FSG Originals

FSG Originals An imprint of MCD Books, a new division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Emerging and insistent voices, stories you've never heard.

"I can see Michael; not out in the world, but in my mind, and sometimes in the mirror."Read "Rainbow Baby," from Maryse ...
02/13/2019
FSG Originals | Rainbow Baby

"I can see Michael; not out in the world, but in my mind, and sometimes in the mirror."

Read "Rainbow Baby," from Maryse Meijer's newest short story collection, RAG.

To celebrate Short Story Month, we’re publishing a new short story every week in May here and at mcdbooks.com. This week, we are delighted to publish an original story by Maryse Meijer (author of Heartbreaker) from her forthcoming collection, Rag. In “Rainbow Baby” Meijer gets dark. Real dark....

"Welcome to the trippy valleys of southern New Mexico, where one can experience close encounters with a post-Snowden UFO...
06/11/2018
Acid West: Essays

"Welcome to the trippy valleys of southern New Mexico, where one can experience close encounters with a post-Snowden UFO convention, a family's harrowing trials as atomic "downwinders," a desert scavenger hunt for cartridges of one of the worst video games ever made. Your guide: a loquacious wordsmith à la David Foster Wallace."

O, The Oprah Magazine recommends Joshua Wheeler's ACID WEST as a top book for the summer!

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06/11/2018

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Yeah, you read that right. Durga Chew-Bose, author of last year's beloved TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD, will be at the Auck...
03/15/2018
FSG Originals | Come Hang with Durga Chew-Bose and Lorde in New Zealand

Yeah, you read that right. Durga Chew-Bose, author of last year's beloved TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD, will be at the Auckland Writers Festival this May in conversation with none other than Lorde. Get your tickets now! (Yeah, we know it's far. But come on).

Durga Chew-Bose will be joined by Lorde at the Auckland Writers Festival this May!

Happy pub day to Ted Scheinman and CAMP AUSTEN!""[A] lively debut . . . This is a loving and often humorous tribute to t...
03/06/2018
FSG Originals | Camp Austen

Happy pub day to Ted Scheinman and CAMP AUSTEN!

""[A] lively debut . . . This is a loving and often humorous tribute to the Janeites of the world." ―Publishers Weekly

A raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancingThe son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his....

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02/26/2018

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Happy Valentine's Day! The New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino read a lot of books about love last year. Two of them were FS...
02/14/2018
A Year of Books About Love

Happy Valentine's Day! The New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino read a lot of books about love last year. Two of them were FSGO books: Durga Chew-Bose's TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD and Samantha Hunt's THE DARK DARK.

In some of the past year’s fiction and nonfiction releases, love comes in many forms.

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01/19/2018

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Amazon Books
12/21/2017
Amazon Books

Amazon Books

Looking back at 2017, three authors stand out for incorporating extraordinary visions of the countryside with some of the best writing of the year. Call them the Rural Feminists?

FSG Originals Algonquin Books Graywolf Press

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11/15/2017
THE SAVAGE

Frank Bill's propulsive and horrifying second novel, THE SAVAGE, is here! Says Alan Heathcock, author of VOLT: "With The Savage we find Frank Bill at the height of his powers, penning a burning hot epic both thrilling and necessary, with depth of ambition and imagination, salt-of-the-earth characters to love and fear, all brought to life with searing prose both brutal and beautiful."

Buy your copy here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374534417

Joshua Davis, author of SPARE PARTS, which profiled four Dreamers who miraculously won a national underwater robotics ag...
09/06/2017
Why Trump Should Welcome Dreamers

Joshua Davis, author of SPARE PARTS, which profiled four Dreamers who miraculously won a national underwater robotics against teams from the best colleges in the country, writes for WIRED about the terrible consequences of ending DACA.

These young immigrants—and hundreds of thousands like them—are what make America great.

"I do think people can change, but I think that work is very slow and unreliable, and so you make your peace with the fe...
08/31/2017
Jac Jemc’s Paranormal Activity – Electric Literature

"I do think people can change, but I think that work is very slow and unreliable, and so you make your peace with the few imperfections, but that doesn’t mean you stop noticing them." Check out Jac Jemc, author of THE GRIP OF IT, in conversation with Electric Literature.

