robertisenberg

My Book

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Photograph of my bedroom-office, where I wrote about 40,000 of the book’s ~50,000 words.

In brief: My book, The Archipelago: A Balkan Passage, will be published by Autumn House Press in Spring 2011.

I just found out this morning.

The contract is in the mail.

A lifelong dream is now coming true — to publish a meaningful book (meaningful to me, anyway) with a reputable press.

The project started in May 2009, when I decided to take a bus through five Eastern European countries and chronicle the journey. The first draft took about six months to complete. As many know, this early version was shortlisted for the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. This was very encouraging news, and I have since expanded and refined the manuscript — I eliminated a trip to the Acropolis, but I added a Swiss mime, a guy covered in scars, and a magical fountain.

I’d like to thank some of the people who have toiled through this manuscript and offered great advice: Richard Gibney, Sarah Ali and Kate Dillon come immediately to mind, although I know there were others. Copious thanks also go to Amila Ibricevic, who was kind enough to meet with me in Sarajevo after 13 years apart. You are all spectacular people, and as singular as a writer’s life may be, the success of this manuscript is really a group effort.

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