read more if I only had the time." It's a common complaint. People
find brief moments for such escapes on rainy Sundays or perhaps a
quiet vacation. For Eric Novack, author of "Killing Molly"
and founder of Elitist Publications, that free time came in the form
of house arrest, in circumstances quite resembling the protagonist
of his novel. (For the review of his book, click here.)
Novack's involuntary confinement ended up enabling him to find freedom,
in the form of literature. A devout non-reader at the age of 26 in
2001, restricted to his parents' home and unable to really go anywhere,
he picked up and read his first novel, Michael Crichton's "Timeline."
His second book, John Grisham's "Brethren" exposed him to
the idea of the anti-hero. These first courses produced a great hunger
in him, as he began devouring literally every book he could get his
hands on, finding kinship in the "social satire" works of
Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Novack's love of reading eventually led to writing out story ideas
of his own. His own experiences coming from a working class background
and falling into the rush of drug culture served as a foundation for
his first forays into literature. In the spring of 2003 he went beyond
fragments of stories, and completed a full novel - "Killing Molly."
With a great deal of encouragement from friends and family, Novack
began thinking that this was something that could be published. And
so with some assistance in editing, he went through the whole process
of submitting manuscripts to potential publishers.
However, as someone who was rushing headlong into the world of literature,
he really had no interest in waiting around for responses. Instead
he lost no time and went about just doing it himself. To further that
end, he assembled a team of editors and publicists, and with their
help started his own press - which he dubbed Elitist Publications.
(The name comes from the group of characters in his book, which is
itself a tongue in cheek reference to the name he gave to his actual
group of friends and how they perceived themselves.) The press' first
task was to get "Killing Molly" in print and distribute
Their next mission is to bring together other Detroit area authors
with the release of an anthology. They are looking for unpublished
prose, creative non-fiction, poetry and one act plays. As the press
grows, expect to see further books from local authors as well as its
founder, Novack himself.
Elitist Publications is a welcome new face on the literary scene.
It represents the opportunity for Detroiters to have a voice, and
like Novack, discover freedom through the power of literature. - Nick