The author of The Grip of It discusses language, love, and the many ways a house and a marriage can be haunted

"'The Dark Dark' specializes in women grappling with the limits of domesticity, trying to regain some sense of who they ...
08/29/2017
Samantha Hunt’s imagination runs wild in 'The Dark Dark'

"'The Dark Dark' specializes in women grappling with the limits of domesticity, trying to regain some sense of who they are and what they have lost . . . a daring collection in which Hunt gives her imagination free reign, allowing her characters to careen off the rails in their search for something more in the darkness."

Check out Los Angeles Times Books's review of Samantha Hunt's latest.

Samantha Hunt's strange and wonderful sensibility is on display in her short story collection, 'The Dark Dark.'

It's not too late to check out Eugene Lim's masterful, fleet-footed novel DEAR CYBORGS, "an unusual book now drawing the...
08/16/2017
How Eugene Lim’s ‘Dear Cyborgs’ Explores Life, Death, and Asian Identity | Village Voice

It's not too late to check out Eugene Lim's masterful, fleet-footed novel DEAR CYBORGS, "an unusual book now drawing the sorts of critical accolades that should vault him into the first rank of American writers."

There’s a point in Eugene Lim’s slim, haunting new novel, Dear Cyborgs, where the cyborgs finally reveal themselves. They are not, it turns out, cybernetic...

What a night! Jac Jemc, Lindsay Hunter, Samantha Hunt, Amelia Gray and Sarah Rose Etter all read for a packed house at t...
08/15/2017

What a night! Jac Jemc, Lindsay Hunter, Samantha Hunt, Amelia Gray and Sarah Rose Etter all read for a packed house at the Franklin Park Reading Series last night. THE GRIP OF IT, EAT ONLY WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY, THE DARK DARK, and ISADORA are all out now!

“Beguiling . . . daring . . . Hunt at her best is a lot like the uncle of one character, who is described as ‘so goo...
08/03/2017
Review: ‘The Dark Dark,’ Beguiling Tales of Women in Metamorphosis

“Beguiling . . . daring . . . Hunt at her best is a lot like the uncle of one character, who is described as ‘so good at imagining things’ that ‘he makes the imagined things real.’ Hunt’s dreamlike images operate in service to earthbound ideas . . . [She] gets at the myriad ways women work to keep their self-possession in the face of social and interpersonal expectations.”

THE DARK DARK gets some love from The New York Times.

In this short-story collection by Samantha Hunt, dreamlike images operate in service to feminist themes and earthbound ideas.

It's finally here! Happy pub day to Jac Jemc's terrifying and probing new novel, THE GRIP OF IT. Three starred pre-publi...
08/01/2017
The Grip of It | Jac Jemc | Macmillan

It's finally here! Happy pub day to Jac Jemc's terrifying and probing new novel, THE GRIP OF IT. Three starred pre-publication reviews agree: this is your spooky end of the summer must read. Get your copy now! https://t.co/Jx5LT0vyR0

Recommended Reading by Nylon, Marie Claire and Chicago ReaderJac Jemc's The Grip of It is a chilling literary horror novel about a young couple haunted...

"What's cool about Jac is that she does the work," Jemc's editor says. "She has this quiet confidence." With "The Grip o...
07/31/2017
'The Grip of It': Jac Jemc's nightmarish new novel compared to Shirley Jackson, Henry James

"What's cool about Jac is that she does the work," Jemc's editor says. "She has this quiet confidence." With "The Grip of It," she also has a buzzed-about new novel that's as chilling as it is evocative.

Jac Jemc's THE GRIP OF IT is out tomorrow. Check out this fantastic profile in her hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago author Jac Jemc's big-press debut, "The Grip of It," is a nightmarish novel about first-time homeownership.

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07/27/2017

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Check it out: you could win a free copy of THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin, from our friends at MCD / FSG Books. ...
05/22/2017

Check it out: you could win a free copy of THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin, from our friends at MCD / FSG Books. Get on it!

Our next book is THE LAST KID LEFT by Rosecrans Baldwin, out 6/6. To celebrate, we're giving away 5 copies! To enter, just post a comment below. We'll DM you for your mailing address. No purchase necessary to win. Limit one entry per household. Participants must be 13 or older and live in the United States.

