December 7th, 2017
Today is the anniversary of the death of Cicero, the great Roman orator, lawyer, statesman and writer.
In 43 BCE, the “Father of the Fatherland” was assassinated at the command of Octavian (future Augustus) and Mark Antony. According to the story, Cicero had begun to flee his house, but when he heard the men coming for him, he ordered his litter to be put down, and stoically offered his neck to the sword. By order of Mark Antony (who hated Cicero for the many speeches he had given against him), Cicero’s head and hands were chopped off, and displayed in the Forum. Antony’s wife pulled a pin from her hair and stuck it through his tongue. There could be no clearer message that the great speaker and writer had been silenced.
On a lighter note, I’ve had several readers ask if I will be personalizing copies of The Song of Achilles for holiday gifts again. The answer is yes! Signed and personalized books are actually available all year round at Main Point Books. Just click here, and write any personalization you’d like in the notes box.
Finally, I’ve decided to try my hand at Instagram. You can find me there under madeline.e.miller.
I am wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!
Thursday, August 17th, 2017
I am excited to announce that the first chapter of CIRCE is available now as a sneak-peek! EW published it online, along with the fabulous cover for the US edition. The image they use isn’t a photo, so it can’t do the amazing gold effect justice. Below is a picture that hopefully captures a bit more of the dazzle. A fitting cover for a daughter of the sun! The UK cover is very different but equally exciting–I will be posting that soon.
I’ve just sent back the US and UK page proofs, where I sifted through those final snags and typos, so the book is really, truly in the last stage. I’m looking forward to releasing CIRCE into the world, and also getting to catch up on all the books that I missed while I’ve been off working!
Wishing you all a good August and happy reading.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
I was fortunate to get to travel to London a few weeks ago for a visit with my fabulous British publisher, Bloomsbury. They had a pre-proof of Circe waiting for me, and here it is!
This picture definitely does not capture the full gold-lettered glory, but it’s a little peek into what’s coming. They also showed me the official cover, which is stunning and feels just right for the book. Ditto my US cover. I will post pictures of those as I can. By the way, one of the things I love about this cover are all the details. The small icons in each corner, and on the back too, all resonate with elements in the story.
While I was in London, I also had the good fortune to visit the British Museum and have a tour of a number of Circe-related items. Here’s a wonderful mosaic of Oceanos (Okeanos), Circe’s maternal grandfather.
And here’s me with a lion. It’s from the Mausoleum at Helicarnassus, so not remotely Mycenaean but it is from Turkey, and Circe is influenced by Anatolian goddesses in her role as Mistress of the Beasts.
In other Circe news, I’ve just finished my US copyedits for the wonderful Lee Boudreaux books, and will be getting my Advanced Reader Copies of those at the end of August. More news as it comes, and wishing you all a lovely and not-too-hot summer.
Hello! I had previously posted with bold intentions that I was going to offer a list of some of my favorite books of last year, but we are now well into June with no such list! My apologies for that, but there is good reason for the silence: I have been working non-stop on the final edits and copy-edits to CIRCE. I still have a few last checks to do, but by and large the manuscript is finished, and my editor is sending out early bound copies, which is always exciting.
I can now also officially announce my publication dates: April 10th in the US, and May 3rd in the UK. I will be doing some book tour stops for both, which I’m very much looking forward to. When I have that schedule, I will post it both here and in my events.
I will have lots more updates coming down the line, including covers (!) for the two editions, and maybe even excerpts as we draw closer. And I actually am working on a list of some recent books I’ve read/am reading, since there is such a bonanza of Classical offerings out now, including Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta, David Vann’s Bright Air Black and Colm Toibin’s House of Names. But in the meantime, I will leave you with my favorite Homeric description of Circe:
“Fair-tressed Circe, the dread goddess who speaks like a mortal.”– Homer, Odyssey, X.136
(By the way, that word “fair-tressed” is one of those lovely ancient Greek adjectives that makes me so glad I’m not a translator and so appreciative of their art. More literally it’s: “having beautifully dressed hair” but that doesn’t exactly roll trippingly off the tongue…)
Happy well-dressed hair and summer to all!
