R.L. Maizes - Electric Lit "10 Perfect Writer Gifts We Just Made Up"

Electric Lit | November 30, 2018

“Step away from the astronaut pen. Put down the blank book. And for God’s sake don’t order another clever mug. Writers have it hard enough in this climate of low advances and little-to-no marketing budgets without getting the same tired gifts every year. This holiday season, try one of our completely fictional and guaranteed-to-please-the-literary-types-in-your-life presents, instead. Available in every price range. Money back if not completely satisfied (unless we already spent the money on vape cartridges and homebrew kombucha kits, in which case, you’re SOL).”

The talented and amazingly funny R.L. Maizes has written an article about the gifts that you can give to the writer in your life. Follow the link above for the full article!

Jessica Spivey
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Cosmopolitan "15 Books Coming Out in 2019 to Bring to Your Book Club"

Cosmopolitan | November 28, 2019

“Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom, it’s time to put the past behind you and set your game plan for 2019. Don't worry, I've got you. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to corny-as-hell love stories you want to hate but simply can’t, here are all the books you can look forward to cracking open after the holiday season ends and the new year begins. Now, all you have to do is *actually* read them.”

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in this round-up of the 15 books to bring to your book club in 2019. Click the link above to see the full list!

Jessica Spivey
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - New York Public Library "2018 Best Books for Adults"

New York Public Library | November 26, 2018

“Welcome to the New York Public Library's 2018 Best Books for Adults! Our librarians—through their experience recommending books to patrons and as readers themselves—have highlighted their picks for 100 best books written for adults and published this year.

Our list goes beyond fiction and nonfiction, breaking down traditional genres to present categories such as ‘edge of your seat reads,’ ‘escape to another world’ and ‘for history lovers.’ No matter what kind of reader you are, what genres or subjects you normally gravitate to, we’re confident that you will find a book to pull you deep into its world or open up yours.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in the New York Public Library’s list of Best Books for Adults! Follow the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
T. Greenwood - San Diego CityBeat "2018 People of the Year"

San Diego CityBeat | November 26, 2018

“When we were trying to come up with a new name for our annual issue showcasing some of the best and brightest names in the city, some rather silly names were suggested. We used to call this feature ‘Best of San Diego: People’ in hopes that it would stand out among similar features in other publications. But when it comes to people, the word ‘best’ just doesn’t quite fit. Sure, the people featured on the next five pages are some of the brightest in their respective fields, but we’re not about to call this issue ‘Bright San Diegans’ or the like. 

So let’s just call it what it is: Our ‘People of the Year.’ Whether it’s a former refugee-turned-activist or a craft beer attorney, these people deserve some special recognition and that is what this issue is all about.”

T. Greenwood was selected to be one of San Diego’s “People of the Year!” Follow the link above to read more.

Jessica Spivey
R.L. Maizes - "My Apology to Facebook for Cheating with Twitter"

Brevity | October 24, 2018

“Dear Facebook,

I’m sorry I cheated with Twitter. I know you think all the years we spent together don’t mean anything to me. All the likes and loves and angry and funny emojis, all the exploding congratulations and mazel tovs—don’t think I didn’t notice how hard you worked to make a Jew like me feel comfortable on your site. And who can forget all the times we reduced meaningful issues to profile frames together? Not me, Facebook, not me. You let me go on and on, no matter how boring or tired or offensive I became. You never cut me off. Never showed me how many characters I had left or that I had used too many, so no, you wouldn’t post my tweet. How could I give all that up? For what?”

Follow the link above to read R.L. Maizes’ full essay!

Jessica Spivey
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Publishers Weekly | October 20, 2018

“Struggling Manhattan makeup artist Jessica Farris impulsively decides to chase some quick cash by lying her way into an NYU psychiatrist’s study—of ethics and morality, no less—in this slickly twisty psychological thriller from bestsellers Hendricks and Pekkanen (The Wife Between Us). Still shaky after a disturbing #MeToo encounter with a top theatrical producer that dashed her dream of doing stage makeup, the 28-year-old laps up the supportive attention from impossibly chic and self-confident Dr. Lydia Shields, whose second-person narrative alternates with Jessica’s first person. So when the therapist starts to enlist her in increasingly dicey real-life role-playing assignments, including trying to pick up specific targets, such as a stranger in a hotel bar, Jess pushes aside her doubts and goes along—until she hears some information too alarming to ignore about the fate of Dr. Shields’s previous protégé. The page-turner’s second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension. Though some of the gasp-worthy final twists require substantial character flip-flops, it’s a relatively minor sacrifice for major league suspense.”

Follow the link above for the full review!

