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The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones [May. 18th, 2009|12:26 pm]
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The Uninvited, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

I've known Tim a long time, and in fact when I first started the agency, I asked then if he was interested in representation. He wasn't, but we stayed in touch, and last year he changed his mind and signed up. And what an amazing book he gave me to sell! Creepy, sophisticated, with a serious left hook of a twist. But really, don't take my word for it; take theirs!

"A nervy, triple-knotted pretzel of a plot that reads partly like a sexy paeon to creativity and partly like a choral scream."

--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked


"The Uninvited" is a terrific book. Tim Wynne-Jones has always been one of the most perceptive and truth-telling writers about families and their painful complexities; here the whole story is overlaid with a tension and mystery that makes it compelling to follow and impossible to put down. I loved it."

--Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

"Atmospheric, seductive and scary, The Uninvited has a powerful undercurrent that will keep you in its grips until the very end."

--Kenneth Oppel, author of Airborn and Silverwing

"Against a backlit, finely detailed landscape with scraps of myth floating in the trees and above the water, Tim Wynne-Jones's young people gawk and blunder and swear around, laughing things off, trying to work things out, proceeding towards, OMG, how is this all going to end? You think you know what's happening to them, but you don't, not yet - no, not now, either. Keep reading. Go right to the end with them."

--Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels

Get out to an indie bookstore near you, or a chain if you must, but get it. You'll thank me later.

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Peace Love & Baby Ducks [May. 14th, 2009|09:22 am]
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Peace Love & Baby Ducks, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

What a week for Ms. Myracle! (By the way, it's pronounced M EYE racle, not like the divine magic trick, and don't let Lauren tell you otherwise.) First she gets to visit the offices of one of her publishers, Dutton Children's Books (along with all their smart, funny, and exceedingly female staff). Then she wins the Children's Choice Book Award for Thirteen. And now, today, her newest YA novel is released! Oh, and Friday is her birthday, so really, it's just the best week ever!

"Myracle’s spot-on portrayal of a teen stuck in the throes of defining herself based on what she is not rather than what she is allows plenty of room for Carly to muse, grow and change." -- Kirkus Reviews

Go and get it today at your favorite indie bookstore; it's as adorable as that cover, I promise!

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The Princess and the Bear [Apr. 30th, 2009|10:01 am]
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Princess and the Bear, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

I'm a day late, but I'm so thrilled to announce that Mette Ivie Harrison's new book is now on sale! This is the sequel to The Princess and the Hound (which is also now available in paperback). And a third book, The Princess and the Snowbird, will be out next year.

"Although this follows directly from The Princess and the Hound (2007), both stories are complete in themselves and can be read independently. This beautifully understated tale is of magic and "unmagic," human and animal, forest and town. A bear and a hound circle each other, warily. He was once a king; she was once a princess. The bear does not know his magic yet; the hound is uneasy with hers. When they see unmagic (think antimatter) sucking the life out of their world, they both return to the past, to King Richon's devastated kingdom, to save it. Richon the bear and Chala the hound move between animal and human existence; the relationships between animal and human, and the magic in being both, are exquisitely delineated, and the love story between the two strong protagonists is all the more powerful for being intensely restrained. There's a fair amount of bloodshed and violence, but that, too, is understated. Not for every reader, but an absorbing tale for the right one. (Fantasy. 12 & up) " (Kirkus Reviews (pointer)

Hurry to a bookstore near you (preferably an independent) and pick up a copy!
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How to Be Bad -- in paperback! [Apr. 22nd, 2009|06:29 pm]
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How to Be Bad pbk, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

I've been a bit remiss with my book birthday blogging. This fabulous collaborative novel by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E. Lockhart is now out in paperback, with a fun new cover.

These whackadoodle authors had a lot of fun working on this book, and then touring in support of it. Don't believe me? Check out this video of them in their goofball (and in E.' s case, very pregnant!) glory.