Hello to all!
I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season. Thank you again to all the people who sent me notes on social media or through my website about their excitement for Circe! I’m so grateful and appreciative. Your faith in my work will buoy me through the days of edits and copyedits ahead.
Some readers have been in touch about personalized copies for holiday gifts. Yes! I am happy to do that through Main Point Books. They are terrific people to work with, and if you have any trouble with their site or you have a special issue, just email them and they will figure it out. They do ship to the UK, and may be able to work out other international shipping too. They are a paragon of what it means to be an indie bookstore, and I’m so glad to have found them.
At the end of the year I often like to make a list of books that I’ve particularly enjoyed or been moved by. That will be coming soon!
Wishing you a warm season with lovely books to read.
Friday, October 7th, 2016
I am delighted to announce that Circe is going to be published with Bloomsbury in the UK sometime in 2018! I loved working with the fabulous Bloomsbury team on The Song of Achilles, and am thrilled to be returning for Circe.
I also wanted to thank all those who posted kind messages on social media, my website, and elsewhere about the upcoming new book. You have warmed this author’s heart!
Wishing you a wonderful day.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
I am thrilled to be able to announce that my second novel, narrated by Circe, the witch from the Odyssey, is in the hands of my US editor, Lee Boudreaux. The book is scheduled, as of now, to come out in the US early in 2018, published by Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little Brown. I am delighted to be working with Lee again, who was my editor for The Song of Achilles, and can’t wait for Circe to find her way to the shelves. More news as it comes–including, very soon, news on the UK edition!
Wishing you all a happy beginning to autumn!
December 3rd, 2015
I’ve been receiving lots of requests for signed and personalized books, and I’m glad to announce that they are available once more, thanks to the lovely people at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA!
For a signed copy of The Song of Achilles, use this link to order, and in the “comment” box note that you would like the copy signed, and what inscription (if any) you’d like. Then I’ll come in and sign/personalize, and Main Point will drop it in the mail wherever you’d like.
If it’s a more complicated order, please also feel free to contact Main Point directly, they are very responsive. Their number is: (610) 525-1480, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am wishing you all a very happy holiday season!
October 12th, 2015
I’ve finally finished relocating from Cambridge back to the Philadelphia-area. It was very sad to leave behind the fabulous Independent bookstores of Cambridge, especially Porter Square books, which for the past several years has been my bookstore home-away-from-home. If you’re ever in the Cambridge area, you should definitely drop by and say hello! But I’m excited to develop new relationships with the Indie bookstores around Philadelphia, including the very lovely people at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr and Headhouse Books in the city.
Speaking of which, Main Point Books has very kindly invited me to join their Book Club discussion of The Song of Achilles this Wednesday, October 14th, at 7PM. I’ll be there to answer questions, speak with readers and sign books. I’m looking forward to it! Main Point Books and I are also going to set up a continuation of my arrangement with Porter Square Books–so if you’re interested in getting a copy of The Song of Achilles personalized by me, please get in touch with them. As we firm things up, I’ll post here with more details and easy links.
Another bit of exciting news: the Bailey’s Prize (formerly the Orange Prize) is hosting a celebration of their last ten years, called Best of the Best, and I’m thrilled that The Song of Achilles is a part of that. I’m so grateful to the Orange Prize for the opportunities they’ve opened for me personally, but more significantly, I’m grateful for the work they do to bring attention to women writers across the world. In fact, I wrote an essay about it.
Finally, I couldn’t close without mentioning that my fabulous US editor for The Song of Achilles, Lee Boudreaux, just got profiled in The Bookseller! I was fortunate enough to get to be one of the authors raving about her.
I hope that the fall season is treating everyone very well, and best wishes for all the days ahead.
Reviews“A startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist... a book I could not put down.” Ann Patchett, author of the Orange Prize-winning Bel Canto