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Orenda update 0

It’s been an extremely busy few months at Orenda Books.

The early summer saw the publication of two debut psychological thrillers that I worked on with publisher Karen Sullivan:  Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and The Other Twin by L V Hay. Both have received a lot of positive press attention – all of which is well deserved.

In May, the great Norwegian crime writer Gunnar Staalesen won the Petrona Award for Don Bartlett’s translation of his Varg Veum novel Where Roses Never Die (edited by yours truly), just after I’d put the finishing touches to the next Gunnar/Don collaboration, Wolves in the Dark, which was published in June.

I have spent the summer months editing Louise Beech’s hilarious and heart-wrenching Maria in the Moon, and Michael J. Malone’s chilling experiment with the gothic novel, House of Spines, both out in September.

Finn, Antti Tuomainen has also branched out – this time into literary black comedy, with his hilariously dark novel, The Man Who Died, which I had the great pleasure to edit. Exclusive advance copies sold out at the Edinburgh Festival, so I hear, but other readers will have to wait for autumn to get hold of what deserves to be a major hit.

As summer comes to an end it seems I’m surrounded by snow – editing two chilly crime novels by Icelandic writers: Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s English debut Snare, and the final part in Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series, Whiteout.

Like many lucky enough to work in publishing, I have also been able to get first looks at what will be coming up for readers in the next year: it’s going to be a good one for fans of Orenda.

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Interview with The Book Trail 0

In August, I was interviewed by award-winning book blogger The Book Trail. The focus of the Q&A was The Riveter magazine, which I edit, and the European Literature Network, which I write and edit for; but we also discussed my work for Orenda Books and how I came to work in publishing and arts journalism.

You can read the interview here: http://www.thebooktrail.com/translated-fiction-european-literature-network/

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CrimeFest 2017 – an editor’s view 0

Back in May I attended CrimeFest 2017, in my role as Editor for Orenda Books.

I was also commissioned to write a feature about one of the biggest Crime Literature convention’s in the world by ELit and the European Literature Network. You can read my piece here: http://www.eurolitnetwork.com/crimefest-2017-an-editors-view-of-the-international-crime-fiction-convention-by-west-camel/

 

 

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The Riveter – Russian Writing 0

In August, the second edition of The Riveter was published by the European Literature Network.

I edited the magazine, alongside Riveter-in-Chief and Director of the European Literature Network, Rosie Goldsmith. I also contributed reviews of Zinovy Zinik’s Sounds Familiar, and China Miéville’s October to the publication.

The Riveter: Riveting Russian Writing was released on 3 August to celebrate the European Literature Network’s  Russian events at the British Library (Riveting Russian Translation Workshop and Riveting Reads: Russian Literature Today).

You can view and download a pdf of The Riveter, edition two here: http://www.eurolitnetwork.com/the-riveter-edition-two-on-russian-literature-today-is-out/ 

 

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The Riveter magazine – Polish writing 0

To celebrate The London Book Fair 2017 Poland Market Focus, the European Literature Network launched its very first print magazine, The Riveter. Born out of the Network’s monthly #Riveting Reviews and with much help from a range of knowledgeable and discerning contributors, the magazine is guest edited by Deborah Levy, with a cover illustration by Chris Riddell.

I had the honour to edit the magazine, in collaboration with Rosie Goldsmith, and contributing editors, Anna Blasiak and Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

 

I also reviewed for the magazine what in my view is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century – Wiesław Myśliwski’s Stone Upon Stone.

With more content than we could fit into the forty pages of the print publication, we focused the European Literature Network’s March #Riveting Reviews on Polish writing too. I edited these and wrote a companion review of Myśliwski’s award-winning A Treatise on Shelling Beans.

 

 

 

 

The Riveter, Edition One, March 2017, is supported by The London Book Fair, the British Council and the Polish Cultural Institute, and will be available at Polish literature events throughout 2017. The European Literature Network will also make a pdf of the expanded magazine available to download at the end of March.

 

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Editing for Stonock and Create Associates arts consultancies 0

Lois Stonock

Over the past few months I have been working on a range of projects for Lois Stonock and her arts and curatorial consultancy, Stonock.

Lois advises arts organisations on business planning, arts strategies and also writes extensively about a variety of arts projects.

Lois is also part of Create Associates, a collective of curators, academics and artists who Image result for create associatesspecialise in writing arts, culture and community strategies.

