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Sarah Jessica Parker Selects Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST as ALA Book Club Central SJP Fall Pick

The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead.  EXIT WEST has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize. 

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Ms. Parker’s second book selection for Book Club Central will be part of the kickoff of the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week, an initiative of United for Libraries to be held October 15-21, 2017. The celebration recognizes the advocacy and fundraising efforts of Friends of the Library groups across the country. Ms. Parker is an Honorary Lifetime Board Member of United for Libraries, a division of ALA. “United for Libraries is excited to feature Sarah Jessica Parker’s pick, EXIT WEST, as part of National Friends of Libraries Week,” said United for Libraries President Steve Laird, president of the Reference Division of Infogroup. “Friends groups do so much on behalf of their libraries, from funding summer reading programs to hosting author events and sponsoring book clubs. As a board member of United for Libraries and honorary chair of Book Club Central, Sarah Jessica Parker is raising awareness about the integral role of Friends groups in the library.” Book Club Central, designed in consultation with expert librarians, provides the public with the very best in reading. It debuted this past summer and since that time has become a place for engaging content and helpful information for book clubs and readers everywhere. [caption id="attachment_8059" align="alignleft" width="243"] Mohsin Hamid[/caption] Ms. Parker said, “Mohsin Hamid's EXIT WEST gives a deeply real, beautiful, intricate and electrifying look at what it means to be an immigrant right now. This tale of two people forced from their homeland and searching for a home elsewhere is transporting and illuminating. I was swept away by this gorgeous, otherworldly novel and I'm so excited to offer it as our second selection for Book Club Central, as I'm convinced every reader will feel the same.” As honorary chair of ALA’s Book Club Central, Ms. Parker will make her next book selection this winter. Ms. Parker’s inaugural pick for Book Club Central was No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. “I might not have become an avid reader in my childhood if it were not for the libraries where I spent countless hours, and so I might not have become a writer either,” said Mr. Hamid. “I owe libraries a great deal. I am honored that Sarah Jessica Parker and the ALA have chosen EXIT WEST.” EXIT WEST is a timely love story that imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees — and the impossible choices that follow — as they’re driven from their homes to the uncertain embrace of new lands. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, this book tells a story of love, loyalty and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times wrote, “Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy.” In a starred review, Booklist stated, “Caught in the whirlpool of refugees from around the world, Saeed and Nadia are tossed around like flotsam, the necessity of survival binding them together more than any starry-eyed notion of romance ever could…spellbinding writing.” The New York Review of Books wrote, “Skillful and panoramic from the outset… [A] meticulously crafted, ambitious story of many layers, many geopolitical realities, many lives and circumstances.” Ms. Parker launched SJP for Hogarth in partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press. SJP for Hogarth will selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voice with critical and commercial promise. In this role, Ms. Parker will be involved in all aspects of the publication process, from their selection and acquisition to cover design and promotion with her vision providing the editorial foundation for each publication. SJP for Hogarth’s first acquisition is  A PLACE FOR US, a debut novel by Fatima Mirza to be published in 2018. For more information, visit www.bookclubcentral.org and for SJP for Hogarthwww.sjpforhogarth.com

SJP for Hogarth Acquires Inaugural Book for Sarah Jessica Parker’s New Imprint

Sarah Jessica Parker, Editorial Director of SJP for Hogarth, a new line of books within the Crown Publishing Group’s Hogarth imprint, pre-empted World English, electronic, and audio rights to the debut novel by Fatima Mirza in a joint acquisition with Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus and Hogarth UK. Ms. Parker and Ms. Hardie

