Soho Press

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Soho Press
Founded1986
FounderLaura Hruska, Juris Jurjevics
SuccessorBronwen Hruska
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, New York
Distribution Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and crime
Imprints Soho Crime, Soho Teen
Official website sohopress.com

Soho Press is a New York City-based publisher founded by Juris Jurjevics [1] and Laura Hruska in 1986 and currently headed by Bronwen Hruska. [2] It specializes in literary fiction and international crime series. Other works include published by it include memoirs. Its Young Adult imprint Soho Teen, which focuses on YA mysteries and thrillers.

Literary fiction is a term used in the book-trade to distinguish novels that are regarded as having literary merit from most commercial or "genre" fiction. All the same, a number of major literary figures have also written genre fiction, for example, John Banville publishes crime novels as Benjamin Black, and both Doris Lessing and Margaret Atwood have written science fiction. Furthermore, Nobel laureate André Gide stated that Georges Simenon, best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret, was "the most novelistic of novelists in French literature".

Crime fiction genre of fiction focusing on crime

Crime fiction, detective story, murder mystery, mystery novel, and police novel: These terms all describe narratives that centre on criminal acts and especially on the investigation, either by an amateur or a professional detective, of a serious crime, generally a murder. It is usually distinguished from mainstream fiction and other genres such as historical fiction or science fiction, but the boundaries are indistinct. Crime fiction has multiple sub-genres, including detective fiction, courtroom drama, hard-boiled fiction and legal thrillers. Most crime drama focuses on crime investigation and does not feature the court room. Suspense and mystery are key elements that are nearly ubiquitous to the genre.

Memoir type of autobiographical or biographical writing

A memoir is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's/person’s life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of biography or autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. A biography or autobiography tells the story "of a life", while a memoir often tells a story "from a life", such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life. The author of a memoir may be referred to as a memoirist or a memorialist.

Contents

Soho Press releases an average of 90 titles per year. Its fiction backlist holds titles from a number of notable authors, such as National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat (Krik? Krak!), [3] Sue Townsend (Adrian Mole: The Lost Years), [4] Maria Thomas (Antonia Saw the Oryx First), [5] Jake Arnott (Long Firm-C), [6] John L'Heureux (The Handmaid of Desire), [7] Delores Phillips, and Jacqueline Winspear, recipient of the Agatha Award. [8]

National Book Award literary award

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Edwidge Danticat Haitian-American novelist, short story writer, and memoirist

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Sue Townsend English writer and humorist

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Soho Crime

Soho Crime is a department of Soho Press that focuses on exotic crime series. It has produced works from widely read authors like Cara Black, [2] Stuart Neville, [2] Colin Cotterill, Timothy Williams and Peter Lovesey. [9] Each crime novel or series explores a foreign country or exotic culture. Settings have included Paris, Bath, Northern Ireland, Laos, South Korea, Guadeloupe, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Bristol, Madrid, and Berlin.

Cara Black (author) American writer

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Stuart Neville Northern Irish writer

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Timothy Williams (author) British author

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Soho Constable

Soho Constable was a co-publishing venture with UK publisher Constable & Robinson, through which Soho Press releases British procedural mysteries in the United States. Authors have included Alison Bruce, David Dickinson, Suzette A. Hill, Pat McIntosh, R.T. Raichev, James Craig, and Barbara Cleverly.

Constable & Robinson Ltd. is an imprint of Little, Brown which publishes fiction and non-fiction books and ebooks.

Barbara Cleverly is a British author born in Yorkshire and a former teacher. She graduated from Durham University and now works in Cambridgeshire. She is known for her Detective Joe Sandilands Mystery series, of which she has written thirteen books, and her Laetitia Talbot Mystery series. Shortlisted in 1999, Cleverly received the Crime Writers Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award in 2004. The Last Kashmiri Rose was a New York Times Notable Book. She currently lives in Cambridge, England.

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Historical mystery subgenre of historical fiction and mystery fiction

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<i>Oryx and Crake</i> novel by Margaret Atwood

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Art Taylor is an American short story writer and book critic. His short fiction won an Edgar Award in 2019; an Anthony Award in 2015; Agatha Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2017; Macavity Awards in 2014 and 2017; and three Derringer Awards: for Best Novelette in 2011 and for Best Long Story in 2012 and 2013. He is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories (2015), which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel in 2016. He edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, which won the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection in 2016. In addition to writing fiction, he also reviews mysteries and thrillers for The Washington Post, and contributes to Mystery Scene magazine.

<i>Claire of the Sea Light</i> 2013 novel

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SJ Sindu is a Sri Lankan American novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, was released by Soho Press in June 2017, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was named an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her work has been published in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, VIDA, Black Girl Dangerous, rkvry quarterly, and elsewhere. Sindu was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, holds an MA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Ringling College of Art and Design.

References

  1. Roberts, Sam (Nov 9, 2018). "Juris Jurjevics, Enterprising Publisher and Novelist, Dies at 75" . Retrieved Aug 8, 2019 via NYTimes.com.
  2. 1 2 3 "Soho Press Publisher Laura Hruska Dies". Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind. Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  3. "Fiction Book Review: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat" . Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  4. "Fiction Book Review: Adrian Mole, the Lost Years by Sue Townsend" . Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  5. BRUNET, ELENA (1988-09-25). "ANTONIA SAW THE ORYX FIRST by Maria Thomas (Soho Press: $8.95)". Los Angeles Times. ISSN   0458-3035 . Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  6. "Fiction Book Review: Long Firm-C by Jake Arnott" . Retrieved 2016-07-06.
  7. "Fiction Book Review: The Handmaid of Desire by John L'Heureux" . Retrieved 2016-07-06.
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