Blackstone Publishing has acquired Atz Kilcher’s memoir about growing up with a hard father in a hard land. SON OF A MIDNIGHT LAND offers readers a realistic look at the emotional price this eldest of eight children paid for his father’s dream to homestead in Alaska’s remote wilderness.
Known to many as the patriarch of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-shortlisted program Alaska: The Last Frontier, Kilcher is also an artist, a writer, a musician, and the man who taught his daughter Jewel how to sing and perform.
Kilcher’s tough upbringing in the Alaskan frontier is described vividly in this memoir. His mother, a cultured Swiss woman, struggled to adapt to the family’s new way of life, far from civilization, while his father was determined to make their new life work. Atz (prounounced AHHTZ) reflects on the survival skills he took on because of this upbringing—some that served him well and others from which he later had to learn to free himself in order to become a better man and a good father to his own children.
Throughout the memoir, Kilcher’s message conveys an important revelation the junior Kilcher has come to in his later years: that his father’s harsh manner was essentially fallout from his own fear of failure; relational intimacy was a luxury he simply didn’t have time for. Letting his father off the hook sets Kilcher free to optimistically cultivate the good things—and the good land—his father worked so hard to create.
We couldn’t be happier about placing Atz’s book with Blackstone, who is making it one of their first non-fiction releases from their new print line, set to release simultaneously alongside the audio version read by the author, a natural oral storyteller.
Atz Kilcher is represented by Sandra Bishop. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Shalan is a talented professional story-teller who loves narrating audiobooks from her professionally equipped home studio in New England.
In 2015, Gail was selected as one of Audible’s ACX University Up-and-Coming Narrators. She holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and has trained with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Dame Judi Dench’s Mountview Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Shakespeare and Company.
In addition to narrating audiobooks, Gail also adores acting Shakespeare and telling new stories—from local Boston premieres, to touring premieres at the NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
Gail is currently at work narrating the award winning The Lady & The Lionheart for Blackstone Audio; Gail’s second title with Transatlantic author, Joanne Bischof.
German print rights for Joanne Bischof‘s THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, recipient of a rare, 5 Star review from Romantic Times, to Konstanze von der Pahlen at Brunnen Publishing by Hannah Fosh, Liepman Agency, on behalf of Sandra Bishop.
Sheila Hamilton’s ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW is a prime candidate for the screen, and we’re honored to represent the film rights.
Originally released in hard cover by Seal Press, this highly dramatic and timely memoir chronicles the rising career of an Emmy award winning journalist and reporter who — in spite of her skills in investigation and observation — still missed the signs that her beloved, brilliant husband’s life was spiraling out of control due to a misdiagnosed and mistreated bipolar disorder.
ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW was a Booklist Starred Review recipient, nominee for the 2017 Oregon Book Awards, an Gold Medallion winner of a 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award. Mass release edition coming May, 2017.
The warmest welcome to you, Sheila. We’re proud and humbled to be working with you.
We are celebrating with Rachel Macy Stafford today as her newest book ONLY LOVE TODAY makes its way into the world. Huge thanks to her amazing launch team, and the dedicated staff at Zondervan who have worked tirelessly to get the word out in traditional and new ways.
Thanks also to The Salt Project for their stunning video work which is now playing on Target’s Showcase walls across the land. Their work so perfectly captures Rachel’s positive, love building, life changing message in her brand new book, ONLY LOVE TODAY.
We are always proud to see our authors’ books offered by various retailers, but we’re especially excited to stand beside Rachel today, and want to offer a special word of thanks to Target for creating this special opportunity to help Rachel’s book soar.
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