Welcome to our first newsletter for 2015! As always, we at Fig Tree Books LLC (FTB) are grateful for the opportunity to share our latest goings-on with you. And, as always, we invite you keep in touch with us between newsletter issues by clicking any of the buttons above to "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or discover fresh content on our website. (If you have received this newsletter because someone has forwarded it to you, please be sure to subscribe for updates yourself.)
We've had quite a busy month. Highlights include the launch of our re-designed website and the frankly breathtaking moment of seeing print galleys for all four books on our inaugural list, all together. (Look below for that awesome sight.) For more news, on to the issue!
—Erika Dreifus, Media Editor
News About Our Books
Excitement builds as we prepare to release Alan Cheuse's Prayers for the Living—featuring a fabulous foreword by Tova Mirvis—which will be in bookstores in March. Prayers for the Living possesses a rather interesting publishing backstory, which Alan has detailed online and Library Journal has recently noted in its "Classic Returns" column. Remember: If you live in the Washington area, please mark your calendar for Saturday, March 21, when Alan will be launching the novel at Politics & Prose. And this just in: Alan will appear in Salt Lake City at The King's English Bookshop two weeks later, on April 4. Wherever you may be located, if you're a book-club organizer or participant, you can invite Alan to visit your group via telephone and Skype. Details here (you'll also find a brand-new discussion guide for your group to consult).
Just a few weeks after Prayers for the Living is published, you'll be able to find our second book—a re-issue of Meyer Levin's Compulsion—in bookstores as well. Originally published in 1956, this classic novel will be published on April 15; you can find an excerpt along with snippets from our new foreword by Marcia Clark and introduction by Gabriel Levin on our website.
And, rounding things our this spring, May will bring our publication of Jonathan Papernick's The Book of Stone (May) and Jessamyn Hope's Safekeeping (June). We're excited about all that the next few months will bring, and we hope that you are, too.
A Reminder Re: the FTB Blog
Miss us between newsletters? Check in with our blog! Recently noted there: new reviews of important titles in American Jewish literature, including Elizabeth Edelglass on Allegra Goodman's Total Immersion and Christi Craig on Lara Vapnyar's Memoirs of a Muse.
We also have a habit of sharing on our blog an assortment of online discoveries relating to American Jewish Experience (AJE), broadly defined. And you never know when you'll catch a fresh dispatch from FTB HQ. Please come visit—FigTreeBooks.net/blog—and comment! We'll look forward to seeing you there.
We have giveaways galore going on at Goodreads right now! Enter to win any (or all) of the following novels:
(And stay tuned for news on a giveaway for Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope.)
Good luck to all! And a reminder to the giveaway winners--we love hearing what you think of these books after you've read them. Please do post your reviews and ratings on Goodreads. Thanks so much!
About Our Team
We are pleased to welcome Zak Block to Fig Tree Books as Marketing Coordinator. Zak brings to this position experience as a social-media editor and designer of literary websites. He has a BA from the State University of New York at Purchase, where he majored in Cinema Studies.
To learn more about the rest of our team—Fredric Price, Publisher; Michelle Caplan, Editor-in-Chief; Erika Dreifus, Media Editor; Kal Kaminer, Marketing Manager; Emily Greenberg, Editorial Assistant; Ellis Levin, Attorney; and Advisors Peter DeGiglio, Joshua Lambert, and Deirdre Smerillio—please visit our website.