News - Book Launches
News - Book Launches
DISCORDIA, an Audible Original by Max Barry, was released this week. Barry calls it “an audiobook full of lies,” adding: “[P]reviously, I thought people made up their minds based on facts. Sure, you can lie, but that’s just making up facts; facts are still involved. The new idea was that facts were a jumping-off point. People could also be persuaded by how confidently I spoke, or whether I connected my argument to some other thing they liked or disliked. Since then, there has been a wild explosion of disinformation…I wrote a comedy about disinformation getting out of control.” Audible published the audiobook on October 12, 2021.
James Han Mattson’s REPRIEVE launched this week to a cascade of wonderful press. The novel was named a best book of October by Lambda Literary, The Millions, CrimeReads, Entertainment Weekly, PopSugar, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and more, and was chosen by Literary Hub as the Scorpio pick for its Astrology Book Club. Mattson also sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly to discuss his writing process while working on the book. He told EW: "Some avid horror readers may be disappointed by the fact that this book isn't a gore fest…But I think all of my writing is going to be tinged with darkness in some way." William Morrow published the book on October 5, 2021.
DEAR CYBORGS author Eugene Lim’s next book, SEARCH HISTORY, published this week to much fanfare. The Washington Post offered an excellent review, calling the novel “an authentic expression of a mind striving to comprehend the inexplicable cruelties of the universe and humanity’s most proper response,” adding: “Fans of Haruki Murakami’s melancholy, oneiric tales will also delight in Lim’s assault upon consensus reality.” Granta featured an excerpt from the book on its website, and Lim sat down for a Q&A with Poets & Writers. When asked about the most challenging part of writing the novel, Lim said: “Even if there are many things going on in it, I think at its heart this novel is a book about grief. And writing about that subject while enduring its wound makes you doubt yourself, makes you wonder whether one is being honest or honoring or insensitive or sentimentalizing. I wanted to articulate and be honest to the emotion of grief but also I wanted it to be both original and transformed by and into fiction—not so that the emotion was made into mere artifice but so that the artifice and strong emotions could stand together without either feeling manipulated or made false by the other.” Coffee House Press published SEARCH HISTORY on October 5, 2021.
THE SWANK HOTEL by Lucy Corin published this week to a flurry of praise. The book was featured on various must-read lists for October, including Chicago Review of Books (“Long whispered about in writer’s circles as a one of a kind talent, Lucy Corin’s latest novel seems poised to finally break her out big.”), Alta, and NYLON (“[T]antalizingly gloomy [and] surreal. Intrigue!”). Graywolf Press published the novel on October 5, 2021.
THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY author Max Barry’s IT CAME FROM CRUDEN FARM was curated by award-winning editor and Locus magazine critic Jonathan Strahan for THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION VOLUME 2, which published this week. Tor calls the collection “[a]n assemblage of future classics” and “a must-read for anyone who enjoys the vast and exciting world of science fiction.” Gallery/Saga Press published the collection on September 28, 2021, and G.P. Putnam’s Sons published THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY on July 6, 2021.
Anderson Cooper’s VANDERBILT published this week with a flurry of media attention. Cooper appeared on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, CBS News’ Sunday Morning, and CBS Mornings to discuss the book. Cooper told CBS News: “I thought, 'I wanna write a book for my son that kind of explains part of his past or his family's past.' And it's an honest view, I think, at this remarkable family – remarkable in good ways, and also bad." Harper published the book on September 21, 2021.
L. Alison Heller’s THE NEIGHBOR’S SECRET has been chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection for September 2021! The thriller also received a starred review from BookPage: “Heller excels at the complex characterization required to engage readers, resulting in a book that’s truly impossible to put down. The myriad anxieties her characters feel—fear for their children, their reputation, their community—are entirely relatable. A sense of dread and foreboding permeates the narrative. We know a murder is coming; Laurel, Abe and Lena all seem on the verge of imploding. With such a wonderful buildup and a truly surprising finish, The Neighbor’s Secret is a delight to read.” Flatiron will publish the book on October 5, 2021.
The Pariah by Anthony Ryan published in the US and UK the week of August 23, 2021. From the bestselling author of Blood Song, The Pariah is the first entry in a new epic fantasy series filled with action, intrigue and magic. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly writes “The author makes buy-in easy thanks to three-dimensional characters and intelligent prose that grips from the opening sentence…This makes a rich treat for George R.R. Martin fans." Orbit published the book on August 24, 2021.
Gordy Sauer’s debut novel CHILD IN THE VALLEY published August 24, 2021 from Hub City Press. For his publication rollout Sauer was profiled by the Columbia Daily Tribune. Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News wrote, “Sauer is an assured new literary voice from Texas. His careful control of narrative, and convincing sculpting of the central character in particular, make this reader look forward to his future efforts.” And in a pre-pub review Publishers Weekly praised the novel as a “riveting cautionary tale of greed set during the California gold rush…an accomplished literary western.” Hub City Press published the novel on August 24, 2021.
R. A. Salvatore’s STARLIGHT ENCLAVE, the latest instalment in “Dungeon & Dragons’ Forgotten Realm” series, is a USA Today Bestseller for the week of August 12, 2021. Publishers Weekly praised the new epic fantasy novel: “Salvatore manages to wrangle the extensive backstory to make this an accessible entry point for first-timers, and the superior characterizations that marked Salvatore’s prior books are again in evidence. His many devoted fans have reason to anticipate the sequel.” Harper Voyager published the book on August 3, 2021.