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Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive cover art reveal and first excerpt of SCHITT’S CREEK writer Monica Heisey’s highly anticipated debut novel, REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY, on June 22. Calie Schepp of EW writes: “[Heisey] has created a tender yet sharp novel that tells the heartbreaking and hilarious tales of a young woman going through a divorce.” The article also includes a short interview with Heisey in which the author discusses her own experience getting a divorce in her twenties, her decision to switch from TV to novel writing, and more. William Morrow will publish the book on January 17, 2023.
Audible named DELE WEDS DESTINY as one of their top 12 audiobooks of June. Audible Editor Margaret Hargrove writes: “[The] resiliency of female friendship is what drew me to DELE WEDS DESTINY... Narrator Tariye Peterside gives each woman a distinct voice that results in a beautifully vivid and lush performance I couldn’t stop listening to. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel your heart swell as these women rediscover their bonds of friendship and face a shocking crisis right before the big day.” Obaro also sat down with Chicago Magazine to discuss the writing process and inspirations for her novel: “I’ve always been drawn to novels about long-lasting friendships and how they change over time. And I was inspired by the relationship my mom has with her two best friends as well. I also thought it would be fun to structure the book around a wedding but to have the heart of the novel really focus on friendships — as opposed to romantic love, which attracts a disproportionate amount of attention…I really tried to write from a place of empathy for each character, even if the portrayals could seem a little unflattering.”
Knopf publishes the novel on June 28, 2022.
Malala Yousafzai selected Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel NERUDA ON THE PARK as her Literati July 2022 Book Club pick. She writes: “Immigrant families know that ‘home’ can mean something different to everyone, even those living under the same roof. Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel, NERUDA ON THE PARK, explores the sacrifices we make for the people and places we call home. I hope you’ll find this thrilling, beautifully-told debut novel the perfect companion for warm summer nights.” Ballantine Books published the novel on May 24, 2022.
Following the publication of FIGHT LIKE HELL, Kim Kelly was interviewed by various national and regional media outlets, including The Atlantic, The Hill, Alabama’s Valley Labor Report, The Progressive, and Wisconsin’s community radio station, WORT 89.9, as well as Queer Eye star Jonathan van Ness for his podcast, Getting Curious. For SPIN Magazine, Kelly discussed making a name for herself first as a music journalist covering the metal scene and now as a labor reporter covering activist and union movements across the country: “The union was my favorite band…I was spending more time at union meetings than at metal shows. I was learning more about the labor movement, the ins and outs of labor law, and seeing the way that exploitation, inequities and these historic wrongs still impact so many workers today. I was rapidly realizing I’d gone from being a metal journalist with a political view to a political journalist who was really into heavy metal.” One Signal Publishers published FIGHT LIKE HELL on April 26, 2022.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Colleen Kinder, whose LETTER TO A STRANGER was their May book club pick, praising the “powerful” stories’ potential to “transport you around the world”: “In a season when many pandemic-weary humans are daring to travel again, or at least dreaming of long-delayed adventures, a new book of essays reminds us of the wondrous ways serendipity can strike when we leave familiar surroundings behind.” Algonquin Books published the book on March 22, 2022.
Jordan Castro’s THE NOVELIST received a rave review from Brooklyn Rail. Reviewer Scott Cheshire hails the novel as “[c]ompact, brilliant, and very funny,” adding: “Castro has committed the unlikely act of attending to his art while including its corruption, a tradition all its own, thus making it all the more contemporary and comedic." The book was also featured as one of Vulture’s “17 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer.” Soft Skull published the book on June 14, 2022.
Nylon named Carlene Bauer’s new novel, GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT, as a must-read for June. Nylon Culture Editor Layla Halabian writes: “A tender and honest novel about the friendships―and friendship breakups―that shape people just as much as their romantic counterparts.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on June 21, 2022.
Variety announced that Anderson Cooper’s VANDERBILT is being developed into a series by UCP and Littleton Road. DR. DEATH showrunner and THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE co-creator Patrick Macmanus will write and executive produce the series. Macmanus says: “I am honored, grateful and thrilled to be teaming with Anderson on this sweeping story…His book cut to the quick of four hundred years of American history with care and honesty, shying away from the Vanderbilt family’s all-too-human faults and frailties. I am eager and just the right amount of nervous about getting this one right.” Harper published VANDERBILT on September 21, 2021.
David Dennis, Jr., author of the newly released THE MOVEMENT MADE US, published an Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “Civil Rights Activists Fought for America’s Democracy. They Should Be Honored as Veterans.” “This may sound like hyperbolic or dramatic rhetoric. It’s not. The war they fought was literal,” Dennis, Jr. writes. “My dad was in a church in Shreveport, La., when it was bombed. He went to meetings attended by spies who delivered intelligence to government agencies. He was beaten. He was imprisoned. His friends were tortured. Some of his friends — Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner among them — were assassinated…As we consider what kind of reparations and redress are necessary, granting those veterans the government benefits that other war heroes are entitled to would be one small, important step in the right direction.” Harper published THE MOVEMENT MADE US on May 10, 2022.
Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, included THE MARGOT AFFAIR by Sanaë Lemoine in a roundup of Parisian book recommendations for The New York Times. Slimani describes THE MARGOT AFFAIR as “wonderfully Parisian without resorting to any of the usual clichés. It is a glimpse into the world of politics and journalism. The details of French food, daily routines and architecture are very well captured by the author.” Hogarth published THE MARGOT AFFAIR on June 16, 2020.