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Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency

Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency - www.cannellagency.com - A full-service literary agency active in b The Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency is a full-service literary agency in New York City active in both the national and the international publishing markets.

We represent the authors of fiction as well as memoir, biography, self-improvement, spirituality, and nonfiction on contemporary issues.

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"Rodgers is never anything but candid, forgiving and witty. So, take a seat and let the curtain rise." Lovely to see SHY...
09/20/2022
The Book Report: Fall picks from Washington Post critic Ron Charles (Sept. 18)

"Rodgers is never anything but candid, forgiving and witty. So, take a seat and let the curtain rise." Lovely to see SHY by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green (out now from Farrar, Straus and Giroux) as one of Ron Charles' fall picks:

Our critic offers some fall reading recommendations, from a new novel by a Nobel Prize-winner, to the latest page-turner from a bestselling author of political thrillers.

"[A] joyful chronicle of a life well lived and a box-seat view on some of the best, brightest, and most idiosyncratic cr...
08/31/2022
The best new books of August 2022

"[A] joyful chronicle of a life well lived and a box-seat view on some of the best, brightest, and most idiosyncratic creative minds of the 20th century.” Entertainment Weekly picks SHY by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green as one of its "Best new books of August 2022":

Here are six of the most intriguing novels and deep-dive nonfiction — including Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest — to add to your queue in the last weeks of summer.

Happy publication day to SHY, the memoirs of Mary Rodgers, written with Jesse Green. Enjoy an excerpt in The New York Ti...
08/09/2022
The Princess and the Poconos

Happy publication day to SHY, the memoirs of Mary Rodgers, written with Jesse Green. Enjoy an excerpt in The New York Times today:

In this excerpt from “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” a Broadway musical is born at a summer camp.

It's pub day for DEATH BY LANDSCAPE! Congratulations to Elvia Wilk on her "elegant and powerful" (—Publishers Weekly) co...
07/19/2022
Elvia Wilk Presents Death by Landscape, in conversation with Sarah Resnick

It's pub day for DEATH BY LANDSCAPE! Congratulations to Elvia Wilk on her "elegant and powerful" (—Publishers Weekly) collection. Come celebrate tonight at McNally Jackson Books. RSVP here: https://www.mcnallyjackson.com/event/elvia-wilk-presents-death-landscape

July 19th 7pm McNally Jackson Seaport RSVP Required — details here From the acclaimed author of the novel Oval comes a book of “fan nonfiction” about living and writing in the age of extinction. In this constellation of essays, Elvia Wilk asks what kinds of narratives will help us rethink our ...

"This cookbook... is my most-turned-to this year, and its pages have the tomato sauce splotches and translucent oil stai...
11/23/2021
How to Win the Entertaining Game This Holiday Season

"This cookbook... is my most-turned-to this year, and its pages have the tomato sauce splotches and translucent oil stains to prove it." NO-RECIPE RECIPES by Sam Sifton makes a wonderful gift, writes Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/photos/2021/11/the-best-cookbooks-of-2021-gift-guide

Whether you’re gifting a collection of literary-inspired recipes or serving guests a cocktail from a compendium of jewel-toned drinks, these are the cookbooks that will keep spirits soaring.

Whether you're in Chicago or somewhere else entirely, you'll be able to enjoy Padgett Powell in discussion with Book Pos...
11/18/2021
Padgett Powell - "Indigo" - Ann Kjellberg | Seminary Co-op Bookstores

Whether you're in Chicago or somewhere else entirely, you'll be able to enjoy Padgett Powell in discussion with Book Post's Ann Kjellberg for a virtual event with The Seminary Co-op Bookstores on 12/9: https://lnkd.in/gtufv3D9

About the book: Gathering pieces written during the past three decades, Indigo ranges widely in subject matter and tone, opening with "Cleve Dean," which takes Padgett Powell to Sweden for the World Armwrestling Federation Championships, through to its closing title piece, which charts Powell's l...

"[A] liberating take on cooking that yields delectably satisfying results." Here's Sam Sifton's THE NEW YORK TIMES COOKI...
10/26/2021
Best Books 2021: Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

"[A] liberating take on cooking that yields delectably satisfying results." Here's Sam Sifton's THE NEW YORK TIMES COOKING NO-RECIPE RECIPES (Ten Speed Press) on Publishers Weekly's list of "Best Books 2021!" https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/lifestyle#book/book-4

Best lifestyle books, Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook], Bryant Terry, Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients, Christine Sahadi Whelan

Don't miss the latest issue of American Short Fiction, featuring a wonderful new story, "Gloria," from CCLA author Taisi...
09/21/2021
Current Issue -

