrick Somerville on Electric Literature's... →
Any article by our main man Patrick that begins, “I had been involved in pressurized and spray-on cheeses for over a decade” has our attention. Read on, friends!
Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? :... →