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For Release December 12, 2017 

35 over 35 Releases Fourth Annual List of Debut Authors Over Age 35

Burnsville, N.C. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017: The fourth annual 35 over 35 was launched today at The list celebrates debut authors aged 35 and over who published their first books this year.

Highlights include: The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler (Little, Brown). Butler’s memoir proves her to be a triple threat: musician, writer, survivor. She elegantly tells the story of her life as an oboist who embraces the inner world of music as she grapples with her troubled childhood.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Grove Press). Fridlund’s novel, nominated for a Booker Prize this year, strings the reader along in the best way. This coming-of-age story has a tension running throughout that makes it impossible to put down, offering the reader nuggets of insight into the characters so subtle and well-placed that the reader can’t help but appreciate the author’s masterful architecture.

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash (Picador). Ghobash’s book, a series of letters addressed to his son, deftly weaves together religious study, history, and political science with the wise tone of a father. A lyrical and accomplished piece of non-fiction.

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr (FSG). Locking Up Our Own examines how the first cohort of black D.C. judges, mayors and police chiefs attempted to quell the crime wave begun in the 1970s by embracing tough-on-crime measures that would ultimately have devastating effects on residents of poor black neighborhoods.

Titles featured this year are: Spineless by Juli Berwald; The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler; Sip by Brian Allen Carr; Florence in Ecstasy by Jessie Chaffee; All Over the Place: Adventure in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geradline DeRuiter; The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan; Lifesaving for Beginners by Anne Edelstein; Fingerprints of Previous Owners by Rebecca Entel; Restless in L.A. by Robin Finn; A Hope More Powerful by Melissa Fleming; Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr; History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund; The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper; The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber; Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives; Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash; August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones; The Leavers by Lisa Ko; All That’s Left To Tell by Daniel Lowe; The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews; A Good Byline by Jill Orr; Next Year For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson; Girl, World by Alex Poppe; Gravity Changes by Zach Powers; Evolution of Beauty by Richard O. Prum; The Spoils by Casey Pycior; Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn; The Hour of Daydreams by Renee Macalino Rutledge; A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton; Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum; The Year of Needy Girls by Patricia A Smith; Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine; Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell; To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts by Caitlin Hamilton Summie; This Grand Experiment by Jessica Ziparo.

35 over 35 is a website dedicated to celebrating those authors aged 35 and over who have published their first book each calendar year. Started in 2014 by publishing industry veterans Kera Yonker, Sarah Russo, and Charlie Orr, the annual list showcases the best of these titles across a variety of categories.

Contact: Kera Yonker