Don't miss the latest issue of American Short Fiction, featuring a wonderful new story, "Gloria," from CCLA author Taisia Kitaiskaia: https://americanshortfiction.org/current-issue/

ISSUE 74 Featuring new stories by Sanjay Agnihotri, Mala Gaonkar, hurmat kazmi, Taisia Kitaiskaia, Morgan Thomas, and Kirstin Valdez Quade. Buy the fall

"[INDIGO] will delight Powell’s fans and should gain him some new ones, too.” It's lovely to see this stellar Publishers...
09/14/2021
Nonfiction Book Review: Indigo: Arm Wrestling, Snake Saving, and Some Things in Between by Padgett Powell. Catapult, $16.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-64622-005-2

"[INDIGO] will delight Powell’s fans and should gain him some new ones, too.” It's lovely to see this stellar Publishers Weekly review for Padgett Powell's forthcoming nonfiction collection INDIGO, out in Nov. from Catapult: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781646220052

Novelist Powell (The Interrogative Mood) makes his nonfiction debut with this winning collection of essays published between 1987 and 2018. With infectious curiosity and sympathy, Powell cove

In a list of "The Best Short Story Collections for Great Literature in Small Portions," Esquire UK writes YOU WILL NEVER...
09/07/2021
The Best Short Story Collections for Great Literature in Small Portions

In a list of "The Best Short Story Collections for Great Literature in Small Portions," Esquire UK writes YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN by Mary South is "[a]n alluring collection of stories about the ways our pain manifests and the polarised world we live in." https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/books/g15840493/best-short-story-collections-books/

Works by revered writers like Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan, as well as breakthrough names like Emma Cline and Carmen Maria Machado

"Ruth ran toward her daughter’s high-pitched rasp, thinking, Tumor? Water bug? and a slew of possibilities in between, b...
08/24/2021
Jill Eisenstadt — Bennington Review

"Ruth ran toward her daughter’s high-pitched rasp, thinking, Tumor? Water bug? and a slew of possibilities in between, but not s*x tape, God no!" "The Carnal Education" is brilliant new fiction from Jill Eisenstadt in the Bennington Review: https://www.benningtonreview.org/issue-nine-eisenstadt

Ruth grips the rental car keys. She warns the girls to be quiet. “Grandma might be sleeping.” But her mother greets them on her feet. Ivory pumps. Ecru pantsuit. Newly frosted bob. She does not look sick. She even ushers them into the (usually off-limits) Living Room/Antique Store. So she stagge...

We're thrilled to see this new issue of the Bennington Review,  featuring new work from our authors Lore Segal and Jill ...
08/24/2021

We're thrilled to see this new issue of the Bennington Review, featuring new work from our authors Lore Segal and Jill Eisenstadt!

Please help us say hello to our newest installment,

ISSUE NINE: THE HEALTH OF THE SICK

https://www.benningtonreview.org/current-issue-9

"Sam Sifton encourages his readers to embrace adventure in their cooking, trust their own skill and develop more confide...
07/15/2021
Cookbook on improvising in the kitchen helps reignite inspiration

"Sam Sifton encourages his readers to embrace adventure in their cooking, trust their own skill and develop more confidence in their ability to create delicious food," writes The San Diego Union-Tribune: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/food-and-cooking/story/2021-07-14/cookbook-on-improvising-in-the-kitchen-helps-reignite-inspiration

NYT food editor Sam Sifton's new collection inspires confidence, tosses strict recipes out the window

Wonderful to see Padgett Powell's INDIGO (forthcoming from Catapult) included in Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Fall 2021 An...
06/22/2021
Fall 2021 Announcements: Essays & Literary Criticism

Wonderful to see Padgett Powell's INDIGO (forthcoming from Catapult) included in Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Fall 2021 Announcements: Essays & Literary Criticism: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/86696-fall-2021-announcements-essays-literary-criticism.html

Artificial intelligence, race, and the immigrant experience feature prominently in a season full of essay collections about contemporary concerns.

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06/01/2021

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Black women are sharing their truth and the world is listening. Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now is available TODAY. https://bit.ly/2Regvww

Happy publication day to Breena Clarke and I'M SPEAKING NOW: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Coura...
06/01/2021
I'm Speaking Now | Chicken Soup for the Soul

Happy publication day to Breena Clarke and I'M SPEAKING NOW: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope, the latest in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Read more here: https://www.chickensoup.com/book/235516/im-speaking-now

Black women are speaking, for themselves and their families, and everyone is listening. This unique collection of stories is for readers of all colors, not just the Black community, as these contributors share their dreams, their triumphs and failures, and their lives, which have unique challenges a...

