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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.

An excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s new memoir, HERE WE ARE: My Friendship With Philip Roth. Via The Atlantic.
04/21/2020
Philip Roth’s Terrible Gift of Intimacy

An excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s new memoir, HERE WE ARE: My Friendship With Philip Roth. Via The Atlantic.

During his last two decades, we spent thousands of hours in each other’s company. It was a little like a marriage; I couldn’t have done without it.

"... After discussing this approach with author Aminah Mae Safi, Sutton thought her idea for centering the story on a Mu...
04/15/2020
Feiwel Series to Put New Faces and Spins on Classics

"... After discussing this approach with author Aminah Mae Safi, Sutton thought her idea for centering the story on a Muslim girl’s adventure during the Third Crusade was “absolutely fabulous,” and knew she had found Robin Hood’s reclaimer."

Feiwel and Friends has announced the 2021 launch of Reclaimed Classics, a YA series that will offer diverse perspectives on timeless works of literature.

Client Richard T. Ford on the symbolism and politics of masks during the coronavirus crisis. Via Slate.com
04/10/2020
Why Americans Are So Resistant to Masks

Client Richard T. Ford on the symbolism and politics of masks during the coronavirus crisis. Via Slate.com

The unease associated with a concealed face is not just an antique prejudice.

The first review is in for MY CALAMITY JANE by the Lady Janies! "The book’s thrilling plot is driven by a brilliantly cl...
04/08/2020
MY CALAMITY JANE | Kirkus Reviews

The first review is in for MY CALAMITY JANE by the Lady Janies!

"The book’s thrilling plot is driven by a brilliantly clever, collective narratorial voice that frequently intercedes with historical tidbits, witty asides, and political statements ... . Full of twists, turns, and laugh-out-loud humor, this tongue-in-cheek feminist alternative history is impossible to put down. A thrilling alternative history that sparkles with wit and charm." -- Kirkus Reviews

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/cynthia-hand/my-calamity-jane/

A posse of werewolf hunters disguised as a traveling troupe of sharpshooters roam the Old West in search of a particularly vicious werewolf known as the Alpha.

“[A] beautifully written, engaging and sprawling portrait of how coffee made modern El Salvador, while it also helped to...
04/07/2020
How Coffee Ruined a Country

“[A] beautifully written, engaging and sprawling portrait of how coffee made modern El Salvador, while it also helped to remake consumer habits worldwide.”— The New York Times Books

Augustine Sedgewick’s “Coffeeland” demonstrates how the political and social structures of El Salvador were destroyed by its agricultural cash cow.

"Feiwel Gets American Girls" (Publishers Weekly)For Feiwel & Friends, Kat Brzozowski bought world rights to a currently ...
04/06/2020

"Feiwel Gets American Girls" (Publishers Weekly)

For Feiwel & Friends, Kat Brzozowski bought world rights to a currently untitled book by Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney. Sold by Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency, the book will build on the American Girls Podcast that the authors host about the American Girl brand (best known for its line of dolls). Elaborating, the agent said the work will be “part travelogue, part memoir, part pop culture–soaked meditation on the history, politics, and impact of these early historical dolls, book series, and beloved ’90s catalogues.” American Girls is set for a winter 2023 release.

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/82930-book-deals-week-of-april-6-2020.html

03/31/2020
Best Children's Books of the Year - Bank Street College of Education

WE ARE LOST AND FOUND by Helene Dunbar Writes is a Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year!

https://www.bankstreet.edu/library/center-for-childrens-literature/childrens-book-committee/best-childrens-books-of-the-year/

The Children’s Book Committee strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the best books for children published each year. The list includes more then 600 titles chosen by reviewers for literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the...

"Full of evocative detail, with a sophisticated grasp of the politics of the time, it reanimates a harum-scarum journali...
03/17/2020
‘Fighting Words’ Review: Explaining the World

"Full of evocative detail, with a sophisticated grasp of the politics of the time, it reanimates a harum-scarum journalistic age all the more appealing for its raffish ambition and often misguided idealism." -- The Wall Street Journal

A biography of four American reporters abroad as they chronicled the perilous period between the wars.

If you are looking for some fantastic new nonfiction to read, Michael Pollan just gave COFFEELAND: One Man's Dark Empire...
03/16/2020
Capitalism’s Favorite Drug

If you are looking for some fantastic new nonfiction to read, Michael Pollan just gave COFFEELAND: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick a rave review:

"Throughly engrossing . . . [Sedgewick's] literary gifts and prodigious research make for a deeply satisfying reading experience studded with narrative surprise." --Michael Pollan, The Atlantic

The dark history of how coffee took over the world

The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution by Carlton Larson  (Oxford University Press) has ...
03/11/2020
ABA announces 2020 Silver Gavel Awards finalists

The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution by Carlton Larson (Oxford University Press) has been name a Silver Gavel finalist! The Silver Gavel recognizes outstanding work that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system.

