News in May 2021
News in May 2021
Dawnie Walton joined Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air podcast to discuss her electrifying debut novel, THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV. 37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.
Tara Parker-Pope shared UNWINDING ANXIETY author Judson Brewer’s five-finger breathing exercise for Day 6 of The New York Times’s “Fresh Start Challenge.” She writes: “Dr. Brewer, who is also a neuroscientist, says it’s important to remember that your brain is like a computer, and it has only a certain amount of working memory. Anxiety, worry and other negative emotions can take over, giving your brain less room for other tasks that require thinking and problem solving... Dr. Brewer suggests five-finger breathing because it’s a multisensory task.” Avery published UNWINDING ANXIETY on March 9, 2021.
Vulture named Joss Lake's debut novel FUTURE FEELING one of its "35 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer.” They write: "When I crack open FUTURE FEELING, I’m a little worried its contents will spill out into my life and zip around, ripping little holes in the space-time continuum. That’s how much wildness Lake has packed into less than 300 pages…Underpinning FUTURE FEELING is a wry refusal to try to convince us of anything; it resists the primary rule of narrative, that everything must be believable to be believed." Soft Skull will publish FUTURE FEELING on June 1, 2021.
In a piece for The Guardian, SHUGGIE BAIN author Douglas Stuart calls Jakob Guanzon's ABUNDANCE "phenomenal," and Guanzon "an incredibly exciting new voice." He later followed the recommendation with a personal Twitter shout-out: "While I’m on here talking about books I love, here’s another shout for this brutal and brilliant gem ABUNDANCE by Jakob Guanzon. The last few chapters set my pulse RACING. I can’t believe this is a debut. Don’t miss it." Graywolf Press published the book on March 2, 2021.
Jonathan Park-Ramage’s debut novel YES, DADDY was featured on Goodreads' list of “9 Books that Goodreads Editors Highly Recommend.” Managing Editor Danny Feekes writes: “All is not what it seems and this book quickly becomes a heart-racing and heartbreaking thriller." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published the novel on May 18, 2021.
Max Barry’s THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY received a glowing review from Kirkus. They write: “[Barry is] endlessly inventive and entertaining… A very clever, unpredictable little murder mystery with some bittersweet tones about the things we do for love.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the book on July 6, 2021.
Tattered Cover will be hosting a virtual launch event on June 7th at 6:30pm MT for John Branch’s SIDECOUNTRY. The book was also featured on Apple Books' list of most-anticipated books for this summer. W.W. Norton & Company will publish the book on June 1, 2021.
Booklist calls BECOMING A WRITER, STAYING A WRITER by J. Michael Straczynski "[a] funny and candid guide to the writing life." BenBella Books will publish the book on June 1, 2021.
GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty is a nonfiction finalist for the 90th Annual California Book Awards. Award Jury Chair Peter Fish writes: “We think this year’s finalists are especially timely, innovative, and thought-provoking…[the finalists] demonstrate the extraordinary diversity of California literature.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Alex McElroy’s debut novel THE ATMOSPHERIANS received a great review from the Washington Post. They call the book “a sharp-edged view of how contemporary gender politics have changed culture,” offering “trenchant commentary on our society’s fraught gender dynamics.” Vanity Fair also listed the novel on its recommended reads for May, raving: “The novel balances perfectly on the razor’s edge between reality and absurdism, the place where excellent satire dwells, while spinning a complex investigation of huge topics: guilt, culpability, loyalty, sexism, fatphobia, abuse of power…. It is a book about craving—fame, food, praise, each other, ourselves—and it is a book to be devoured.” Atria Books published the novel on May 18, 2021.
BuzzFeed News featured David Hoon Kim’s debut novel, PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST, as one its “28 New Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List ASAP." They call it a "hypnotic, inventive debut...It’s a brilliant and absurd meditation on what it means to be haunted.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux will publish the novel on August 3, 2021.
TIME magazine featured THE ONES WHO DON’T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin on its list of “36 New Books You Need to Read This Summer," praising the way Ruffin “highlights experiences both specific and universal about people living on the margins while simultaneously capturing the culture and spirit of New Orleans.” One World will publish the book on August 17, 2021.