• August 13, 2018

    Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press to Publish Book Inspired by Tony and Grammy Award–Winning Actor/Rapper Daveed Diggs Song

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    Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press to Publish Book Inspired by Tony and Grammy Award–Winning Actor/Rapper Daveed Diggs Song

    The Deep, which will release in June 2019, is written by Rivers Solomon and based on the acclaimed song by the rap group Clipping (which includes Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes)

    New York, NY, August 13, 2018: In June 2019, Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish The Deep, a book inspired by a song of the same name written and produced by Clipping, a rap group that includes Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor/rapper Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes. The Deep has a 100,000-copy first printing, and is written by acclaimed author Rivers Solomon. The book imagines a world where water-breathing descendants of pregnant African slave women have built their own society underwater, and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future. The song it was based on was originally released on This American Life, for an episode about the growing decades of Afrofuturism. The song is also nominated for a 2018 Hugo Award, which recognizes the year’s best science fiction and fantasy works (winners will be announced at Worldcon in San Jose, CA in August). Clipping will produce new music inspired by the book, and will release a vinyl edition containing both “The Deep” and the new music in June, timed to publication.

    The Deep is the story of Yetu, who holds the memories for her people—the water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slavers. Her people live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save her. But the memories—painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous—are destroying her, so she flees to the surface, to escape the memories and the expectations and the responsibilities, and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. She will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

    The idea to turn the song “The Deep” into a book emerged following several conversations between the rap group and Navah Wolfe, Senior Editor at Saga Press, who met Clipping in 2017 at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, where Clipping’s sci-fi concept album Splendor and Misery was nominated for a Hugo Award. To adapt the song into a book, Wolfe signed up Rivers Solomon, author of An Unkindness of Ghosts and a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award finalist for Best New Writer, to the project.

    “I’m thrilled that Rivers Solomon heard enough in ‘The Deep’ to use it as a skeleton for such a beautiful and thrilling book,” said Daveed Diggs for Clipping. “I’ve always thought that ‘good art’ begets ‘good art,’ so reading what Rivers created felt like receiving the greatest of compliments. I can’t wait for people to read it!”

    “Clipping's ‘The Deep’ is a fantastic feat of storytelling, word play, and literary prowess,” said author Rivers Solomon. “It's been such an honor to be a part of transposing this powerful work into written medium—tackling familiar themes of mine (diaspora, collective memory, trauma), while using the vision of other artists as a springboard. How does one begin to capture the poetry of the lyrics, the surreality of the sound effects, and the musicality of the changing tempos? As a writer, you dream of taking on a challenge like this.”

    “The first time I listened to ‘The Deep,’ I knew there were more stories in it,” said Navah Wolfe. “It's such a powerful, evocative song, full of layers, and I wanted to help bring those stories to the surface. Working to bring two enormous talents like Clipping and Rivers into conversation with each other to make this book a reality has been an extraordinary treat.”

    Navah Wolfe acquired North American print and eBook rights for this exclusive deal from Erin Malone at William Morris Entertainment for Clipping and Laura Zats at Red Sofa Literary for Rivers Solomon.

    Daveed Diggs is an actor, producer, writer, and rapper. He is the vocalist of the experimental rap group Clipping. Diggs originated the role of, and won a Grammy and Tony for, the Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the 2015 musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He also cowrote, produced, and stars in the film Blindspotting, in theaters now. Find him on Twitter @DaveedDiggs.

    William Hutson is a composer for TV and film, known for Room 237 (2012), The Mayor (2017) and Ten Minutes Is Two Hours (2013). He is part of the rap group Clipping. Find him on Twitter @clppng.

    Jonathan Snipes is a composer and sound designer for film and theater living in Los Angeles. He occasionally teaches sound design in the theater department at UCLA and is a member of the rap group Clipping. Find him at Jonat8han.com.