Jessica Spivey
THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS by Sara Blaedel - New York Times "Disappearing Acts: Four Mysteries With Missed Connections"

New York Times | October 19, 2018

“A healthy mind is all very nice, but a job is a job. After an emotional breakdown that put her out of commission for a year, Sara Blaedel’s intrepid Danish police detective, Louise Rick, is back on the job in Mark Kline’s translation of THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS (Grand Central, paper, $9.99), investigating the homicide of a young woman found strangled in a quiet Copenhagen park. Coincidentally (or not), a crime reporter with a major newspaper is found stabbed to death behind the Royal Hotel, and since a journalist outranks a 23-year-old nurse, Rick is reassigned to the high-profile case. Although Rick refuses to give up on the nurse, the easy answer — that she was murdered by her boyfriend — doesn’t pan out. So the detective finds herself juggling both cases, plus the demands of her own longtime boyfriend, who has been offered a job in Scotland and wants her to come along. ‘It’s about you and me,’ he insists. ‘This is about making sacrifices for each other.’ He presents a good argument, but given that Rick may be in line to become the first female head of the homicide division, that decision seems like a no-brainer.”

Click the link above to read the full article!

Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - Bustle "8 Thriller Audiobooks For Every Level Of Scary Listening"

Bustle | October 18, 2018

“'Tis the season to get spooky, book nerds, and I've got eight great thriller audiobooks for every level of scary listening. No matter if you're a horror veteran or a total chicken, the books on this list, curated by Audiobooks.com, are sure to have you covered in goosebumps.”

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter was included in this spooky round-up! Follow the link above for the full list.

Jessica Spivey
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - Marie Claire "These Are the Best Books of 2018"

Marie Claire | October 15, 2018

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen was included in Marie Claire’s round-up of the best books of 2018 (so far) according to their editors.

“I’ve already read this twice in 2018. It’s a psychological thriller that forces us to confront our perceptions of older, single women, as well as the pretty younger 20-somethings we tend to glorify instead. There are twists—man, the twists!—and the story takes a turn halfway through that demands you just sit the hell down and finish the whole thing already. Special mention goes to the pivotal character who also happens to be a German Shepherd.”

Follow the link above for the full list!

Jessica Spivey
Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Jeff Chang - The Frederick Douglass 200

The Guardian | October 11, 2018

“This year is Frederick Douglass’s Bicentennial celebration. After escaping slavery at the age of 20, Douglass went on to become one of America's most celebrated abolitionists - tirelessly campaigning against slavery. Beyond his abolitionist work, Douglass was also a politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.

The Frederick Douglass 200 is a project to honor the impact of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Douglass across those areas where he had such an impact - abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.

The FD200 has been curated and compiled by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington DC, and the Guardian is pleased to partner with them to publish this list. Each week, between now and November, we will publish a list of 10 new people who have joined the FD200. All awardees will be honored at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on Douglass's next birthday, February 14, 2019.”

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Jeff Chang have both been selected to be part of the FD200! Please follow the link above to see the full list.

Jessica Spivey
ZORA AND ME: THE CURSED GROUND by T.R. Simon - Shelf Awareness Starred Review

Shelf Awareness | September 25, 2018

“This stunning sequel to Zora and Me is a fictionalized mystery based on Zora Neale Hurston's childhood and includes a biography of Hurston as well as a timeline of her life. T.R. Simon's writing does elegant justice to the grownup Hurston's genius as a writer as well as to the character she apparently was as a child. Readers should be profoundly moved by Carrie and Zora's coming-of-age revelations: ‘No matter how long I lived,’ Carrie says, ‘the hate white folks could have toward us would never make sense to me.’ And, as the ‘town conjure woman’ says, ‘Slavery is over, but tonight you saw how it still haunts us.’”

Click the link above to read the full review!

Jessica Spivey
PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks - Cover Reveal

Entertainment Weekly | September 14, 2018

“The star YA author of Eleanor & Park and others is prepping for the release of her debut graphic novel, Pumpkinheads, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), a veteran of the comics world. Together they’ve crafted a rom-com about two high-school coworkers finding love on their last night of working the local pumpkin patch, set to be published in fall 2019.”

Follow the link above to read the full article and see the amazing cover!

Jessica Spivey
ZORA AND ME: THE CURSED GROUND by T.R. Simon - The Horn Book Starred Review

The Horn Book | September 4, 2018

"Simon keeps the plot moving briskly and sustains suspense even as she folds in truly profound, timely, and important themes; and one of the things Zora and Carrie have learned by book’s end is that 'history wasn’t something you read in a book. It was everything your life stood on.'”

Follow the link above to read the full starred review of Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground!

Jessica Spivey
PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter - USA Today "5 new books not to miss this week, including Karin Slaughter's thriller, 'Pieces of Her'"

USA Today | August 19, 2018

USA TODAY included Karin Slaughter's latest thriller, Pieces of Her, in a round-up of the 5 new books not to miss! 

"What it’s about: After a seemingly mild-mannered woman stops a killer during a mall shooting and then disappears, her daughter discovers that her mother has a secret past identity.

The buzz: Slaughter’s thriller The Good Daughter hit No. 3 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list a year ago."

Jessica Spivey
AFTER THE FLOOD by Kassandra Montag - Variety "Chernin Entertainment Ups David Ready to Exec VP of Film and Television"

Variety | August 16, 2018

"Ready’s promotion comes on the heels of a busy 18 months, in which he produced the films “The Mountain Between Us” and “Red Sparrow,” as well as the upcoming “Tolkien.” In May, Ready played a key role in acquiring Kassandra Montag’s “After the Flood,” on which Chernin partnered to produce with Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap production banner."

Follow the link above for the full article!

Jessica Spivey