Both Ovenbird Books and its authors have been getting noticed. Here’s a smattering of articles about the books we’ve published. Funny, smart, heartbreaking, insightful; critics and readers are proving the Ovenbird vision sound, showing that readers persist in reading what publishers are afraid the public will turn away from.
AN EARLIER LIFE, Brenda Miller’s most recent essay collection, won the 2017 Bronze Medal for Creative Nonfiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). Brenda’s book rose to the top of almost 5,000 entries from 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, 7 Canadian provinces, 7 Australian territories, and 29 other countries around the world.
OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction, a Lambda Literary Award for memoir, and the Next Generation Independent Publishing Award for LGBT writing.
BRENDA MILLER DESCRIBES HER MOST RECENT ESSAY COLLECTION, An Earlier Life, as a prophecy. Beginning pre-birth with the title essay, she imagines herself into the world of a baker on a cobblestoned street, from there whirling the reader through a turbulent youth and into adulthood, spiraling through personal and spiritual relationships, imagining even her ultimate transition and afterlife. Read more at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
STEVEN HARVEY, IN HIS MARVELOUS MEMOIR, The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, is on a journey to discover and understand his mother who committed suicide in April, 1961, when Harvey was eleven years old. Read more at Riverteeth.
THE TITLE OF KATE CARROLL DE GUTES’S DEBUT ESSAY COLLECTION acts as both observation and warning, as if to remind you that things aren’t as they seem when seen backwards: Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear. The collection is a consideration of the difficulties of long-term commitment — the ways we figure out how we want to live and who we want to be. Read more at the Los Angeles Review of Books.