We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be publishing Diane Chiddister’s second novel, Just This, in 2024. Just This is an exploration of love, family, and intergenerational purpose-finding. Watch the blog here for more release details, including a cover reveal.
Diane Chiddister is a journalist and former editor of the Yellow Springs News in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She’s also a short story writer and 1981 MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Diane’s first novel, One More Day (Boyle & Dalton, 2021) received high praise from readers and critics. In February of 2023, One More Day was awarded the grand prize in the prestigious North Street Book Awards.
From contest judge Jendi Reiter:
Diane Chiddister’s exquisite literary novel One More Day delves into the inner lives of four denizens of an old-age home. Full of tenderness that stays on the right side of sentimentality, One More Day braids its characters’ paths into a journey that leaves all their lives richer. The action is intimate and small-scale, but as Robert Frost said, “the game is played for mortal stakes.” Nothing less is at issue here than how we might die well.
From its delicacy and sophistication of feeling, to its elegant cover design and clean text formatting, Chiddister’s novel stands up well against any output of the prestigious literary presses.
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