News - Book Launches

News - Book Launches

July 23, 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.

July 16, 2021

CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota received a flurry of praise on the day of its release. Ploughshares deems the book a "deeply captivating and necessary novel,” while USA Today rates it 3½ out of four stars, writing: “Sahota has powerfully imagined a life under extreme constraint…a reminder that freedom is hard-won, but fear and anxiety can get passed down as heirlooms.” The book was also chosen as a Book of the Month pick, where author Tessa Hadley raves: “The material [in CHINA ROOM] was entirely fresh and new, the writing economical and elegant. And – what a compelling story.” Viking published the novel on July 13, 2021.

July 9, 2021

Kendra Allen’s debut poetry collection, THE COLLECTION PLATE, launched this week to a flurry of wonderful coverage. Literary Hub featured a poem from the collection on its website the day before publication, and Allen sat down with Skye Jackson for an interview in Electric Literature. As part of her virtual book tour, Allen will be hosting events in conversation with Kiese Laymon, Jason Reynolds, Sanderia Faye, and Brown Girl Collective, among others. Ecco published THE COLLECTION PLATE on July 6, 2021.

June 18, 2021

Author of NEON IN DAYLIGHT Hermione Hoby’s new novel, VIRTUE, has received not one but two starred reviews! Kirkus heralds it as “[a] small book about small things that becomes a big book about everything,” and Booklist deems it “a delicious meditation on morality, nostalgia, and art” that “lambasts insincere compassion with nuance.” The novel has also been named a best book of the summer by Refinery29, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Thrillist, and other outlets. Riverhead will publish it on July 20, 2021.

June 18, 2021

FLIGHT 149 received a glowing review from Publishers Weekly, who write, “Journalist Davis debuts with a doggedly researched chronicle of an obscure yet consequential episode in the Gulf War… Davis provides plenty of support for his allegations, and movingly documents the psychological impact of the hostages’ ordeal. This investigation rings true.” FLIGHT 149 publishes from PublicAffairs on September 7, 2021.

June 4, 2021

The revised edition of Kiese Laymon’s critically acclaimed first novel, LONG DIVISION, published this week to a flurry of positive press. The New York Times featured the book on its list of “New and Noteworthy” titles, praising the way the book “probes fame, creativity, and the toll of racism.” Meanwhile, in a review for the Chicago Tribune, author John Warner writes: “It is rare that I will purchase a second copy of a book that I already own and have read more than once, but I am making an exception with the recently revised and re-issued edition of Kiese Laymon’s LONG DIVISION…Laymon is a singular voice in American literature.” The book has also been featured on must-read lists for June from Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, and LitHub. Scribner published LONG DIVISION on June 1, 2021.

June 4, 2021

John Branch was interviewed by John Canzano for his BFT Podcast about his latest book, SIDECOUNTRY. Canzano notes: “Branch wrote beautifully in the book about the people, places, and circumstances that provide uplifting, powerful, and occasionally tragic outcomes…The interview is well worth your time.” W.W. Norton & Company published the book on June 1, 2021.

May 27, 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.

May 21, 2021

Alex McElroy’s debut novel, THE ATMOSPHERIANS, launched this week to much fanfare. The A.V. Club offered a glowing review, calling the novel “bold, mischievous, and brilliant,” and McElroy sat down for interviews with BOMB Magazine and The Rumpus to discuss their process in crafting their first book. McElroy also published original pieces in BuzzFeed and Literary Hub, and has essays forthcoming in Esquire, Vulture, The Atlantic, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Cut. McElroy’s virtual book tour includes events with Kristin Arnett, T Kira Madden, Alex Higley, Lauren Oyler, and other amazing fellow authors. Atria Books published the novel on May 18, 2021.

May 7, 2021

EVERYBODY by Olivia Laing published this week, accompanied by generous critical praise. The Financial Times writes: "Laing’s gift for weaving big ideas together with lyrical prose sets her alongside the likes of Arundhati Roy, John Berger and James Baldwin. In other words, she is among the most significant voices of our time.” Meanwhile, Dazed praises the collection for “[tackling] the vast complexity and precarity of inhabiting a body in a culture where certain bodies are deemed more valuable than others,” while The Boston Globe raves: “Dreaming beyond conventional wisdom and restrictive visions, Laing emboldens us to seek liberation across difference in the face of turmoil. EVERYBODY is a galvanizing book during a time of incredible hesitation.” Laing also sat down with The New York Times’ Book Review to discuss her book collection and reading habits for their By the Book column. W.W. Norton & Company published the book on May 4, 2021.