Gabriela Garcia’s highly anticipated debut novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT, published this week to an avalanche of incredible press. On pub day, Good Morning America announced that it had chosen Garcia’s debut as its April Book Club Pick, and Garcia herself made an appearance on the show. The novel also garnered reviews in the inaugural issue of Oprah Daily, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and the A.V. Club. The New York Times featured an excerpt of the novel, and THE OFFICE OF HISTORICAL CORRECTIONS author Danielle Evans raved about it in the New York Times Book Review, calling it “a beautifully evocative first novel” full of “sharp prose.” Garcia was also profiled in Vogue, the Houston Chronicle, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Entertainment Weekly, the Miami New Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and the novel hit best-of lists from Parade, USA Today, Writer’s Bone, and Literary Hub. Flatiron Books published OF WOMEN AND SALT on March 30, 2021.
On the day of its highly anticipated release, Dawnie Walton’s debut novel THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV has gained another starred review, this time from Library Journal. They write: "The characters seem so real that readers will find themselves searching the internet, hoping to find that Opal and Nev are actual people." Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly raves that the book “bursts with fourth wall breaks and clear-eyed takes on race, sex, and creativity that Walton unfurls in urgent, endlessly readable style.”
37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.
A glowing Booklist review for Vince Granata’s EVERYTHING IS FINE hails it as “a monument to the work of remembering…In candid, smoothly unspooling prose, Granata reconstructs life and memory from grief, writing a moving testament to the therapy of art, the power of record, and his immutable love for his family.” Atria Books will publish the memoir on April 27, 2021.
A rave review from NPR praised the "immensely inviting" world of Lucy Ives’s COSMOGONY. Reviewer Lily Meyer called the collection "snappy, voice-driven...sly and extremely funny," with a title story that is "nearly perfect" and "downright exceptional.” COSMOGONY was featured on a Lit Hub roundup of “22 New Titles to Add to Your TBR Pile,” and three stories from the collection —“Scary Sites,” “The Volunteer,” and “The Poisoners” — were excerpted on n+1, Electric Lit, and Lit Hub. The book was recommended by a bookseller in BuzzFeed’s roundup of “42 Great Books to Read This Spring” as “a playfully odd collection and a breath of fresh air for short stories in general.” New York Magazine also recommended the book for its “playful approach…mingl[ing] the supernatural with the mundane.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.
The Debutiful podcast praised the “vivid and urgent prose” of Jakob Guanzon’s debut novel, ABUNDANCE, while the St. Paul Pioneer Press called it “an example of how fiction can be more ‘real’ than real life.” The book was also highlighted in the New York Times Book Review, which called it “relentless” and “worthy,” and is one of Big Other’s “Most Anticipated Small Press Releases: March 2021.” Graywolf published the book on March 2, 2021
Georgia Clark’s upcoming novel, IT HAD TO BE YOU, received a starred review from Booklist. They rave: “Full of immersive details, rich characters, and great banter, Clark's latest…perfectly balances sweetness with an edge of realism that will draw readers in.” Emily Bestler Books will publish the book on May 4, 2021.
LIFE EVENTS by Karolina Waclawiak was selected as the #BookoftheDay for March 30 by the New York Public Library. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published the book on July 28, 2020.
EXHALATION author Ted Chiang spoke to Ezra Klein of The New York Times for his podcast “The Ezra Klein Show.” The award-winning author discussed “A.I., suffering, free will, Superman’s failures, and more.” Chiang also wrote an article for the New Yorker titled “Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter.” Knopf published Exhalation on May 7, 2019.
Debutiful interviewed Jamie Figueroa about her debut novel, BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER. When asked about how “being othered…as a child influenced [her] writing,” Figueroa said: “When you were pushed to the margins in the community you grew up in and around, you’re given a very particular vantage point to observe. Because there is this subtext that you are not safe, you become hyper vigilant. You are activating all of your senses, constantly. That can really be fatiguing and traumatizing, but it can make for the perfect environment for an artist to potentially reference that experience of watching and taking in those details. I would say that’s what it did for me.” Catapult published the book on March 2, 2021.
FIGURE IT OUT by Wayne Koestenbaum is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction. The Randy Shilts Award “honors the journalist whose groundbreaking work on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. This award recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or trans men, or that has significant influence upon the lives of queer men.” Soft Skull published the book on May 5, 2020.