On the week of its highly anticipated release, AN IMMENSE WORLD by Ed Yong earned two rave reviews. Jennifer Szalai for The New York Times Book Review writes: “That I found myself surprised at so many moments while reading AN IMMENSE WORLD, Ed Yong’s new book about animal senses, speaks to his exceptional gifts as a storyteller... Yong offers these facts in a generous spirit, clearly aware that part of what will enthrall readers is discovering just how few of these facts many of us have known…Yong’s book is funny and elegantly written.” Meanwhile, for NPR’s Book Review, Barbara J. King writes: “Yong writes in a perfect balance of scientific rigor and personal awe as he invites readers to grasp something of how other animals experience the world…[W]ith AN IMMENSE WORLD, Yong brings into beautiful focus a host of other animal sensory worlds that co-exist with ours, and how we may protect them. He has synthesized and compellingly presented a spectacular amount of scientific information to do this, making it look easy along the way. But isn't easy at all. It's a magnificent achievement.” Random House published the book on June 21, 2022.
Peter C. Baker’s debut novel PLANES published amidst a flurry of positive press from both national and local media, including a review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (“[Baker’s] prose is an apt delivery system for a subtle portrait of two women who've been robbed of things they might never recover”), Harper’s (“Baker’s prose is clean and vivid, his characters movingly and effectively evoked…[PLANES] illuminates urgent questions in unexpected ways”), and The New York Times Book Review (“In his debut novel, PLANES, Peter C. Baker delicately crafts the internal lives of these very different people…captur[ing] our shared human ache with stunning accuracy.” PLANES has also made an appearance on a number of most-anticipated and summer reading roundups, including lists by Publishers Weekly, Debutiful, Vulture, and the Chicago Tribune, and Baker has been interviewed by INDY Week, the Our Struggle podcast, and the Burned by Books podcast. Knopf published planes on May 31, 2022.
Kirkus praises JOBS FOR GIRLS WITH ARTISTIC FLAIR by June Gervais as “immersive and wholly alive” and “an enjoyable romp brought to life by its lovable, off-kilter protagonist,” with characters who are “original and a pleasure to read.” Pamela Dorman Books published the novel on June 21, 2022.
Entertainment Weekly published an exclusive cover art reveal and first excerpt of SCHITT’S CREEK writer Monica Heisey’s highly anticipated debut novel, REALLY GOOD, ACTUALLY, on June 22. Calie Schepp of EW writes: “[Heisey] has created a tender yet sharp novel that tells the heartbreaking and hilarious tales of a young woman going through a divorce.” The article also includes a short interview with Heisey in which the author discusses her own experience getting a divorce in her twenties, her decision to switch from TV to novel writing, and more. William Morrow will publish the book on January 17, 2023.
Audible named DELE WEDS DESTINY as one of their top 12 audiobooks of June. Audible Editor Margaret Hargrove writes: “[The] resiliency of female friendship is what drew me to DELE WEDS DESTINY... Narrator Tariye Peterside gives each woman a distinct voice that results in a beautifully vivid and lush performance I couldn’t stop listening to. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel your heart swell as these women rediscover their bonds of friendship and face a shocking crisis right before the big day.” Obaro also sat down with Chicago Magazine to discuss the writing process and inspirations for her novel: “I’ve always been drawn to novels about long-lasting friendships and how they change over time. And I was inspired by the relationship my mom has with her two best friends as well. I also thought it would be fun to structure the book around a wedding but to have the heart of the novel really focus on friendships — as opposed to romantic love, which attracts a disproportionate amount of attention…I really tried to write from a place of empathy for each character, even if the portrayals could seem a little unflattering.”
Knopf publishes the novel on June 28, 2022.
Malala Yousafzai selected Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel NERUDA ON THE PARK as her Literati July 2022 Book Club pick. She writes: “Immigrant families know that ‘home’ can mean something different to everyone, even those living under the same roof. Cleyvis Natera’s debut novel, NERUDA ON THE PARK, explores the sacrifices we make for the people and places we call home. I hope you’ll find this thrilling, beautifully-told debut novel the perfect companion for warm summer nights.” Ballantine Books published the novel on May 24, 2022.
Following the publication of FIGHT LIKE HELL, Kim Kelly was interviewed by various national and regional media outlets, including The Atlantic, The Hill, Alabama’s Valley Labor Report, The Progressive, and Wisconsin’s community radio station, WORT 89.9, as well as Queer Eye star Jonathan van Ness for his podcast, Getting Curious. For SPIN Magazine, Kelly discussed making a name for herself first as a music journalist covering the metal scene and now as a labor reporter covering activist and union movements across the country: “The union was my favorite band…I was spending more time at union meetings than at metal shows. I was learning more about the labor movement, the ins and outs of labor law, and seeing the way that exploitation, inequities and these historic wrongs still impact so many workers today. I was rapidly realizing I’d gone from being a metal journalist with a political view to a political journalist who was really into heavy metal.” One Signal Publishers published FIGHT LIKE HELL on April 26, 2022.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed Colleen Kinder, whose LETTER TO A STRANGER was their May book club pick, praising the “powerful” stories’ potential to “transport you around the world”: “In a season when many pandemic-weary humans are daring to travel again, or at least dreaming of long-delayed adventures, a new book of essays reminds us of the wondrous ways serendipity can strike when we leave familiar surroundings behind.” Algonquin Books published the book on March 22, 2022.
Laura Warrell’s SWEET, SOFT, PLENTY RHYTHM received a starred, rave review from Library Journal. Reviewer Barbara Hoffert calls it an "exceptional first novel with plenty of rhythm and tenderness, delivered in brisk, mordantly gorgeous language that has its own natural flow,” and “a highly recommended story of love and life that makes beautiful music.” Pantheon will publish the book on September 20, 2022.
Jordan Castro’s THE NOVELIST received a rave review from Brooklyn Rail. Reviewer Scott Cheshire hails the novel as “[c]ompact, brilliant, and very funny,” adding: “Castro has committed the unlikely act of attending to his art while including its corruption, a tradition all its own, thus making it all the more contemporary and comedic." The book was also featured as one of Vulture’s “17 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer.” Soft Skull published the book on June 14, 2022.