Malaga Baldi has worked as an independent literary agent since 1986. The Baldi Agency is an eclectic agency specializing in literary fiction, memoir and cultural history. She worked as a cashier at Gotham Book Mart, in the Ballantine Books Publicity Department, as an associate at Candida Donadio & Associates and the Elaine Markson Agency before going out on her own. Baldi believes the strength of the author's voice and the heart of the story to be key when considering new work. Baldi graduated from Hampshire College and lives in NYC.
Patty Dann's personal essays appeared in the Boston Globe: A widow honors her old life, amid her new one and Mom, memory care, and me. And she was interviewed about Butterfly Hours on the Studio A program in New York.
Last year's Center for Fiction winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen, presented Kia Corthron the Center for Fiction's 2016 First Novel Prize AWARD for THE CASTLE CROSS THE MAGNET CARTER. In the Jan. 30, 2017, issue of the New York Times Book Review, "Review By the Book" columnist Viet Thanh Nguyen said "This big, ambitious, challenging novel should have gotten much more attention. It tells the 20th-century history of the United States through the intersecting lives of two white brothers and two black brothers. It is, by turns, tender, brutal and redemptive.."
A superb AudioFile review of the ALL THE RAGE audiobook read by Martin Moran: "Moran brings his appealing acting skills and keen sensitivity to the subtle ebb and flow of his story's pathos. He is absolutely engaging to hear, and his performance gracefully balances the moderation of an objective storyteller with the first-person intensity of an author-narrated memoir."
David J. Skal is nominated twice for his well reviewed SOMETHING IN THE BLOOD. He is up for the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical and for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement for Nonfiction 2016.
Tom Santopietro's THE SOUND OF MUSIC STORY continues to have legs. How does a friend of Trump land the Austrian Ambassadorship? From The Palm Beach Daily News, Barbara Cook spent the last couple of years telling her story to Tom Santopietro. THEN AND NOW: A MEMOIR was published by Harper Collins in June. Read the New York Times' profile of Cook, watch an Arts in the City video or read gossip columnist Liz Smith's review of the book.
• 2017, Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Writers' Conference
• 2017, Washington Writers Conference
• 2017, 13th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference
• 2017, Historical Writers of America
• 2017, Words & Music, New Orleans Writers Conference
• 2016, Historical Writers of America
• 2016, Central Coast Writer's Conference
• 2016, San Francisco Writers Conference
• 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers' Institute
• 2014, Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, University of Rhode Island
• 2014, Clarksville Writers Conference, Nashville Tennessee
• 2014, American Society of Journalists and Authors, New York City
• 2014, Unicorn Writers Conference, Portland, Connecticut
• 2013, Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon
• 2012, Las Vegas Writers Conference Las Vegas, Nevada
• 2012, San Miguel de Allende Writers conference, Mexico