About Thalia Books

Our blog explores why culture and great authors matter. What will you find here? An ongoing discussion of some of the foundation works of the last 2000 years, as well as reflections on lesser known, but interesting and thought-provoking texts–primarily books, but sometimes artwork, poetry, film… We welcome contributions by guest bloggers. Write to us at thalia@shadowlandsmedia.org.
“The soul takes nothing with her into the other world but her education and culture.” – Plato

“I have no more made my book than my book has made me.” – Montaigne

“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” – C.S. Lewis

“The fiction writer presents mystery through manners, grace through nature, but when he finishes, there always has to be left over that sense of Mystery which cannot be accounted for by any human formula.” – Flannery O’Connor


Thalia Books, a non-profit publishing house based in Austin, TX, was founded in 2010 by K. Sarah-Jane Murray (Managing Editor) and Jessica L. Hooten (Editor & Head of Acquisitions). We specialize in the publication of books by promising authors at early stages in their careers, although occasional publications by established authors will also be considered as part of our regular submission process.

All of our authors share the conviction that great literature asks enduring questions and therefore effects positive change. We publish books about the great ideas of yesterday, today, and tomorrow in hardcover and trade paperback. 

Submissions for the inaugural Livingston-McKay prize for fiction will be accepted between January 1 and June 1, 2011. Guidelines for the 2011 competition will be posted on December 1, 2010.


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