Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press has acquired film producer Emily Ziff Griffin‘s debut novel, Light Years, in which a virus sweeping the globe is more than just a disease, and brilliant teenage coder Luisa Vazquez-Jones is more than just your average girl. Publication is set for May 2017; Jess Regel at Foundry Literary + Media brokered the deal for North American rights on behalf of the author and In This Together Media.
When I tell people what I do, they cringe. Seriously cringe—as though I’ve just pinched them or recounted a dramatic history of medieval bloodletting. I teach ninth-grade English. On cue, they are abuzz with stories of memorizing Shakespearean soliloquies and reciting conjugations of irregular verbs. I admit this is only a small part of what I do (the bloodletting, not the recitation of irregular verbs). Predictably, the conversation veers toward the demographic composition of my inner-city charter school and how it must be so difficult to teach English to those children. How it must be impossible to make those students read because their parents probably don’t know who Shakespeare is.
As published by by Joe Meyers for CT Post
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet and digital communication, Saira Rao was able to move from Greenwich to Denver recently without ever interrupting the work of her young adult publishing company, In This Together. Rao founded the company last year with her college pal, Carey Albertine, in an effort to produce books that empower young women rather than talk down to them or exploit their sexuality.