November 5-7, 2020
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Alex Brown

St. Martin’s Press

St. Martin’s Press

Growing up in East New York, Brooklyn, my motivation for reading was borne from the idea that it could offer a person access to more opportunities. I discovered quickly reading could be even much more than that. Because of this I’m drawn to work that contextualizes experiences I don’t have access to, have only seen briefly, or that reflects my own in inspiring and new ways. I’m particularly excited by writing that portrays the experiences of marginalized peoples in authentic and passionate ways. I’m interested in both adult and young adult contemporary realistic fiction, magical realism, and narrative nonfiction projects that are compelling, fun, and applicable to real life. My ideal novel or nonfiction project would use narrative, story, and characters as a tool to explore content that’s often difficult but maintains writing that’s palpable and fun to read. Halfway through receiving my MFA at Brooklyn College, I sway more towards the literary, although I prefer work that is propulsive and driven by both character and plot rather than solely by the writing. Some beautiful examples of this on the adult side are Saeed Jones’ How We Fight For Our Lives, Bernadine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, and Esme Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias. On the young adult side, this includes Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift, Aiden Thomas’ Cemetery Boys, Kacen Callender’s Felix Ever After, and Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby. I acquire titles for both St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday Books.

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