The ABA has selected 23 finalists from the 188 entries received for the 2020 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, the association announced Wednesday.

9). This Is All Your Fault, by Aminah Mae Safi On their first day of summer, three young women find out the indie bookst...
03/05/2020
You’ll Be Obsessed With These 10 New Young Adult Books

9). This Is All Your Fault, by Aminah Mae Safi

On their first day of summer, three young women find out the indie bookstore they work at is closing. They’ll all have to join forces to save it. Oh, and they really only have one day to come up with something. If you're looking for a story with a noble mission, this is it.

BRB while I Amazon Prime all of these.

Helene Dunbar Writes' gorgeous WE ARE LOST AND FOUND lands on another fantastic list—  the 2020 Capitol Choices Notewort...
02/28/2020

Helene Dunbar Writes' gorgeous WE ARE LOST AND FOUND lands on another fantastic list— the 2020 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens list!

https://capitolchoices.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/capitolchoices2020.pdf

In their new book, two Yale professors, Ian Shapiro and Michael J. Graetz, argue that it is not economic inequality, but...
02/27/2020
Yale profs publish book on economic insecurity

In their new book, two Yale professors, Ian Shapiro and Michael J. Graetz, argue that it is not economic inequality, but rather economic insecurity, that concerns most Americans.

  |  Yale profs publish book on economic insecurity Julia Bialek Yale profs publish book on economic insecurity Julia Bialek Staff Reporter Courtesy of Yale News In their new book, two Yale professors — Sterling Professor of Political Science Ian Shapiro ’83 and Professor Emeritus of Law at ...

02/18/2020
Human Rights Campaign on Twitter

The Human Rights Campaign proudly presents Nicole Maines with an Upstander Award at their #TimeToTHRIVE Conference. Hear how she fights for the transgender community on and off the screen.

23 YA Romance Novels That Are Better Than A Candlelit Dinner (Buzzfeed)18. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Saf...
02/11/2020
23 Super Swoony YA Romance Books To Read This Valentine's Day

23 YA Romance Novels That Are Better Than A Candlelit Dinner (Buzzfeed)

18. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

What it's about: When Sana asked Rachel out, Rachel was furious because she thought Sana was trying to prank her. But when it comes time for Rachel, an aspiring director, to cast her senior project, she knows that no one could play Helen of Troy better than the stunningly beautiful Sana. And even though Rachel can barely stand to be in the same room as Sana, Sana says yes. If you love hate-to-love romance or love conversations about the objectification of historical women, you're gonna love this.

"Love Unknown, by Thomas Travisano (Viking). This literary biography of Elizabeth Bishop underscores the aptness of her ...
02/10/2020
Briefly Noted Book Reviews

"Love Unknown, by Thomas Travisano (Viking). This literary biography of Elizabeth Bishop underscores the aptness of her epitaph: “All the untidy activity continues, / awful but cheerful.” Bishop’s poems, which Robert Lowell called “unrhetorical, cool, and beautifully thought out,” belie the turbulence that marked her life. The outlines of that life are well known: her father’s early death, her mother’s mental illness, her drinking, her sojourns in Key West with her lover Louise Crane and in Brazil with Lota de Macedo Soares. (Intending to visit Brazil for a few weeks, Bishop stayed for nearly fifteen years, a decision partly prompted by the gift of a blue-eyed toucan, which she named Uncle Sam.) But the accounts are parsed with particular insight by Travisano, a Bishop specialist, who assiduously traces the influence of the life on the work." -- The New Yorker

The Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association has named Aminah ...
02/10/2020
Rise

The Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association has named Aminah Mae Safi's TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL to their 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List!

COFFEELAND by Augustine Sedgewick garners a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!"Thought-provoking and gracefully writ...
01/27/2020
Nonfiction Book Review: Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick. Penguin Press, $30 (448p) ISBN 978-1-59420-615-3

COFFEELAND by Augustine Sedgewick garners a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly!

"Thought-provoking and gracefully written . . . [an] eye-opening history." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

In this thought-provoking and gracefully written debut, Sedgewick, an American studies professor at City University of New York, chronicles the 20th-century transformation of El Salvador into “one of

Thrilled to see Helene Dunbar Writes's WE ARE LOST AND FOUND on this year's  American Library Association's list of Best...
01/24/2020
2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Thrilled to see Helene Dunbar Writes's WE ARE LOST AND FOUND on this year's American Library Association's list of Best Fiction for Young Adults!

