The independent publisher Polis Books has announced the formation of a brand new imprint named Agora. The imprint will focus on crime fiction that explores important issues of current time, including culture, race, gender, sexuality, society, economy, and politics in unique and different ways.
Agora will kick off in Fall 2019 with three debut novels from writers who exemplify the ethos of this exciting new imprint: Three-Fifths by John Vercher, Remember by Patricia Smith, and The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge.
Joining Polis Books as Editor of Agora is Chantelle Aimée Osman. Osman is the co-host of the Crime Friction podcast, and is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large, and LitReactor.
Jason Pinter, founder of Polis Books, says about Agora: “As a proud member of the crime fiction community I’ve long wanted to do my part to promote new voices in the genre through Polis Books. With Agora, this is our chance to do that. Vercher, Smith, and Eldridge are phenomenally talented writers who have written exemplary debut novels. Chantelle Osman is the perfect editor for them, and I’m excited to watch the Agora list grow.”
Says Osman: “This is a passion project for myself and for Polis, I’m so excited to share these voices, they’re ones I’ve longed to read but couldn’t find on a shelf, authors who explore the totality of the human condition, which, really, is the core of the genre.”