In celebration of the amazing writerly accomplishments always being announced on BookPod, the authors group that I created, I bring you the first edition of BookPod News! A big round of applause to all these amazing folks making their dreams come true.
Here’s to all of you. What an inspiring lot of good news!
We read each of these as if they were flash-nonfiction pieces, great stories in and of themselves, knowing all the hard work that’s gone before to create such results.
Have a look, and congratulations to everyone.
Here we go:
Liz Alexander‘s Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Guide to Building Trust, Inspiring Respect, and Creating Long-Lasting Business Relationships (Wiley, 2015) has been spangled with recent awards and stars from the International Book Awards and Kirkus. And Liz’s expertise in the field of diplomatic relations, which led her to write the book in the first place, has landed her a job with one of Australasia’s biggest communication firms, SenateSHJ.
Michal Lemberger‘s Amazon New Release #1 Bestseller, After Abel and Other Stories (Prospect Park Books) came out in May, and has had terrific reviews from everyone from Publisher’s Weekly to the Jewish Book Council. (SOME of us were lucky enough to listen to Michal read from it recently at Vermin on the Mount, and now have it in our hot little paws to read.)
What IS the problem with ‘cool’ single women, anyway? Sara Eckel penned an essay for Dame exploring this very problem in light of Katie Bolick’s recent book SPINSTER, but it gained a life of its own over at Salon, where thousands of folks read it and now have a better understanding of why some of us choose to be single.
Spies Lie, and David Spiselman knows it well. Book six of his series, Baksheesh, is available on June 28 at Amazon. David writes as DS Kane, and his Amazon author’s page is here. It takes a lot of work to keep these series going, and we’re amazed by David’s constant inspiration and work!
“My childhood won a Golden Globe award.” Sarah Bibel’s wonderful essay about her own father’s transition to a woman was published at xojane.com What a lovely, heartfelt work.
Liz Donatelli, book publicist extraordinaire, is hosting Book’d in Burbank’s summer lit event July 16. Here’s the information and the URL: Book’d in Burbank: The Ultimate Bibliophiles’ Night Out hosts its summer literary event on July 16th at Theatre Banshee in Los Angeles. Festivities will include mystery, romance, women’s fiction and YA author readings; bookish giveaways and a catered mingling reception. Visit www.bookdevent.com for event details and ticket information.
Our own BookPod hostess, Jennifer Brody, signed a 3-book series to Turner Publishing. Her debut, The 13th Continuum, will be published in Spring 2016. And even better, Jen’s also signed with Curtis Brown for the UK and foreign rights, plus the trilogy is being packaged as a feature film! Meanwhile, she’s off to Tin House next month to workshop with Victor LaValle (Portland or bust!).
Stefan Slater is making a foray into the hard-to-crack world of short fiction. “Backpack” is up at Betwixt magazine right now. Who doesn’t love a little bite-sized fiction?
Father’s Day may have come and gone, but Susan Mihalik‘s vivid, moving memories of her father, who died when she was five, should be read regardless of the day. It’s up at Broadside.
Scott Andrew Selby‘s book, The Axmann Conspiracy, has been optioned to Sony Pictures. This is the second film option for Scott; previously, his book A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin was optioned to Mythology. (With all this good film news, maybe we need to do a Bookpod movie night!)
Sarah Talltower, writing as Tien Starling, takes to the skies in the three most recent issues of Dell’s Horoscope magazine, with articles on summer activities, star-inspired life aspirations, and more. (Get your subscription here.) Sarah also attended the Big Sur writing workshop, hosted by Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in March. “When I got there, the trees nourished my soul and the feedback inspired deeper, more focused writing,” she told us. Very nice!
There are so many difficult things happening in our world right now. We struggle to explain it to each other, but Stephanie Hepburn took on the even more daunting task of helping us all to explain the twisted, scary world of human trafficking to the next generation. Conversations with My Daughter is at Amazon now.
We want to extend a very special congratulations to BookPodder Kevin McDevitt, who was diagnosed in October with PNH and Aplastic Anemia, rare and life-threatening bone-marrow disease disorders. Kevin, a filmmaker and writer, got a bone marrow transplant from his sister Megan, and, on June 19th, passed the critical 100-day post-transplant mark. You can read all about Kevin’s journey from diagnosis to treatment to transplant at his blog. Kevin’s blog is proof positive: Writing shit down really does help.
The always fantastic Katie Delahanty announces the publication of the second novel in her modern fairytale LA-centric Brightside series. Blushing is out! Get your copy today. The third book in the series, Believe, is slated for release in January 2016. For someone who never thought she would be a writer, she sure is out there kicking ass & taking names!
Last, but certainly not least, here’s a little plug for UPOD Academy, an offering of BookPod’s mothership, the UPOD group. Upod Academy comes to Boston on August 1 and 2, 2015. The writing workshop lets you focus on book-writing, magazine features or just getting out of a freelance rut. Jennifer Senior, contributing editor at New York magazine, is one of the guest speakers. Early bird discount until July 1 by applying the code “earlybird” on Eventbrite. Details and sign up are at http://upodacademy.com/2015/06/22/1985/