We’re preparing for a busy season at Ooligan Press, with three titles coming out in as many consecutive months beginning in March. Our final book of the school year, Breaking Cadence: One Woman’s War Against the War by Rosa del Duca, is set to publish on May 21. It’s a thought-provoking memoir that not only communicates Rosa’s path to becoming a conscientious objector in the military but also serves as a conversation-starter around a number of pressing topics.
If that’s the case, why does nonfiction allow something as unreliable as memories? The idea is that the writer is truly recounting the memory, not whether or not it actually occurred. The experience is born out of the memory of the event. A memoir is a recounting of memory. It has to be a truthful recounting of only what’s remembered and what is researched.
A book’s cover and title are the first two things that a person comes in contact with, and thus are the first clues as to what that book is about. A good title and cover both need to accurately convey the content while also making it easier for the reader to figure out the general genre and topics covered as well as make it stand out from others in its genre at the same time. That’s a tough order to fill! Here’s how the team for the upcoming Spring 2019 title is handling this part of the process.
Ooligan has decided that it is time to step into the audiobook world. This is an exciting time for Ooligan, as it means we as students now have the opportunity to see just what goes into the creation of this popular format. And our most recent acquisition, a memoir by conscientious objector Rosa del Duca, seems the perfect place to begin when looking at audiobooks.
While this book is in its initial phases, we have to ask ourselves many of the questions Rosa asked herself: Where does it fit in? What message does it convey? Why this book, and why now? How do we want to portray it to the world?
Ooligan Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the untitled memoir from Rosa del Duca. In 1999, Rosa del Duca joined the National Guard. It was her opportunity to make something more of her life, but as her unease over the military’s role reaches a boiling point with the attacks on 9/11, Rosa comes to the realization that she is a conscientious objector. She must now decide how far she is willing to go to stand up for what she believes in—and what she is willing to sacrifice in return. We are excited to be able to work with del Duca on her first full-length literary work.