Reading list curated by Liz Parker, Head of Publishing at Verve.
“A rigorous and fascinating examination of the power of language to spellbind us all. Montell’s command over cultish language makes her as mesmerizing and charismatic as the gurus she dissects.” — Molly Ringwald, actress and author of When It Happens to You
“Bestselling novelist Maggie Shipstead was struggling to depict a female adventurer. So she became one. Shipstead’s debut, Seating Arrangements, [sealed] her reputation as an impeccable craftswoman of upmarket beach reads . . . But the stakes of Great Circle are higher—for its heroine, literally life or death. Though Shipstead never learned to fly herself, she aligned with her main character Marian Graves in more important ways . . . She is interested in testing her limits.” —Los Angeles Times
“A vibrant and tender coming-of-age novel. Ailey Pearl Garfield is a young girl reckoning with what it means to be a Black woman in America…. [Ailey’s] journey features complex and intimate narratives of love and heartbreak from her family’s two centuries in the American South, giving her not only insight into her family’s complicated past, but also the tools to imagine her own future.” – Time
“Natashia Deón’s critically acclaimed debut novel, Grace, ushered in a brand-new literary talent whose fans have been waiting five long years to see what she would do next. It’s clear within the first few pages of her new novel, The Perishing, that the wait has been well worth it . . . The Perishing is a downright masterpiece. Welcome to the world of literary stardom, Natashia Deón.” —Scott Neumyer, Shondaland
“[Radtke] portrays loneliness not as innate or natural so much as socialized, filtered through and irradiated by culture, politics, and media. For her, the feeling is shaped by the imperfect conditions in which we live . . . Paging through Radtke’s book, I was again pulled in by the deserted streets and darkened rooms, and by the anonymous, sifting crowds. Ambience can go where words cannot. One can sink deep into the images of Seek You.” —Katy Waldman, The New Yorker
“In this book more than ever, Cusk is astringent, unsugared. Straight vinegar. It’s delicious and good for the gut . . . Cusk’s open experimentation is refreshing, as is her belief that a writer must keep moving forward, forging a rough chain.” ―Hillary Kelly, Los Angeles Times
“A warm and wholehearted work of literature, an honest and detailed account of grief over time, studded with moments of hope, humor, beauty, and clear-eyed observation. This story is a nuanced portrayal of a young person grappling with what it means to embody familial and cultural histories, to be fueled by creative pursuits, to examine complex relationships with place, and to endure the acute pain of losing a parent just on the other side of a tumultuous adolescence . . . Crying in H Mart is not to be missed.” —The Seattle Times
“Tubbs’s portrait is an intimate narrative that aims to link not only Little, King and Baldwin, but all Black mothers… the intersections she highlights are beautiful.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“When we leave the Brennans, they are perhaps more flawed than they were at the start. But that, to my mind, is what makes them feel human, and what makes the book feel real……[A] confident, polished debut novel…” ―The New York Times
“This is one of the most thoughtful and amazingly beautiful books I’ve read all year. Kaitlyn Greenidge is a master storyteller.” — Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone
Liz Parker runs the publishing team at Verve Talent & Literary, an agency based in New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. She represents horror, upmarket and literary fiction, select graphic novels, and YA, as well as a memoir, sociopolitical, narrative, and platform-driven nonfiction. Liz began her career in editorial, serving as an editorial assistant at Viking/Penguin, and ultimately as the publishing director at Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press. She was a scout with Maria B. Campbell Associates, and spent three years as an agent with InkWell Management before joining Verve Talent & Literary in April 2018. Parker is also the author of ALL ARE WELCOME (Lake Union Press, August 2021), and has been featured in The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column.
In partnership with Lifetime, WrapWomen presents PitchFest, an inaugural contest
inviting emerging female filmmakers to submit proposals for narrative feature films, especially
women-themed thrillers. View the finalist pitches below!
Filmmaker: Julie Herlocker
Synopsis: A psychiatrist escapes an attack in the woods only to discover that the actress who rescues her intends to keep the doctor as her own captive audience.
You’re Not Supposed to Be Here
Filmmaker: Lauren Caster
Synopsis: When newly pregnant lesbian couple Zoe and Kennedy get caught up in the stress of work, a family member offers them a cabin getaway in the woods. After they arrive to the beautiful remote town things start to go awry, the locals aren’t welcoming and strange things start to occur…
Filmmaker: Megan Tuohy
Synopsis: Lyla goes on a reality TV dating show looking for love. But after one of her fellow contestants dies, she finds herself also looking for a killer. As if hunting a murderer while going on a series of over-the-top dates isn’t complicated enough, Lyla also starts to catch feelings for the show’s lead / suitor, Tracker. Fortunately Tracker agrees to investigate with Lyla. So it’s a complete shock when, in a dark twist, the killer is revealed to be… Tracker himself! Desperate for fame, he had planned to create a tragic love story for himself, only to be spoiled by nosy, justice seeker Lyla. In the end, Lyla is saved from Tracker’s murderous hands by the very group of women she was investigating for murder: her fellow contestants.
Filmmaker: K.D. Chalk
Synopsis: Tamika Harris, once an aspiring photographer, has given up on her brilliance to work the late shift at the Comfort Inn. Her days are consistently uninspired until she’s snatched abruptly from her home and supernaturally transported back into her childhood body in 1981. All to prevent a series of neighborhood kidnappings that eventually lead to her best friends death. As Tamika fights for the lives of herself and others, she finds agency towards her true purpose, while learning true love. Can Tamika heal her past while she steps into her future?
Filmmaker: Hyten Davidson
Synopsis: When an Army ranger is forced to pass an unconventional sobriety program or face a dishonorable discharge, she stumbles upon a dark plot within the facility capable of undoing her past while sabotaging her future.
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