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Archive for August, 2006

Grievances Tops North Carolina Bestseller List

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

A belated congratulations to author Mark Ethridge and his NewSouth book Grievances, which topped the Sandhills, North Carolina area best seller list according to The Pilot newspaper on June 18, 2006. Along with the bestseller list, Features Editor Faye Dasen reviewed Grievances, calling it a “great debut novel.” The full review is available from The Pilot.

Grievances is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Hans Koning Reprint Series Helps Explore NewSouth's Larger Mission

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 by Brian Seidman

As excitement grows about the release of the newest title in the Hans Koning reprint series, The Kleber Flight, I’m reminded of the Publisher’s Weekly article that ran on Hans and NewSouth back in 2001, which nicely summed up the mission of the then-new NewSouth. From the article:

Hailed by PW as Koning’s breakout book (Forecasts, Sept. 21), [Zeeland, or Elective Concurrences] chronicles the parallel war experiences of a 19th-century French grandfather and his 20th-century grandson. NewSouth will simultaneously release a trade paperback reprint of Koning’s first novel, The Affair, originally published by Knopf in 1958, when the Amsterdam-born writer’s name was still Koningsberger. The reprint, [Publisher Suzanne La Rosa] noted, inaugurates a series that will revive all of his previous novels over a six-year period.

Why would a small southern press seeking to define itself undertake such a commitment to a long-established Northeasterner? La Rosa explained, “Though NewSouth is based in the South and is committed to our region, our greatest commitment is to good literature. Koning gives us geographic reach, and makes it clear that the South is not so separate from the world that the issues Koning addresses so eloquently are not worth examining.”

The Kleber Flight is sixth in the Hans Koning reprint series, with more to come. Read more about the Hans Koning reprint series here, or at the author’s website, hanskoning.net.

The Kleber Flight, and all the titles in the NewSouth reprint series, are available directly from NewSouth Books by calling toll-free (866) 639-7688. They can also be ordered from Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

NewSouth Releases Newest Hans Koning Reprint, The Kleber Flight

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 by Brian Seidman

NewSouth Books is pleased to annouce the release of the newest book in our Hans Koning reprint series, The Kleber Flight. Koning is the prolific and critically acclaimed of Zeeland, or Elective Concurrences (NewSouth), who has also worked as a staff reporter for both the New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly. He has published thirteen novels—several of which have been made into movies—ten non-fiction books, three plays, two translations, and a children’s book.

In celebration of Zeeland, NewSouth began the Hans Koning reprint series, bringing all of Koning’s noted works back into print. The first two titles, The Affair, and An American Romance, were published in the spring and fall of 2002. Next came A Walk with Love and Death (made into a motion picture by John Huston in the year 1970), followed by I Know What I’m Doing in the spring of 2005. Now, Koning’s classic story of love in the nuclear age, The Kleber Flight, joins these vaunted titles.

In The Kleber Flight, when the mysterious Jean More dies in the small plane she learned to fly just two weeks earlier, she leaves her paramour David Lum with seemingly unanswerable questions: How had she come by the scars on her body? Why was she wanted by the FBI? What was the hidden purpose of her final flight? The puzzle of Jean’s past leads David overseas to Paris, where he finds Jean’s long-lost daughter and discovers the horror that connects Jean to a nuclear power plant. David’s own life ultimately becomes forfeit as he finds himself adopting Jean’s secret mission as his own.

The Kleber Flight, and all the titles in the NewSouth reprint series, are available directly from NewSouth Books by calling toll-free (866) 639-7688. They can also be ordered from Amazon.com, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Visit author Hans Koning at hanskoning.net.