More here: https://us.macmillan.com/thelastkidleft/rosecransbaldwin/9780374298562

Missed Durga Chew-Bose in LA? Check out the highlights of the event here.
05/19/2017
The Standard

Missed Durga Chew-Bose in LA? Check out the highlights of the event here.

The two authors got together at The Standard, Hollywood.

"This is one handy thing about knowing how common boredom is: It’s less sinister once you know that it’s something t...
05/18/2017
How Researching Boredom Prepared Me for Marriage

"This is one handy thing about knowing how common boredom is: It’s less sinister once you know that it’s something that happens in every relationship from time to time."

YAWN author Mary Mann writes about monogamy, spicing up sex, and relationship boredom for New York Magazine.

It's possible to turn the monotony of monogamy to your advantage.

"Admitting that you get bored while running feels like failure of a sort, tantamount to admitting that you don’t reall...
05/11/2017
How to Turn Boredom into a Performance Enhancer

"Admitting that you get bored while running feels like failure of a sort, tantamount to admitting that you don’t really love running—maybe even that you’ll never be all that good at it. But what makes elites so good isn’t that they magically don’t get bored; it’s that they’ve learned to be with that boredom, pay attention to it, and work their way through it to a feeling that’s really worth running for."

Mary Mann tells you how to channel your restlessness (and maybe enjoy running) in an essay for Outside Magazine.

An entire industry is built around trying to curb the feeling of boredom while running. But if you can endure that feeling of irritation and restlessness for just a bit, you may find yourself, as they say, in the zone.

"People do talk about boredom so much as a privilege, and it’s like, you’re just not thinking. Look at people on fac...
05/08/2017
The Virtues of Boredom

"People do talk about boredom so much as a privilege, and it’s like, you’re just not thinking. Look at people on factory assembly lines, look at people in refugee camps, their lives are not luxurious by any means, but they’re dealing with these very boring conditions and they still want purpose in their lives."

Read Mary Mann's engrossing interview in this month's The Atlantic about boredom, depression, privilege, and Tinder.

What’s going on under the surface when people feel bored?

Durga Chew-Bose's essay collection TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD is out now! Durga took a moment to chop it up with another ...
05/04/2017
Protect Your Flame, Feat. Durga Chew-Bose - Rookie Podcast - MTV

Durga Chew-Bose's essay collection TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD is out now! Durga took a moment to chop it up with another kick ass lady, Tavi Gevinson, about the new project, writing with specificity, and tensions of identity on ROOKIE's MTV News podcast. Check it out!

MTV Podcasts - New adventures in sound from the MTV News team. Talking that talk since 2016.

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05/03/2017

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Gentleman Caller was so inspired/freaked out by Maryse Meijer's short story collection HEARTBREAKER that they made a son...
05/03/2017
Gentleman Caller, LP 6 - A Tribute to HEARTBREAKER

Gentleman Caller was so inspired/freaked out by Maryse Meijer's short story collection HEARTBREAKER that they made a song-by-song response to it! Talk about a tribute! Check out the Indiegogo page and show some love if you want to hear the record.

Gentleman Caller are making a song by song record response to a great book, and we need your help! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016)Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016)Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016)The ...
06/07/2016

Emperor of the Eight Islands (April 2016)
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child (June 2016)
Lord of the Darkwood (August 2016)
The Tengu's Game of Go (September 2016)

A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY is a week old and someone is $280,000 richer . . . coincidence?http://www.nytimes.com/2016...
04/12/2016
Thieves Take $280,000 From Brooklyn Bank After Carving Hole in Roof

A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY is a week old and someone is $280,000 richer . . . coincidence?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/nyregion/thieves-take-280000-from-brooklyn-bank-after-carving-hole-in-roof.html?smid=nytnow-share&smprod=nytnow&_r=0&mtrref=undefined&gwh=5507FC85865C6D87513D8125FC055C1C&gwt=pay

Employees at an HSBC branch in the Borough Park neighborhood arrived at work to discover a tunnel had been cut from the ceiling into the vault.

At last, Yuko Shimizu's four extraordinary covers for Lian Hearn's epic TALE OF SHIKANOKO are revealed!
01/26/2016
Cover Reveal for Lian Hearn’s Tale of the Shikanoko

At last, Yuko Shimizu's four extraordinary covers for Lian Hearn's epic TALE OF SHIKANOKO are revealed!

