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Congrats to Andri Magnason, his fantasy novel LoveStar was awarded a special citation of excellence at the Philip K. Dick awards
April 3, 2013
The Philip K. Dick Award, for science fiction books originally published in paperback instead of hardcover, was awarded last Friday at the annual Norwescon conference and Andri Snær Maganson‘s LoveStar was given a special citation of excellence.
LoveStar was originally published in Iceland, and was named “Novel of the Year” by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize.
“Lovestar is a dystopia for the information age. But unlike most dystopias, the LoveStar world is also shocking in its beauty.”—Ploughshares Literary Magazine
“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”—Publishers Weekly
“Strange and refreshing—a lushly imagined future that reminded me of Vonnegut and Brautigan.”—Ed Park, author of Personal Days
March 11, 2013
January 11, 2013
LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason has been nominated for the annual Philip K. Dick Award, which is among the highest recognitions for literature in the science fiction genre authors can receive in the U.S.
LoveStar is nominated along with six other novels and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on March 29.
Originally published by Mál og menning in Iceland in 2002 the book was awarded both the DV Culture Prize and the Literature Prize of Bookstore Employees.
Check out the announcement on Iceland Review and take a look at the amazing review of LoveStar in the Village Voice. Want to know more about the man behind the book? Read this interview with Typographical Era to see what Andri has to say about writing and his inspirations!
November 13, 2012Young AdultTrevor: A Novella by James Lecesne“A beautiful, moving, funny, original book,” says Michael Cunningham, about a 13 year-old boy picked on at school and misunderstood at home for being gay. Trevor is an effort to make kids feel loved and supported, so they will find the strength to go on living.Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight by Laurie RubinLaurie Rubin was born blind but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream of being a professional opera singer. Here is her story of growing up blind, facing prejudice, and discovering her true identity. ”Laurie Rubin’s memoir should be required reading in that it underscores the triumph of the human spirit.”–Dr. Pola RosenMemoirMa, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes by Martha LongMartha Long’s remarkable story of growing up in the slums of 1950s Dublin. ”Long’s story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl’s unbreakable spirit.”–Publishers Weekly‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva GabrielssonCheck out the Reading Group Guide on our website.
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November 9, 2012
The New York Times Sunday Book Review features a thoughtful review of Andri Magnason’s chapter book for kids, The Story of the Blue Planet, being released November 20th.
“Magnason’s writing is lean, swift and often lyrical. . . immensely satisfying — a major contribution to the sparsely populated eco-lit genre, and one that could entice other authors to contribute.”
Read the entire review here.
October 29, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, with the sky darkening as Hurricane Sandy slowly approached, four authors braved the winds to help us celebrate the launch of Triangle Square, books for young readers, at Bank Street Books.
Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon kicked off the afternoon thanking the dedicated crowd of supporters and expressing his commitment to publishing challenging and imaginative books for the most important group of readers, the younger generation.
The photo shows James Lecesne, author of Trevor: A Novella, Laurie Rubin, author of Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight, Andri Magnason, author of The Story of the Blue Planet, Seven Stories publisher Dan Simon, and Rebecca Stefoff, adaptor of A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki.
October 28, 2012
Please join us on Sunday, October 28th at 4pm at Bank Street Books (Broadway and 112th Street) in New York for the launch of Seven Stories’ new imprint for young readers, Triangle Square.
The event will feature three authors of upcoming books for young readers: James Lecesne, the founder of The Trevor Project and author of the novella for teens, Trevor, Laurie Rubin, an internationally-acclaimed opera singer and author of the memoir for teens, Do You Dream in Color? about her experiences growing up blind, and Andri Snaer Magnason, one of Iceland’s most celebrated young writers and author of the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet, which has been published or performed in 26 countries.
Triangle Square is launching this fall with the three titles mentioned above as well as A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America, the classic revisionist history of America by Ronald Takaki adapted for young readers by Rebecca Stefoff.
September 18, 2012
“In this outlandish yet poignant dystopian allegory, Magnason (Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation) imagines a post-technological world in which the relationship between people and information is turned on its head. “Cordless” citizens are freed from gadgets and wires while REGRET, something like a retroactive Magic 8 Ball if envisioned by Vonnegut, renders every choice the right one. Louts hoping to pay down debt become “ad howlers,” “AdTraps,” and “Secret Hosts”—human bullhorns spouting targeted advertisements or post-purchase praise (“YOU WERE UNBELIEVABLY COOL TO BUY SUCH GROOVY SHOES!”) to pedestrians. At funerals run by LoveDeath, bodies are launched into space and mourners watch their loved ones “burn up under the heavenly plough” upon re-entry. At the helm of this carefully monitored and controlled society is LoveStar, a God-like old man with three hours left to live and a mission to “free people from the oppression of freedom.” Then there’s Indridi and Sigrid, who want to stick together despite inLOVE’s calculation of Sigrid as better matched with a Danish man.
September 10, 2012
“While fairly unknown in the U.S., Magnason is an acclaimed author in his native Iceland. His sly, smart parable, first published in 1999, takes aim at the central dilemma of the developed world: is it ethical to be happy at the cost of others’ suffering? The tranquil Blue Planet, inhabited only by children, is jolted when fast-talking grownup Gleesome Goodday parachutes in and teaches its children to fly. (To supply the service on a permanent basis he charges them, insidiously, just the tiniest fraction of their youth.) Blown off course, friends Brimir and Hulda find out quite by chance that because they can fly, another group of children has no sunlight, safety, or food. Mr. Goodday is unruffled by their discovery: “There’s as much happiness in the world now as there was previously, it’s just been readjusted,” he says. Dahl-like wit and a couple of eccentrically Arctic moments (seals are for eating, and Brimir and Hulda suckle the milk of a she-wolf) make this a memorable and provocative tale, and a splendid opener for discussions about our own blue planet.” Ages 8–12.