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Pushing the boundaries of what a book can be.

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Flying Couch

Amy Kurzweil’s moving debut is a story of trauma and survival, and a search for identity and belonging. Fluctuating, in words and images, from the bubbly to the intense, this graphic memoir exposes the complicated and powerful ways we are shaped by the histories and relationships that anchor us.
— —Tahneer Oksman, author of How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?


I, Parrot

Coming in 2017 from Deb Olin Unferth and Beth Haidle.



About Black Balloon

Black Balloon's titles push the boundaries of what a book can be—from graphic novels to experimental writing to limited edition art books to digital projects and beyond. We champion the unconventional and believe in the meaningful above all. 

Black Balloon is a critically acclaimed imprint of Catapult, an independent publishing company headquartered in New York, NY. Our books have been featured in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Time, Bon Appetit, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among many other outlets. 

We accept unagented submissions twice yearly via Submittable. Please include a cover letter with your submission that explains (specifically) why your book is a good fit for Black Balloon.


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