March Madness extended to big happenings here at WSA.
The well-reviewed and bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler was published in paperback and immediately landed on trade paperback bestseller lists everywhere. The New York Times Bestseller List, the regional bestseller lists, the Indie Bestseller List and NPR’s list as well. St. Martins launched a big campaign with ads all over the NY City subways and here is yours truly posing in front of one (and serendipitously color coordinated) at the 42nd Street N Station.
On the home front, I was thrilled to moderate two ‘Meet the Editor’ panels hosted by AAR, where I serve on the Board of Directors. We invited young (it’s all relative) editors from top publishing houses to speak about their acquisition interests to a room full of eager agents. It’s always fun to connect with fellow agents and get to know new editors!
It’s always great to say the name Oprah in the same sentence as one of one of your authors. In this case, I’m especially thrilled that Oprah.com shines the spotlight on The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka in their feature Books for Wintery Weekends saying it is”a celebration of young love, sunshine and la dolce vita, no matter the weather outside.” Read more here.
And I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful cake in celebration of the publication date!
Happy Publication Day to Fred Bahnson. Soil and Sacrament is receiving strong praise, including these words from a starred Kirkus:” Bahnson’s lively prose is spiritual without ever being preachy or heavy-handed, and the overall effect is akin to reading a Wendell Berry essay, if Berry also had a sense of humor. Bahnson’s story and its message is constantly, deeply thought-provoking.”
Fred Bahnson wrote this op-ed in The Washington Post “American spirituality is discovering itself anew as people of faith reconnect with the land. As I’ve traveled the country I’ve met fellow Christians who are falling in love with their faith all over again, and in every instance this love affair is tied to a place. Not a lofty cathedral directing the worshipper’s thoughts heavenward; these places draw the eyes—and the hands—down to earth, back to the soil from which Genesis tells us we were formed, and which we’re called to “tend and keep.” Our first and most basic human task, I’ve come to learn, is to care for the garden.” MORE
Some books truly change the way you see the world. This is one of them – WS
I can’t imagine a prouder moment than announcing this incredible news:
Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star in and produce Claire Bidwell Smith’s amazing memoir The Rules of Inheritance. CAA packaged the deal with a dream team that includes Academy Award winners Bruce Cohen, Director Susanne Bier, and Screenwriter Abi Morgan. Filmnation will finance and distribute worldwide. -WS
What a magical experience to be with Therese Fowler, her editor Hope Dellon, and St. Martins Press’ fabulous publicity team for a celebration (Gatsby Cocktails of course) of the NYTimes Bestseller List debut of Z- A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD. Did I mention we were at The Plaza Hotel? A perfect night and a perfect way to end Therese’s New York visit. Congratulations to all! ‘Z fever’ continues and I’m so thrilled to be part of it. – WS
Today is publication day for Z – A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Anne Fowler. The week has been a whirlwind of publicity with rave
reviews in People and Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine and Elle, and features in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today and Travel and Leisure.. The Huffington Post called it the “one of the most anticipated books of the year, “ and that has proven to be true.
Ninety-three years ago today ( yes, today!) F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise was published by Scribners. The new Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan opens May 10 (you knew that, right?) .
So Z Fever continues. I hope it will last a good long time.
I’d like to offer a big shout out of thanks to our brilliant editor Hope Dellon and the fantastic team at St. Martins Press. Join us for a glass of champagne in honor Therese Anne Fowler and Z. Zelda would certainly approve. Cake anyone?