Faber to publish Kingsolver poetry collection

Faber to publish Kingsolver poetry collection

Faber is to publish a collection of poems by Barbara Kingsolver this summer.

Editor Lavinia Singer acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) from David Grossman of David Grossman Literary Agency.

Singer said: "How special it feels to be sharing these revelatory poems. There is much in them to recognise from Barbara’s humane and politically engaged fiction, but so much to discover, thanks to the new angles of perception and imaginative handling of subjects that the verse forms bring. We are all delighted to be publishing How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) here at Faber."

Kingsolver won the 2010 Orange Prize for The Lacuna (Faber) and since 1988 has sold 979,583 books for £7.3m through Nielsen BookScan's UK TCM. Her most recent novel is Unsheltered (also Faber).

She said: "Writing poems is a conundrum for me, not my professional identity, but a passion as deep as memory. In recent years, for reasons I can’t explain, they’ve started to overrun the house.

"Far more personal than any other work I’ve done, more revelatory on matters that I never take out in public, these poems have filled up a whole secret drawer. They owe their bare intimacy to the fact that I never really expected them to be published. And now, to my immense and happy surprise, here they are."

The collection is scheduled for publication in the UK in August 2020, with HarperCollins publishing in the US in September.