Atavist Books is in partnership with Atavist, a media and software company that publishes award-winning long-form nonfiction. Founded by publisher Frances Coady, IAC’s Barry Diller, and producer Scott Rudin, Atavist Books is delighted to announce that it will be launching in March 2014 with a digital-only novella by New York Times bestselling author Karen Russell.

Sleep Donation

Karen Russell


Now Available!

A crisis has swept America. Millions have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Trish Edgewater, whose sister was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. Her faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious “Donor Y.”

Sleep Donation explores a world suffering an insomnia epidemic, where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.

Karen Russell

Karen Russell is the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and two collections of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a New York Times bestseller, and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. She is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, and she was named one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” She lives in New York City.

Praise for Karen Russell & Her Fiction

One of the great American writers of our young century.

Maureen Corrigan, NPR

Brilliant, funny, original . . . [Swamplandia!] will not leave my mind.

Stephen King

Her work sweeps the ground from beneath your feet and replaces it with something new and wondrous.

Gary Shteyngart

Russell’s fiction belongs to that wondrous world of fable that first captivated us as children and that still retains a magnetic hold on many of us.

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The New World

Eli Horowitz & Chris Adrian

Enhanced Digital Edition

Acclaimed author Chris Adrian joins the award-winning creators of The Silent History — Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn. The New World is a digital novel about love, grief, memory, and cryogenics.

  • Eli Horowitz

    Eli Horowitz is the cocreator of The Silent History and one-third of Ying Horowitz & Quinn. Previously, he was the managing editor and then publisher of McSweeney’s. He is the coauthor of The Clock Without a Face and Everything You Know Is Pong. He lives in San Francisco.

  • Chris Adrian

    Chris Adrian was named one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” He is the author of three novels, The Great Night, Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, and a collection of stories, A Better Angel. He lives in New York City where he works as a pediatric oncologist.

Praise for The Silent History

* Winner of a 2013 Webby Award *
* One of Apple’s Best Apps of 2012 *
* SXSW Interactive Award Finalist *

Entirely revolutionary.


One of the most talked about new experiments [in publishing].

The New York Times

A landmark project that illuminates a possible future for eBook novels.

Los Angeles Times

Praise for Chris Adrian’s The Great Night

Adrian clearly knows the sorrow of the human comedy and what fools we mortals be. Brush aside your Shakespeare, and you will find the same in The Great Night.

The Washington Post

A profoundly humane and moving work.

The Telegraph

A God in Every Stone

Kamila Shamsie

eBook and Print Edition

Opening in 1914 on the eve of the First World War in modern-day Turkey and ending in 1947 in Peshawar, Pakistan, A God in Every Stone traces the complexities of empires both ancient and modern.

Kamila Shamsie
Pankaj Mishra

Kamila Shamsie was a finalist for the Orange Prize, and she was selected as one of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists.” She is the author of five novels: In the City by the Sea, Kartography, Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses, and Burnt Shadows. She lives in London.

Praise for Kamila Shamsie’s Burnt Shadows

One of the most remarkable novels I have read in recent years — a tour de force of vision, sympathy, language.

Joyce Carol Oates

Into the ranks of international voices steps Kamila Shamsie, who seems as if she has heard, and listened to, the music of what surrounds us.

Colum McCann

Kamila Shamsie is a writer of immense ambition and strength.

Salman Rushdie

A Day in the Death of America

Gary Younge

Enhanced Digital Edition and Print Edition

On an average day, eight Americans aged 19 or under are killed by firearms. In A Day in the Death of America award-winning journalist Gary Younge takes one twenty-four-hour period and follows the stories behind the killings.

Based in Chicago, Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster, and award-winning columnist for the Guardian. He also writes a monthly column, “Beneath the Radar,” for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He is the author of four books, including the recent The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, and Who Are We — And Should it Matter in the Twenty-First Century?.

Praise for Gary Younge

British, black, and brilliant, Gary Younge shows us the America our own journalists mostly ignore.

