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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?.
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.
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.
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.
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.
formerly digital business director at Penguin and director of Sony’s Reader Store, is vice president of business operations.
formerly of The Penguin Press, is associate director of marketing.
formerly at Open Air Publishing, will manage digital production and design.
formerly at Picador, is an associate editor and producer.
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