George Robert Minkoff

Historical Fiction

A rare book dealer for fifty-two years, has authored a trilogy concerning the English in the New World.

A rare book dealer for fifty-two years, George Robert Minkoff is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America as well as the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Minkoff currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Poetry Society of America. George Robert Minkoff Inc. Rare Books is known internationally for the selling of manuscripts and letters of major American and English writers. Minkoff has written the “Bibliography of the Black Sun Press” and the “Bibliography of the Black Manikin Press,” both standard references in the field. Additionally, Minkoff has authored the In the Land of Whispers trilogy concerning the English in the New World. The three volumes are: The Weight of Smoke, The Dragons of the Storm, and The Leaves of Fate.

Read BookTrib’s review of George’s book, The Weight of Smoke.

Find out more at George’s website.


The Weight of Smoke (2006), Audiobook (2019)

Dragons of the Storm (2007)

The Leaves of Fate (2011)

The Speed of Light Garage (2014)

Planetary Liquidator’s Auction House and Bridal Shop (2017)

Tickle Plenty, Books 1-3 (2018)

Biggest literary influencers:

James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Jane Austen

Last book read:

Beethoven. Anguish and Triumph, by Jan Swafford

The book that changed your life:

D.H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature proved to me that humor can be used in even the most arcane subjects.

Your favorite literary character:

Stephen Dedalus in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It is a wonderful depiction of the artist as both an exile in his own country, and ultimately as a prisoner of its culture.

Currently working on:

I am currently working on a new Tickle Plenty story.

Words to live by:

Conventional wisdom is always wrong, or at best only half the story.

Advice to new and aspiring authors:

Creating a character is acting with a pen.

Articles / Reviews:

Foreword Reviews

Historical Novel Society

Kirkus Reviews


“An excellent evocation of the beginnings of the Jamestown Colony. And, in a broader sense, it is a story of the Europeans encountering full-face the might of the American wilderness and the peoples who inhabited it.”

Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove

“A vivid retelling of crucial events, enlivened with aphorisms and, best of all, a new incarnation of a legendary romance.”

William T. Vollmann, National Book Award-winning author

“A truly unforgettable experience. The style makes me feel language is an utterly new instrument again, vital and pliable. Minkoff has given us back so much of what we have erased in order to survive by forgetting.”

Jorie Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet