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2016

November

  • The New York Times, Kirkus, BookPage, Los Angeles Review of Books, Washington Post, and Seattle Times have all praised Ha Jin’s nuanced portrait of China in The Boat Rocker, “easily the best part of an already well-crafted novel.”
  • The New Yorker praised ZSH author Viet Dinh’s After Disasters, saying “Dinh is skilled at rendering the messiness of human motivation, and he adeptly harmonizes various preoccupations—masculinity, ecological abrasion, and the complexities of international aid work.”
  • ZSH authors David France (How to Survive a Plague) and Sabina Murray (Valiant Gentlemen) both made the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2016; Murray also appeared on the Washington Post’s Notable Fiction of 2016.
  • Gilmore Girls returned over the holiday weekend, and featured a very loving tribute to ZSH author Cheryl Strayed’s iconic memoir Wild.
  • Writing in the Sunday Book Review, Jeffrey Wasserstrom praised Ha Jin’s latest novel The Boat Rocker for its “multidimensional” characters and balanced political viewpoints, saying “the novel includes nuanced debates on loyalty and identity, not just anti-Communist tirades.”
  • The New York Times loved ZSH author Sarah Domet’s The Guineveres, “a deft and lovely debut, the perfect weight in all ways.” They also included it on their list of “Eight New Books We Recommend.”
  • The Brand New Catastrophe, ZSH author Mike Scalise’s memoir, received a very complimentary review in Publishers Weekly.
  • The Washington Post raved over Valiant Gentlemen—from ZSH author Sabina Murray—calling it “superb,” “wise,” and “illuminating,” and asserting that Murray’s “present-tense prose is alternately epigrammatic and elliptical, and her dialogue sometimes Wilde-worthy.” Vice also reviewed the book as part of their “November’s Best Books, Music, and Movies” feature. And David Leavitt, writing in the New York Times Book Review, called it “as vigorous, audacious and unpredictable as [Sir Roger] Casement himself,” referring to the novel’s main character.

October

  • TV Land is developing an adaptation of Re Jane, the debut novel from ZSH’s Patricia Park, described as “a fresh, witty and sexy look at life between two cultures and the importance of living for oneself.”
  • ZSH author Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things topped Bustle’s list of “12 Books Every Woman Needs to Read at Age 30.”
  • O Magazine’s “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” features three books from ZSH clients: Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Domet, and Clare Beams.
  • Age of Discovery by ZSH clients Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna recently hit #5 on the Toronto Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller list.

September

  • ZSH author, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor Sonia Kapadia served as the eponymous expert on a recent installment of OPEN Forum and MSNBC’s “Ask the Expert” video series.
  • Food52 featured ZSH clients The Food Gays, along with their Vancouver travel guide, and their recipe for turnip salad.
  • Psychologist and ZSH author Dr. Tim Lomas was featured in the Daily Mail’s “Femail” section with an excerpt from his “truly inspirational” new book The Positive Power of Negative Emotions.
  • Good Vibrations, the memoir from Beach Boys’ frontman Mike Love cowritten by ZSH client James Hirsch, is garnering praise, with reviews in the New York Times, the LA Times, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, and a feature on People.com.
  • News of the forthcoming memoir, The Most Beautiful, from ZSH client and Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia, thrilled readers this month when Rolling Stone featured the upcoming book.

August

  • Publishers Weekly noted that ZSH author Sabina Murray’s Valiant Gentlemen is “brimming with exquisite detail and clever humor” in a starred review.
  • ZSH author/illustrator Julia Wertz’s work was featured in an article in the NYT Opinion Pages entitled “New York’s Disappearing Storefronts.”
  • Ha Jin received a starred review for his latest, “laugh-out-loud funny while as illuminating as ever” novel The Boat Rocker, courtesy of Kirkus.
  • Poet Safiya Sinclair received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, for her “stunning” debut collection Cannibal. Safiya also made it onto Buzzfeed’s “21 Incredible New Books You Need to Read This Fall.&rdquo
  • Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna’s compelling case for the contemporary Renaissance, Age of Discovery, made the longlist for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year award.
  • PW praised ZSH author Clare Beams in a review of her forthcoming We Show What We Have Learned, asserting, “Beams is an expert at providing odd and surprising details that make her stories come alive, and the result is a powerful collection about what we need from others and, in turn, what we can offer others of ourselves.”

July

  • Two ZSH authors—Jung Yen with Shelter and Kevin Morris with All Joe Knight—were longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize.
  • Sabina Murray’s Valiant Gentlemen was added to the list of The Million’s “Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview.”
  • Celebrity chef Kwame Onwachi signed on with Lori Galvin to write a memoir celebrating his life’s work thus far.
  • Across the pond, the Daily Mail called ZSH author Jung Yun’s Shelter a “scalpel-sharp depiction of a dysfunctional family in meltdown” that “has all the tension and pace of a thriller.”
  • Mike Scalise’s The Brand New Catastrophe was added to the Publisher’s WeeklyTop 10 Memoirs & Biographies Fall 2016.”

June

  • Bay Area readers rejoice: Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno was selected for the Marin County One Book One Marin reading program, which collaborates with community partners to arrange a variety of events, discussions, and other programs related to the book for a three-month period.
  • Cheryl Strayed’s Wild continues to reach a passionate audience abroad, selling over 1,000,000 copies and making over 30 foreign sales.
  • ZSH author Carla Sosenko has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York. Congrats, Carla!
  • The New York Post recently profiled Susan Bratton, author of Meals to Heal, and her company’s mission to provide cancer patients with food recommendations and nutritional counseling.

May

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will star alongside Greg Kinnear and Emma Roberts in Danish filmmaker Peter Flinth's adaptation of The Spinning Man by George Harrar.
  • When discussing Dan Barry's Boys in the Bunkhouse with the New York Times' Susan Lehman, Colum McCann christened Barry "the closest we have to Steinbeck." This followed on the heels of a New York Times review of the book, which Sasha Abramsky called a "vital piece of reportage."
  • Cheryl Strayed's Brave Enough climbed to #4 on the New York Times bestseller list in Advice/How-To.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos will star in the Public Theater's stage production of Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed.
  • The Washington Post published an oral history piece by Geoff Edgers about a seminal moment in American race relations: "The Inside Story of When Run-DMC Met Aerosmith and Changed Music Forever."
  • At the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2016 awards ceremony on May 18, Alan Gurganus presented Matthew Null with the Rome Fellowship, citing him as "the youngest person alive who can still enchant in an unfashionable language called The Nineteenth Century." J.D. McClatchy recognized Anthony Marra with the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, calling The Tsar of Love and Techno "downright breathtaking."

April

  • Esmond Harmsworth dished out publishing knowledge on a CBS Boston radio segment titled, "The Book Inside You: The Business of Selling It."
  • Shelter by Jung Yun is #1 on BuzzFeed's list of "14 Most Buzzed-About Books of 2016."
  • Travis Mills' Tough as They Come (with Marcus Brotherton) won a 2016 Christopher Award, for media that "affirms the highest values of the human spirit." Travis also shared his story in an interview with Glenn Beck.
  • Michelle Hoover's Bottomland hit the Midwest Indie Bestseller list at #3 in paperback fiction.
  • The 2015 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards recognized Shots on the Bridge by Ronnie Greene as the best investigative reporting book of the year: "As is always true of the best investigative reporting, Greene's work leaves readers outraged at the abuses he uncovered and proud of the quality of his work."
  • Hester Young's The Gates of Evangeline has been named a finalist for the Best First Novel Prize in the International Thriller Writers 2016 Thriller Awards. ITW will announce the winners at the ThrillerFest Gala on July 9th.
  • Harper's Bazaar's "Spring's Hottest Breakout Titles" list featured Jung Yun's Shelter and Elizabeth Church's The Atomic Weight of Love.
  • Publishers Weekly selected Michael Neill Null's Allegheny Front as a Best Book of Summer 2016, and The Rumpus said he "seems poised to join Salter in the pantheon of writers who excel at both short- and long-form fiction."

March

  • Kirkus Reviews gave Matthew Neil Null a starred review for his story collection Allegheney Front, writing, "Null finds poetry and moments that can sometimes bear something like grace."
  • Shelter by Jung Yun and Bottomland by Michelle Hoover were included in Amazon's Best Literature & Fiction of March. Shelter also appeared in Best Mysteries and Thrillers of March.
  • Elizabeth Church's debut novel The Atomic Weight of Love, forthcoming from Algonquin, is the #1 Indie Next pick for May 2016.
  • The New York Times Book Review featured Sara Majka's collection Cities I've Never Lived In, praising her "[dexterity] at bringing a physical clarity to the sites of emotional muddle" and writing, "it is a lovely [book], written in a moving and uncanny register."
  • Lily Brooks-Dalton, author of Motorcycles I've Loved and the forthcoming Good Morning, Midnight, published a Modern Love column titled, "Love and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."
  • Dale Megan Healey was awarded a Yaddo fellowship for the spring.
  • From the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Matthew Null, author of the novel Honey from the Lion and the collection Allegheny Front, has been awarded the American Academy Rome Fellowship, a one-year residency in the Italian capital. For The Tsar of Love and Techno, Anthony Marra has received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award: "$10,000 to a young writer of considerable literary talent for a work published in 2015."
  • Via Businesswire, Vijay Govindarajan has received the HBR McKinsey Award for the best article published in the 2015 Harvard Business Review, for his piece "Engineering Reverse Innovations."
  • Announced by The Paris Review, Safiya Sinclair has won a 2016 Whiting Award, a grant of $50,000 to emerging writers of "exceptional talent, based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come." Safiya's poetry collection, Cannibal, will be released in September 2016.

February

  • Sara Majka's Cities I've Never Lived In received shout-outs and appeared in best-of lists in ELLEBustleHelloGigglesSalon, and Men's Journal.
  • Bottomland by Michelle Hoover was chosen for the March 2016 Indie Next List. Shelter, the debut novel by Jung Yun, was chosen for the April 2016 List.
  • Cathy Curtis' Restless Ambition, a biography of painter Grace Hartigan, was nominated for a Plutarch Award by Biographers International Organization.
  • Tom Sleigh's poem "Prayer for Recovery," from his collection Station Zed, has been chosen for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2016.

January