Square One brings out the newest work from award-winning novelist James Misko
Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers is pleased to announce the recent publication of The Path of the Wind by novelist James A. Misko. Although the company started to sell reprints of four of Misko’s previous rural western-themed novels (As All My Fathers Were, For What He Could Become, The Cut of Pride, and The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County), The Path of the Wind is the first fiction novel Square One has published to date in its increasingly successful seventeen-year history.
In 2004, Square One published a successful non-fiction book written by Misko called How to Finance Any Real Estate, Any Place, Any Time, which continued in the company’s tradition of producing high-quality non-fiction with the goal of providing readers with applicable, valuable information. At the time, no one could have anticipated the relationship forged between Square One and Misko would result in the company’s debut fiction novel more than a decade later. However, the close bond formed between Square One’s publisher, Rudy Shur, and Misko continued over the years as the retired realtor-turned-novelist made sure to send Shur complimentary copies of each of his books, which he self-published originally on his own under the name of Northwest Venture Press.
The match was a perfect one: Misko was ready to take the next step beyond self-publishing, and Shur felt prepared to try out a new market: “When I received his fourth and most recent work, As All My Fathers Were, I knew it was time to expand the company’s horizons, and I knew who the right author would be.”
Over the years, Misko has developed his craft as a fiction writer to become one of America’s premier story tellers, borrowing from the tradition of John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. He has created alluring, endearing tales about the rural American experience that venerates and reflects on the days of old. The Path of the Wind is certainly no exception and continues this tradition by setting the story in a rural, late 1950s Oregon town. The plot follows Miles Foster, a young teacher, who must overcome a multitude of obstacles, both personal and professional, as he tries to settle in with his wife and educate his students who have been fairly neglected by the constraints of a budget-poor school system. Misko stays true to his roots as a novelist in The Path of the Wind, but the novel’s story and setting is one that evokes well-known and beloved films and television programs such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Welcome Back, Kotter; and Mr. Holland’s Opus. The book’s style is designed to entertain and keep readers enthralled as they journey alongside the protagonist of Misko’s newest novel—Misko has said, in fact, that Miles Foster is based on Misko’s own short career as a schoolteacher in the late ‘50s period in which he sets his tale.
Misko’s fourth book, As All My Fathers Were, won four gold awards: the IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards; a Nebraska Book of the Year Award; Feathered Quill Award; and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The novel also received positive reviews from Nebraska Life and Midwest Book Review, as well as praiseworthy blurbs from authors including the late Howard Frank Mosher, Alan Russell, and Andrew Neiderman. His ongoing success as an increasingly popular American novelist has led to recent appearances at the Southern California Writers Conference, which took place in San Diego from February 17-19, 2017. He has also been invited and will make appearances at the Alaska Writers Conference in Anchorage and Nebraska Writers Conference in Lincoln, which will occur from September 15-16, 2017 and April 13-14, 2018, respectively. Book signings have been arranged for Misko on April 29, 2017 at Anchorage’s Barnes and Noble and May 13, 2017 at Palmer, Alaska’s independent bookstore Fireside Books. Additional information can be found at the author’s website, www.jimmisko.com.