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The Strothman Agency, LLC is a highly selective literary agency dedicated to advocating for authors of significant books through the entire publishing cycle. Submission information can be found at: http://www.strothmanagency.com/submission-guidelines

Wendy Strothman is widely respected in the publishing industry for her editorial eye, her business acumen, her indefatigable championing of writers and her turnaround of two storied publishing houses: Beacon Press and Houghton Mifflin where she edited Philip Roth and John Kenneth Galbraith.

The first review for WE ARE LOST AND FOUND by Helene Dunbar Writes is in! “The racially and religiously diverse cast, ...
06/18/2019
WE ARE LOST AND FOUND by Helene Dunbar | Kirkus Reviews

The first review for WE ARE LOST AND FOUND by Helene Dunbar Writes is in!

“The racially and religiously diverse cast, emphasis on safe sex practices, and careful maneuvering around queer plot tropes offer a compelling, teen-movie-esque portrait of the times… A painful but ultimately empowering queer history lesson.” -- Kirkus Reviews

Teens in 1980s New York City navigate adolescence in the wake of the AIDS crisis.

"[D]ense, wonderful and fulfilling — an enemies-to-lovers story that stands out all on its own. ...  It was no small f...
06/17/2019
In 'Tell Me How You Really Feel,' A Touching, TV-Inspired Love Story

"[D]ense, wonderful and fulfilling — an enemies-to-lovers story that stands out all on its own. ... It was no small feat to write such a story, and I was impressed with how Safi rose to the challenge with near-flawless execution." -- Alethea Kontis for NPR

Aminah Mae Safi's new young adult novel is rooted in a famous plot arc from the television show Gilmore Girls — but you don't have to be a fan to enjoy this dense, fulfilling love story.

"There was a real Miss Rumphius who lived in Christmas Cove and secretly planted lupine seeds to adorn Maine’s roadsid...
06/12/2019
How the Real Miss Rumphius Decorated Maine With Lupines - New England Historical Society

"There was a real Miss Rumphius who lived in Christmas Cove and secretly planted lupine seeds to adorn Maine’s roadsides and meadows.

The fake Miss Rumphius was the subject of a 1982 children’s book written by Barbara Cooney.

The real Miss Rumphius is at least partly responsible for the gorgeous show of lupines throughout Maine’s countryside in early summer. The wildflowers thrive in Maine, but they aren’t native to the state. How they got there and spread in such profusion is a mystery explained only by – well, an old lady who was the real Miss Rumphius. ..."

We also think you should read  Aminah Mae Safi's YA romcom TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL this summer!
06/12/2019
Summer 2019’s Can’t-Miss Young Adult Books | Bookish

We also think you should read Aminah Mae Safi's YA romcom TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL this summer!

This summer will be one for the books! We’ve rounded up 12 of summer’s must-read young adult books, and you’ll want to read them all.

Both Helene Dunbar's WE ARE LOST IN FOUND (Sourcebooks, September 3rd 2019) and Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY...
06/05/2019
14 books to read in honor of LGBTQ+ pride month

Both Helene Dunbar's WE ARE LOST IN FOUND (Sourcebooks, September 3rd 2019) and Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL (Feiwel & Friends, June 11, 2019) are featured on this GIRL'S LIFE round up!

Client Ron Goldberg is included in this fantastic piece on ‘Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall’ ...
06/05/2019
Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall

Client Ron Goldberg is included in this fantastic piece on ‘Pride, Progress and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall’ from WBAI 99.5 FM New York this week!

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, Driving Forces cohost Jeff Simmons led WBAI's special coverage, Pride, Progress, and Politics: 50 Years Since Stonewall. Guests during the third hour of the show were: Columbi

Really fun day, and a great reward for David's brilliant work!
05/28/2019

Really fun day, and a great reward for David's brilliant work!

Wendy Strothman and FREDERICK DOUGLASS author David W. Blight at the Pulitzer Prize luncheon today!

Wendy Strothman and FREDERICK DOUGLASS author David W. Blight at the Pulitzer Prize luncheon today!
05/28/2019

Wendy Strothman and FREDERICK DOUGLASS author David W. Blight at the Pulitzer Prize luncheon today!

16. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae SafiRelease date: June 11What it's about: Sana Khan is a cheerleader, stra...
05/20/2019
24 YA Books To Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

16. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Release date: June 11

What it's about: Sana Khan is a cheerleader, straight-A student, and overachiever. Rachel Recht has one ambition: To become a director someday. Rachel hates Sana, mostly because she believes she was the butt of a cruel prank at Sana's expense in the past. After a certain incident on campus, both girls are forced to work together on Rachel's directorial project — what could go wrong? This is an amazing F/F, enemies-to-lovers YA romance that draws inspiration from the iconic Paris and Rory friendship from Gilmore Girls, set in Los Angeles.

Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOUR REALLY FEEL was picked by independent booksellers for the Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next...
05/15/2019
Tell Me How You Really Feel | IndieBound.org

Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOUR REALLY FEEL was picked by independent booksellers for the Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List!

“If you wanted Gilmore Girls to be a little less white and a whole lot gayer, this is the book for you. It’s a rom-com about two ambitious women fighting against the world, themselves, and their feelings for each other, and learning how all those things can peacefully coexist. This book is a lot like your favorite rom-coms but with a cast of characters you don’t usually see.”
— Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

Aminah Mae Safi's Tell Me How You Really Feel is an ode to romantic comedies, following two girls on opposite sides of the social scale as they work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love.

So excited about this!!
05/01/2019
The Strothman Agency, LLC

So excited about this!!

The Obama’s new production company, Higher Ground Productions, will be producing a film adaptation of David W. Blight’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography FREDERICK DOUGLASS: PROPHET OF FREEDOM!

A STARRED REVIEW for Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!  "Immensely readable with strong characters and quic...
04/24/2019

A STARRED REVIEW for Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!

"Immensely readable with strong characters and quick, clever dialogue, this romance has real depth. ... As much about finding yourself as it is about finding love, this smart, feminist story shows that expectations shouldn’t dictate the future." -- School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“An engaging, astute character study. A welcome addition to the literature of Castro and Cuba.”– Kirkus Reviews
04/23/2019
YOUNG CASTRO by Jonathan M. Hansen | Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging, astute character study. A welcome addition to the literature of Castro and Cuba.”
– Kirkus Reviews

A sympathetic portrait of the younger years of the quixotic Cuban "liberal nationalist."

History-- Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeFrederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W Blight (Simon & Schuster)A brea...
04/15/2019
History

History-- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W Blight (Simon & Schuster)

A breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass’ influence through deep research on his writings, his intellectual evolution and his relationships.

04/15/2019
Congratulations  are due to David W. Blight whose  "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" (Simon and Schuster) has jus...
04/15/2019
Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners Announced

Congratulations are due to David W. Blight whose "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" (Simon and Schuster) has just taken home the LA Times Book Prize for Biography!

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners Announced

Just published-- a Spanish edition of Deborah Cramer's THE NARROW EDGE!
04/05/2019
VOLANDO A ORILLAS DEL MAR - Deborah Cramer

Just published-- a Spanish edition of Deborah Cramer's THE NARROW EDGE!

El viaje épico de un ave playera que une continentes La edición en español de The Narrow Edge Fragmento Mientras la autora acompaña a una especie de aves playeras en peligro durante su extraordinaria migración desde el extremo sur de Sudamérica … Continue reading →

"I write Muslim girls and I write them as I hope they can live in this world, where their identity as a young Muslim wom...
04/01/2019
Why I write carefree Muslim girls

"I write Muslim girls and I write them as I hope they can live in this world, where their identity as a young Muslim woman is a piece of the story, but not the whole piece." -- Aminah Mae Safi

I am trying to find the words for what it means to be a carefree Muslim girl, when Christchurch has just happened

04/01/2019
Smell, Your Least Appreciated Sense | Rachel Herz | TEDxNatick

Your emotions are directly tied to the smells you experience. Join Rachel as she takes you on a tour of how smell affects the lives of everyone, from finding your spouse to survival. Enjoy her tips on using your nose to enhance your life. Dr. Rachel Herz is a leading expert on the psychological science of smell. Her published books include "Why You Eat What You Eat", "The Scent of Desire" and "That’s Disgusting". She’s written numerous research papers and articles and has been a guest on shows including "On Point" and "Science Friday". Dr. Herz is an adjunct faculty member at Brown University and Boston College and she advises many companies about enhancing consumer experiences.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Your emotions are directly tied to the smells you experience. Join Rachel as she takes you on a tour of how smell affects the lives of everyone, from finding...

"Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For, 2018) expertly weaves a fast-paced will-they-or-won’t-they story of two Ame...
03/26/2019
TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL by Aminah Mae Safi | Kirkus Reviews

"Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For, 2018) expertly weaves a fast-paced will-they-or-won’t-they story of two American girls trying to decide who they are and what they want. ... A queer romance that will sweep readers away." -- Kirkus

Rachel Recht and Sana Khan are either mortal enemies or star-crossed lovers.

"While we keep staring at Marvel, waiting for them to realize that their next movie series should star Kamala Khan, we p...
03/25/2019
16 Of Your Favorite Powerful YA Books About Muslim Americans

"While we keep staring at Marvel, waiting for them to realize that their next movie series should star Kamala Khan, we plan to keep reading all the powerful YA stories about Muslim Americans. So we asked you for your favorite powerful YA stories about Muslim Americans and put them all in this fantastic list that we’ve introduced to the top of our TBR—the ones we haven’t already read."

03/22/2019
Virginia Humanities

Raymond Arsenault and David Blight at the #VaBookFest "Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders"

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass.

