News & Reviews
Author roundup: Alexander, Greer, Benjamin, Clinch
Talented historical novelist Tasha
Alexander has a lot of work to do for publisher Minotaur this
year. James Greer
is back with a new novel "The Failure" (Akashic Books) about a plan to
rob a Korean check-cashing store in "picaresque Los Angeles." Melanie Benjamin last week launched
a new book with a new publisher and a new name. And attention all ski
divas: You’ve got a novel now.
next two novels, titled "Tears of Pearl" and the upcoming "Dangerous to
Know," tell the story of Lady Emily Hargreaves and her husband
Colin, whose adventures take them to glamorous and exotic locales in
the service of Queen Victoria’s government. The novels, which Tasha has
yet to write, were sold based on a proposal.
Literary agent Anne Hawkins of
& Associates in NYC inked the two-book deal for
worldwide rights with Minotaur. "This has to be my favorite negotiation
to date -- they called us and we went from there. She totally rocked
it," Tasha said of Anne’s deal.
File this under California Dreaming. James Greer, who won a California
Book Award for Best Debut Novel, is back with a new novel "The Failure"
(Akashic Books) the publisher describes as "a picaresque novel set in
Los Angeles." Greer’s latest tells the story of two guys who conceive
and badly execute a plan to rob a Korean check-cashing store in order
to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet
I know landing venture capital is hard nowadays here in California, but
robbing Korean shopkeepers? In LA? These are the guys who started
busting caps from their storefronts during the Rodney King riots while
everyone else headed for the hills.
Sounds like a fun, timely read Greer’s launching in March 2010.
Meantime, you can pre-buy it at the Akashic website.
Melanie Benjamin, author of "Alice I Have Been" from Random House, last
week kicked off her release with several TV and bookstore appearances
in the Chicagoland area. Her novel, which is a January 2010 Indie Next
Pick, quickly garnered some strong reviews in the press.
Longtime WORD’N’BASS readers may remember Melanie under her prior
incarnation as Melanie Hauser,
who we interviewed during her debut with Dutton. "Alice I
Have Been" is quite a different story as well as literary style for
Melanie, who is bringing a twist to the iconic "Alice in Wonderland"
classic. Check out Random House’s website
for more information.
Judging by the gridlock we had to drive through in the Sierra Nevadas
last weekend during our return from Reno, there’s lots of skiers who
will be interested in Wendy Clinch’s
"Double Black: A Ski Diva
Mystery" from Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books. Wendy is booking events at
resorts and bookstores all around
ski country this winter.
Look for a follow-up soon at the WORD’N’BASS homepage on Wendy -- who
is married to critically acclaimed novelist Jon Clinch, author or
"Finn" and this summer’s upcoming "Kings of the Earth."
Back to News & Reviews Home