News in May 2020
News in May 2020
TIME National Correspondent Charlotte Alter’s article on the pandemic’s impact on the college class of 2020 graced the magazine’s cover this week. She also published a piece in Vox about the role that age plays in the Presidential race. Charlotte’s first book, THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR, was published by Viking on February 18, 2020.
The latest novel by Danielle Steel made its debut on the New York Times Bestseller lists for the week of May 17, 2020. The book debuted at number 6 on both the Combined Print and E-book Fiction and Hardcover Fiction Bestseller lists. Dell published the book on April 28, 2020.
Wayne Koestenbaum was interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books for their LARB AV series about his new essay collection FIGURE IT OUT. They introduce Kostenbaum as “someone whose enthusiasm for life and literature is more infectious than any coronavirus.” Soft Skull Press published the book on May 5, 2020.
Olivia Laing's new collection of essays, FUNNY WEATHER, received a favorable review from The Washington Post. They write: “Laing’s arts writing is sharp-minded, and her manner is generous toward both subject and reader.” W. W. Norton & Company published the book on May 12, 2020.
Catherine Lacey of the New York Times published a fantastic review of DRIFTS, writing: “Like many of the writers she resembles or reveres — Jean Rhys and Robert Walser, to name an odd pair — Zambreno draws on autobiography but never leans on it . . . her sentences are always airy and streamlined, full of wit and candor.” Andrew Schenker of the LA Times Book Review also praised DRIFTS, writing: “Nominally a work of fiction, but very clearly autobiographical, DRIFTS not so much renders the question of genre irrelevant but charts the search for a new genre.” Riverhead Books published the book on May 19, 2020.
PERFECT TUNES is on Esquire’s “Best Spring Books of 2020” list. Adrienne Westenfield writes: “Brimming with gemlike insight and humor, PERFECT TUNES is a moving investigation of love, loss, and parenthood.” Simon & Schuster published the book on April 14, 2020.
Rutger Bregman appeared on the BBC’s History Extra podcast to discuss his new book, HUMANKIND. The author also participated in a livestream Q&A about HUMANKIND with journalist Owen Jones, hosted by The Guardian. Little, Brown and Company will publish the book on June 2, 2020.
Lauren Ho’s fun and flirty debut, LAST TANG STANDING, has received a starred review from Library Journal. They write: “The combination of an appealing lead, a glamorous setting, and relatable, funny portrayals of relationships and workplace politics make this debut one of the must-read escapist pleasures of the summer.” The novel was also featured on PopSugar’s list of the “30 Best New Books to Dive Into This Summer.” G.P. Putnam's Sons will publish the book on June 9, 2020.
Senior Culture Writer at Buzzfeed Anne Helen Petersen published an article on the changing nature of consumerism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her next book, CAN’T EVEN, was also selected as a Best Book of 2020 by Harper’s Bazaar. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on September 22, 2020.
Gabriella Burnham’s stunning debut, IT IS WOOD, IT IS STONE, has received a wealth of praise in the lead-up to its publication. Kirkus calls it “[a] transporting debut that deftly probes the complex nature of relationships between women,” and Publishers Weekly raves in a starred review that “this stranger-comes-to-town novel has the feel of a thriller as it illuminates the obligations of emotional labor. Burnham pulls off an electrifying twist on domestic fiction.” The novel has also been included on “best of 2020” lists from Harper’s Bazaar and PopSugar, among others. One World will publish the book on July 28, 2020.
Alina Adams’s gorgeous and nuanced debut, THE NESTING DOLLS, received a glowing review from Booklist. They write: “Adams’ sweeping tale offers captivating explorations of her characters and their complexities, particularly when it comes to their struggles between the pull of the heart and the realities in which they live.” Harper will publish the book on July 14, 2020.
HBO aired a documentary on Natasha Gregson Wagner’s late mother, Natalie Wood. The documentary, titled “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind” explores the actor’s life and career through Wagner’s perspective, and features previously unseen home movies, photographs, diaries, letters, and artifacts. Scribner published Wagner’s memoir about her mother, MORE THAN LOVE, on May 5, 2020.