"David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom,” published by Simon and Schuster, was cited for offeri...
03/07/2019
Bancroft Prize for History Is Awarded to 2 Scholars

"David W. Blight’s “Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom,” published by Simon and Schuster, was cited for offering “a definitive portrait” of the 19th-century former slave, abolitionist, writer and orator “in all his fullness and imperfection, his intellectual gifts and emotional needs.”"

By David I. Kertzer, Author of The Pope and Mussolini
03/05/2019
The Secrets That Might Be Hiding in the Vatican's Archives

By David I. Kertzer, Author of The Pope and Mussolini

After decades of controversy, Pope Francis has announced that he will open the records of Pius XII’s papacy to researchers—along with other restricted Church holdings.

02/19/2019
Barack Obama

Thrilled to see Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom on this fantastic list!

Five years ago, I launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative calling on all Americans to take action on behalf our nation’s boys and young men of color. It was a call to make sure every child felt valued, safe, and supported by their community—a call to help these young men in particular see hope and opportunity in their future.

We’ve come a long way in those five years. Today, as part of the Obama Foundation, the My Brother's Keeper Alliance consists of nearly 250 communities working to break down barriers that too often leave boys and young men of color at a disadvantage. And tomorrow in Oakland, I’ll join the My Brother’s Keeper community to mark the progress we’ve made and chart the course ahead at a celebration we’re calling MBK Rising!

In the lead-up to the event, and in honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share a nonfiction reading list that can help to provide some essential context about the challenges that many people of color face every day. From modern memoirs to cornerstones of the American narrative, these works can help us better understand our country’s past and our evolving, persistent struggles with race—and they can be fuel on our journey toward a more fair and just future for all of our sons and daughters. They certainly are for me.

I hope you’ll take some time to read some of these books, letters, and articles. And tomorrow, I hope you’ll follow along with MBK Rising! at Obama.org/mbka.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
A Stone of Hope: A Memoir by Jim St. Germain with Jon Sternfeld
The Upshot from The New York Times: Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys: https://nyti.ms/2GGpFZw
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

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02/14/2019
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"An overview of medieval scrolls highlights their intricate beauty and various uses. In a generously illustrated and informative survey, distilled from the Medieval Scrolls Digital Archive website, medievalscrolls.com, Kelly focuses on the creation and use of scrolls in the Middle Ages at a time when books had been in common use since the advent of the codex in the fourth century. ... An illuminating volume designed to whet the reader’s interest in perusing an extensive website."

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02/13/2019
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"As part of its celebration of the store's first anniversary under new ownership, The Regulator bookshop in Durham, N.C., has launched a monthly poetry series as well as a Community & Scholars series that pairs authors with scholars in conversation with the local community. As part of the latter series, Regulator recently hosted David Blight, author of Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom--the day after he won the Lincoln Prize--in conversation by UNC Professor of History Kathleen DuVal to a SRO crowd." -- via Shelf Awareness

"As part of its celebration of the store's first anniversary under new ownership, The Regulator bookshop in Durham, N.C....
02/13/2019
Image of the Day: Authors & Scholars in Conversation

"As part of its celebration of the store's first anniversary under new ownership, The Regulator bookshop in Durham, N.C., has launched a monthly poetry series as well as a Community & Scholars series that pairs authors with scholars in conversation with the local community. As part of the latter series, Regulator recently hosted David Blight, author of Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom--the day after he won the Lincoln Prize--in conversation by UNC Professor of History Kathleen DuVal to a SRO crowd." -- via Shelf Awareness

"There is so much information in Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food by Rachel Herz....
02/12/2019
Rachel Herz – Jewish Independent

"There is so much information in Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food by Rachel Herz. And a refreshing aspect of the book is that it’s not written from a dogmatic, all-knowing viewpoint. .. But Why You Eat What You Eat is more than an amalgamation of trivia. Herz has compiled a very readable and relatively comprehensive resource that will, as the title promises, help explain why we eat what we eat; how all of our senses – taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing – affect how we experience food. And knowing these things just might make us feel better about ourselves, and make choices that would serve us better." -- Jewish Independent

Meet new or favourite writers The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival starts this Saturday night (Feb. 9) with Joshua Cohen, author of Moving Kings and ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. It continues for five literary-filled days at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver,....

"An overview of medieval scrolls highlights their intricate beauty and various uses. In a generously illustrated and inf...
02/12/2019
THE ROLE OF THE SCROLL by Thomas Forrest Kelly | Kirkus Reviews

"An overview of medieval scrolls highlights their intricate beauty and various uses. In a generously illustrated and informative survey, distilled from the Medieval Scrolls Digital Archive website, medievalscrolls.com, Kelly focuses on the creation and use of scrolls in the Middle Ages at a time when books had been in common use since the advent of the codex in the fourth century. ... An illuminating volume designed to whet the reader’s interest in perusing an extensive website."

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