Also, I'm very excited to announce that the rather brilliant theoblack and his team at The Black Arts, especially Chris Zecco, have been doing a major update to the agency website, and while the client portion of it is still under construction, the rest is live and looking darn good. Please go check it out and let me know what you think!
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CC1 Trouble Magnet [Mar. 30th, 2009|06:56 am]
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CC1 Trouble Magnet, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

I didn't get to put this up while I was in Bologna, but better a bit late than never. Award-winning author Graham Salisbury has something new: a chapter book series for readers age 7-10. This is the first book, and the second, The Zippy Fix, will be on sale in September, with more to come next year.

"Salisbury (Night of the Howling Dogs) brings the Hawaiian locale and boy-centric vibe of his novels to a younger audience in this kicky start to a middle-grade series. For four years, Cal has been “the man of the house,” standing in for his absentee dad, the famous crooner Little Johnny Coconut (who saddled the family with its stage-ready surname). But things get topsy-turvy when a surly teenage family friend arrives to be a live-in babysitter for Cal and his little sister, and Cal makes some missteps in the first days of school in Mr. Purdy's Fourth-Grade Boot Camp, which include a lost centipede and a class food fight. Salisbury uses humor and lots of action to guide Cal as he deals with a neighborhood bully, his new teacher and the upheaval in his home life. Fun details of Hawaiian life, including descriptions of snack foods, beach pursuits and the characters' melting pot of heritages bring the setting to life. The tone is realistic, warm and light as an island breeze—perfect for luring newly confident chapter-book readers." -- Publishers Weekly

Graham will be signing at Books of Wonder this Saturday, April 4th at 12:00, and he's got other stops on his tour around the country. Try and catch him if he's in your neck of the woods!

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The wait is over! [Mar. 24th, 2009|04:07 am]
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City of Glass, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

The final volume in Cassandra Clare's fabulous Mortal Instruments trilogy releases today in the U.S. Go out and get your copy today and learn the answers to all those burning questions you had at the end of City of Ashes.

And if you haven't read the earlier two books, well, what are you waiting for? Stephenie Meyer loves them, so all you Twilight fans in search of something new to read...here ya go!

Cassie's on tour right now, check her site for dates. (Sorry, I'm in Bologna at the moment or I'd link it up myself...this darn european keyboard is giving me headaches!)

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Growth Spurt [Mar. 20th, 2009|09:52 am]
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PRESS RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

                                                            
BARRY GOLDBLATT LITERARY LLC HIRES TWO NEW AGENTS

 

Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC hires Joe Monti and Beth Fleisher as agents.

 

Brooklyn, NY – March 16, 2009 – For nearly ten years, Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC, an agency representing authors of children’s and young adult books, has been a one-man show. Now, it has tripled in size, welcoming two new agents—Joe Monti and Beth Fleisher.

 

Joe Monti most recently held the position of director of paperbacks at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and before that was the children's national accounts manager at Houghton Mifflin. He is perhaps best known for his tenure as the children's fiction buyer at Barnes and Noble, Inc., a position he held for over ten years, where he is credited with helping to form the rise in popularity of teen fiction.

 

“I'm thrilled to embark on this next adventure with such an experienced team,” says Monti. “I see this as continuation of what I know and love the best about this field, namely finding and championing authors and artists. In short, being a good bookseller.”

 

Beth Fleisher got her start in publishing via an internship with Houghton Mifflin’s trade division in Boston. Next came close to a decade with The Berkley Publishing Group, focusing on fantasy and science fiction, as well as several graphic novel and comics related projects. Beth then established an independent consultancy providing a range of services for prose, comics, and graphic novels.

 

This is an exciting new venture, filled with creative opportunities,” says Fleisher. “I can't wait to begin!”

 

“I’m thrilled to be growing the agency,” says Barry Goldblatt. “At a time when there’s a lot of doom and gloom out there, I’m optimistic about the future, and I thought what better way to show that than by expanding? And to be able to do so with smart, talented people like Joe and Beth sends the confident message that bigger and better things are ahead.”