    Rivers Solomon is the author of An Unkindness of Ghosts and is a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award finalist for Best New Writer. They graduated from Stanford University with a degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity and holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Michener Center for Writers. Though originally from the United States, they currently live in Cambridge, England, with their family. Find them on Twitter @cyborgyndroid‏.

    Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital, and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone Books, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at SimonandSchuster.com

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  • May 16, 2018

    This Illustrated Collection of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Books Finally Does the Series Justice

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  • February 28, 2018

    The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss isa finalist for the Compton Crook Award

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  • February 28, 2018

    The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss is a finalist for the Nebula Award

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  • February 12, 2018

    An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard wins 2018 Alex Award at the ALAYMA

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  • February 12, 2018

    2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

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  • September 7, 2017

    Dangerous Magic: Revealing The Tangled Lands

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  • March 27, 2017

    Charlaine Harris to Publish New Series with Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press

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  • July 12, 2016

    Ursula K. Le Guin to Publish Two Story Collections and an Earthsea Omnibus with Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press

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  • March 2, 2016

    Saga Press to Publish Serial Box Titles

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  • May 26, 2016

    #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Cassandra Clare to Publish Adult Series Based on the Life of Beloved Character Magnus Bane

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    #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare has signed a deal with Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, to publish a series of novels for adults that will feature one of her most beloved Shadowhunters characters, Magnus Bane. The series will explore the life and times of Magnus Bane and will be cowritten by bestselling author Wesley Chu. The first book is slated to be published in hardcover, digital and audio editions in November 2017, and published simultaneously by Simon & Schuster in the United Kingdom and Australia.

    “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life,” said Cassandra Clare.  “He’s always had a lot of secrets— there are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

    Wesley Chu added, “I am so excited to contribute to the world that Cassandra Clare has created. These books and characters are iconic, and Magnus is a fan favorite. I can’t wait to give them all the things they deserve. And probably a few they don’t.  Sorry, Magnus.”

    “Magnus Bane has quickly become one of the most complex and iconic characters in fantasy,” said Justin Chanda, Vice President and Publisher, Saga Press. “I am sure fans will be thrilled to find out more about his life and times. I certainly am!”

    Chanda acquired North American rights from Russell Galen of the Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, Inc. Joe Monti, Editorial Director of Saga Press, will edit the series. Simon & Schuster UK Managing Director Alexandra Maramenides acquired the UK rights. Danny Baror and Heather Baror-Shapiro of Baror International, Inc. represented the authors in the UK acquisition.

    Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than thirty-six million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Her latest novel, Lady Midnight, Book 1 of the Dark Artifices trilogy, was published on March 8 and spent eight straight weeks at #1 on The New York Times bestsellers list. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts.

    Wesley Chu is an award-winning science fiction author. Born in Taiwan, he immigrated to the United States when he was young and was raised in the fields of Nebraska before settling in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and received a degree in information systems. Chu has published seven books, and in 2015 won the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, earned him the Alex Award by the Young Adult Library Services Association and was selected by Goodreads as a Science Fiction Choice Award Finalist. Chu’s Time Salvager has been optioned for a movie by Paramount with Michael Bay attached as director.

     

    About Simon & Schuster

    Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at SimonandSchuster.com.

     

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  • December 15, 2014

    Saga Press to Publish Two Science Fiction Novels from Award-Winning Author Kameron Hurley

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    New York, New York, December 15, 2014: Award-winning author Kameron Hurley has sold two new science fiction novels, to Simon and Schuster’s new genre imprint Saga Press.

    The Stars are Legion is a standalone space opera for fans of Ann Leckie and China Mieville; set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, it follows the feud between the matriarchal families of two of the world-ships, whose feud will grow into a war to wrest control of the fading hopes of the legion of worlds. Joe Monti at Saga Press bought North American and audio rights to 2 books on an exclusive submission from Hannah Bowman at Liza Dawson Associates.

