In 2001, Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thief and put it online to share with his friends. Within weeks, the mix had become an international calling card and the globe-trotting DJ Rupture was born, as Clayton was whisked away to a sprawling, multi-tiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brother in São Paulo, and the MoMA.
Clayton was always doing more than just jet-setting—he was traveling to the furthest corners of the world with his eyes and ears open, taking in as much as he could from his new position on the frontlines of a music world making its transition from analog to digital. To his ears, it was a glorious time: Berber musicians embracing auto-tune more completely than Cher ever had, Mexican rodeo teens pushing basic music production software in previously unheard(-of) directions.
In his dazzling debut book, Uproot, Clayton shares all he’s learned, illuminating connections no one else could have ever revealed. Coming up with a book cover that captures all that energy was obviously a daunting prospect. We think designer Devin Washburn nailed it—but what’s perhaps even more revealing is how interesting the back cover is. It is, for instance, the first time we’ve gotten a blurb from Diplo—and it may well be the first time Diplo has shared a stage with Obama-inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander, legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson, and more…
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.
“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.
In celebration of GUTSHOT’s first week on bookshelves everywhere here’s a glimpse of some of the passionate praise it’s already inspired.
Buzzfeed Books editor-at-large Isaac Fitzgerald managed to pack his love for GUTSHOT into six powerful seconds (which you’ve at least partially experienced by now—unmute at your own risk), while NPR Books wrote one beautiful literary love letter…
FIND ME doesn’t hit the shelves for another two weeks but people are already going nuts for this “unforgettable and, against all odds, unique tale.” And since we published Laura van den Berg’s last story collection, The Isle of Youth, as an FSG Original we’re going to jump right on in this parade and celebrate one of the family!
Book events should always include live owls, full stop.
Jeff VanderMeer has been one busy guy since Acceptance, the final installment of the Southern Reach trilogy, pubbed in September. This spectacular photo (courtesy Kyle Cassidy) is from Jeff’s visit to Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, but he’s done readings all over the east coast and we’re running out of fingers to count all the wonderful reviews that have come in.
We love a bookseller quote that’s straight and to the point. It’s a genre in which subtlety is overrated. So, thank you, Dog Eared Books, for the review of The Silent History. That’s just the right amount of greats: not so many as to be overwhelming, but not so few as to be lacking conviction. Sold! (We hope.)