BORN READY by Jodie Patterson received an enthusiastic starred review from Kirkus. They write: “Warmth and pride in identity radiate from the pages, brightened by the expressive, lively illustrations…This representation of a Black family and transgender child (author Patterson is Penelope’s mother) shines with joy and affirmation…A triumphant declaration of love and identity.” Crown Books for Young readers will publish the book on April 20, 2021.
Kirkus Review hails Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s YES DADDY as an “emotionally complex debut” and a “well-formed coming-of-age story, both erotic and chilling.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on May 18, 2021.
I CONTAIN MULTITUDES author and Atlantic writer Ed Yong is the winner of the 73rd annual George Polk Awards in Science Reporting. Yong was awarded for “his clear and insightful analysis of factors behind the spread of Covid-19 and failed efforts to bring it under control. Yong’s March 25 account, ‘How the Pandemic Will End,’ correctly predicted its inordinately severe impact in the U.S., a circumstance his August 4 story, ‘How the Pandemic Defeated America,’ explained in devastating detail." Ecco Press published I CONTAIN MULTITUDES on August 1, 2016.
Olivia Laing’s EVERYBODY received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. They praise the book an "impassioned and provocative study," and a "lucid foray into some of life’s deepest questions astonishes." W.W. Norton will publish the book May 4, 2021.
BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER by Jamie Figueroa received a glowing review from The New York Times Book Review. They write: “BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER packs a lot of story into just over 200 pages…Even those of us who resist magical realism might accept, maybe even celebrate it, in this beautifully crafted, poetic book." The book is also featured on March most-anticipated lists from The Millions, Bustle, and Debutiful. Catapult published the novel March 2, 2021.
Praise continues to build for Dawnie Walton’s THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV, which will publish later this month. The novel has been named a Book of the Month pick for March, hailed as "[a]n unforgettable, exciting, special debut.” O, The Oprah Magazine features the novel on its list of “20 of the Best Books to Pick Up This March,” praising: "Walton’s fabulous debut novel, which takes the form of an oral history, is an utterly fresh take on finding one’s voice, on systemic racism and sexism, and on freedom of expression. That these heavy subjects don’t weigh down this hugely entertaining novel are testament to Walton’s deftness and skill." The book is also featured on March most-anticipated lists from Pop Sugar, Entertainment Weekly, and BookRiot, and Essence magazine lists Walton on its "The Power of the Pivot" profile of women who left successful careers to pursue their creative endeavors. 37 Ink Books will publish the book on March 30, 2021.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. is featured on Marie Clare’s list of "35 Must-Read 2021 Book Releases by Black Authors," which refers to the book as “[a] devastating and beautifully written novel.” Jones Jr. was also interviewed by Watermark, as well as the Chatter on Books and KSCJ-AM/FM Having Read That podcasts. Chatter on Books praises this “fabulous debut novel,” noting that author “Marlon James called it ‘Epic in its scale, intimate in its force, and lyrical in its beauty.’” Lastly, the novel was recommended by SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE author Rebecca Carroll on The Maris Review podcast. She calls the book “one in a thousand,” with writing that is “lyrical and beautiful.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 5, 2021.
TIGHTROPE by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is a finalist for the 2021 Audie Awards in the Non-Fiction category. The Audie Awards are awarded by the Audio Publishers Association, and are “recognized as the most prestigious awards in audiobook and spoken word entertainment,” and are awarded by the Audio Publishers Association. The winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala, which will stream live on March 22, 2021 at 9pm EST. Knopf published the book on January 14, 2020.
Mandatory has highlighted Vince Granata’s memoir, EVERYTHING IS FINE, as one of their “10 Mandatory Books to Read After One of the Best Recent Years in Publishing.” They call the book a “harrowing and heartbreaking memoir” that “is going to get a lot of (much-deserved) buzz when it drops in April.” Atria Books will publish the book on April 27, 2021.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has awarded THE BLOSSOM AND THE FIREFLY by Sherri L. Smith the 2021 Golden Kite Award for Young Adult Fiction. Smith’s historical novel was chosen by a panel of well-regarded authors from among the thousand titles submitted for the award. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers published the book on February 18, 2020.