Agency News

5 April, 2018

Quail Ridge Bookstore launches SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS, by Elaine Neil Orr

Over a hundred people attended the book launch for Elaine Orr’s powerful novel about the civil rights era in the 1960s.  For Orr, a professor at North Carolina State University, Quail Ridge Bookstore was the perfect place for a send-off of this long-awaited work of fiction. Here are some images that capture this dynamic event.

 


29 March, 2018

The Gospel of Mary, Philip Freeman

A young Irish nun finds herself the guardian of a mysterious manuscript claiming to be the lost gospel of Mary, when she realizes that church authorities are willing to kill to get their hands on it . . .

An old and dying nun has turned up at Deirdre’s monastery in Ireland with an ancient manuscript on a papyrus roll. When Deirdre reads the first line, she realizes it claims to be a previously unknown gospel written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church authorities in Rome have been seeking to destroy this gospel for centuries, claiming it is a forgery that threatens the very foundations of the faith.

Deirdre begins to translate the gospel, but when a delegate of the pope arrives in Kildare searching for the text, she must set out across Ireland seeking safety as the church and its henchmen are hot on her trail. What does the gospel say? And why is the church so afraid of it?

This is the third mystery set in Celtic times, in the early days of Christianity, featuring Sister Deirdre, by Philip Freeman. The first is St. Brigid’s Bones followed by Sacrifice. All three titles are from Pegasus.

[The Gospel of Mary] moves at a crackling pace and is surprisingly packed with excitement, emotion, and colorful characters. This is as much a mother’s―and woman’s―story as it is a historical and religious adventure. Freeman does a very impressive job considering he is neither.”
Criminal Element

“This is a generous-spirited, gracefully written book. Sure it is a page-turning mystery story, but it is also a warm hearted look at what people need from religion. It is also a compelling, critical look at the structures and hierarchies that surround religion.”
Irish American News

“Freeman creates another atmospherically absorbing mystery fortified by biblical and historical fact. By unraveling the plot of the translated text alongside Sister Deirdre’s mission, this briskly paced narrative becomes even more dark and dangerous.”
Shelf Awareness

“Freeman’s command of life in the ancient world is impressive, and he has an admirably efficient way with a plot. An absorbing story.”
Historical Novels Review

“A strong atmosphere, absorbing, well-drawn characters, and a compelling plot. ”
Library Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]

“This is a goodly yarn, complete with its fascinating and colorful historical and cultural context, not to mention its dangers and horrors. ”
The Providence Journal [Praise for the Sister Deirdre Mystery Series]

Philip Freeman is the Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Classical Philology and Celtic Languages and Literature. His books have been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other national publications.


2 March, 2018

An Afterlife, Frances Bartkowski

An Afterlife, a debut novel, follows a young couple, Ilya and Ruby, who first meet in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the War, both lone survivors of their families, as they travel to America to forge a future together.  Suffering from post-traumatic stress, they face challenges individually and as a couple as they struggle to adapt in a new culture.  Fran Bartkowski is the former Chair of the English Department at Rutgers University–Newark, where she teaches memoir, feminist theory and literary criticism. (Loyola College’s Apprentice House, World Rights, Fall 2018)


16 December, 2017

How to Think about God(s)

The Roman politician Cicero lived in a world of incredible religious diversity and conflict. In this short but powerful work, he dares to ask fundamental questions about the existence and nature of God that are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago. Translated, with an introduction by Philip Freeman, Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University and previous translator of HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION, HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY and HOW TO GROW OLD, all part of a series of little books of ancient wisdom for modern times from Princeton University Press. (Princeton University Press, World Rights, Spring 2019)

3 July, 2017

How an actress came to write a sequel to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Listen…

http://www.npr.org/2017/07/01/534904413/how-fiddler-on-the-roof-and-writing-its-sequel-helped-an-actress-find-closure


22 May, 2017

Every Loss is a Love Story: The Father Daughter Reunion, Lisa Romeo

The story of the unlikely, continuing and eventually richly satisfying relationship between a midlife daughter and her father after his death.  Death rituals, new family dynamics, grief and memory allow her to get to know her father once she has lost him in a way that she never did in when he was alive. (University of Nevada Press/World Rights/June 2018)


11 May, 2017

Cover Reveal–SEARCH AND RESCUE!

I was thrilled to receive this cover wrap for wilderness doctor Christopher Van Tilburg’s riveting Search&Resue_P2SEARCH AND RESCUE, which releases in September from Globe Pequot.  It’s available now for pre-order!


20 April, 2017

Author Heather Shumaker’s Saving Arcadia launch!

Happy author, yummy looking cake!  Apparently 60 copies of the book were sold at the book launch.  Well done, Heather!

Heather & cake


29 March, 2017

Cover Reveal–AFTER ANATEVKA, Alexandra Silber

We love this poster-like cover from Pegasus for Alexandra Silber’s “sequel” to Fiddler on the Roof, her first novel, After Anatevka (Pegasus, July 2017).   Silber has starred in Fiddler on both sides of the Atlantic, on the London Stage and on Broadway.  AfterAnatevka_FIN


5 January, 2017

What we’re reading now: Susan Gilbert-Collins

Novelist Susan Gilbert-Collins, author of the delightful novel, Starting from Scratch, shared with us what she’s reading now.

What I’m reading now