Newsletter, March 13, 2013
Since our last newsletter, we’ve seen two of our authors reap the fruits of superb writing in the mystery/thriller genre: Oregon Hill (2012) by Howard Owen is a finalist for the Hammett Prize, awarded to literary excellence in the field of crime writing ( past winners include Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman, Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst, and Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard). And we’ve just learned that Dead Anyway (2012) by Chris Knopf is a finalist for the Foreward Book of the Year Award in the mystery genre.
Released this January, Suzanne McNear’s Knock Knock, a literary memoir has garnered high praise from Publishers Weekly who called it a “deeply pleasurable read”. A spillover crowd turned out to hear her very engaging and humorous reading at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor, NY on March 1st. Her memoir is a unique chronicle of a woman’s coming of age in the 50’s; wrestling with the societal demands of motherhood and wifedom, while possessing the soul of a poet.
In The Stone Lion, our February release, William Eisner has used his decades of experience in the business world to create a jarring portrait of corporate America -- describing the trauma of being a downsized employee and the vulnerability of reinventing yourself at an older age. Booklist says “ George Breal is desperately looking for a job at a time when most people his age are thinking about retirement. He finally lands one at a Boston electronics firm run by the obsessive, unapproachable Dr. John Lowell. Filled with humor and insight, Eisner’s latest novel is a fascinating story of people attempting to navigate complex terrain while keeping the simple things in plain sight.”
Late March is the release date for Resolve, an ingeniously plotted murder mystery, melding the author’s twin interests in law enforcement and marathon running. Each chapter of the book takes place during another mile in the Pittsburgh marathon -- a perfect setting for a perfect crime. From the New York Journal of Books “Author J.J. Hensley’s expertise in law enforcement combined with his avid passion for long distance running lends gravitas to more than one element in the whodunit Resolve”.
Exciting news on the film front is a movie deal in the works for the title Undersurface by Mitch Cullum. Jeff Aghassi, the Permanent Press’s film agent, has negotiated an option with a small French film company with 14 films to their credit, and production should begin in the Fall of 2013.
And last but not least, we’re hearing of great enthusiasm for Len Rosen’s The Tenth Witness (release date of September 2013) which was sent out to agents this month.
Read Marty’s new blog for a description of the Permanent Press’s continuing love affair with mysteries !
The Staff: Judith and Martin Shepard, co-publishers and senior editors; Cathy Suter, managing editor; Sarah Flood, editorial assistant; Brian Skulnik, editorial assistant; Susan Ahlquist, typesetting, design and production; Joslyn Pine, copy editor; Lon Kirschner, cover artist; Caleb Kercheval, web designer and web master; Jennifer Hartig, acquisitions editorial assistant; Felix Gonzalez, shipping and warehouse manager