News in December 2020
News in December 2020
Praise is ramping up for Gabriela Garcia’s OF WOMEN AND SALT in advance of its April publication. O, The Oprah Magazine named the novel as one of its “55 Most Anticipated Books of 2021,” and The Rumpus listed it on their recommendations of “What To Read When 2021 Is Just Around The Corner.” Forbes also noted the book as one of the “10 Most Anticipated Books Of 2021, According To Independent Bookstores,” highlighting this wonderful praise from Stephanie Skees, director of operations at The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, Missouri: “It's a masterfully written debut novel exploring one family's matriarchal choices and the legacy those choices create. A sweeping tale ranging from 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, it will leave the reader equal parts haunted and moved.” Flatiron Books will publish the novel on March 30, 2021.
Investigative journalist Becky Cooper’s WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE continues to hit best-of lists as 2020 draws to a close, including Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Nonfiction Books of 2020,” Barnes & Noble’s “Best Mystery & Thrillers of 2020,” and CrimeReads’ “Best True Crime Books of 2020.” Newsweek also selected Cooper’s book as one of their “30 Thoughtful Book Choices for Everyone on Your Holiday List.” Grand Central Publishing published the book on November 10, 2020.
ELECTION MELTDOWN author Richard Hasen appeared on The Diane Rehm Show to discuss “President Trump’s campaign to undermine the vote, what it says about our system’s vulnerabilities, and what kind of lasting damage it might cause.” Yale University Press published ELECTION MELTDOWN on February 4, 2020.
GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty was featured in the Vancouver Sun, in an op-ed titled “What lessons can Vancouver learn from San Francisco, where a severe housing crisis has become a cautionary tale for other cities?” Dougherty also recently participated in an online panel hosted by the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association. Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Culture writer Anne Helen Petersen’s CAN’T EVEN: HOW MILLENNIALS BECAME THE BURNOUT GENERATION has been selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Nonfiction Books of 2020.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published the book on September 22, 2020.
MORE THAN ENOUGH author Elaine Welteroth has been announced as the new host of CBS’s The Talk, replacing Marie Osmond and Eve to join Amanada Kloots, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Carrie Ann Inaba. Welteroth also interviewed President Barack Obama on Instagram Live to promote his presidential memoir, A PROMISED LAND. Penguin Books published MORE THAN ENOUGH on April 28, 2020.
Investigative journalist Becky Cooper’s true-crime debut, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, launched with a splash last month, becoming an Indie Bestseller in its first week of sale. Excerpts were featured on pub day in Crime Reads, Town & Country and AARP.com, while Vogue.com, Salon, Shondaland, and The Daily Beast all published interviews with Cooper. The book also received glowing reviews from The Wall Street Journal, Air Mail Weekly, and the Washington Post, and the New Yorker featured the book in its “Briefly Noted” section in its December 7 issue. Redbook, Marie Claire, and Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan named it a “Best Book of 2020,” and Cooper has held virtual events in conversation with Ron Chernow, Patrick Radden Keefe, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and Paige Williams, among others, to discuss the decade of research that went into her account of Jane Britton’s murder. Grand Central Publishing published the book on November 10, 2020.
Gabriela Garcia’s OF WOMEN AND SALT has been named by Forbes as one of the "10 Most Anticipated Books of 2021 According to Independent Bookstores.” Stephanie Skees, director of operations at The Novel Neighbor, praises: “It's a masterfully written debut novel exploring one family's matriarchal choices and the legacy those choices create. A sweeping tale ranging from 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers it will leave the reader equal parts haunted and moved.” Flatiron Books will publish the novel on March 30, 2021.
Dawnie Walton’s THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They write: "Walton’s spectacular debut pulls off a polyphonic oral history of a fictional proto-Afro-punk performer and her white musical partner. Walton pumps up the volume with a fresh angle on systemic racism and freedom of expression. This is a firecracker." PopSugar also featured the novel as one of the "42 Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021.” 37 Ink will publish the novel on April 20, 2021.
Rachel Aviv, author of STRANGERS TO OURSELVES, is a recipient of the 2020 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. The grant is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction. The grant jury describes the book as a "potent and timely exploration of how psychiatry, its diagnostics, and its pharmaceuticals have woven themselves deeply into our personal and cultural lives charts completely new territory." The book will be published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. has been chosen as the #1 Indie Next Pick for January 2021. The novel has also received a starred review from BookPage. They write: "[W]hat is most notable about THE PROPHETS is that, like James Baldwin or Toni Morrison, Jones gets to the root of some of our culture’s thorniest problems through specific, accurate storytelling, drawn with insight and great skill." Lastly, Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair both features the novel as a highly anticipated 2021 read. G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the book January 5, 2021.