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October 7, 2022

Cathy Park Hong was profiled by New York Magazine’s Vulture as part of the “At Home in Asian America” issue, in a piece titled “The Poet Pundit: How Cathy Park Hong became liberal America’s go-to Asian thinker.” Clio Chang writes: “[I]n 2020, [Hong’s] career changed radically with the release of MINOR FEELINGS: AN ASIAN AMERICAN RECKONING, a collection of essays that explore her experience as a Korean American and a poet. The book, Hong said, was an attempt to ‘articulate Asian American interiority’ as well as a broader effort to recast and refine conversations about Asian Americanness... The collection came out four days before the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New York. Hong’s planned tour went to Zoom, and she anticipated that her book would get buried like so many others… In the ensuing months, Asian Americans reported being spat on and screamed at by strangers; the hashtag #StopAsianHate took off, and anti-Asian racism became visible in a way it never had before. MINOR FEELINGS had been on track to have a normal release, but — through a combination of some acclamatory reviews, word of mouth, and pure timing — it was perfectly positioned to meet the moment…MINOR FEELINGS is now in its 19th print run with 175,000 copies in circulation. Two years after its publication, it has become COVID canon.” One World published MINOR FEELINGS on February 25, 2020.

October 7, 2022

The Seattle Times reviewed Namwali Serpell’s stellar novel, THE FURROWS. Reviewer Hamilton Cain writes: “[THE FURROWS is] a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma…Serpell blurs the delicate line between dreams and our waking lives. THE FURROWS is an English major’s dream date: Serpell taps influences across genres, from Virginia Woolf to Dashiell Hammett to Toni Morrison. Above all, the novel’s a valentine to cinema, and particularly to the oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock; Serpell scatters Easter eggs throughout, allusions to THE LADY VANISHES, THE BIRDS, and most prominently, VERTIGO, with its feedback loops of eros and death. She delivers on the daring promise of her prizewinning debut, THE OLD DRIFT, while teasing out a jazzier, more intimate register, casting a spell that probes the fluid, disorienting flow of grief.” Hogarth published the book on September 27, 2022.

October 7, 2022

PATHETIC LITERATURE by Eileen Myles received a glowing review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “In this powerful anthology, poet Myles (I MUST BE LIVING TWICE) shares a wide-ranging but deeply focused reading list linked by the concept of pathos…The collection amounts to a solid argument for the value of literature that lays bare its author’s personal investment.” Grove Press will publish the anthology on November 15, 2022.

October 7, 2022

In the weeks leading up to its publication, README.txt by Chelsea Manning is garnering critical attention as one of this year’s most-anticipated books. The book was featured on must-read lists from The New York Times and Bustle. The Bay Area Reported featured it as part of its LGBTQ Fall roundup, alongside generous praise: “Manning diligently and passionately describes her decision to transition soon after her conviction as well as the days leading up to and following President Obama's commutation of her sentence and prison release, which became a swirling media scandal; certain to inspire heated debate and critical discussion among readers and political enthusiasts alike.” IN Magazine proclaims the book “fascinating” on its list of “Fall 2022’s Best New LBTQ+ Books to Read,” and TIME featured the book on its list of “The 33 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2022,” writing: “Though Manning’s story has inspired an opera and off-Broadway play, on top of plenty of headlines, her new memoir, README.txt, marks the first time she’s telling her full story in her own words.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the memoir on October 18, 2022.

September 30, 2022

THE FURROWS by Namwali Serpell published this week to a chorus of critical acclaim. A stunning review from Lynn Steger-Strong for The Los Angeles Times raves: “On the terms THE OLD DRIFT set out for itself, it was absolutely an accomplishment. Had I been assigned to write about it, I would have focused on all the ways, on its specific terms, it succeeded wildly. I bring in taste only to tell you that her second novel, THE FURROWS, out this week, is also a success on the terms it set out for itself. But it is a further testament to Serpell’s abilities and alacrity as an artist that, this time, I was completely in the thrall of the thing she made. The bombast of THE OLD DRIFT has been replaced with intimacy, intense emotionality and specificity, but the ambition, the acuity of the intelligence, remains… If THE OLD DRIFT put Serpell in conversation with Rushdie and García Márquez, THE FURROWS seems to stand on the shoulders of Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison.” The New York Times ran a profile on Serpell, where Lauren Christensen writes: “Confronting sudden loss in her own life, Namwali Serpell has written THE FURROWS, a disquieting portrait of the human mind, warped by grief... [H]er breadth of expertise puts her in the intellectual minority. ‘Let’s put it this way,’ her colleague and former professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said. ‘It’s rare to find a creative writer who also has a Ph.D. in literary studies.’” Mary Retta’s review for New York Magazine’s Vulture raves: “The sort of grief Serpell depicts is complicated and unruly, which makes it feel tangibly real…THE FURROWS is, overall, a triumph. Serpell’s deft prose and languid narration come through beautifully throughout the novel.” Serpell sat down in conversation with Juana Summers for NPR’s WNYC Radio to discuss THE FURROWS. Elsewhere, Entertainment Weekly, Lit Hub, USA Today, Oprah Daily and others featured the book on roundups of the best new releases of September. Hogarth published THE FURROWS on September 27, 2022.

September 30, 2022

Andrew Sean Greer’s LESS IS LOST debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list for the week of October 9, 2022, appearing at #10 on the Hardcover Fiction list. Little, Brown and Company published the book on September 20, 2022.

September 30, 2022

LISTEN, WORLD! is one of USA Today’s must-read titles for this week, deemed a “rousing biography of an overlooked figure.” The book received a glowing review from Glynnis MacNicol for The New York Times, who writes: “Scheeres and Gilbert attempt to resurrect Elsie [Robinson], fill in her biography and place her in the pantheon of women we should know about. The result is an engaging tale that doesn’t gloss over the extreme adversity and restrictions Robinson faced as a woman of much ambition and few means…At times LISTEN, WORLD! reads less like biography than a heavily annotated, if enjoyable, memoir.” Seal Press published the book on September 27, 2022.

September 30, 2022

DARK EARTH by Rebecca Stott received a glowing praise from The New York Times. Alida Becker writes: “Historical fiction thrives in the empty spaces scholars have yet to fill. And thanks to poetic license, sometimes magical realism can also lurk in the shadows…[DARK EARTH is] an engaging mix of real adventure and elusive possibility.” Random House published the novel on July 19, 2022.

September 30, 2022

STRANGERS TO OURSELVES by Rachel Aviv continues to accumulate critical acclaim. The book is a National Indie Bestseller and a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick. Oprah Daily featured STRANGERS TO OURSELVES on its “20 of the Best Fall Nonfiction Books of 2022” list, deeming it a “searing…revelation of literary journalism and medical research.” Lit Hub selected the book for its “Ultimate Fall 2022 Book Preview.” Lastly, Aviv was interviewed on CBS News about the book, and about how “we can increase our understanding of mental illness by paying more attention to the stories patients tell about their individual experience to find meaning for themselves.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 13, 2022.

September 30, 2022

Booktrib featured Brian Haig’s THE PRESIDENT’S ASSASSIN on its list of “Six Books that will Scratch Your Tom Clancy Itch,” deeming it a “fast-paced page-turning race against time.” Grand Central Publishing published the book on February 23, 2005.