News in March 2020
News in March 2020
Anne Boyer, author of the acclaimed memoir THE UNDYING, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 17, 2019.
Namwali Serpell, author of THE OLD DRIFT, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.
Lauren Ho’s sparkling debut LAST TANG STANDING received an excellent review from Kirkus this week. They call it “[a] lush portrayal of Singapore life filled with vibrant characters and a lovable leading lady readers will root for,” who is “reminiscent of Bridget Jones herself.” G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the book on June 9, 2020.
Max Barry’s PROVIDENCE is receiving positive early praise. The Nerd Daily calls the novel “a triumph that grabs you with mystery, tension, and great writing,” as well as “[t]hrilling in truly every sense of the word.” G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the hardcover on March 31, 2020.
Michael Zapata spoke with NOLA.com about the “gut punch disappointment” he felt following the cancellation of his book tour stop in New Orleans, which is where he lived, taught, and wrote for many years. The “unreal Shakespearean city” provided inspiration for his debut novel, THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU, a time- and genre-defying story about a 1920s Dominican sci-fi writer whose lost manuscript finds its way, decades later, into the hands of a Jewish-Italian hotel clerk in Chicago. Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.
Charlotte Alter sat down with New York Magazine’s Intelligencer for a Q&A about THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. She discussed the diverse range of new politicians breaking into all levels of government and the appeal of socialism to younger voters as the political landscape becomes ever more polarized. The article reads: “[I]n her new book, Charlotte Alter provides us an invaluable early glimpse into the events and movements that will influence politics for decades to come.” Viking published the book on February 18, 2020.
Elaine Welteroth has officially announced the release date for the paperback edition of her bestselling memoir, MORE THAN ENOUGH. She appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, as well as on Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal podcast, to discuss her book and share its brand-new cover. Viking published the hardcover edition on June 11, 2019, and Penguin Books will launch the paperback on April 28, 2020.
Kate Weinberg’s chilling debut, THE TRUANTS, has received a glowing write-up in the New York Times Book Review’s crime column. They call it “[a] hypnotic debut,” and an “uncommonly clever whodunit.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 28, 2020.
Helen Monks Takhar’s debut thriller, PRECIOUS YOU, hit shelves this past Tuesday to a wealth of praise. In a starred review, Kirkus refers to it as “[a] wickedly sharp first novel from an author to watch,” adding that “[r]eaders won’t be able to tear their eyes away as this runaway train inevitably derails.” Additionally, CrimeReads listed the novel as one of its “Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020.” Random House published the book on March 10, 2020.
The mass market edition of Danielle Steel's BLESSING IN DISGUISE debuted at number one on the New York Times monthly Mass Market Bestseller list for March 2020. Dell published the mass-market edition on January 28, 2020.
MINOR FEELINGS is a New York Times Editor’s Choice pick. They write: “The poet Cathy Park Hong’s new book of essays wanders a terrain of memoir, criticism and polemic, oscillating between smooth proclamations of certainty and twitches of self-doubt.” Additionally, Amazon selected MINOR FEELINGS as a Best Book of the Month in Biographies & Memoirs. One World published the book on February 25, 2020.
Publishers Weekly gave Olivia Laing’s essay collection FUNNY WEATHER a glowing review. They write: “[It] will leave readers eager to reengage with art they know well, and explore art as yet new to them.” W. W. Norton & Company will publish the book on May 12, 2020.