Five years ago today

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This morning, as I lay in bed doing my wake-up Instagram scroll (ugh, I know), I came across a happy reminder of what happened on this day five years ago: Emma Straub’s novella, Fly-Over State, was published. It was the first novella published by Flatmancrooked, back when Nouvella was still a tickling in its fallopian tubes.




Now she’s New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and one of the summer’s biggest hits, The Vacationers. It’s been such a thrill to see such a talented, big-hearted author meet this kind of success and we look forward to whatever is in store for her next (our guess is that Rafa Nadal is going to write her a fan letter).


In the spirit of Fly-Over State’s 5th birthday, I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know what’s new with our authors since their novellas have come out. And so, in chronological order:



Alyssa Knickerbocker! Your Rightful Home was released on February 15th, 2010 and sold out of it’s Launch run in 4 days. Since then, Alyssa has been busy being a boss as the Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing from 2012-2013, and prior to that, the Axton Fellow in Fiction at the University of Louisville from 2010-2012. She’s currently at work on a novel set on the Kitsap Peninusla in Washington, has had stories published in Alaska Quarterly Review, West Branch, Five Chapters, American Short Fiction, The Carolina Quarterly, Brooklyn Magazine, and Meridian.


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Edan Lepucki! Her novella, If You’re Not Yet Like Me, was the third novella released by Flatmancrooked in October of 2010. Nouvella re-released the title in February of this year, with a new granny-pantied cover. And, uh, in case you missed it, in the last couple of months, things have been pretty crazy for Edan. Her debut novel California, published by Little, Brown, in July, was featured on The Colbert Report in light of the Amazon v. Hachette battle and Amazon blocking pre-orders and delaying shipments of titles by the latter. Her novel debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestsellers List! Rumor has it there are film rights in the works, and Edan is currently at work on her second novel.


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Matthew Salesses! Since he officially kicked off Nouvella with The Last Repatriate in October of 2011, he’s released the novel I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying with Civil Coping Mechanisms and the vital essay collection Different Racisms with Thought Catalog. He’s currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston and writes the Love, Recorded column for The Good Men Project.



Daniel Torday! The Sensualist came out in April of 2012 and later that year won the National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction. Not bad for a book that’s 4 x 6 inches, eh? Dan’s first novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, got picked up by St. Martin’s and is due out in March of 2015. Above are the ARCs hot off the press (and you know George Saunders doesn’t give out blurbs to just anybody).


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Panio Gianopoulos! A Famliar Beast came out of the gates antlers a-blazin’, getting named an Amazon Best Book of December of 2012. Panio has since been working on a short story collection, which I can’t spill the beans on just yet 🙂 (what a jerk).



Derek Palacio! The most mysterious man of letters since Thomas Pynchon, Derek Palacio’s novella How to Shake the Other Man came out in May of 2013. It went on to become a finalist in the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction as well as the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and Derek’s first novel recently was picked up by a prominent literary agent. You’ll want to keep your literal eye out for this guy, because he’s about as active on Twitter as Annie Proulx.


Next up: On an Island at the Center of the Center of the World by Elizabeth Kadetsky, whose short story collection, The Poison That Purifies You, is out from C&R Press on September 21. On an Island will be out in February of next year, followed by Ciao, Suerte by Anne McGreevy. Heartiest of cheers to our authors past and future, and to our readers, for whom we are forever grateful. Stay tuned!