News in July 2021
News in July 2021
Danielle Steel’s latest novel, NINE LIVES, will make its debut on the New York Times Bestseller list for the week of July 25th. The book will debut at number 2 on the Combined Print & E-book Fiction list, and at number 3 on the Hardcover Fiction list. Delacorte Press published the book on July 6, 2021.
NEON IN DAYLIGHT author Hermione Hoby’s newest novel, VIRTUE, published this week to a cascade of excellent coverage. On publication day, an excerpt from the novel ran alongside a glowing review in the New York Times Book Review, which called VIRTUE “intense and addictive” and praises Hoby’s “penetrating observations” and “stunning visuals.” The reviewer adds: “With a touch as light as a single match, Hoby scorches the earth beneath hollow social activism and performative outrage among young, coastal liberals.” The novel was also named a best book by The Millions, Vanity Fair, Bustle, and Literary Hub, and Hoby sat down for an interview with Vol. 1 Brooklyn to discuss her book. Riverhead Books published the novel on July 20, 2021.
ELECTION MELTDOWN author and UCI law professor Richard Hasen is the co-director of UCI Law’s newly launched Fair Elections and Free Speech Center, along with fellow UCI law professor David Kaye. The Center “will be a driving force to ensure fair elections, vibrant and free debate, and the rule of law in the digital age in the United States and around the world.” Yale University Press published ELECTION MELTDOWN on February 4, 2020.
An excerpt of FLIGHT 149 (titled OPERATION TROJAN HORSE in the UK) by Stephen Davis was featured in the Daily Mail’s Mail On Sunday. PublicAffairs will publish the book in the US on September 7, 2021, and John Blake will publish the book in the UK on July 22, 2021.
GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty is the winner of the California Book Awards’ Silver Medal in Nonfiction. The virtual awards ceremony will be held on August 16th at 6:00 p.m. Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
Booklist praised TOGETHER WE WILL GO by J. Michael Straczynski in a starred review, calling the book “a conversation starter…compulsively readable, replete with compelling characters, surprising twists, and heady themes.” Gallery/Scout Press published the novel on July 6, 2021.
THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY by Max Barry received glowing praise from The Guardian. The reviewer calls the novel “one of the most interesting explorations of the many worlds theory that I’ve read in years,” adding: “Original, intelligent, unputdownable.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the novel on July 6, 2021.
Kiese Laymon's LONG DIVISION was praised in The Guardian: “Laymon writes with humour and clarity about what it means to come of age, to be black in the south, to survive a natural disaster, to become an online celebrity, to love for ever...[A] triumphant piece of metafiction.” Laymon was also interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books about the novel, who describe it as a "story of bone-deep love, enduring racism, a missing girl, the Holy Ghost, loss, sexuality, family (chosen and blood), sacrifice, hope, horror, tenderness, a talking cat, staggering grief, and ridiculous amounts of humor.” Scribner published the reissued novel on June 1, 2021.
THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels was selected as the 2021 Ohioana Book Award winner in Fiction. The Ohioana Book Awards are “the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation.” Hub City Press published the novel on May 19, 2020.
CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota received glowing reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, who deem the book an "intimate page-turner with a deeper resonance as a tale of oppression, independence and resilience,” and from the Star Tribune, who praise Sahota as “a talented prose stylist...[of] many gorgeously crafted passages.” Viking published the novel on July 13, 2021.
Derek B. Miller's forthcoming novel HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK received a rave review in The New York Times. Reviewer Sarah Weinman writes: "I am convinced that Derek B. Miller’s HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY IN THE DARK was expressly tailored to my tastes and that I am its ideal reader. I suspect others will feel the same way; it’s that kind of book...In less confident hands the many moving parts would collapse into a jumble. Miller, however, juggles each element effortlessly. His character portraits are indelible, often heartbreaking. At times this novel moved me to tears, the highest possible compliment." Mariner Books will publish the novel on July 27, 2021.
THE 22 MURDERS OF MADISON MAY by Max Barry received a glowing review from Criminal Element. The reviewer raves: “[M]asterfully constructed…Thrilling and smart, with loads of humor and heart to spare, this may be Mr. Barry’s best book yet. It’s certainly one of the best female-centered takes on the stalker genre I’ve ever read, in addition to being a truly absorbing tale of cross-dimensional travel.” The novel was also featured on PopSugar’s running best-of list for 2021, as well as CrimeReads’ “Great Books that are Secretly Science Fiction.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on July 6, 2021.