Top Twos-Day: Sloan and Powers dynamic debuts

Robin Sloan’s short story first appeared on Kindle in 2009, produced remarkable interest, sparking a novel of the same name, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (October 2012; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a Macmillan imprint). HarperCollins Canada is handling the northern rights, while other world rights are still in the works. Sloan’s manuscript “…was selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program and the Indie Next List. The Economist called it ‘a clever and whimsical tale with a big heart.’ NPR says it’s full of ‘large-hearted magic’…”(Mr. Penumbra Website). One glimpse at the glow-in-the-dark cover lets on that this is no ordinary work: read an excerpt of this cryptic, unconventional piece here.

While Kevin Powers book, The Yellow Birds: a novel (Hachette Book Group: Little, Brown and Company), about his days in the National Guard stationed in Mosul and Tal Afar released in September, it is steadily gaining momentum as one of the great novels of the Iraq war.

“Kevin Powers first novel is breathtaking in all ways imaginable. His prose is beautiful, his characters believable, the sense of place immersing and his ability to convey the rawness and unflinching realities of war only comparable to a select few literary masters.” (Book Passage – Yellow Birds Website.) Powers went on to graduate with a master’s degree in poetry from the University of Texas after his discharge. Visit to view Powers’ interview and reading.

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