    Publication is planned for Fall 2016. U.K., translation, and film rights handled by Liza Dawson Associates.

    Joe Monti says about the new project: “This will show a new facet of Hurley's writing that both echoes the visceral intimacy of God’s War and the epic scale of the Mirror Empire trilogy with a level of action-packed immediacy within The Stars Are Legion. I think this book will be an exciting debut to the many-layered imagination that the field has come to expect from a Kameron Hurley novel. It's like Mad Max meets Henry V but aboard a world-sized Wayland-Yutani spaceship.”

    Hannah Bowman says: “The Stars Are Legion has everything I like best about Kameron's writing: flawed characters, off-the-charts creativity, and visceral, brutal ideas and descriptions that place you right in the middle of strange new worlds. She writes science fiction at its strangest and best.”

    Kameron says about the new book: “You can indeed expect the best from me in this one: war, revenge, rebels, rotting spaceships.... melted half-people, casual cannibalism, flesh-eating recycler monsters, aborted worlds, frozen spacewalkers, three-headed seers, and cancerous bottom-world mechanics, and oh yes an epic war between two families fighting it out for supremacy in a dying legion of starships. Incredibly excited to see this book out in the world with the enthusiastic help and support of Joe Monti and Saga Press.”

  • November 24, 2014

    Saga Press to Publish First Fantasy Novel by International Bestselling Author Joanne M. Harris

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    New York, New York, November 24: Saga Press announced today that it will publish The Gospel of Loki, the first fantasy novel by Joanne M. Harris, author of Chocolat. The Gospel of Loki was a bestseller in the UK and will be published in the US on May 5, 2015.

    Loki is a Norse god like no other. From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, The Gospel of Loki is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate unreliable narrator.

    Joanne M. Harris is best known as the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into an Academy Award–nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp) and many other bestselling novels, but she is also a Norse mythology fan and fantasy reader. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was sixteen, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about fifteen miles from the place she was born.

    “As Loki would say, bringing his story to Saga Press, of all places, has the ring of destiny to it,” Harris says. “But he has been known to exaggerate the truth, from time to time.”

    Executive editor Joe Monti acquired US Rights from Jessica Purdue, Rights Manager at the Orion Publishing Group, via Peter Robinson of Rogers, Coleridge & White, LTD.

    The Gospel of Loki cuts deep as the wittiest and wisest comedies do,” says Monti. “Publishing Joanne’s debut fantasy novel begs the need for a pinch to make sure I’m not dreaming.”

     

  • OctoBer 7, 2014

    Saga Press Ebooks to be Sold DRM-Free

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    New York, New York,  October 8: Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced today that all ebooks from the forthcoming science fiction and fantasy line will be sold without DRM.

    “The science fiction and fantasy community were early adopters of electronic formats, and have enthusiastically embraced DRM-free content while showing great respect for authors’ works under copyright. In launching our imprint, we are pleased to offer this convenience to our readers and test the waters of DRM-free publishing,” said Joe Monti, executive editor of Saga Press.

    ebooks from Saga Press will be available at all major e-book retailers and SimonandSchuster.com. Saga Press will launch in Spring 2015 with titles by Ken Liu, Genevieve Valentine, Lee Kelly, and Zachary Brown. For more information, please visit SagaPress.com and SagaPress.Tumblr.com.

    ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER: Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.simonandschuster.com

    Contact: Katy Hershberger, Associate Director of Publicity 212-698-7087, Katy.Hershberger@simonandschuster.com

  • July 1, 2014

    The Coode Street Podcast

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    Episode 195: Click here to listen!

    Joe Monti, executive editor of Saga Press, joins Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan to discuss bookselling, the current marketplace, Saga's upcoming books and more.

