Jim McCarthy
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Adding a #MSWL note. I've fallen in love with the Netflix children's series City of Ghosts and its gentle, gorgeous way of tackling big issues and big questions around community, home, and history. If you have anything that could comp to it, think of me. youtube.com/watch?v=NWjLex…

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
56 MSWL
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
56 MSWL
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I so loved The Forty-Year-Old Version on Netflix. A triumph of voice. It's bananas that it's a directorial debut, but who else could have done it so well? It also had serious #mswl vibes for me.

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Have I talked about The Half of It yet? Because I LOVED that movie, and it gave me maaaaaaaajor #mswl vibes.

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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I loved I Am Not Okay with This. Please watch it so there can be a second season. And if you’re an author and share it’s sense of humor? #mswl

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
Literary Agent
Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Replying to @kianangu

"Make it gay," is essentially my entire #MSWL. 😋

Jim McCarthy
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I love books with elderly protagonists. Think THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso or OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Oh, and if you're bringing back paranormal? Call me. #MSWL (Please don't literally call me--this is what email is for)

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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#MSWL can be so hard because on the one hand, I'm like, "Well, send me everything good." And on the other, I know that there are things I DON'T like (dragons, faeries, video games, time travel). And things I am especially called to--queer voices, theater anything, family stories

Jim McCarthy
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I also reallllllly want to see nonfiction. Again, MG to adult. I love memoir. I'm also into intriguing takes on history and science, anything to do with the arts or pop culture. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
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On the adult side, I would loooooove some epic family stories across generations. Think PACHINKO or AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART or THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
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WHAT. ELSE. I want more MG and more adult. I'm hungriest in these areas because it's what I see less often than YA. In the MG space, I want stories I haven't heard before and voices I haven't seen before. Which is BROAD but basically means: I want all of it. #MSWL

Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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Jim McCarthy
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It's thrilling to see that legends, icons, and heroes Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera will finally be receiving tribute statues in NYC. I've said it before, but I still #MSWL a vigorous, thoughtful book about their friendship and their power.

Jim McCarthy
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Speaking of conferences, why has no one written a novel about someone getting murdered at a mystery writers' convention where EVERYone thinks they're the person who can figure out whodunit? #mswl

Jim McCarthy
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Jim McCarthy
@JimMcCarthy528
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Literary agent & VP at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
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And that’s just a few ideas off the top of my head. I’m always looking for MG, YA, and adult, and I’d love to find something that knocks me out! Happy new year! #MSWL