Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Featured Author : Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi (c) Piotr Cieplak

Helen Oyeyemi

About the Author

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, most recently White Is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somerset Maugham Award, and Mr. Fox, which won a 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She lives in Prague.


Author photo by Piotr Cieplak

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The Good Lord Bird is coming to the big screen!

Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith are slated to star in the film adaptation of the bestselling National Book Award winner THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride. McBride will co-produce. Read more about the forthcoming project at Deadline Hollywood.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

3 Riverhead Authors Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellows

We're proud and thrilled to find out that Meghan O'Rourke, Victoria Sweet, and Claire Vaye Watkins have all been named 2014 Guggenheim Fellows! See the list of current fellows here.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, 1927-2014


Author photo for catalogue CREDIT Linda Girvin

We are deeply saddened by the news of Peter Matthiessen's death.The award-winning author of more than thirty books, world-renowned naturalist, explorer, Buddhist teacher, and political activist, died at 5:15 PM on Saturday April 5, 2014 after an illness of some months. He was eighty-six years old. Read the NYT obituary here and a recent New York Times Magazine profile here. Matthiessen's last and latest book is In Paradise.

(Author photo (c) Linda Girvin)

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Daniel Alarcón’s novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, is a finalist for the 83rd Annual California Books Awards

To see the full list of nominees and read about the selection process, click here.

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Leah Hager Cohen's No Book But the World Debuts to a Rave 4-Star People Review

Only just on sale, and already No Book But the World is garnering rave reviews. People says in a 4-star review: "Cohen demonstrates a masterful talent, creating richly drawn characters and settings and supplying a satisfyingly shocking yet believable denouement."

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Masha Gessen takes on Vladimir Putin in the LA Times

Masha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin writes: "Is Putin insane, is he Hitler, or is he both? He is none of those things. In fact, he may be unlike any politician the world has known."

Read the full piece here.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Manuel Gonzales wins Prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize

Three cheers for Manuel Gonzales, whose short story collection The Miniature Wife just won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction! The Award will be presented this May. Read the full announcement here.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Victoria Sweet in the NYT on the real legacy of Florence Nightingale: "Far More Than a Lady With a Lamp"

Victoria Sweet, author of God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, discusses Florence Nightingale's impressive and often forgotten accomplishments (writing a bestseller which would make her financially independent in a time when few women were; reorganizing and reforming Britain's hospitals and founding the first real school for nurses; speaking prolifically on public health, sanitation, India, and prostitution) and what she might make of the Affordable Care Act today.

Read the full piece here.

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Daniel Alarcón named a PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Finalist

We are thrilled to hear that Daniel Alarcón was named one of 5 finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award, "America's largest peer-juried prize for fiction," for his novel At Night We Walk in Circles. The winner will be announced in early April. Learn more about the award and all five finalists here.

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