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Recent Releases

Improvise
Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO
Fred Cook
Bold and wildly entertaining, PR giant GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook reveals truths that prove the path to the corner office isn't always the obvious one.
Charcutería
The Soul of Spain
Jeffrey Weiss
The first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing recipes to the American market.
Provence Food and Wine
The Art of Living
François Millo, Viktorija Todorovska
A collection of delicious, healthful, and easy-to-prepare recipes from the Provence region of southern France.
Opportunity Knocking
Lessons from Business Leaders
Lori Ann LaRocco
CNBC producer Lori Ann LaRocco coaxes stories of innovation and success from some of the world's top business leaders, revealing effective strategies that readers can use to identify and seize business opportunities.
Locally Brewed
Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland
Anna Blessing
An exploration of 20 small, Midwestern craft breweries, detailing how the movement towards craft beers has grown into a regional phenomenon.
The New Chicago Diner Cookbook
Meat-Free Recipes from America's Veggie Diner
Jo A. Kaucher
A wealth of great vegetarian and vegan recipes.
Good Stock
Life on a Low Simmer
Sanford D'Amato
An entertaining, heartfelt memoir cum beautiful full-color cookbook that tells the life story of one of the nation's most acclaimed chefs.
Ask Amy
Advice for Better Living
Amy Dickinson
Frank, honest, and thoughtful advice from the Chicago Tribune's signature advice columnist, Amy Dickinson, collected from her past three years of columns.
Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now
The Best of Mary Schmich
Mary Schmich
A collection of the most popular and beloved columns from the 2012 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America
Kiese Laymon
A collection of essays by a funny, scabrous, and wise new African-American literary voice from the American South.
Long Division
Kiese Laymon
A dazzling literary debut by a prodigious young black southern writer with a brilliant comic voice, that bends time in a narrative extending from the mid-Sixties to the early-Eighties to the present day.

From the Blog

  • More congratulations to Jesmyn Ward


    Jesmyn Ward, literary superstar and Agate author (we published her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, in 2008) is assuming a major new position at Tulane University in New Orleans, near her home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Tulane could not have... more >>


  • Is reading anti-social?


    Laura Miller of Salon says yes, probably, in this look at how various "social reading" apps have failed to excite significant reader interest. I am with Laura, not only about the necessarily solitary aspect of reading itself (as opposed to the... more >>


  • Graywolf and small press publishing


    The excellent online journal Guernica has done a terrific long interview with Fiona McRae, the publisher at Graywolf Press, who has a lot of very sensible and insightful things to say about small-press publishing as it's practiced at companies very... more >>


  • Laurie Colwin on food and cooking


    It was a very sentimental occasion to see this recent indication that the work of Laurie Colwin is finding new waves of younger readers. I have immoderately sentimental feelings about Colwin and her work; her novel Another Marvelous Thing was the... more >>


  • Ukraine, Crimea, and Risk Rules


    From Agate's Zach Rudin: While most days at Agate are spent with noses pressed close to grindstones, we occasionally feel the need to look up and see what's going on in the world. Luckily, Sam Wilkin, co-author of our B2 title Risk Rules and head of... more >>