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acquired the novel from Jin Auh of The Wylie Agency, LLC. Tentatively titled A PLACE FOR US, it will be published in 2019. Ms. Parker will be supported on this project by Lindsay Sagnette, Editorial Director of Fiction for Crown and Hogarth, who will edit. News of this acquisition was revealed in The New York Times this morning. To read the NYT article, click here. Said Ms. Parker, “To be taken hostage by Fatima Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian Muslim family in America and their children’s search to feel whole, fulfilled, and content. She captures your mind and heart with an urgency that defies you to stop reading. I guarantee you will be different when you close the book.” Ms. Mirza’s debut unfolds within the lives of an Indian Muslim family in California, on the eve of the eldest daughter’s wedding.  As Hadia’s marriage—one of love, not tradition—gathers the family back together, her parents Rafiq and Layla must come to terms with the choices that their two daughters, and their estranged son Amar, have made. Written with compassion and cultural insight, A PLACE FOR US a poignant portrait of a family caught between two cultures, and a resonant story of faith, tradition, identity, and belonging in contemporary America, from a gifted young storyteller. Said Ms. Mirza, “I began writing this novel when I was a freshman in college, and it was my love for the characters—Layla, Rafiq, Hadia, and Amar, members of a single family—that committed me to the project. I was interested in exploring what it means when to be loyal to oneself is to betray the home you have come from, the bond between siblings as well as their betrayals, and the decisions that each character makes that determines not only their own destiny, but also the lives of their loved ones. After working on the novel for eight years, I could not be happier with the home it has found. Speaking with Sarah Jessica Parker and Lindsay Sagnette and seeing the care and enthusiasm they bring to their books has been deeply comforting. I’m confident in their vision for the novel and grateful that it will be brought into the world by SJP for Hogarth.” Ms. Mirza is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She has taught creative writing and fiction courses at the University of Iowa and at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. Awarded the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship in 2016 and The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research/Creative Achievement from the University of California, Riverside, she has also received residencies from The Marble House Project and The MacDowell Colony. In other Sarah Jessica Parker news: The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.  Book Club Central, a brand-new initiative of the ALA, was designed in consultation with expert librarians to provide the public with the very best in reading.

Sarah Jessica Parker to Launch New Line of Fiction Books Named SJP for Hogarth

sjp hogarth logoAward-winning television and film actress, producer, and designer Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of books named SJP for Hogarth, to be housed within the Hogarth imprint, a transatlantic partnership between Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group in the US and Chatto & Windus in the UK.

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SJP for Hogarth will selectively publish high-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voices with critical and commercial promise, with its first list anticipated to debut in 2018. As Editorial Director of the sub-imprint, Ms. Parker will be involved in every aspect of the publication of books issued by SJP for Hogarth, from their selection and acquisition to cover design and promotion, working in close partnership with Molly Stern, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, Crown Archetype, and Three Rivers Press. sjp quoteMs. Parker will be supported on individual book projects by members of Hogarth’s editorial team in New York, led by Lindsay Sagnette, Editorial Director of Fiction for Crown and Hogarth, and Alexis Washam, Executive Editor, as well as by the Hogarth editorial team in London. An avid reader who traces her lifelong love of writing to an early childhood spent checking books out of her local library, Ms. Parker’s association with Hogarth began in 2012 when she met Ms. Stern by chance at a media luncheon in New York.  Ms. Stern subsequently sent her an advance copy of Anthony Marra’s critically acclaimed debut novel A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, which Ms. Parker fell instantly in love with and decided to vigorously champion. Ms. Parker and Ms. Stern decided to form a book club, which has been meeting regularly for the past three years. They both see the launch of SJP for Hogarth as a natural extension of Ms. Parker’s authentic love of great books and of her desire to support and bring attention to the most talented writers working today. Said Ms. Parker, “As a lifelong book lover, as someone who treasures and admires the skill and talent of original and powerful story tellers it is my great privilege to be invited into the world and business of books. Especially thrilling to join those who serve the rich history that is Hogarth. I so look forward to offering to readers the sort of books that have inspired my life long devotion to the written word.” molly stern quoteSaid Molly Stern, “From the moment we met, I was drawn to Sarah Jessica’s extraordinary passion for books and her natural instinct for what makes for great writing.  The Hogarth editorial team and I cannot wait to partner with her as she brings her excellent taste and infectious enthusiasm to bear in support of both writers and reading.” Sarah Jessica Parker is the star and executive producer of Divorce, which premiered Sunday (10/9) on HBO. She currently serves as a Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the New York City Ballet. In November 2009, the Obama administration elected her to be a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.