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22 November, 2022

CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS UNTIL JANUARY 3, 2023

Dear Writers,

The time has come for a pause in new queries and submissions until after New Year’s 2023.  Wishing you time to enjoy the holidays and recharge your batteries as we focus on end of year business before closing our offices mid-December. Thank you.

–Joelle Delbourgo and Jacqueline Flynn


15 November, 2022

THE CHILD WHO NEVER SPOKE: 23 1/2 Lessons in Fragility, Cristina Nehring

Essayist and author of A Vindication of Love Nehring’s remarkable tribute to her chromosomally-challenged little girl, Eurydice, who awakens a fiercely maternal love and teaches her–and us–about joy. (North American rights/Heliotrope Books/Fall 2023)

 


5 November, 2022

Exciting launch for POWER: The Rise of Black Women in America, Charity Elder

Sharing some photos from the launch for Charity Elder’s POWER: The Rise of Black Women in America (Skyhorse, October 2022). I’m so proud of Charity and her important book with its positive but also very realistic look at why it is a the right moment for Black women to assert their power. 


26 July, 2022

THE GIFT OF RUMI: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master, by Emily Jane O’Dell, Ph.D.

An authentic exploration of the real Rumi, featuring new translations of his beloved poems, released July 2022 from St. Martin’s Essentials

Personal, inspiring, and transportingThe Gift of Rumi is one part memoir, one part introduction to a great poet sage, and itself a gift.”
Gish Jen, author of Thank You, Mr. Nixon

“[A] sharp debut…The author’s personal anecdotes usefully illustrate what Rumi’s spirituality looks like in contemporary practice, and the historical context opens up fresh ways of looking at the poet’s works. This makes for an excellent primer on Rumi.” ―Publisher’s Weekly

 

As one of the world’s most loved poets, Rumi’s poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O’Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi’s classic work.

At the heart of Rumi’s mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gift of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way.

 

“In the crowded shelf of books about Rumi, there are a few books about Rumi’s life, and an increasing number that are or purport to be translations from the original Persian. E.J. O’Dell’s The Gift of Rumi is both: It gives the right amount of context for people new to the study of Rumi, combined with original and fresh translations. The Gift of Rumi is indeed a gift, and recommended to all lovers of Rumi!
―Omid Safi, Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University; Founder of Illuminated Courses and Tours

Emily Jane O’Dell meets Rumi on his own terms, placing his compelling verses of ecstasy and of longing for the heart’s greater intimacy with the divine within the contexts of historical Islamic mysticism, while at the same time testifying to their enduring value “as a map for living virtuously and loving fiercely.” This book is far more than another collection of Rumi’s poems in translation; it explores the tenets underlying these poems while at the same time opening fascinating vistas onto two remarkable lives – those of Rumi and of the author.”
―John Emigh, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

“This is an astonishing book. It tips rigorous scholarship, benevolent sympathy, and personal experience into the cauldron of Rumi’s poetry for the reader to then gradually withdraw a silken brew of spiritual compassion, guidance, and understanding. It gives us in the West intriguing new translations, but also a usable pathway toward adopting Rumi as a mentor for living in today’s world.”
―Harold Augenbraum, Co-Founder, Yale Translation Initiative

 


12 July, 2022

O’Dell, Ph.D., Emily J.

Dr. Emily Jane O’Dell is the author of The Gift of Rumi (St. Martins, July, 2022) and a renowned expert on Sufism and Islamic law.  She has spent over two decades visiting Sufi masters from Indonesia to Mali, studied Sufi whirling in Cairo and Istanbul, and preserved historic Sufi shrines on the Silk Road.  For her expertise in Islamic law, she has been a Research Scholar in Law and Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School, and an editor for Harvard Law School’s SHARIASource.

Stateside she has taught at Columbia, Brown, and Harvard, where she received an award for teaching excellence, and she has also taught abroad as the Whittlesey Chair of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut, an Associate Professor at Sichuan University–Pittsburgh Institute in China, and an Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman.  She has taught Sufi whirling in Istanbul, Beirut, and New York.

For her in-country field research on Sufism, she has received many prestigious fellowships and been an Edward A. Hewett Policy Fellow
(Tajikistan & Afghanistan), a Fulbright Fellow (Indonesia), a Harvard Traveling Fellow (Iran), a Columbia University Pepsico Fellow
(Uzbekistan/Karakalpakstan), an IREX Fellow (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic & Hungary), an American Center for Mongolian Studies Fellow (Mongolia), an American Councils Fellow (Turkmenistan), and a State Department Critical Language Fellow
(Tajikistan).

Her research on Sufism and Islamic history can be found in the International Journal of Persian Literature, Iranian Studies,
Journal of Global Slavery, Journal of Africana Religions, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Journal of Literary and
Cultural Disability Studies, Disability & Society, and Harvard Law School’s SHARIASource.  Her writing has appeared in The New York
Times, The Louisville Review, Al Jazeera, NPR, CounterPunch, Salon, TRT World, The Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post.

Currently a professor at Parami University in Myanmar and a fellow at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies in Java, she is
presently writing a memoir about her adventures in China and Tibet.


23 June, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG AND THE HISTORICAL TRIANGLE COOKBOOK, Holly Herrick

Drawing on the European, African and Native American roots of 21st century fare in Virginia, the latest from the author of The New Charleston Chef’s Table, will profile 65 restaurants and the rich history and lore of the region, illustrated with full-color photography. (Globe Pequot, World Rights, Summer 2024)


24 March, 2022

RICHARD NIXON: NATIVE SON, Paul Carter

Attorney Paul Carter’s biography of our 37th  President, drawn from over 600 oral histories and dozens of interviews conducted by the author with Nixon intimates, an examination of Richard Nixon through the lens of his Southern California roots; sharing the story of Nixon’s life, including his humble rural upbringing, his career and life successes, his many defeats, and a close look at the man as a brother, son, husband and father (Potomac Books, World ex Asia, for publication in 2022).


24 December, 2021

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9 December, 2021

Commons Sense: A Strategy for Civic Education, Michael Feuer

The Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University presents a powerful argument for reviving and rethinking a civic education curriculum at the high school and college level–one that encompasses tools for understanding current and future threats to democracy. (Johns Hopkins University Press, World Rights, 2023)

2 December, 2021

BEYOND ABUELA’S KITCHEN, Karla A. Salinari

Latina holistic health coach Karla A. Salinari draws on her Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban family traditions to create a flavorful plant-based Latinx cuisine. (Skyhorse Publishing, World Rights, May 2023)