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.
Nylon named Carlene Bauer’s new novel, GIRLS THEY WRITE SONGS ABOUT, as a must-read for June. Nylon Culture Editor Layla Halabian writes: “A tender and honest novel about the friendships―and friendship breakups―that shape people just as much as their romantic counterparts.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on June 21, 2022.
Variety announced that Anderson Cooper’s VANDERBILT is being developed into a series by UCP and Littleton Road. DR. DEATH showrunner and THE GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE co-creator Patrick Macmanus will write and executive produce the series. Macmanus says: “I am honored, grateful and thrilled to be teaming with Anderson on this sweeping story…His book cut to the quick of four hundred years of American history with care and honesty, shying away from the Vanderbilt family’s all-too-human faults and frailties. I am eager and just the right amount of nervous about getting this one right.” Harper published VANDERBILT on September 21, 2021.
HOW YOU GET FAMOUS by Nicole Pasulka received a rave review from Alexander Chee in The New York Times. He deems the book “[f]unny, poignant, dishy and even enlightening, all at the same time,” adding: “HOW YOU GET FAMOUS isn’t just the story of a niche nightclub scene in Brooklyn — it’s the story of America now.” The book was also featured on Mother Jones’ summer roundup alongside acclaim for Pasulka’s writing, which Maddie Oatman praises as “dripping in plush detail and drama and just enough historical asides.” Simon & Schuster published the book on June 7, 2022.
David Dennis, Jr., author of the newly released THE MOVEMENT MADE US, published an Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “Civil Rights Activists Fought for America’s Democracy. They Should Be Honored as Veterans.” “This may sound like hyperbolic or dramatic rhetoric. It’s not. The war they fought was literal,” Dennis, Jr. writes. “My dad was in a church in Shreveport, La., when it was bombed. He went to meetings attended by spies who delivered intelligence to government agencies. He was beaten. He was imprisoned. His friends were tortured. Some of his friends — Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner among them — were assassinated…As we consider what kind of reparations and redress are necessary, granting those veterans the government benefits that other war heroes are entitled to would be one small, important step in the right direction.” Harper published THE MOVEMENT MADE US on May 10, 2022.
Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, included THE MARGOT AFFAIR by Sanaë Lemoine in a roundup of Parisian book recommendations for The New York Times. Slimani describes THE MARGOT AFFAIR as “wonderfully Parisian without resorting to any of the usual clichés. It is a glimpse into the world of politics and journalism. The details of French food, daily routines and architecture are very well captured by the author.” Hogarth published THE MARGOT AFFAIR on June 16, 2020.
Departures sat down with Afropunk co-founder James Spooner to discuss his debut graphic memoir, THE HIGH DESERT. Shirley Ngozi Nwangwa writes: “THE HIGH DESERT is a memoir for music lovers. Spooner brings readers along on the punk journey of his younger self, blazing lyrics across the pages; the larger the writing, the louder the volume.” Harper published the memoir on May 17, 2022.
THE FIFTH ACT by Elliot Ackerman received its first trade starred-review from Kirkus. The reviewer raves: “Making sense of chaos is never easy, but this powerful book does much to explain why America’s debacle in Afghanistan ended the way it did…Ackerman should be commended not just for his work helping Afghans escape safely, but also for providing a must-read account of the end of America’s longest war…Courage and folly, dedication and tragedy: Ackerman deftly captures all dimensions of a protracted foreign policy failure. Penguin Press will publish the book on August 9, 2022.