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TOMATOES FOR NEELA by Padma Lakshmi
August 9, 2021

Called “a graceful nod to the concept of food as a mode of global connection “ by Booklist, TOMATOES FOR NEELA is a celebration of food family and culture was written by Padma Lakshmi (Host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation) and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner, Juana Martinez-Neal. Viking Books for Young Readers publishes the hardcover August 31, 2021.

THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton
August 9, 2021

Kirkus Reviews editors featured THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton on their list of Historical Fiction Headed in New Directions.
37 Ink published the novel March 30, 2021.

BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER by Jamie Figueroa
August 9, 2021

Keenan Norris, author of The Confession of Copeland Cane recommended Jamie Figueroa's debut novel, BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER in a list of Books by Black Latinx authors for Electric Literature. Catapult published the novel March 2, 2021.

HEAVY: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR by Kiese Laymon
August 9, 2021

Today.com editors recommended HEAVY by Kiese Laymon in a round-up, calling the memoir "powerful, honest and vulnerable." Scribner published the memoir March 5, 2019.

PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST by David Hoon Kim
August 9, 2021

Named a Best Book of the Year by Esquire, The Millions, Harper's Bazaar, and BuzzFeed, David Hoon Kim's PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST was released this week to a glowing review in the New York Review of Books, who deem it a “ doleful, beautifully written study of the confused yearnings and scars of exile. . . Imperfect and meandering, but full of meticulously rendered thinking, Kim’s telling is a fine way out.” In their review, the Chicago Review of Books calls the novel "remarkable . . . Kim is an excellent sentence-level writer, eschewing both floweriness and over-simplicity. He treads lightly, but there are never any missteps, and his intelligence shines through in the easy flow of his prose.” FSG published the novel August 3, 2021.

CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota
August 9, 2021

2021 Booker Prize-finalist Sunjeev Sahota's CHINA ROOM continues to garner enthusiastic praise. The New Yorker reviewed the novel, writing that "Sahota is an enormously gifted writer… a bold storyteller who seems to have learned as many tricks from TV as from Tolstoy, and has a jeweler’s unillusioned eye for the goods." And in their review, the Wall Street Journal writes, “CHINA ROOM forges telling and skillful connections between the two very different eras, showing the ways that a place—a house, a room—can store up pieces of a remarkable past and release them, generations later, when someone comes looking.” Viking Books published the novel July 13, 2021.

ON GIRLHOOD, edited by Glory Edim
August 9, 2021

In a Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews calls ON GIRLHOOD, edited by Glory Edim, “a profound, prismatic collection.” “Collecting the stories of literary giants—Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston—and contemporary authors including Camille Acker and Amina Gautier, the book presents an expansive, decades-spanning view of Black girlhood. Organized around the themes of innocence, belonging, love, and self-discovery, the collection is genuinely riveting; the stories narrate the lives of indelible characters with humor, irony, and immense skill.” ON GIRLHOOD publishes October 26, 2021 from Liveright.

OPERATION TROJAN HORSE by Stephen Davis
August 9, 2021

The Financial Times, Mirror, and Channel 4 News are reporting the story behind the landing of British Airways Flight 149 in Kuwait City on the cusp of Iraq’s invasion, as exposed at length in Stephen Davis’s new book, OPERATION TROJAN HORSE. OPERATION TROJAN HORSE published July 22nd from Bonnier Books in the UK. It will publish September 7th in the US as FLIGHT 149 from PublicAffairs Books.

July 30, 2021

#1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand chose Georgia Clark’s delightful rom-com, IT HAD TO BE YOU, as the July pick for her Literati book club. Clark and Hilderbrand hosted a live event via Crowdcast to discuss Clark’s book, as well as other smart, elevated beach reads that are perfect for the summer. Emily Bestler Books published the novel on May 4, 2021.

July 30, 2021

CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota has been longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. The judges praise: "Weaving together two timelines and two continents, CHINA ROOM struck us as a brilliant twist on the novel of immigrant experience, considering in subtle and moving ways the trauma handed down from one generation to the next. In crisp, clean prose, and with a dash of melodramatic action, Sahota turns these heavy themes into something filled with love, hope and humour." The shortlist will be announced on September 14, and the winner will be revealed in a ceremony on November 3. Viking published CHINA ROOM on July 13, 2021.