NEW YORK, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Arcade Publishing, a subsidiary of Skyhorse Publishers, Inc., today announced that it has acquired worldwide English rights to a novel, THE BIRD HOTEL, from New York Times best-selling author and journalist, Joyce Maynard. The agreement was brokered by Marc Gompertzacquisitions editor at Skyhorse Publishers, and Laurie Fox at the Linda Chester Literary Agency.

Joyce Maynard is a bold and extraordinary storyteller,” says Tony Lyons, president and founder of Skyhorse Publishing. “It’s a great honor to publish it.”

Jeanette Seaverco-founder of Arcade, adds: “Joyce Maynard is an immensely talented writer, whose work I greatly admire. The Bird Hotel is a welcome gem on Arcade’s list.”

THE BIRD HOTEL is a big story spanning four decades, told by an American woman fleeing her tragic past in a small Central American village. It follows her life’s gradual recovery through her experiences as an unlikely hotel owner and the many people she meets on her journey.

“Fifty years ago I was reading Joyce Maynard groundbreaking essay, “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back On Life” in The New York Times magazine and I’ve become a huge fan,” Gompertz says. “Working with her now is a career highlight.”

Maynard is the author of nineteen acclaimed books, including the novels TO DIE FOR and LABOR DAY, both adapted for film, and most recently, COUNT THE WAYS. The dramatic rights of THE BIRD HOTEL are represented by Judi Farkas. Whitney Lee of The Fielding Agency represents translation rights.

“As we approach 50e anniversary of the publication of my first book, in May 1973, I am delighted to work with a publisher whose commitment to keeping a wide range of voices alive in the conversation remains unwavering,” says Maynard. “I look forward to bringing a new story into the world, exploring a very different landscape and set of characters than I’ve explored in my long career, thus far.”

THE BIRD HOTEL will be released in May 2023.

About Arcade Edition

Arcade was founded in 1988 by Richard and Jeannette Seaver as an independent commercial publisher. In 2010, Arcade was acquired by Skyhorse Publishing and relaunched in 2011 as a publisher that continues to discover, publish and promote new and brilliant voices in literary fiction and nonfiction from the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit

Contact information:
Tony Lyons
Skyhorse Edition
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SOURCE Skyhorse Edition

Irene B. Bowles