We Are Lost and Found. By Helene Dunbar. Sourcebooks/Fire, $17.99 (9781492681045).
Set in 1980s New York City, this title examines identity and sexuality during a time when exploring such things could be dangerous. All Michael wants to do is fall and love and lose his virginity without catching something. Is that too much to ask?

22. This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi Feiwel & Friends, aminahmae.comRelease date: June 9Why we're excited: Insp...
01/21/2020
28 Highly Anticipated YA Books That Are Coming Out In 2020

22. This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi
Feiwel & Friends, aminahmae.com
Release date: June 9

Why we're excited: Inspired by Empire Records, Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen learn at the beginning of summer that their beloved local bookstore is closing down and over the next 24 hours must do everything they can to try and prevent it from happening. We've fallen in love with the characters Safi creates in her novels, and we're very eager to get our hands on this one.

The Christian Science Monitor picks YOUNG CASTRO by Jonathan Hansen as one of their " best nonfiction books of 2019 pull...
12/09/2019
The best nonfiction books of 2019 pull you into other lives

The Christian Science Monitor picks YOUNG CASTRO by Jonathan Hansen as one of their " best nonfiction books of 2019 pull you into other lives":

Jonathan M. Hansen crafts a portrait of Fidel Castro before the beard, before the Cuban missile crisis, and long before the fall of the Soviet Union. The book succeeds wonderfully in making young Castro – idealist and a devourer of books – come alive."

"...That new journey and new role for the trio and Ill Kippers includes an adaptation of the recently released YA novel ...
11/23/2019
‘Game Of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Forms Production Company; Options YA Novel ‘We Are Lost & Found’

"...That new journey and new role for the trio and Ill Kippers includes an adaptation of the recently released YA novel WE ARE LOST AND FOUND [by Helene Dunbar Writes] among the entity’s early offerings. Published back in September, the coming of age book from author Helene Dunbar is set in the Big Apple of 1983, as the Reagan Era and the AIDS epidemic both begin for a trio of friends. The project will likely be primed for a big screen life, but a TV series is currently a possibility too."

“The life story of the poet Elizabeth Bishop would be enthralling even without her poetry. For anyone seeking an introdu...
11/21/2019
‘Love Unknown. The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop’ by Thomas...

“The life story of the poet Elizabeth Bishop would be enthralling even without her poetry. For anyone seeking an introduction to her work, this insightful new biography is a great place to start…As someone who has immersed himself in Bishop studies over the four decades since her death, Travisano is an ideal guide to her major poems…A successful biography of a writer impels readers to seek out their work, letters and even other earlier biographies. I was less than a third of the way through the book when I ordered Bishop’s Complete Poems. This biography bears witness to Bishop’s genius for friendship and a life full of adventure and daring.” -- Lambda Literary

For anyone seeking an introduction to Elizabeth Bishop's work, this insightful new biography is a great place to start #Lesbian #BioMemoir #Biography

Poem of the Day: Happiness by Jane Kenyon via Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine.
11/19/2019
Happiness by Jane Kenyon

Poem of the Day: Happiness by Jane Kenyon via Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine.

There’s just no accounting for happiness,

"If you’ve picked up a book by  Aminah Mae Safi, you know that she writes wonderfully diverse and inclusive YA contempor...
11/04/2019
Exclusive Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Teens Try to Save an Indie Bookstore in This Is All Your Fault

"If you’ve picked up a book by Aminah Mae Safi, you know that she writes wonderfully diverse and inclusive YA contemporary novels. From Not the Girls You’re Looking For to Tell Me How You Really Feel, her narratives are consistently packed with humor and warmth. Safi’s latest, This Is All Your Fault, takes aim at our bookish hearts with the story of three teen girls on a mission to save their favorite indie bookstore. It’s a little bit Empire Records, a little bit The Breakfast Club and definitely not to be missed." -- Paste Magazine

Aminah Mae Safi's latest Young Adult novel is like 'Empire Records' meets 'The Breakfast Club.'

"In Thomas Travisano’s “Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, ” the poet comes off as a mirror image of...
11/01/2019
‘Love Unknown’ Review: A Poet Out of Place

"In Thomas Travisano’s “Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, ” the poet comes off as a mirror image of her gentleman. Her experiences, too, called for uncertainty, readjustment and no shortage of exhilaration. Throughout her life, she pivoted among households, countries, relationships and continents—all the while producing groundbreaking poetry of a deceptive stillness...." -- The Wall Street Journal

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The Strothman Agency, LLC is a highly selective literary agency operating out of New York and Nashville, TN dedicated to advocating for authors of significant books through the entire publishing cycle.

Recent Strothman Agency authors have won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction, the Lincoln Prize, and many other awards. Clients have appeared on New York Times bestsellers lists, on National Book Award Long Lists, and two were Finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

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