Wild River Books to Publish The Megabuilders of Queenstown Park
April 22, 2014
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WILD RIVER BOOKS TO PUBLISH THE MEGABUILDERS OF QUEENSTON PARK
APRIL 22, 2014 – EARTH DAY
Critically-acclaimed author and former president of PEN American Center, Edmund Keeley personalizes environmental issues in his new novel set in Princeton, New Jersey. The Megabuilders of Queenston Park, a scathingly funny satire on modern suburban life, is set in 21st-century Princeton, New Jersey, as the college town faces developmental pressures on its architectural and social landscape. Ambitious megabuilders–real-estate developers who specialize in erecting large residences on small lots–roam the neighborhoods in search of modest postwar homes to tear down and replace with huge, often modular, constructions.
When a smooth-talking megabuilder tries to convince homeowner Cassie Mandeville to sign on the dotted line and sell her beloved home and property, she and her husband Nick decide to take action. They find themselves thrust into a battle with a father-and-son construction company that plans to erect an overgrown, high-end eyesore next door. As the Mandevilles try to save their neighborhood, they run headlong into an insensitive and possibly corrupt political system at the local level.
With wit and high seriousness, The Megabuilders of Queenston Park brings to life unsettling environmental questions that plague many families and communities, large and small. What is the true value of real estate? How do we measure the stability, affection, and familial loyalty our homes nurture and shelter? How do we protect our neighborhoods from large-scale development, construction pollution and sewage run-off?
“Edmund Keeley has the ability to address serious issues with a deeply literary and playful sensibility,” says Wild River Books Publisher, Joy E. Stocke, “We are thrilled to bring The Megabuilders of Queenston Park to his current fans while introducing an accomplished literary giant to a younger generation.” Keeley lives in Princeton, N. J., and is the author of eight novels, fifteen volumes of poetry and fiction in translation, and ten volumes of non-fiction. Keeley’s first novel, The Libation, received the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His translations of contemporary Greek poets earned him the Harold Morton Landon Award of the Academy of American Poets, the First EEC Prize for the translation of Poetry, and the PEN Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation.
Keeley taught English and Creative Writing at Princeton from 1954 to 1994 and served for some years as Director of Creative Writing and Director of Hellenic Studies. He was twice President of the Modern Greek Studies Association and was President of PEN American Center from 1992-94. During his retirement, Keeley continues to write regularly and to travel to new and old places.
About Wild River Books: With over thirty years of publishing, editing, design and marketing experience, Wild River Books–a full-service publishing house–upholds the top standards of the industry and offers strategic publishing solutions for the 21st century. Through editorial consultation, marketing, publicity expertise and crafted packaging, Wild River Books helps authors tell and promote stories that make a difference in the world. Through partnerships with our authors and grants from public and private institutions, Wild River Book’s multi-platform approach embraces the latest technology to help authors reach their market. Through Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC, Wild River Books also runs the international online literary and arts magazine Wild River Review (www.wildriverreview.com) with loyal readers from ever corner of the world.
Founder and Principal. Kimberly Nagy received a BA in history at Rider University where she was influenced by professors who stressed works of literature alongside dates and historical facts–as well as the importance of including the perspectives of women and minorities in the historical record.
During a period in which she fell in love with writing and research, Nagy wrote an award-winning paper about the suppression of free speech during World War I, and which featured early 20th century feminist and civil rights leader, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
Nagy continued her graduate studies at University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she studied with Dr. Karen Kupperman, an expert in early contact between Native Americans and the first European settlers. Nagy has an extensive background and interest in anthropological, oral history and cultural research.
Nagy pursued a publishing career in which she worked for two of the world’s foremost publishers-Princeton University Press and W.W. Norton - as well as at Thomson, Institutional Investor Magazine, Routledge UK, and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. She extensive experience in editorial management and marketing/ public relations for corporations, publishers, state agencies, and nonprofits.
Combining her love of writing, editing and publishing, Nagy is an editor, poet and professional storyteller who helps clients discover, rediscover and deepen their authentic voice as well as sculpt good ideas into refined, structurally-sound articles, essays, brochures, and book-length manuscripts (among other written communications). Nagy has worked for authors, publishers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and universities alike. In partnership with poet and award-winning literary journalist Joy Stocke, Nagy is a principal of Wild River Consulting and Publishing (WRCP) Services which offers comprehensive manuscript evaluations, coaching, social media guidance, publishing advice (in a rapidly changing landscape) and enthusiasm for the writing process itself. Stocke and Nagy mentor many talented students and clients.
Partnering with Stocke, Nagy serves as Executive Editor for Wild River Review, an internationally renowned non-profit cultural literary magazine, for which Nagy commissions articles and curates content. Noted by the Utne Reader for exceptionally interesting interviews, Nagy has profiled many artists, writers, philosophers, poets, film-makers, photographers, and business leaders who are making a beneficial difference in the world.
Praised for her literary yet down-to-earth style, Kimberly Nagy is the author of the column (and forthcoming book) Triple Goddess Trials, a mythology/memoir that draws on the divine feminine archetype, phases of the moon, and timeless stories (Medea, Aphrodite, Kali and Syrinx to name but a few) to shed light on women’s experiences in the modern world. Readers have called Nagy’s work “thought-provoking,” “funny,” “deeply important” “inspiring” and “real.”