News in December 2021
News in December 2021
Barack Obama included Dawnie Walton’s debut novel, THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV, in a tweet about his favorite books of 2021. 37 Ink published the book on March 30, 2021.
The paperback edition of Rutger Bregman’s HUMANKIND will debut at number 13 on The New York Times’ bestseller list for Paperback Nonfiction for the week of December 26, 2021. Little, Brown and Company published the hardcover edition on June 2, 2020, and the paperback on November 16, 2021.
Joss Lake's FUTURE FEELING is a nominee for the 2022 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel. The prize is awarded annually to "a debut novel of exceptional literary merit by an American author." FUTURE FEELING is one of ten longlisted contenders, and finalists will be announced in January. Soft Skull Press published the book on June 1, 2021.
Maxim Loskutoff has been awarded the Montana Innovation Award for his debut novel, RUTHIE FEAR. The award is the highest granted by the state to any individual, and winners are named only every other year. Judges praised Loskutoff’s “ten years of consistent and remarkably creative activity recognized by many significant outlets. Impressive residency activity. Clear, direct and compelling language,” adding: “So young with so much promise…Maxim is a rising star. [RUTHIE FEAR} absolutely deserves our support!” W. W. Norton & Company published the book on September 1, 2020.
Electric Lit has named COSMOGONY by Lucy Ives one of its favorite short story collections of 2021: "Vast in both genre and style, the stories in Lucy Ives’ debut collection COSMOGONY animate the little, off the beaten path moments that make up everyday life…The intricacies and cleverness of Ives’ writing extend throughout the collection, where everyday life clashes with the surreal to unpack and explore the nature of human existence.” Soft Skull published the book on March 9, 2021.
The New Yorker featured Eugene Lim’s novel SEARCH HISTORY in the Briefly Noted section of the magazine’s December 20, 2021 issue. The review praises Lim’s “humorous philosophical novel” for its “subversions of...conventional structure,” adding: “As the book toggles between the narrator’s autobiography, a meandering quest for the friend, and conversations among the search party about grief, selfhood, and Asian American authorship, Lim evokes the disorienting idiosyncrasy of an Internet search history.” Coffee House Press published SEARCH HISTORY on October 5, 2021.
OUT OF OFFICE by Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen published this week to a wealth of positive press. Warzel and Petersen were interviewed for Entrepreneur Magazine. They also appeared on Good Morning America, and the Vox Conversations podcast, and Petersen appeared on Microsoft’s WorkLab podcast. Bloomberg Businessweek calls the book a “deeply researched tour through America’s broken work landscape” that “[sketches] out a vision of what a better future might look like…[serving] as a prescient, rough guide for how companies and works can have a healthier relationship with each other moving forward.” Lastly, Financial Times praises OUT OF OFFICE as "an impassioned plea for remote working. It will not only make you happier and healthier, but a better friend, member of your local community and more equal partner." Knopf published the book on December 7, 2021.
Rutger Bregman joined Late Night with Seth Meyers and The New York Times podcast Sway to discuss his book HUMANKIND. Little, Brown and Company published the hardcover on June 2, 2020, and the paperback on November 16, 2021.
Alex McElroy’s debut novel THE ATMOSPHERIANS was acknowledged for numerous end-of-year accolades from outlets including The Washington Independent Review of Books, Esquire, and Electric Literature. Atria Books published the novel on May 18, 2021.
THE MOVEMENT MADE US by father-son authors David Dennis, Sr. and David Dennis, Jr. was shortlisted for the 2021 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award. Harper will publish the book on May 10, 2022.
Gabriela Garcia’s debut novel OF WOMEN AND SALT has received a cascade of end-of-year awards and recognitions. The novel appeared on best-of lists from The Washington Post, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Amazon Books, Debutiful, and Goodreads, and is the winner of the She Reads Best of 2021 Award for Literary Fiction. Flatiron Books published OF WOMEN AND SALT on March 30, 2021.
James Han Mattson’s debut novel REPRIEVE continues to receive strong critical acclaim. The book is among Esquire’s “50 Best Books of 2021,” and The London Times’s special issue fiction recommendations. William Morrow published the book on October 5, 2021.