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November 18, 2022

The Hollywood Reporter announced that the film adaptation of A SPY BY NATURE, the first book in Charles Cumming’s Alec Milius Spy Series, will be directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald and will star NORMAL PEOPLE and AFTERSUN actor Paul Mescal. Macdonald said: “I’ve wanted to make A SPY BY NATURE for many years — and when I met Paul Mescal, with his beguiling mixture of intelligence, skill and youth, I knew I’d found the perfect star…This is a very modern spy story — sexy, dangerous, morally ambivalent — and only an actor of Paul’s talent could pull it off.” St. Martin’s Press originally published the book on July 10, 2007.

November 18, 2022

It’s been an incredible week of praise and recognition for Ed Yong’ stellar AN IMMENSE WORLD. The book was shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Excellence for Nonfiction. The medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event during LibLearnX on January 29 at 4:30pm CT. Meanwhile, AN IMMENSE WORLD has been featured on 2022 best-of lists from TIME (“fascinating fare”), Amazon, Goodreads, and BookPage (“an immersive, page-turning reading experience”). Random House published the book on June 21, 2022.

November 18, 2022

Namwali Serpell’s THE FURROWS was featured on TIME’s list of “The 100 Must-Read Books of 2022.” Annabel Gutterman writes: “In her follow-up to her 2019 debut THE OLD DRIFT, Namwali Serpell unravels a haunting narrative full of mystery. But it’s Serpell’s unsparing depiction of C’s grief that makes THE FURROWS so affecting. As C is forced to relive the most traumatic moment of her life, over and over again, Serpell creates a wrenching portrait of a woman reckoning with loss.” The book was also featured on best-of lists from Kirkus and BookPage, the latter of which praises: “Serpell’s award-winning debut novel, THE OLD DRIFT, was a genre-defying epic about three generations of Zambian families, and her purposely disconcerting follow-up will reinforce readers’ appreciation of her daring experimentation and keen talent.” Hogarth published the novel on September 27, 2022.

November 18, 2022

Joseph Earl Thomas’ forthcoming memoir SINK is one of Vulture’s most-anticipated reads for this winter. Isle McElroy writes: “Essayist and fiction writer Joseph Early Thomas’s SINK pushes back against the expectations of coming-of-age memoirs. Eschewing the ‘I’ to instead tell the story of Joey in third person, Thomas writes about his family’s flawed attempts to show love and the hardship he faced overcoming his tumultuous childhood — and the community he later found in nerd culture, once he gave up on the urge to fit in. Thomas is a skilled prose stylist, and Sink is loaded with arresting imagery and insights into the eerie space between claustrophobia and freedom unique to childhood.” Grand Central Publishing will publish the memoir on February 21, 2023.

November 18, 2022

TIME Magazine and BookPage featured Rachel Aviv’s nonfiction debut STRANGERS TO OURSELVES on their respective best-of lists for 2022. Angela Haupt of TIME calls the book “a deeply reported exploration of mental illness…writ[ten] with empathy and nuance,” while BookPage praises it as “stunning.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 13, 2022.

November 18, 2022

Idra Novey’s forthcoming novel TAKE WHAT YOU NEED is one of Vulture’s most-anticipated reads for this winter. Isle McElroy writes: “Idra Novey appears capable of doing it all. She is a poet, a translator, and with TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, her third book of fiction, she is firmly establishing herself as one of the finest and bravest novelists working today…Novey is a master of the small and enormous mysteries that compose every person’s life, and TAKE WHAT YOU NEED is her most skillful exploration of artistic dedication and the ruins that accrue over the course of a life.” Viking will publish the novel on on March 14, 2023.

November 10, 2022

Brigitta Olubas appeared on the BBC’s Open Book podcast to discuss her biography of Shirley Hazzard. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on November 15, 2022.

November 10, 2022

The Los Angeles Times featured Rebecca Rukeyser’s debut novel THE SEAPLANE ON FINAL APPROACH on its holiday gift guide. The citation reads: “This one’s a little naughty. Mira, 18 and obsessed with the concept of ‘sleaziness,’ sets out for an adventure on a remote Alaskan island, dreaming of a hookup with her aunt’s older stepson while working as a cleaner in a small, shady resort. As tensions among the staff boil over, Rebecca Rukeyser weaves a dreamlike spell — TWIN PEAKS by way of NORTHERN EXPOSURE. Give it to someone who wants something weird, in the best way.” Doubleday published the novel on June 7, 2022.

November 4, 2022

Aurora James, the groundbreaking fashion entrepreneur and founder of the 15 Percent Pledge, announced her forthcoming memoir WILDFLOWER. In a note to future readers, James writes: “WILDFLOWER is not just my story, it’s a story that in so many ways is about all of us — and the pressures we feel to blossom even in the harshest conditions...I hope that this book can serve as a vessel to allow us to come together and talk about the good parts and talk about the hard parts and ultimately create space for each other to get more of what we need...You and I were always born to be wildflowers.” James appeared on NBC News Daily on November 1 to discuss the book. She is also a 2022 Glamour Woman of the Year honoree. Crown will publish WILDFLOWER on May 9, 2023.

November 4, 2022

THE SWANK HOTEL by Lucy Corin was featured on The New Yorker’s list of “The Best Books of 2022 So Far,” alongside praise from their previous review of the novel: “[A] hypnotic, antic novel…Corin conveys a sense that insanity is everywhere.” Graywolf Press published the book on October 5, 2021.