Firebird is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. specifically designed to appeal to both teenagers and adults. Launched in January 2002, it resulted directly from Editorial Director Sharyn November's ongoing work with teenagers in libraries, schools, and online; she soon discovered that her some of her most avid readers were devoted to speculative fiction, and spent equal amounts of time in the teen fiction and adult genre sections.
Firebird is now considered the premier crossover genre imprint, and November has been named a two-time World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Professional category.
Firebird titles are both paperback reprints and original hardcovers. Reprints are drawn from PGI's children's and adult imprints; outside hardcover houses; and the backlists of the Firebird authors themselves. All have covers by adult genre artists, and feature short essays by their authors. Firebird's hardcover titles are especially unique to the imprintshort novels by some of the biggest names in the field, such as Diana Wynne Jones and Charles de Lint; and the award-winning original short story anthologies Firebirds and Firebirds Rising (a 2007 World Fantasy Award Finalist), which will soon be followed by a third, Firebirds Soaring. Overall, Firebird publishes between twelve and eighteen books each year. Firebird titles have won the World Fantasy Award, the Newbery Honor Medal, the National Book Award, the Locus Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Award, and have been New York Times best sellers.
The Firebird websitewww.firebirdbooks.comis an integral part of the imprint. It offers a first-chapter archive, a cover gallery, and a wide variety of links. Readers can sign up for the Firebird newsletter for periodic updates, and (if teenagers) ask to be part of the active teen advisory board.
Firebird: Where fantasy takes flight!™ Where science fiction soars!™
Sharyn November, a senior editor for Viking Children's Books and Puffin Books, has been at PGI since 1990. Her authors include Laurie Halse Anderson, T.C. Boyle, Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Diana Wynne Jones, Graham Joyce, Ellen Klages, Delia Sherman, and Sharon Shinn.
The Blue Sword: A Newbery Honor Book
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (including "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change": a World Fantasy and Nebula Award Finalist, and "The Fiddler of Bayou Teche," a World Fantasy Award Finalist)
The Ear, the Eye and the Arm: A Newbery Honor Book
Enchantress from the Stars: A Newbery Honor Book
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (including "The Faery Handbag": Winner of the Hugo Award, a Nebula Award Finalist, a World Fantasy Award Finalist, a British Science Fiction Award Finalist)
Fire Bringer: A Book Sense 76 Selection
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest: Winner of the World Fantasy Award (Anthology)
Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction: Top Twenty Fantasy Book of the Year-The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy: A World Fantasy Award Finalist, a Locus Recommended Reading Selection, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults
The Hero and the Crown: Winner of the Newbery Medal
The Kestrel: A National Book Award Finalist
The Mount: Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award; a Nebula Award Finalist
The Redwall Books: All New York Times Best Sellers
Tamsin: A World Fantasy Award Finalist
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (Nonfiction); a Hugo Award Finalist (Best Related Book)
Waifs and Strays: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (Collection)
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits: A World Fantasy Award Finalist (Collection)
Westmark: Winner of the American Book Award
World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners: Lloyd Alexander, Carol Emshwiller, Diana Wynne Jones, Patricia A. McKillip