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July 26, 2012

Introducing for the First Time…

Guess what?

I’ve been holding my tongue for a few months now. Makes for awkward ice cream eating, but a man is supposed to suffer for his art, right? Thankfully, I’ve finally been given the greenlight to Paul Revere it through the cyber-streets hollering: New books are coming! New books are coming!

That’s right. My latest tales have found a home at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf said about the deal:

Joy Peskin of FSG Books for Young Readers has acquired world English rights to Aaron Starmer‘s Riverman trilogy, about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe, where a nefarious being called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. The first book in the trilogy, The Legend of Fiona Loomis, will be published in winter 2014, followed by The Quest of Alistair Cleary in winter 2015 and The Myth of Charlie Dwyer in winter 2016. Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich did the deal.  

Of course, I’m ridiculously excited by these developments. And I hope (I’m pretty sure, actually) you will dig these books. I hesitate to tell you much about them right now, but I can say that the first one, titled The Legend of Fiona Loomis, is the most personal and realistic thing I have written, while also being the most fantastical. A contradiction? Maybe not as much as you would think.

Let the record show that a few incredible people are fully responsible for this happening:

  • Nova Ren Suma, author of the luminous novel Imaginary Girls, was beyond kind when she vouched for me and my writing. As advocates for artists go, Nova is without peer. And good god can she write the breath out of a room.
  • Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management is more than an agent. Honest, impossibly well-informed, and unrelenting in his support of his clients, he’s one of the people who’s daring the book industry to live up to its potential. I’m not sure how he treats his mortal enemies, but he’s a great man to have on your side.
  • And finally there’s Joy Peskin, editorial director of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. When I first spoke to her about the project, I was astounded by her contagious enthusiasm and by the way she understood my story better than I did. Her reputation for shepherding projects that are both daring and entertaining cannot be exaggerated, but it’s her uncanny insight into storytelling that will truly guide The Riverman Trilogy from scrappy beginnings to a shiny spot on the bookshelves. Do you have a better editor? I’m not sure that you do.
So there you go. A new day, some new books. I’ll be updating you about the writing and revision progress and with other news as it comes in. In the meantime, to give you an idea of the tone, plot and themes of the first book, The Legend of Fiona Loomis, I ask to listen to Daniel Johnston’s Some Things Last a Long Time, to think about C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, to read William Maxwell’s So Long, See You Tomorrow, to watch The Wonder Years, and to play some classic video games like The Legend of Zelda and Myst.

Confused? Intrigued? I hope so. Keep an eye out. More to come…



Beth says

Congrats! Nova really is great, and Michael is a great agent. Maybe, one day he will be my agent 😉

July 26, 2012 09:44pm
Aaron says

Thanks, Beth! Yes, both Nova and Michael are fantastic.

July 26, 2012 09:58pm
Jon says

Congrats, Aaron! Glad to hear it.

Realistic and fantastical a contradiction? Not if you’re fantastic!

July 27, 2012 10:04am
Joy says

Thank you so much for your very kind words, Aaron! I’m very touched. And I want to add that THE RIVERMAN is the the first new project I bought at FSG, so it will always have an extra-special place in my heart.

July 27, 2012 10:12am
Wendy says

Can’t wait – I will go forth and spread the word!

July 30, 2012 08:49am
Parker says

Wow, glad to hear your great news. I loved The Only Ones with a crazy fangirl love and I’m definitely looking forward to your new trilogy.


August 4, 2012 06:48pm
Aaron says

Thanks everyone! It means a lot to hear from friends, family and readers. At the very least, I hope these new books will give a few hours of page-turning (and perhaps a nightmare or two!).

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