We first met over coffee and french pastry at one of my favorite neighborhood spots in Chelsea–Maison Du Macaron–where the smell of fresh croissants is totally intoxicating – and got acquainted, sharing stories about life. I had already read Kimberly Meyer’s beautiful essays in Ecotone and The Best American Travel Writing and now I sat in awe as she spoke about the journey she and her college-age daughter Ellie had taken to retrace the footsteps of Felix Fabri, a 15th century Dominican friar. Their modern-day pilgrimage took them to exotic destinations infused with mystery, spirituality, and rich history – from Venice, to the Mediterranean through Greece and partitioned Cyprus, to Israel and across the Sinai Desert with Bedouin guides, to the Palestinian territories and to Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. Some of these places I’ve traveled to, and others I hope to visit some day, but the depth of her experience had me enchanted. On the purest level it was also about searching for meaning and home and the connection we mothers all seek with our children.
Almost three years later, we celebrate the publication of Kimberly’s luminous debut, The Book of Wanderings. The spare and gorgeous prose will immediately transport you and the early reviews are deservedly wonderful. This blurb from Antonya Nelson may say it best: “The Book of Wanderings is about both the intrinsically private and the universally enduring need for pilgrimage: to the sites that restore and reward, to the experience of wondering and wandering and connecting, whether with family or the whole human race. Meyer brings this insatiable urge to pursue enlightenment of the journey home to the reader. Home to the ordinary suburban American in the very chaotic 21st century. There’s no one who won’t recognize some aspect of herself in these pages. They offer insights both mystical and practical. It is a book to cherish.”
Little Brown has outdone themselves with a gorgeous package that features the most stunningly beautiful endpapers. I hope you’ll treat yourself to a copy of The Book of Wanderings. It’s a journey and experience, I promise, you won’t soon forget.
I met Jax Lowell 20 years ago. Her first book, The Gluten-Free Bible, was being published by Holt, where I was Executive Director. At the time, we honestly had no idea about Celiac disease or gluten-free diets. Jax was a true pioneer into the field–way ahead the times. Years later, after I had become an agent, we reconnected (amen for that) and we went back to the editors at Holt with a vision for a revision. That revision evolved into a whole new book. Today, we celebrate the publication of The Gluten-Free Revolution. It is THE book on gluten-free living, by THE author on gluten free living. Congratulations Jax Lowell! You set the bar and then upped it to new heights.
We are thrilled to see that The Barkeep by William Lashner has been nominated for an Edgar. The gala award ceremony will take place on April 29 in NYC and of course, we will be there!
Last year was one of our best since launching the agency 15 years ago and 2015 is shaping up to be even more exciting! We’ve always been drawn to books that help you live your best life and we’re so proud to represent an array of today’s most inspiring writers, with new books this spring. First, cravings whisperer Alex Jamieson shows us how to heal our relationships with food in order to have happier, healthier, sexier lives in WOMEN, FOOD, AND DESIRE (Gallery Books). You can see her on TODAY and Dr. OZ. Then, Kara Richardson proves that there is no obstacle too great to conquer in her powerful, inspirational memoir GORGE (Seal Press). Finally, Kimberly Meyer writes about her extraordinary mother-daughter pilgrimage – an unforgettable spiritual quest in The BOOK OF WANDERINGS (Little Brown) while MEET YOUR SOUL by Elisa Romeo (Hay House) offers meditations and life-changing practices to help connect with our most sacred self. From health and wellness to inspirational memoirs–we’re thrilled to bring these books and authors into to the world. Stay tuned for more updates as WSA gears up for our biggest spring ever!
I was recently invited to participate in a program called Writers2Writers on Princeton (NJ) Community Television. Here’s the segment, which aired earlier this month.
We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming publication of Alexandra Jamieson’s new book, “Women, Food & Desire” in January. In the meantime, she has just released the first in a series of podcasts, “The Crave Cast,” for iTunes which went to #1. You can listen for free here on iTunes. Her message is transformative.
We are thrilled to share that Tre Miller-Rodriguez’s memoir, Splitting the Difference, has been sold to Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Universal TV and ABC for adaptation to the small screen. The memoir, which was published in March 2013, chronicles Miller-Rodriguez’s life in New York City as a 34-year-old widow who reunites with the daughter she gave up for adoption at 18. Filmmaker Kat Coiro of And While We Were Here and A Case of You has signed on to write the series. Exciting times ahead! Here’s the news on Deadline Hollywood.
When I first started at the agency, fresh from the The New School MFA Creative Writing program, I imagined I would mostly represent literary fiction and creative nonfiction. I was reading Russian literature, Norman Mailer, and Joan Didion. Light stuff.
But, as I started building my list, these particular kinds of projects started finding their way to me. My old magazine pals were recommending fashion editors, home décor experts, food bloggers and travel journalists writing memoirs.
And this stuff was fun. Four-color illustrated books are entirely different animals in the publishing world, often requiring a team that resembles a move-set crew to produce. But I kept having huge success with fashion books like The Wow Factor by Jacqui Stafford (Gotham), decorating books like Sage Living by Anne Sage (Chronicle Books) and just this week I sold Bright Lights Paris by Angie Niles, a guide to living, dining and shopping like a Parisian to one of the most wonderful editors in the business, Denise Silvestro, at Berkley Books. I was delighted and I couldn’t be more excited to turn those delicious pages filled with bright photos.
Of course literary fiction is my first love, but you never know what books might end up picking you. I realized I also enjoyed helping these books that made everyday things like getting dressed, picking out a couch and eating dinner just a bit brighter and glossier find their way into the world.
So bring on the next one….