Acquisition: Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum

Forest Avenue Press has acquired world rights for Queen of Spades, the debut novel by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, tentatively slated for publication in Spring 2018.

Based on the author’s experience working as a poker dealer, Queen of Spades is a modern re-telling of the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, a highly stylized tale set in a Seattle-area casino that combines elements of a Hong Kong gambling movie with literary language and a lively cast of unforgettable characters.

“We had a 170 percent increase in manuscripts this winter during our open submission period, making 2016 our most competitive year to-date,” said Publisher Laura Stanfill. “Queen of Spades impressed our committee because of its brilliant structure, its page-turning plot, and its insider view into the late-night card-dealer’s world, where everyone yearns for more than what they have, and where luck plays a curious, fidgety role that may—given the right card at the right moment—change everything, for better or worse. We’re excited to be working with Michael to publish his wildly fun and often astonishing debut novel.”

Michael’s stories and essays have appeared in publications such as The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, and Burrow Press Review, among others, and he previously served as the Fiction Editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers. Michael currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his spouse and three cats.

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  1. […] It’s happened! My first novel, Queen of Spades, has found its perfect home! Here is the official announcement: Forest Avenue Press has acquired world rights for Queen of Spades, the debut novel by Michael Shou-Yung Shum, tentatively slated for publication in Spring 2018. Based on the author’s experience working as a poker dealer, Queen of Spades is a modern re-telling of the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, a highly stylized tale set in a Seattle-area casino that combines elements of a Hong Kong gambling movie with literary language and a lively cast of unforgettable characters. Read the rest of the announcement at Forest Avenue Press […]

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