David Sedaris will be back in Holland: on monday, september 25th he will perform again in Royal Theatre Carré. After sold out events in Carré in 2011 and 2013, we are more than pleased that David will perform again in our humble country. On june 15th, his new book, with diary entries from 1977 till 2012, will be published in Holland. Tickets available here: https://carre.nl/voorstelling/david-sedaris
Nemesis, a thriller by Simon de Waal, is shortlisted for the most prestigious crime prize in Holland, de Gouden Strop. The winner will be announced on june 8th!
Birthmarks by Arnon Grunberg is shortlisted for the most important literary prize in Holland: the Libris Literature Prize 2017. The winner will be announced on may 8th.
Judas was the best sold book in Holland in 2016, with 382.974 copies sold (in less than two months!
Great piece in The New York Times by Nina Siegal!
Judas goes global: Publishers Weekly (Francis Hoch) reported on the success of the book (PW Global Rights).
Judas by Astrid Holleeder is a break out success in Holland, since it was published on november 5th. Within two weeks the book has 340.000 copies in print and has topped all bestseller charts in Holland. We have prepared a page for the book (under 'Dutch authors') on our agency website - with quotes, blurb, the translated epilogue, an interview with Astrid Holleeder etc) and are currently preparing a full English translation.
We sold Danish & Swedish rights in a double deal to Politiken and and their newly created imprint Polaris. Jonas Axelsson will be the publisher of this exciting venture. From the press release:
"As part of JP / Politikens Forlag’s growth strategy, a modern quality publishing house will now be established in Sweden. The new Swedish publishing house, which is named Polaris Förlag, is founded on the same strategy that characterizes JP / Politikens Forlag – namely a focused bestseller publishing house with a market-orientated publishing portfolio, where the individual authorship will be highly prioritized and where quality literature and large volume sales will be in focus. The publishing profile will centre on literary fiction, crime and thrillers, and popular nonfiction.
The Publishing Director of Polaris Förlag is Jonas Axelsson (51), who has previously held the position as Literary Director at Albert Bonniers Förlag (2004-2012) and as Director of Bonnier Group Agency (2010-2012). Most recently Jonas founded and acted as CEO of the Swedish agency Partners in Stories."
A great extract from Will Carruthers' memoir Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands was published in The Guardian.
Today the ECI Literature Prize announced its shortlist, and Birthmarks by Arnon Grunberg has made the list. The winner will be announced on november 10th!
Will Carruthers is going to tour around the UK in September talking about the book. Dates are as follows...
Tuesday 20th September - Hastings, Wow and Flutter
In conversation w/ Michael Smith
Wednesday 21st September - London, Rough Trade East
In conversation w/ Andrew Weatherall
Thursday 22nd September - Bristol, Rise Music
In conversation w/ Gareth James (Clash)
Friday 23rd / Saturday 24th September - Liverpool, Psych Fest
DJ Set & In conversation w/ Dom Gourlay (Drowned In Sound)
Sunday 25th September - Nottingham, Rough Trade
In conversation w/ TBC
Tuesday 27th September - Glasgow, Poetry Club
In conversation with Stuart Braithwaite
Arnon Grunberg and Charlotte van den Broeck to open Frankfurt Book FaiR
The Frankfurter Buchmesse opens on the evening of Tuesday 18 October, when the official presentation of the Netherlands and Flanders as guest of honour begins with the motto, ‘This Is What We Share’. Not one, but two authors will be representing the guest of honour country. For the Netherlands, the renowned author, actor and columnist Arnon Grunberg will take to the stage, while Flanders will be presenting the youngest guest country speaker in the history of the trade fair, in the person of Charlotte van den Broeck.
Great news! Ali Eskandarian's novel Golden Years will be on sale at a special exhibition of Icy and Sot, on the ocassion of the publication of their monograph Let Her Be Free, published by Lebowski. Thanks to our friends at Faber Social in England we can also sell Ali's book. Please join us on the opening night, saturday 23rd, from 5PM till 8PM, at 51 Orchard Street!
Birthmarks by Arnon Grunberg is getting rave reviews in Holland and Belgium, and is selling big time. We are preparing an English sample (80 pages) of the novel + translated interview, review, blurbs and background article. Material will be ready soon!
Karolien Berkvens is on a roll! Zimmerman's Hour is shortlisted for the prestigious Diorapthe Literatour Prijs, a prize for books that appeal to young readers. Read about it here.
Zimmerman's Hour, the first novel by Berlin based Karolien Berkvens, was sold to Droemer Verlag in Germany.
We now have a sample translation of Jungle online: read it here.
On april 15th, Naoufal Fassih was arrested in Dublin. Fassih, who has been linked to the Mocro Maffia in Amsterdam and the Kinahan Gang in Ireland, was in possession of some very watches and sneakers and provided the police with false identity papers. Here's an excellent summary on the blog of Carl Fellstrom.
Will Carruther's amazing memoir Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands will be published by Faber Social. Check out his his great website. The book is now announced on amazon.co.uk, and the accompanying text sums it up rather nicely:
I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with tree left hands, it is usually he one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.
Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most influential, revered and ultimately demented British bands of the 1980s, Spacemen 3. In classic rock n roll style they split up on the brink of their major breakthrough.
As the decade turned sour and acid house hit the news, Rugby's finest imploded spectacularly, with Jason Pierce (aka Jason Spaceman) and Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom) going their separate ways. Here, Will Carruthers tells the whole sorry story and the segue into Spirtualized in one of the funniest and most memorable memoirs committed to the page.
On march 27th John Williams wrote about Golden Years by Ali Eskandarian in his (sunday) weekly Open Book column in The New York Times. The column was published in print and online. Read it here.