 

Barry Goldblatt Literary LLC was established in 2000, and represents many bestselling authors, including Holly Black, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Shannon Hale and Lauren Myracle.


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JoJo and the Fiendish Lot [Mar. 3rd, 2009|11:13 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |What Do I Get? -- Buzzcocks]


JoJo and the Fiendish Lot, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

This is definitely the year for mondo weird books from my clients, and Andy's contribution is fabulous: dark, twisted, sickly funny and still deeply heartfelt. I'm so excited it's finally out there in the world!

But don't just take my word for it...read this review from The Book Muncher!

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Bitchin' Camaro [Feb. 26th, 2009|11:27 am]
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[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Guyana Punch -- The Judy's]

Everyone else seems to be having so much fun with this (and libba_bray 's answers had me howling, so I thought what the heck?

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My Life in Itunes

RULES:

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.

2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.

4. Tag 15 friends

5. Everyone tagged has to do the same thing. (Except not really.)

6. Have Fun!



IF SOMEONE SAYS 'ARE YOU OKAY' YOU SAY?

Waiting for the Bus by Violent Femmes

Yea, now you know why people shouldn't ask that question.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF

The Times They are a-Changin' by Bob Dylan

Oh, you don't know the half of it!



WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Give Blood by Pete Townshend

For crying out loud
, haven't vampires invaded enough of my life territory already?

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

Let it Be Me by Social Distortion

"Don't ever want to worry about a thing." Oh, yea, that's me, I never worry. LOL



WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?

The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz by Tom Lehrer

See, I've been doing the wrong thing ALL THIS TIME!!!!



WHAT'S YOUR MOTTO?

Winds of Change by Guadalcanal Diary

Surviving them seems like a good idea.


WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?

Time to Waste by Alkaline Trio

Umm, is there something you're all not telling me?


WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

Last Chance Town by Let's Active

"down in the dumps, crossing the bumps" Yea, so I guess they still think I'm a moody teenager. Given my career choice, perhaps that's not a bad thing?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?

Visionary by Husker Du

OK, this just makes me grin.


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?

The Imperial March by John Williams

*blink* I don't even know what to say.


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Guyana Punch by The Judy's

Oh---kay then...umm, I promise I am not a cult leader nor a serial killer. And I don't even like Kool-aid!


WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

It's Expected I'm Gone by The Minutemen

This is definitely taking a turn for the bizarre.



WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

Love Love Love by The Mountain Goats

Appropriate, I suppose, but somehow feels cliched to me. I was hoping for something louder.


WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?

I Predict a Riot by The Kaiser Chiefs

I'm so going to end up in prison, aren't I?



WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?

Spanish Bombs by The Clash

Well, bombs of pretty much any flavor would certainly be up there.



WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

Around the Corner by The Evens

You got me! But I do love this song.


WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?

Pictures of You by The Cure

I'm sooo going to get spammed with photos.


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

You Couldn't Have Come at a Better Time by Luka Bloom

Awww, isn't that sweet?



WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?

Bitchin' Camero by The Dead Milkmen

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Adventure Annie Goes To Work [Feb. 17th, 2009|06:50 am]
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Adventure Annie 1, originally uploaded by bgliterary.

We all know children who love to imagine themselves as superheroes and with this sprightly story about Annie Grace (aka Adventure Girl), readers can find a heroine with whom to identify. When Adventure Girl's mom is called back to work to find a misplaced report instead of the two of them spending the day together, she takes her daughter along, instructing her to sit and wait. But Adventure Girl has other ideas and stalks the wilds of the quiet workplace determined to find the file. In a great "rescue," she spots the errant folder under a desk and saves the day. The charm of this story lies not only in depicting the fun that kids have at parents' workplaces but also in portraying Adventure Girl as cheerfully undaunted by changes in plans and parental admonitions. The bright, full-color pencil and watercolor pictures are set against ample white space and show the warm relationship between mother and daughter. This is an office adventure that children will want to experience and a heroine they'll love meeting. -- Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI (School Library Journal)

There's a sequel in the works too...Annie will return!

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