On Knowing What You Write

On Knowing What You Write

Cote Smith is the author of Hurt People, which was published in March by FSG Originals. Here he writes about returning home to Kansas, feeling nostalgic, and navigating the slippages between lived and written experience.

Posted 05/13/16 Posted May 13, 2016

“The word for Tale of Shikanoko is: Adventure!”

The first book of The Tale of Shikanoko arrives on US shores today, and Emperor of the Eight Islands comes on waves of praise. During its Australian publication a few weeks ago, it was hailed in the mainstream press—The Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “It is easy to let the book sweep the reader away, to engage with strange events, but very compelling characters…there is huge imaginative vitality.”—and the, um, geek media, too—here’s The Geek of Oz: “Emperor of the Eight Islands is masterstroke for Lian Hearn…you’ll want the next book in front of you right now.”


For the record, we’re doing our very best to get the next book in front of you right now. The first book comes out today; the second, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child, will be out the first week of June; and the whole series—all four books—will be available by the end of September. (Yes, in true FSG Originals fashion, it’s not just the books themselves that are an adventure, it’s the publications, too.)

In the meantime, we have more waves or praise to share with you.

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Posted 05/02/16 Posted May 2, 2016

Not the Publicity Hit We Were Expecting

There’s always something surprising about the way the world receives a book once we’ve published it—booksellers speak up, newspapers publish reviews, NPR has its say, websites weigh in, and there always little surprises embedded in there, for good and ill—but at least for us, it’s rarely the local TV news giving their perspective. Here on LA’s CBS Channel 2 News, the first surprise is the piece’s unlikely title, but that is quickly outdone by Paul Magers’ shirt and tie combo…hot damn! But give the video a few seconds, both Geoff Manaugh and A Burglar’s Guide to the City get some good face-time—and deliver some good tips, too!

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Posted 05/02/16 Posted May 2, 2016

The Possibly-True Story of the Super-Burglar Trained to Rip Off al Qaeda

In what reads like a missing chapter from his just-published A Burglar’s Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh details the (maybe-true) story of a convicted bank robber hired to steal al Qaeda’s liquid assets. The article, published just last week in The Daily Beast, was optioned by Studio 8.

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Posted 04/21/16 Posted April 21, 2016

Big Congrats to Our Own Catherine Lacey and Amelia Gray!

Two pieces of very exciting news for FSG Originals authors: Catherine Lacey wins a Whiting Award and Amelia Gray is a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award!

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Posted 04/01/16 Posted April 1, 2016
“All cities have their apocalyptic-seeming corners.” @knguyen talks to @lvandenberg

“All cities have their apocalyptic-seeming corners.” @knguyen talks to @lvandenberg

THE BEST YOUNG WRITER IN AMERICA”’s debut novel, Find Me, came out this week in paperback. Kevin Nguyen talks with Laura van den Berg about Fallout 4, speculative fiction, and character attachment.

Posted 02/04/16 Posted February 4, 2016

Iterating Grace takes to the streets!

Super fans of the tiny mystery of Iterating Grace took to both coasts to drop some inspirational truth bombs on the public. Spreading the gospel of Koons Crooks has never looked so good!

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Posted 01/07/16 Posted January 7, 2016

Well Hello There, Eli Horowitz Profile in Buzzfeed!

We’ve known that Eli Horowitz is some kind of storytelling genius for a while now—as Miranda July says, “Everyone who knows him thinks of him as their secret weapon”—but we’re glad the secret is finally out (we’ve been trying to tell people for years!) thanks to this terrific profile in Buzzfeed by Anne Helen Petersen.The piece perfectly captures much of what makes us so happy and proud to publish Eli. As Petersen writes, “It sounds hyperbolic, but it’s true: He’s radically rethinking the boundaries of narrative and our expectations for the technology that surrounds us.”

Yes, we can confirm: True.

Over the course of the profile, Horowitz opens up to Petersen about his days at McSweeney’s, about the surprise benefits of his carpentry skills and the shortcomings of his homemade dumbwaiter, about the specialness of Sonoma County’s newest socialist restaurant, Russia House Number #1, and about his new book, The Pickle Index, which, she notes, “aims to effectively reconceptualize the book—in its digital and printed forms alike.”

The printed book! That’s where we come in!

We heartily recommend the whole piece to you, not least for the animated GIF of the aforementioned dumbwaiter.

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Posted 11/09/15 Posted November 9, 2015

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