Great Pre-Publication Reviews of Luke Salisbury's Novel No Common War (forthcoming from Black Heron Press)

From Foreword:

The effects of the war on families at home are clear, too. Those who leave to fight never return the same, and the North is seen mourning for its lost innocence just as the South does. The book perfectly captures the pitch of the national upheaval and its emotional traumas.Beautifully written, No Common War ranks as one of the best war novels in decades.

From Kirkus:

Author Luke Salisbury tells a compelling story about his ancestor Moreau, and it's "as true as I can make it." Slavery is America's original sin, and the Salisbury brothers are among so many who pay penance.An engrossing, well-told story by a writer with a unique perspective.

Congratulations to Minsoo Kang for the publication of Invincible and Righteous Outlaw: The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture

The University of Hawaii Press has just published Minsoo Kang’s full-length study of the Hong Gildong hero myth. You can see more about the book here.

From University of Hawaii Press:

In Invincible and Righteous Outlaw, the first book-length study of the novel in English, Minsoo Kang reveals that The Story of Hong Gildong was most likely written by an anonymous mid-nineteenth-century writer whose primary concern was appealing to the increasing number of readers in the late Joseon looking to be entertained and that the myth of Heo’s authorship can be traced to the writing of literary scholar Kim Taejun in the 1930s. Following a detailed examination of the history and literary significance of the novel—including analysis based on Eric Hobsbawm’s work on the universal figure of the noble robber—Kang surveys the many afterlives of the hero Hong Gildong, who throughout the decades has appeared and reappeared in countless revisionist novels, films, television dramas, and comics, even inspiring the creation of a Hong Gildong theme park in South Korea. He shows how the story was altered, distorted, and reinvigorated during and after the Japanese colonial period in both the North and the South for political, social, and literary purposes. While demonstrating the continued relevance of the novel and its hero in Korean culture up to the present day, Kang makes it clear that such narratives have served mostly to distance readers from a better understanding of this classic work.

Joan Chase

It is with great sadness that the Brattle Agency reports that our author Joan Chase has died. Bryan Marquard of the Boston Globe has written a lovely obituary/appreciation which you can find below.

A memorial service will be announced for Ms. Chase, who in addition to her husband leaves a son, Christopher of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Melissa Grabau of Sacramento; a brother, Larry Strausbaugh of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Linda Kaye Moore of Denver; and two granddaughters.

Joan Chase 1936-2018

Any condolences for the family may be sent to the Brattle Agency at and will be forwarded. Thank you.

Joanna Luloff's debut novel arrives June 26th!

Remind Me Again What Happened

Remind Me Again What Happened is a profound and elegiac exploration of the relationship between memory and identity, the way one has the power to remake the other. Joanna Luloff is a splendid writer, and this haunting novel is a wonderful testament to her gifts.”
—Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments of her past, a feeling that something is not complete. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend?

Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire’s memory is gradually, steadily wiped away, until finally she can understand the why and the how of her life. And then maybe she and Charlie and Rachel can move forward, but with their lives forever changed.

In Remind Me Again What Happened, debut novelist Joanna Luloff has written a moving and beautifully nuanced story of transience, the ebb and flow of time, and how relationships shift and are reconfigured by each day, hour, and minute.


“Claire wakes from a coma with only fragmented memories, and her struggle toward recovery is both a haunting mystery story and a beautiful meditation on the questions of what, exactly, identity, love and friendship are made up of. Remind Me Again What Happened is a gripping debut novel, and Joanna Luloff is a writer to watch!"   
—Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

Minsoo Kang's Presentation at the Asian American Writers' Association

From the AAWA:

"We celebrated the new authoritative translation from Penguin Classics of The Story of Hong Gildong--arguably the single-most important book of classic Korean fiction. Following the adventures of the Robin Hood-like Hong Gildong, this social justice fairy tale has been adapted into feature films, television shows, cartoons, and even a video game. Translator Minsoo Kang will deliver a talk about his new translation, and we’ll also present short reflections on Hong Gildong by novelists Min Jin Lee and Marie Myung-Ok Lee. 

This event is cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) and the Center for Korean Research (CKR) - Columbia University