Through Lois I have taken on editing projects for a range of work from Create Associates, including pitches, presentations, strategy documents and website copy.

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#Riveting Reviews and Other Dutch Delights 0

In January I was once again editor of the European Literature Network’s monthly Riveting Reviews.

January’s  reviews were devoted to Dutch Literature. Celebrating #HighImpactAllStars – the Network’s evening of literature from the Low Countries, ably hosted, as always by Rosie Goldsmith – alongside Dutch specialist Aimee Hardy, I commissioned and edited reviews of new titles in English from Herman Koch, Gerard Reve, Esther Gerritsen, and others. I also wrote a feature review of The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories. 

 

 

 

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Orenda Update – spring 2017 titles 0

Orenda Books goes from strength to strength.

Over the past few months I’ve worked on a selection of titles from Orenda’s crime and literary fiction list for spring 2017.

Some of my highlights include:

Sealskin by Su Bristow.

A retelling of the selkie myth, Sealskin is a beautifully lyrical and delicately nuanced novel about redemption, community and the blurred lines between magic and the everyday.

 

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski:

Inspired by the true-crime podcast investigation Serial, Six Stories is part transcript, part tone poem, part crime thriller. Following an investigative journalist exploring a decades-old death at an outward-bound centre, six individuals give their six different and at times conflicting versions of the same story – a hugely original, and deeply sinister debut.

 

I also worked on Deep Down Dead, a debut action thriller from crime-fiction blogger Steph Broadribb, AKA CrimeThrillerGirl. If the cover says movie, there’s a reason … one of the most cinematic books I’ve ever edited.

 

I worked closely with Matt Johnson on Deadly Game, the fast-paced, complex sequel to his debut, Wicked Game. Like the first book, this reeks of authenticity, as you’d expect from an ex-SAS officer.

 

Another of my detailed editing jobs was on the third part in Paul E Hardisty’s Claymore Straker trilogy, Reconciliation for the Dead, which offers a shocking insight into South Africa’s apartheid years. Paul’s prose is at its most lyrical, as he takes us back to the Angolan war of the 1980s and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of the 1990s.

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An Orenda Summer 0

This summer, with Orenda Books publisher Karen Sullivan away in her native Canada, then piloting her various authors through their events at the Edinburgh Book Festival, I spent quite a bit of time looking after the Orenda shop.

Three books I saw through the editorial and production process to the printers were:

A Suitable Lie, Michael J Malone’s subtle and shocking investigation of masculinity. A departure for Malone, A Suitable Lie takes a new and moving perspective on one of society’s ills. Essential reading.

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The Exiled, the third in Kati Hiekkapelto’s series of socially conscious crime novels featuring investigator Anna Fekete. The Exiled takes Anna from her adopted Finland back to her birthplace on the Serbia-Hungary border, where she becomes caught up in the tensions between the various resident communities – Serb, Hungarian, Romani – and the wave of desperate refugees attempting to access the European Union.

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The Bird Tribunal, by Agnes Ravatn – a pitch-perfect study in quiet, psychological terror. With tones of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, The Bird Tribunal is spare, chilling and told in exqusite literary prose, translated beautifully by Rosie Hedger.

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In addition to these titles, I’ve been working on Blackout the latest in Ragnar Jónasson’s hugely successful Dark Iceland series of crimes novels.

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I’ve also helped edit Louise Beech’s A Mountain in My Shoe – another socially conscious novel, which examines the meaning of family and deals in a very authentic way with the failures and successes of the UK’s care system.

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Spring 2017 titles are currently in production. Needless to say, Orenda goes from strength to strength!

 

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Findings on Light — Pars Foundation 0

coverfront600thumbnail150dpi_300Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to copyedit and proofread the publication, Findings on Light. Part of the the Atlas of Creative Thinking — a project developed by the Pars Foundation — this highly original book brings together fifty contributions by poets, artists, scientists and thinkers, all discussing an aspect of light.

Edited by the poet Astrid Alben and Rijksakademie Fellow Hester Aardse, Findings on Light explores bioluminescence in deepsea creatures; how the Vikings used the Iceland spar stone to navigate; Vantablack – the world’s blackest manmade substance; a collection of early lightbulbs; and even how to capture moonlight in a box.

Combining poetry, academic essays, thought-pieces, photography, anecdote and wonderful graphic design, this book is a unique and original treasure.

For a preview of the book and to order it direct from PARS, click here.