“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.”

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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 04/26/16 Posted April 26, 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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Posted 11/05/15 Posted November 5, 2015

The Pickle Index: A True Multi-Platform Publication

It’s 2015. We’ve all seen multiplatform publications, right? A paperback book, a deluxe slip-cased hardcover, an app, videos, letter-pressed broadsides. Yeah, The Pickle Index has all that, of course it does, all of it debuting at the same time, today. Yeah, yeah, blah blah. We’ve seen The Silent History and The New World yadda yadda blah blah—what’s this but that a better, funnier, more wholly imagined and exquisitely timed version of all that?

Well, funny you should bring up timing—because you didn’t see center court at Barclays Center on national TV coming, did you? Check it out. And they say the multimedia publishing has never been met. It’ll be a long time before anyone tops this. All hail the creative minds behind the The Pickle Index.

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Posted 11/03/15 Posted November 3, 2015

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