A huge congratulations to my fabulous student and friend Catie Disabato, who sold her first novel THE GHOST NETWORK to Melville House! Catie worked on this novel in two iterations of my novel workshop and I have been waiting for this day since the first time I read her work. The novel is a funhouse-of-mirrors mystery written as a nonfiction book. It’s brilliant and magical and like nothing else you’ve read before. Here’s the write-up:
"In a deal for world rights, Kirsten Reach at Melville House acquired Catie Disabato’s debut novel, The Ghost Network, about a journalist and an assistant searching for a lost pop star. Disaboto, who did not use an agent, has contributed to the Millions and the Rumpus, and writes for the N.Y. Daily News’ book blog, Page Views; the book is set for spring 2015.”
(Writing Workshops LA is taking over the world, FYI.)
But seriously guys, Edan Lepucki (italicsmine) midwifed this novel into existence. And now that it’s born, she’s it’s godmother. I could not have written, much less sold, this book without her.
I had the extreme pleasure of getting to read Edan’s novel, California, before its release date this coming July. It’s an amazing novel and I read it in, like, two sittings because I couldn’t put it down. Put it on whatever list you keep and anxiously await the summer.
Selected images from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, by Jules Verne. Published by the Folio Society. You can buy it here.
One of the best part of being an illustrator, in my humble opinion, is reading books that you might not have otherwise. Given the modern-day representations, I think I was expecting some sort of pulpy adventure story (quite an anachronistic notion, given the book was written in 1869). In reality, it’s a scientific travelogue: very thoroughly observed and researched. There are also some very beautiful descriptions of foreign lands that, when you think about it, are no closer to most of us now than they were in 1869.