Katha Pollitt

Forthright, sane, measured, and vivid, Younge sees with a kind of hard-edged clarity that impresses me to no end.

Jonathan Raban

One of a tiny handful of contemporary journalists left who is consistently worth reading. A voice for our time.

Stuart Hall

Gary Younge is an excellent journalist — a critical writer at a critical time.

Andrea Levy

Generation Food

Raj Patel

Enhanced Digital Edition and Print Edition

Generation Food asks how we can change our food systems and feed our children in sustainable ways. There will be a documentary of the same name directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

Raj Patel

Raj Patel is the author of the groundbreaking classic Stuffed and Starved and The New York Times bestselling The Value of Nothing. Considered one of the most important thinkers about food systems, he contributes to a large range of publications and organizations including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise for Stuffed and Starved

For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between US farm policy and the ability of the world’s poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

A blistering indictment of the policies of multinational agribusiness conglomerates and charges that their drive for profit at any cost has left the developing world starving while wealthy countries like the United States are experiencing epidemic obesity rates and related health problems.


Chasing the Sun

The Goggles

Enhanced Digital Edition

Following the success of Welcome to Pine Point, an interactive tale about the disappearance of home, the Goggles — Paul Shoebridge & Michael Simons — turn their extraordinary and imaginative interactive storytelling skills to another place that may one day vanish — the Arctic.

The Goggles’ acclaimed interactive documentary, Welcome to Pine Point, received more than a dozen international awards, including two Webbys, and was featured in numerous festivals and competitions. They are also recipients of the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund for Chasing the Sun, coauthors of the book I Live Here, and have produced magazines (Adbusters), books, television spots, and major international advocacy campaigns. Their work has been awarded numerous international design awards, and has been featured on CNN, MTV, BBC, PBS, and Dutch national television. They live in British Columbia.

Praise for Welcome to Pine Point

* IDFA DocLab Official Selection 2011 *
* Rooftop Film Festival Official Selection 2012 *
* Sheffield Doc/Fest Winner 2012 *

An understated work of stupefying grace . . . Quietly breaking hearts around the world.

The Globe and Mail

A touching beauty, drawing you into a lost world.

Le Monde

I don’t think I’ve seen anything as innovative, as well executed, and as plain lovely to look at.

Peter Meyers, Forbes Magazine

Twice Upon a Time:
Listening to New York

Hari Kunzru

Enhanced Digital Edition

Novelist Hari Kunzru recalls his experience of New York City as a new arrival, and chooses as his guide Moondog, aka Louis Hardin, the blind musician and composer.

Hari Kunzru was named one of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists” in 2003. He is the author of four novels, The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, and Gods Without Men. His short stories and novels have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Financial Times, and Wired. He lives in New York City.

Praise for Gods Without Men

A beautifully written echo chamber of a novel.

David Mitchell

The literary skills of Hari Kunzru are evident throughout this complex and disturbing novel . . . beautifully constructed sentences . . . A brilliant crossover literary feat.

Annie Proulx, Financial Times

Kunzru can rival . . . any current novelist with the strength of his prose and imaginative boldness.

The Wall Street Journal

A distinctly American novel worthy of comparison with the best work of Pynchon and DeLillo.


A New Publisher
for A New Era

No one would argue with the fact that legacy publishing is depressed or that a new paradigm is urgently required. Atavist Books breaks the mold in countless ways, with its partnership with Atavist, a digital-first model, more resources for digital marketing, and a full three months of promotion for every title.

All titles will be published digitally using the Atavist platform, and will be available through all regular channels.

We will publish one title per month in 2014, a mixture of digital-only, print, and digital titles. Publishers Group West will handle our print sales and distribution.

Frances Coady is a veteran publisher and editor. She was the founding publisher of Vintage paperbacks and Random House’s literary division in the UK. She also relaunched Granta Books and established Picador USA as a major literary trade paperback house.

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