'Kate Evans' brilliant cartoons offer hope and inspiration. And they're funny too.'
The USA is one of the world's most unequal nations, and California, despite (or because of) its vast wealth, scores even higher on the Gini index of inequality.
'A vibrant statistical snapshot of this myth-inspiring US state' Library Journal
California's 21% share of the USA's homeless is far greater than its 12% share of the total population. And 25% of California's homeless are classified as 'chronic homeless', compared with the national average of 16%.
And yet more congratulations to Tyler Keevil who has been awarded the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for his short story, 'Sealskin'. Tyler was also the People's Choice winner at the 2014 Wales Book of the Year for his 'magical, hilarious, dark and crazy' novel, The Drive.
See more awards and prize-listed books here.
We're thrilled with the new edition Sue Eckstein's heartwarming first novel, The Cloths of Heaven, which is now available. The Cloths of Heaven is a Myriad classic and this new edition is a fitting celebration of a much loved author's life and work.
Quick Fictions is an evolution in digital storytelling, full of bite-size tales to read on the bus, in the tube, while the kettle boils. Developed by Professor Nicholas Royle, author of Quilt, at the University of Sussex in partnership with Myriad and Aimer Media, Quick Fictions features the finest stories – each fewer than 300 words. The app will continue to grow as new stories are submitted: find out how to submit yours here on our website and don't forget to buy the app for regular updates!
Fri 21 November 17.00-21.00
Darryl Cunningham, author of the highly-acclaimed Psychiatric Tales, Science Tales and Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy will be at Gosh! London for a live recording of the Inkstuds Podcast.Find out more about this and other Myriad events
Myriad's new catalogue showcases our full list of exciting fiction and graphics books for 2015, from inspiring debuts to much-anticipated new titles by established authors.
Tyler Keevil (The Drive) has won Canada's eminent Journey Prize for the best short story of 2014. The $10,000 prize was awarded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada on 4 November at a ceremony in Toronto. Keevil was recognised for 'Sealskin’, a short story set in a fish processing plant in the Burrard Inlet, British Columbia. The judges said of it: ‘“Sealskin" is a stunner. Tyler Keevil has accomplished something rare: a story about rough masculinity that brims with emotion and pathos.’ The story appears in Keevil’s short fiction collection Burrard Inlet (Parthian).
Keevil is the author of The Drive, a fast-paced and hilarious road trip novel in the vein of Hunter S. Thompson. Published by Myriad in 2013, the book won the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award earlier this year and was also longlisted for the Not the Booker prize.
This month we are celebrating the launch of SUPERCRASH: How to Hijack the Global Economy, Darryl Cunningham's new graphic investigation into the heart of free-world politics, the financial crisis and the rise of the far right. Following glowing reviews in the Independent and Forbidden Planet, Supercrash has been selected as Herald Scotland's Book of the Month, where reviewer Teddy Jamieson praises its 'provocative, thoughtful, visual essays that tackle the language of ideas'. There have been launches at Manchester Literature Festival, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and at Foyles Charing Cross, where Cunningham took part in a Comica Festival conversation with social geographer Danny Dorling (Inequality and The 1%). You can read his excellent guest blog for Waterstones about graphic journalism and the possibilities of the graphic form, as well as his interview with Broken Frontier. Read Cunningham's article in the New Statesman about 'Why Ayn Rand is still relevant (and dangerous)' here.
Not only has Dark Aemilia gathered widespread praise, from The Historical Novel Society magazine to the Washington Post, it has now inspired an original song by the band Darla and the Blonde. To coincide with Halloween, Hexenhammer, on digital release this week, draws on the theme of witchcraft in the novel and is accompanied by an unique animated video: watch and listen here.
In other news, we are delighted to announce that Dark Aemilia has been published in Italy by Sonzongo as La Dama Nera. Click here for details of Sally's Italian Bookish Supper Society Tour in April 2015.
A brand new video interview with Hannah Vincent, in which she discusses her novel Alarm Girl, her writing influences and the challenges of writing from a child's perspective, is now available on Myriad's website and YouTube channel. Hannah Vincent's moving debut has been chosen as a recommended read this month by Bookgroup.info, who are also offering a chance to win one of five copies in a special giveaway. Listen again to her on BBC Radio Sussex (at 2hrs 40mins) and watch out for her interview on Latest TV for the Bookenders review programme later this month.
Myriad's First Drafts Competition is open for entries. Now in its sixth year, the competition recognises promising work-in-progress across all forms of prose fiction and offers a prize of a week-long writing retreat at West Dean College near Chichester, as well as detailed feedback from industry experts and six months' mentoring by a Myriad author. There will be a chance to meet some of the 2015 judges at a special event at The Old Market in Brighton on 8 November. Full details and booking information here.
Remember, Remember, the second novel in the gripping police procedural series by Lisa Cutts, and Lesley Thomson's psychological thriller, A Kind of Vanishing, are featured in Amazon Kindle's Autumn Promotion, which runs until 10 November. In addition, Elizabeth Haynes's former Amazon Book of the Year, Into The Darkest Corner – an international bestseller, with translation rights now sold in 36 territories – is on offer this month. It continues to ride high in Amazon's charts, this week reaching number 1 in the Romantic Suspense genre.
Myriad has signed The Opportunity by Will Volley, an exciting debut graphic novel that casts a spotlight on the unforgiving world of door-to-door salesmen. Creative Director Corinne Pearlman describes the novel as 'a modern-day Death of a Salesman transferred to the rain-lashed estates of Hastings… darkly disturbing, immensely stylish.' The Opportunity will be published in November 2015.