In this fantastic new essay by Jill Eisenstadt for Guernica, an "artistic, s*xually bold, brilliant or flaky, monied, sp...
05/14/2021
The Bennington Girl

In this fantastic new essay by Jill Eisenstadt for Guernica, an "artistic, s*xually bold, brilliant or flaky, monied, spooky, (probably communist) free spirit has, arguably, become an archetype—if a shapeshifting one." Mark it TBR for the weekend: https://www.guernicamag.com/the-bennington-girl/

A ubiquitous stereotype takes on a life of its own.

See the book trailer for I'M SPEAKING NOW: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope, co-ed...
05/14/2021
I'm Speaking Now | Chicken Soup for the Soul

See the book trailer for I'M SPEAKING NOW: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope, co-edited by CCLA author Breena Clarke ​and coming June 1: https://www.chickensoup.com/book/235516/im-speaking-now

Black women are speaking, for themselves and their families, and everyone is listening. This unique collection of stories is for readers of all colors, not just the Black community, as these contributors share their dreams, their triumphs and failures, and their lives, which have unique challenges a...

Weekend reading: a brilliant new essay from Lore Segal, "The Grain in the Rectangle," from the newest issue of The Commo...
04/30/2021
The Grain in the Rectangle

Weekend reading: a brilliant new essay from Lore Segal, "The Grain in the Rectangle," from the newest issue of The Common: https://www.thecommononline.org/the-grain-in-the-rectangle/

LORE SEGAL If I had kept a journal in the early fifties, when I was new in New York, I would have marked the day on which I saw the basalt bowl in a store window in Greenwich Village. It was small, and had an in-curling rim and the finest matte black finish.

The Book Canopy will discuss Breena Clarke's STAND THE STORM ("Passionate, dramatic, and uplifting"—Washington Post) on ...
02/23/2021
The Book Canopy

The Book Canopy will discuss Breena Clarke's STAND THE STORM ("Passionate, dramatic, and uplifting"—Washington Post) on March 13 at 2:00pm EST. You can register here: https://www.thebookcanopy.org/

Welcome to The Book Canopy: Read, Enjoy, Discuss. Do you love to kick off your shoes, lean against a tree, and crack open a good book? Well then — Kick off those shoes, find some shade, and join authors and readers under The Book Canopy for a monthly virtual discussion about literature and life. C...

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"This cookbook... is my most-turned-to this year, and its pages have the tomato sauce splotches and translucent oil stains to prove it." NO-RECIPE RECIPES by Sam Sifton makes a wonderful gift, writes Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/photos/2021/11/the-best-cookbooks-of-2021-gift-guide
Whether you're in Chicago or somewhere else entirely, you'll be able to enjoy Padgett Powell in discussion with Book Post's Ann Kjellberg for a virtual event with The Seminary Co-op Bookstores on 12/9: https://lnkd.in/gtufv3D9
A very happy publication day to Padgett Powell and his first nonfiction collection INDIGO, out now from Catapult! The New York Times has a fantastic review from Christian Lorentzen: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/06/books/review/padgett-powell-indigo-essays.html
"[A] liberating take on cooking that yields delectably satisfying results." Here's Sam Sifton's THE NEW YORK TIMES COOKING NO-RECIPE RECIPES (Ten Speed Press) on Publishers Weekly's list of "Best Books 2021!" https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2021/lifestyle#book/book-4
Enjoy Padgett Powell reading the first page of his forthcoming and first nonfiction collection INDIGO (out in November from Catapult), thanks to Poets & Writers: https://www.pw.org/content/indigo_arm_wrestling_snake_saving_and_some_things_in_between_by_padgett_powell
Wonderful to see Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology I'M SPEAKING NOW, co-edited by CCLA author Breena Clarke, included in Publishers Weekly's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20211004/87516-holiday-gift-guide-2021-nonfiction.html
Don't miss the latest issue of American Short Fiction, featuring a wonderful new story, "Gloria," from CCLA author Taisia Kitaiskaia: https://americanshortfiction.org/current-issue/
"[INDIGO] will delight Powell’s fans and should gain him some new ones, too.” It's lovely to see this stellar Publishers Weekly review for Padgett Powell's forthcoming nonfiction collection INDIGO, out in Nov. from Catapult: https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781646220052
In a list of "The Best Short Story Collections for Great Literature in Small Portions," Esquire UK writes YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN by Mary South is "[a]n alluring collection of stories about the ways our pain manifests and the polarised world we live in." https://www.esquire.com/uk/culture/books/g15840493/best-short-story-collections-books/
"Bring the body into your writing, they said. She wasn’t sure." New flash fiction from CCLA author Danielle Dutton is up today on The New Yorker! https://www.newyorker.com/books/flash-fiction/acorn
We're thrilled to see this new issue of the Bennington Review, featuring new work from our authors Lore Segal and Jill Eisenstadt!
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