News in June 2020
News in June 2020
Richard Hasen appeared on the news program All In, With Chris Hayes to discuss voting issues in Georgia. His book, ELECTION MELTDOWN, published February 4, 2020 from Yale University Press.
Food writer and editor Sanaë Lemoine’s wonderful debut, THE MARGOT AFFAIR, published to a flurry of praise this past week. The novel was featured as a New York Times Editor’s Pick, and was met with glowing reviews in both the Arts section and the Book Review’s Shortlist. Lemoine also had original pieces published by Lit Hub, Guernica, and other outlets to herald the book’s pub day. Hogarth published the book on June 16, 2020.
Former New Yorker staff writer Becky Cooper’s thrilling work, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, continues to receive a steady stream of fantastic blurbs. #1 New York Times bestselling author of HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD Robert Kolker calls it “top-of-the-line true crime, fortified with shrewd intellectual rigor and acute moral clarity.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
Jessica Pearce Rotondi sat down with the LA Review of Books to discuss her recent book, WHAT WE INHERIT, which is the culmination of a ten-year investigation into an uncle’s disappearance during the Secret War in Laos in 1972. “Everything about WHAT WE INHERIT is unexpected and compelling,” writes Meredith Maran of the LARB, adding that the book is “as breathtaking as any spy movie.” Unnamed Press published the book on April 21, 2020.
Gabriella Burnham’s debut novel IT IS WOOD, IT IS STONE received a stunning review in the New York Times. Critic Sarah Gerard writes: “This is a remarkable story of secrecy, discovery and self-expression, delivered by a skillful observer.” One World will publish the book on July 28, 2020.
Tara Isabella Burton joined Richard Aldous on his podcast, The American Interest. They discussed her new book, STRANGE RITES, and its timely implications for America’s current politics. PublicAffairs published the book on June 16, 2020.
Booklist offers immense praise for David Goodwillie’s KINGS COUNTY. They write: "Goodwillie's setting is vivid and his characters rich, with flashbacks fleshing out their backstories. Those who like literary, character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place . . . will enjoy this coming-of-age story." Simon & Schuster will publish the book on July 28, 2020.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander writes: “[I]f you’re tempted to believe that voting Mr. Trump out of office isn’t urgently necessary in November because the system is already rigged, please read Astra Taylor’s book, DEMOCRACY MAY NOT EXIST BUT WE’LL BE SURE TO MISS IT WHEN IT’S GONE.” Metropolitan Books published the book on May 7, 2019.
DRIFTS by Kate Zambreno is one of Vulture’s Best Books of 2020. They write: “It’s a creation story that ably leaves in the in-between bits, drawing a startlingly accurate account of what it means to be in the process of writing while barely putting words to paper. Zambreno has been putting out smart, underrecognized novels for a decade.” Riverhead Books published the book on May 19, 2020.
GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty received an enthusiastic review in The Nation. They write: “[GOLDEN GATES] is the latest addition to a slate of books on [the housing crisis] that have come out over the past few years . . . but Dougherty’s is among the first to look squarely at the politics of trying to respond to this disaster . . . GOLDEN GATES helps clarify why we have a housing crisis in the first place.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Rutger Bregman joined former presidential candidate Andrew Yang on his podcast, Yang Speaks, to discuss universal basic income. “You’ve had a hand in history, Rutger,” Yang says, “Even your TED talk [about UBI] impacted many people . . . you’re seeing now millions of Americans come our way.” Bregman presents research from his new book, HUMANKIND, as proof that Western culture can move toward a more hopeful future. Little, Brown and Company published the book on June 2, 2020.
HEAVY by Kiese Laymon comes highly recommended on anti-racism and Black Lives Matter reading lists curated by ABC 4, the Chicago Tribune, Esquire Middle East, Forbes, Hyphen, Inside Hook, Popsugar, and the Washington City Paper. Scribner published the book on October 8, 2018.