We’re pleased to reveal the covers for Lian Hearn’s Tale of Shikanoko series, an epic four-volume adventure in mythical medieval Japan: a world of warriors and assassins, demons and spi…

The very best reads of 2015 according to the true experts (our authors).
01/02/2016
Best Books Read in 2015 : Features

The very best reads of 2015 according to the true experts (our authors).

As the end of the year approaches and the "best of" lists continue to roll out, we are reminded that the best readers are writers. Our writers, specifically. So we asked a handful of FSG Originals authors to share the best book they read in 2015. Their answers, unsurprisingly, are positively origina…

"Taken as a whole, Terra Firma Triptych is a hybrid of journalism of the moment and something new, something transformat...
10/01/2015
Hauntings: Terra Firma Triptych by J.M. Ledgard

"Taken as a whole, Terra Firma Triptych is a hybrid of journalism of the moment and something new, something transformative, something sui generis, even—travel writing not looking at the self, but out, at the long reach of a future haunting us all."


Electric Lit's Jeva Lange on J. M. Ledgard's TERRA FIRMA TRIPTYCH, resulting in a serious must-read: http://electricliterature.com/hauntings-terra-firma-triptych-by-j-m-ledgard/

"We are now at a low tide in the powers of travel writing," Grame Wood lamented in Foreign Affairs in 2010 in an essay morosely titled, "Travel Writing Is Dead." "Where travelers once brought back ...

"It is clear we are living in an extraordinary moment. We are about to merge with our technology, and that will produce ...
09/03/2015
We Are About to Merge with our Technology: J. M. Ledgard & Robin Sloan : Features

"It is clear we are living in an extraordinary moment. We are about to merge with our technology, and that will produce questions which literature will have to speak to, if it is to remain relevant."


Check out Digital Original authors J.M. Ledgard (Terra Firma Triptych) and Robin Sloan (Ajax Penumbra 1969) in conversation:

http://www.fsgoriginals.com/features/detail/in-conversation-j.-m.-ledgard-robin-sloan

J.M. Ledgard is the author of one if not two of our favorite novels of recent years. They are works that reveal an author who's not just an accomplished stylist but an intriguing, broad-minded, unorthodox thinker, one who's forward thinking and future-focused. A little nosing around his bio—long-tim…

Shelf Unbound Magazine
07/21/2015

Shelf Unbound Magazine

"Do we create language or did language create us? To what extent are we human without language?"
-- Matthew Derby, co-author of THE SILENT HISTORY

I originally read The Silent History in 2012 on my iPad, as geeked out as WIRED and BuzzFeed were about the eerie Ira Glass-narrated trailer, the cool design of the app, the interactivity, the serialized storytelling, and the story itself - a futuristic novel of a generation of children who cannot speak or understand language.

FSG Originals interviewed THE SILENT HISTORY authors & developers last year & we featured the interview in our latest issue. THE SILENT HISTORY is now available in paperback.

Read here: http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_june-july_2015/34

Here's something to satisfy that Friday sweet tooth: ANNIHILATION inspired pie from the brilliant Piebrary. Happy eating...
06/12/2015
Crawler Pie

Here's something to satisfy that Friday sweet tooth: ANNIHILATION inspired pie from the brilliant Piebrary. Happy eating!

http://thepiebrary.com/2015/06/12/crawler-pie/

Ginger and honey margarita pie with a saltine crust, inspired by Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer I was irrationally afraid of everything short of my own shadow as a kid. This still holds true in s...

Major congratulations to Jeff VanderMeer on winning Best Novel for ANNIHILATION at the Nebula Awards!http://www.fsgorigi...
06/10/2015
FSG Originals

Major congratulations to Jeff VanderMeer on winning Best Novel for ANNIHILATION at the Nebula Awards!

http://www.fsgoriginals.com/detail/nebula-award-for-best-novel-annihilation

Perhaps a little background is in order. First off, the Nebula Awards® have been described as “science fiction’s most important award” (Laura Miller, Salon Reader’s Guide) and “the Oscars of the SF/F field” (Locus Magazine). They have been given annually since 1966 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy…

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