  • June 17, 2014

    io9 Exclusively Reveals the Covers for Saga’s First Set of Books

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    Saga Press, the new science fiction and fantasy imprint from Simon & Schuster, debuts next spring with an exciting slate of books—including the first novel from Hugo, Nebula, and many other awards-winning writer Ken Liu. Here's our exclusive reveal of the covers for Saga's first set of books… READ MORE >

  • April 23, 2014

    Wired Magazine’s Podcast “The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy”

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    Episode #104: Click here to listen!

    Executive editor Joe Monti finally makes the grade as a guest geek on one of the best podcasts in the world, which you can tell as they’ve interviewed almost everyone in the fields of science, and genre fiction: The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy! Following the interview with the brilliant Michio Kaku, host, and wonderful short story author David Barr Kirtley, multiple award finalist for editing and founder of Lightspeed Magazine John Joseph Adams, and Joe geek out on many things from upcoming works, past lives, and well, frankly, you can hear the bromance for yourselves.

  • April 23, 2014

    Tor.com’s “Rocket Talk”

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    Episode 6: Click here to listen!

    Hosted by the freshly Hugo Award nominated critic Justin Landon of Staffer’s Book Reviews, executive editor Joe Monti was honored to be amongst the inaugural interviewees for Tor.com’s new podcast Rocket Talk. Listen in to hear a discussion of some of the schemes editor Navah Wolfe and Joe are brewing up for Saga Press in 2015—But not all, because schemes! Also hear Joe go on about his favorite fantasy trilogy and throw down the gauntlet on a favorite subject of Justin’s: Grimdark fantasy.

  • February 6, 2014

    Announcing Saga Press

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    New York, NY, February 6, 2014: Saga Press, a new imprint, derives its name from the Norse goddess of storytelling. Taking our cue from the myth, Saga Press is an all-inclusive fantasy and science fiction imprint publishing the best of speculative fiction from literary to commercial appeal, with a special emphasis on works that speak to a broad readership. First announced in October 2013, the imprint will be led by executive editor Joe Monti, editor Navah Wolfe, and publisher Justin Chanda. The imprint will be housed within the Simon & Schuster Children’s Division, while publishing a list of titles that will appeal primarily to adults and teens. The Saga team’s initial acquisitions reflect the imprint’s wide range and passion for storytelling.

    And so our saga begins in Spring 2015 . . .

    A Tempest of Gold is the debut fantasy epic by Ken Liu, one of the most lauded fantasy and science fiction short story writers of this generation. This grand fantasy begins with the tale of two men who lead a rebellion against a tyrannical emperor and then find themselves, once brothers in arms, bitter and tragic rivals for power. North American and audio rights via Russell Galen of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency.

    Persona. Nebula award finalist Genevieve Valentine’s near-future political thriller in which diplomacy has turned celebrity, and a young ambassador survives an assassination attempt and must join with an undercover paparazzo in a race to save her life, spin the story, and secure the future of her young country. World translation rights via Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary.

    The Dark Side War is the first book in Zachary Brown’s fast-paced sci-fi series featuring a band of unlikely soldiers fending off an invasion alongside their allies, the recent conquerors of Earth. World Translation, Audio, Commercial and Dramatic rights: Saga Press.

    City of Savages. Lee Kelly’s startling debut novel, a taut drama set in a post-World War III POW-camp Manhattan, in which two sisters must learn the truth about the city’s past in order to take hold of their own future. World English and audio rights via Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services.

    In addition, we are excited to announce that Saga Press will publish newly repackaged mass market editions of:

    THE HARPER HALL TRILOGY by multiple award-winner and Grand Master of science fiction and fantasy Anne McCaffrey. This beloved trilogy of early Pern novels comprised of Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums introduces us to Menolly and Piemur, adepts of the main craft-hall of the harpers of Pern.

    THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST QUARTET. From Rick Yancey, the award-winning author of The 5th Wave, comes a quartet of supernatural suspense novels following the adventures of Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his assistant Will Henry, detectives of the macabre who are out to prove the existence of the unknown. The quartet is comprised of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent.

    Come visit us at SagaPress.com.

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