Ig Publishing is a New York-based award-winning independent press dedicated to publishing original literary fiction, progressive political nonfiction, and reprints of classic works. Our Bookmarked series highlights writers writing on a book that influenced their literary life. Our IgKids imprint publishes a curated list of middle grade and young adult fiction. Among our recent awards are a 5 Under 35 pick, several ALA Notable selections, a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Shortlist Selection, and a CLMP Firecracker nomination. Our books have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, among many other places.
Lord the One You Love is Sick In her powerful debut collection, Kasey Thornton skillfully builds a memorable community, exploring with heartbreak and humor the regrets and desires of those who live there. Thornton is a wonderful writer and a natural storyteller.” —JILL McCORKLE
Lord the One You Love is Sick is an explosive debut collection that reveals the tragedies and unspeakable secrets hidden behind a veneer of normalcy in a small North Carolina town.
One Simple Thing “One Simple Thing is fit to burst with grit, atmosphere, pathos and suspense. With his expertly paced second novel, Warren Read invites comparisons to the crime masters of the mid-twentieth century—guys like Chandler, and Thompson, and Willeford.” —JONATHAN EVISON
When his father abruptly leaves their small town in Wyoming, twelve-year-old Rodney Culver’s mother takes up with Otis Dell, a fry cook at the local diner—and a well-known petty thief. While Rodney resists the man’s influence at first, Otis soon draws the boy into his small-time criminal world. After a simple heist goes violently wrong, Rodney becomes an unwitting fugitive, swept away from his mother to the primitive mountain sanctuary of the mysterious Lester Fanning.
Black Manhattan Originally published in 1930, and now back in print with a foreword by best-selling author ZADIE SMITH, Black Manhattan traces the black experience in New York City from the earliest settlements in Chatham Square during the pre-Revolutionary War period to the triumphant achievements of the Harlem Renaissance. Written by one of the leading African American scholars and activists of the early twentieth century, Black Manhattan is an essential sociological and historical document.
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an early civil rights activist, a pioneering leader of the NAACP, and a seminal figure in the creation and development of the Harlem Renaissance.
Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak Memory: Bookmarked Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory is one of the most critically acclaimed memoirs of the twentieth century. In this classic account of his life, Nabokov writes about his idyllic Russian childhood in an aristocratic family, the 1917 Bolshevik revolution that led to his exile from Russia, and the path that would eventually lead him to live in the United States.
In the latest volume in Ig’s acclaimed Bookmarked series, celebrated author and critic Sven Birkerts writes about how Speak, Memory not only intersects with various central life concerns (exile, serendipity and coincidence, childhood, literary redemption), but is also vital to understanding the workings of memory in literature.
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple: Bookmarked Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is one of the most celebrated and groundbreaking novels of the past forty years. The book tells the story of Celie, an African American teenager raised in rural isolation in Georgia, who narrates her life through painfully honest letters to God. Later made into a film starring Whoopi Goldberg and a Broadway musical, The Color Purple has endured as a true American classic.
In this entry in Ig’s Bookmarked series, award-winning author Bernice McFadden writes about how The Color Purple has changed the world of literature, as well as the enormous effect that the novel has had on her life as a writer.
The Heartbeat of Iran “The Heartbeat of Iran gives us an illuminating and powerful portrait of a people who have been so often mischaracterized, and whose voices deserve to be heard.”―Ben Rhodes, author, The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House
“Tara Kangarlou brings to life the Iranian people―a people much misunderstood (and even maligned) in the west―and allows them their own voice in showing us what makes them who they are.”―Hooman Majd, author, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
The Heartbeat of Iran takes us on a journey into everyday life in Iran, where we meet the diverse people who make up the country’s delicate socio-cultural, political, and religious mosaic. Through intimate portraits of regular Iranians, we meet a people whose dreams and fears mirror that of countless others worldwide, and who yearn to join an international community that often views them through the blur of a hostile political fog.
Pleasantview A novel in stories set in Trinidad, Pleasantview merges the beauty and brutality of Trinidadian culture evoked by writers such as Ingrid Persaud and Claire Adam with the linguistic experimentation of Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Celeste Mohammed’s work has appeared in The New England Review, Litmag, Epiphany, and The Rumpus, among other places. Several of the stories in Pleasantview have won awards, including the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, the 2019 Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction, and the 2017 John D Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction.
Matasha Eleven-year-old Matasha Wax is in the sixth grade and starting to feel the pressures of growing up. While her parents are in a standoff over her mother’s desire to adopt a refugee from Vietnam, Matasha’s best friend, Jean, is ignoring her. And, as she watches the other girls in school starting to grow inches and breasts, Matasha remains a puny four-foot-four—which means she will need growth hormone shots, and she is terrified of needles. When mysterious letters start arriving from Switzerland and her mother suddenly disappears, Matasha knows something is terribly wrong—but no one will tell her what is happening, so she has to figure it all out for herself.
Set in 1970’s Chicago, Matasha is the first middle grade novel from critically acclaimed author Pamela Erens.
Pamela Erens’s most recent adult novel, Eleven Hours, was named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, The New Yorker and Kirkus, and was lauded by publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her previous novel, The Virgins, was a New York Times Book Review and Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice and was named a Best Book of 2013 by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Library Journal and Salon.
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