News in October 2020
News in October 2020
Investigative reporter Becky Cooper’s true crime debut, WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, continues to rack up praise in the weeks leading up to its publication. The book received a starred review in BookPage, and a Q&A with Cooper will be featured in the magazine’s November print and online issues. Boston Globe Magazine featured an exclusive excerpt from the book. It has also been named a Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2020, has been nominated for a Nonfiction Goodreads Choice Award, and has been called a must-read by PopSugar, PureWow, WAMC, and countless other outlets. Grand Central Publishing will publish the book on November 10, 2020.
Deadline announced that Adam Sandler will play the leading role in Netflix’s adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfař’s debut novel, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA. Director Johan Renck of HBO’s Emmy-winning series Chernobyl is attached to direct. Little, Brown and Company published the book on March 7, 2017.
The New York Times named Shirley Hazzard’s COLLECTED STORIES as one of the 16 New Books to Watch for in November. Farrar, Straus & Giroux will publish the book on November 3, 2020.
Elle Magazine named MINOR FEELINGS by Cathy Park Hong as one of the Best Books of 2020 (So Far). They rave: “You may be tempted to rush through the seven essays in Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings; her prose, at turns accusatory, complicit, and castigating, is so urgent, there’s a fear the book will catch fire if you put it down for a moment. But MINOR FEELINGS begs to be read and re-read, highlighted and underlined and margianalia-ed for decades to come.” One World published the book on February 25, 2020.
Elle Magazine named Elliot Ackerman’s RED DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE as one of the Best Books of 2020 (So Far). They write: “At once suspenseful and delicate, RED DRESS IN BLACK AND WHITE deftly depicts love in a brutal time.” Knopf published the book on May 26, 2020.
Elle Magazine named Kate Zambreno’s debut novel DRIFTS as one of the Best Books of 2020 (So Far). They rave: “DRIFTS makes discursive detours into loneliness, female friendship, writer’s block, and professional jealousy…It’s perfect for this isolated, indeterminate time.” Riverhead Books published the book on May 19, 2020.
Electric Literature featured Xiaolu Guo in an interview about A LOVER'S DISCOURSE, where they praise her as "a master at exploring both the humor and the poignancy of mistranslation." Additionally, The Minneapolis Star Review gave the book a glowing review, calling it "[a] cerebral love story and a powerful portrait of our volatile political moment." Grove Press published the book on October 13, 2020.
Teen Vogue has run an exclusive excerpt of Ed Lin’s debut YA novel, DAVID TUNG CAN’T HAVE A GIRLFRIEND UNTIL HE GETS INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE. They write: “Ed Lin’s book is an exploration of much more than dating. Through humor, the book explores identity, traditions, social expectations, and stereotypes through the lens of a suburban New Jersey high school student.” Kaya Press published the book on October 28, 2020.
WINE GIRL by Victoria James has been nominated in the opening round of the Goodreads Choice Awards in the Food & Cookbooks category. Ecco published the book on March 24, 2020.
An array of publications have celebrated the recent release of Wally Koval’s ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON. Entertainment Weekly calls it a “visually appealing, wanderlust fulfilling photo book,” and E! Online "a visual feast that will fully ignite your wanderlust." Publishers Weekly praised its "vibrant color composition, both joyful and surreal...breathtaking, witty, and happily ambitious, a perfect diversion for film fans and globe trotters alike." Kirkus declared the book "a charming, whimsical tribute to the Anderson aesthetic," while The New York Times writes: "In this time of quarantine, the lush book, with the photos clustered geographically, reads even more strongly as a wish list.” Lastly, a feature on The Cut showcased a selection of the book’s “perfectly centered, pastel quirky sites — or places replicating Wes Anderson’s cinematic aesthetic.” Voracious published ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON on October 20, 2020.
Deadline announced that Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu is set to direct the feature film adaptation of Angie Thomas’ ON THE COME UP. Kahiu will helm a powerhouse team of Black female creative talent, including Kay Oyegun, who is adapting the novel, and Angie Thomas herself, who is producing. Balzer + Bray published the book on February 5, 2019.
Andrew Pyper’s horror novel THE RESIDENCE received a three out of four star review in USA Today. They write: “[T]here’s plenty of satisfying horror to be had, though THE RESIDENCE also presents an interesting love story and nicely weaves in America’s struggles with war and slavery.” Skybound Books published the book on September 1, 2020.