Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added)
is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Waddling Norsemen: Viking Penguins take the Adantis books

My summer has been so complicated that I've neglected to mention July's best book news: Sharyn November took paperback rights to The Curse of the Raven Mocker and Ingledove for her Viking/Penguin imprint, Firebird.

http://www.firebirdbooks.com/
Here's the Firebird site, including a cover gallery, links, chapters, etc.

http://www.sharyn.org/
And here's a peek at the lively and clever Firebird editor, Sharyn November.

The Endicott Studio: a novelist reviews Ingledove

It has been a long, arduous summer, and all that has happened feels alternately too close or long ago and far away.

Book news: there's a review of Ingledove up on a featured books page at the lovely Endicott Studio site (http://www.endicott-studio.com/recreading/SprSum05/YA.html). It's by novelist Midori Snyder. Here's a clip: In this exceptional novel Youmans skillfully mixes Celtic, Appalachian and Cherokee mythology and language to create Adantis, a fantastic world, half hidden in nature . . . Youmans’ characters are compelling; the dialogue is unique, rich with invented vocabulary. Her prose, lush and evocative as fireflies, seems to lift from the pages. A simply beautiful novel.

Midori Snyder's biography on the site is quite interesting: http://www.endicott-studio.com/bios/biomidori.html. Now that's a satisfyingly full life.