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News - Literary News

April 30, 2021

Sharon Stone appeared on The View to discuss her remarkable memoir, THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE. Stone said: “I think once you have a giant trauma in your life – in my case, it was a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, but I think it’s the same for anyone, if it’s cancer, if it’s a heart attack, if it’s even losing your job or going through a big divorce, or just any kind of big crisis – I think when your life changes so dramatically, you have to reassess everything, and that don’t sweat the small stuff is very, very true, and I think you really learn to prioritize your life.” Knopf published the book on March 30, 2021.

April 30, 2021

2034 by Elliot Ackerman and James Stavridis was mentioned in Thomas Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed “Is There a War Coming Between China and the U.S.?” Friedman writes: “If you’re looking for a compelling beach read this summer, I recommend the novel 2034 by James Stavridis, a retired admiral, and Elliot Ackerman, a former Marine and intelligence officer…What made the book unnerving…was that when I’d put it down and pick up the day’s newspaper I’d read much of what it was predicting for 13 years from now.” Penguin Press published 2034 on March 9, 2021.

April 30, 2021

Publishers Weekly interviewed Matt Bell about his upcoming novel, APPLESEED. When asked about how fiction fits into the larger conversation about climate change, Bell said: “Fiction is good at imagining other ways of being—other futures, other possibilities, choices we might make. I was interested in the way that the choices we have to confront climate change narrow as we go forward without doing anything—or not doing enough.” Custom House published the book on July 13, 2021.

April 30, 2021

Georgia Clark’s next novel, IT HAD TO BE YOU, has been chosen as FabFitFun’s Summer Book Club pick. The book will be featured in FFF’s printed magazine, and Clark will be providing exclusive content and interviews to subscribers. The book has also hit best-of lists from PureWow, The Pioneer Woman, BuzzFeed Books, and Frolic Media. Emily Bestler Books will publish the book on May 4, 2021.

April 23, 2021

After debuting on the New York Times bestseller list, Gabriela Garcia’s OF WOMEN AND SALT continues to accumulate great press. In coordination with the GMA book club, Garcia appeared on Good Morning America to discuss the inspiration for her novel and the impact she hopes it will have on perceptions of immigration and Latinx identity. Garcia also sat down for an interview with B&N reads, and with the New York Times for its “Inside the List” column to talk about how it felt to see her debut become a bestseller – “an occasion Garcia described as ‘beyond my wildest dreams.’” Flatiron Books published the novel on March 30, 2021.

April 23, 2021

Deadline announced on April 15 that Carrie Mulligan will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA. This news comes on the heels of Adam Sandler and Paul Dano’s commitment to the project, with Channing Tatum, among others, set to produce. Little, Brown and Company the book on March 7, 2017.

April 23, 2021

Judson Brewer joined Ezra Klein on The Ezra Klein Show podcast to discuss UNWINDING ANXIETY. Klein says: “[Brewer] argues that anxiety is a kind of addiction, and that like any addiction you have to understand its rewards in order to begin addressing it. I think it’s a pretty interesting framework. I’m not saying it has cured me of anxiety, but it’s given me a much more generative way to think about it and to approach it.” Avery published the book on March 9, 2021.

April 23, 2021

The New York Times published a business cover story by GOLDEN GATES author Conor Dougherty titled “One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels.” Dougherty writes: “[T]he pandemic, which according to a dire early projection could have killed 25,000 homeless people in the state, added two sorely needed ingredients — federal money and an excuse to move fast. With the travel industry hobbled and stimulus money continuing to flow, [California] Gov. Gavin Newsom has since doubled down by creating a program to buy hotels in hopes of creating permanent homeless housing en masse…In a blizzard of transactions that sidestepped many of the local rules that make California one of the nation’s hardest places to build, the state spent $800 million on 94 projects that will become permanent supportive housing, or housing that is paired with on-site social services.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.

April 23, 2021

Dawnie Walton’s THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV appeared on The New Yorker’s Briefly Noted. They praise the way “the novel offers a lively take on the music industry’s commercialism, racism, and sexism, and also a commentary on how history and memory are refracted through changing cultural currents.” 37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.

April 23, 2021

THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. was featured on BLACK BUCK author Mateo Askaripour’s list of “10 Books that ‘Disrupted’ the Literary Status Quo” on Goodreads. He writes: "Playing with time, history, and shifting ideas of power, Jones’ novel focuses on the love between two enslaved Black men, producing a story that despite never being told before, was one the world needed. I know I did. And that is nothing to say of what he does at the line level, turning his sentences into vehicles for multiple meanings, ways of thinking, and forms of feeling in a way that only someone who has truly dedicated themselves to their craft, and the people they want to serve through their work, ever can." G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the novel on January 5, 2021.