Ray Young Bear Poem in The New Yorker this week–a Preview of His Upcoming Collection

MANIFESTION WOLVERINE_Final CoverThe New Yorker featured Ray Young Bear’s poem “Four Hinterland Abstractions” on their site today! It will also appear in the print edition of  the August 3rd issue. The poem is part of his forthcoming collection MANIFESTATION WOLVERINE: The Collected Poetry of Ray Young Bear, which Open Road Media will publish this October.

Praise for Ray’s work to date:

“I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that Ray Young Bear is the best poet in Indian Country and in the top 46 in the whole dang world. Sacred and profane, profound and irreverent, his poetry pushes you into a corner, roughs you up a bit, maybe takes your wallet, and then gives you a long kiss goodbye.” —Sherman Alexie

“Ray Young Bear’s work is the gift of an anguished imagination marked with grief and wild humor. His writing alternately lashes and heals, but ultimately instructs from a deep vision of the world.” —Louise Erdrich
“These are remarkable poems. I read them over and over again, and I become more and more convinced that they proceed from a native intelligence that is at once ancient and contemporary, straightforward and ironic, provocative and insightful. The poet speaks from a kind of timeless experience; his voice is the voice of the coyote or singer of Beowulf or the inventor of words. “The Invisible Musician” is a work extraordinarily rich and rewarding.” —N. Scott Momaday

“It was clear from Ray Young Bear’s earliest poems that he was a poet of great ability. He has gotten better. The physical detail is ground, and there are mysterious interminglings of water and air that hold the worlds together.” —Robert Bly

“[Ray Young Bear is] a national treasure.” —Robert F. Gish

“Ray Young Bear is magic. He writes as if he lived 10,000 years ago in a tribe whose dialect happens to be modern English.” —Richard Hugo

“No one, absolutely no one, tells the tribal story like Young Bear.” —Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Great Review of Jeff Pfeffer’s LEADERSHIP B.S. in Publisher’s Weekly!

Publisher’s Weekly has given Jeff Pfeffer’s LEADERSHIP B.S. a great review. In the book, Pfeffer focuses on the root causes of failures in business leadership. His goal is to help readers rethink leadership, and he advises them to accept that many of the existing truisms about leadership are faulty. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “an entertaining and inspiring read for anyone looking to shake things up at work.” Congratulations, Jeff!

LEADERSHIP B.S. goes on sale on September 15th and is available for pre-order now on Amazon. Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffreyPfeffer.

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MISS EMILY publishes today and THE NEW SPYMASTERS is out in the US!

Two amazing summer reads from across the pond are arriving on our shores today!

From the UK, Stephen Grey’s THE NEW SPYMASTERS is out today from St. Martin’s Press!

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In this searing modern history of espionage, award-winning investigative journalist Stephen Grey takes us from the CIA’s Cold War legends, to the agents who betrayed the IRA, through to the spooks inside Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Techniques and technologies have evolved, but the old motivations for betrayal–patriotism, greed, revenge, compromise–endure. Based on years of research and interviews with hundreds of secret sources, The New Spymasters is an up-to-date exposé that shows how spycraft’s human factor is once again being used to combat the world’s deadliest enemies.

John Lloyd in the Financial Times says the book is “Revelatory, deeply informed and subtle is an antidote to any view of the intelligence agencies as being all-knowing or, conversely, all over the place.”

And in a 5-star review from Charles Cumming, the Daily Telegraph calls it “Exceptional… Stephen Grey knows his subject. By speaking to a vast number of intelligence personnel, he has produced what amounts to a blueprint for productive, sophisticated espionage in the age of Islamist terror.”

Follow Stephen @StephenGrey and keep up-to-date with his Reuters blog here.


Irish author Nuala O’Connor’s MISS EMILY is also out today, and it’s already received some wonderful reviews that would make even make Emily Dickinson smile!

emily-dickinson“O’Connor brings one of America’s most beloved poets to lifeŠ. [She] is a gifted writer; not only does she bring a believable sense of poetry (clay is “deathly cool around my fingers”) and self-assurance to Emily, she is also capable of conveying complex feeling succinctly, a talent shared by her historical heroine. This novel has the possibility of being a book club juggernaut.”

-Starred review in Publishers Weekly

“O’Connor’s first novel published here (but her third novel, with previous works appearing under the name Nuala Ní Chonchúir) beautifully and convincingly evokes the startling, luminous world captured in Dickinson’s poems in the alternating voices of Emily and Ada, who share a passionate nature at odds with proper Amherst society.”

-John G. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman in Library Journal‘s July issue

Nuala will also be joining us stateside in August for a book tour!

Mystic, CT                   Bank Square Books / 12pm                                                                          August 3

Cambridge, MA           Harvard Bookstore / 7pm                                                                            August 4

South Hadley, MA       Odyssey Bookshop / 7pm                                                                           August 5

Amherst MA                Emily Dickinson International Society Conference / 1:30pm             August 8

Stop by if you can make it!

“A something in a summer’s day”: Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor!

Eighteen-year-old Ada Concannon has just been hired by the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. But Emily’s passion for words begins to dominate her life. She will wear only white and avoids the world outside the Dickinson homestead. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences.

In two short weeks, Penguin will publish MISS EMILY, the American debut of award-winning Irish writer Nuala O’Connor!

Miss Emily reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family’s Irish maid, 18-year-old Ada Concannon.

In Booklist’s July issue, Margaret Flanagan writes:

“Irish writer Nuala O’Connor breathes new life into reclusive poet Emily Dickinson in her mesmerizing U.S. debut. Like one of Dickinson’s poems, the deceptively simple narrative packs a powerful punch.”

Despite their difference in age and the upstairs-downstairs divide, Ada strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster’s life at home. When Ada’s safety and reputation are threatened, however, Emily must face down her own demons in order to help her friend, with shocking consequences. Miss Emily takes readers back to a time when women depended on one another for support and protection in the face of strict social codes and expectations. Emily and Ada are mistress and servant; this novel asks whether either of them can escape the power of the circumstances they were born into.

MISS EMILY has also been chosen as one of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association’s 2015 Summer Okra Picks. Check out the list (she’s in great company!) here and at your local indie book stores across the South.

Check out Nuala’s other work (including her poetry and short stories) on her website and blog. You can also follow her @NualaNiC and on Facebook. MISS EMILY publishes on July 14th.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green – Out Now!

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green publishes today– her seventeenth novel!

When a shocking family secret is revealed,  journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

SUMMER SECRETS is not to be missed! From her first tour stop in Atlanta, Fox Tale Bookshop has signed copies of the novel from Jane’s BookBrag lunch. You can call 780-516-9989 to order (they ship nationally).

Follow Jane on Twitter @JaneGreen

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