Namwali Serpell’s STRANGER FACES is a finalist for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award in the Criticism category. The winners will be announced on March 25, 2021. Transit Books published the book on October 20, 2020.
Cathy Park Hong’s MINOR is a finalist for the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award in the Autobiography category. The winners will be announced on March 25, 2021. One World published the book February 25, 2020.
Dawnie Walton’s THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV is featured on The Lily, the newsletter for The Washington Post. They quote author Nadia Owusu, who writes: “THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV has been described as a fresh and entertaining fictional oral history of beloved rock-and-roll duo, exploring Afro-Punk, radical politics, systemic racism and sexism, and finding one’s voice. I am so excited to get my hands on it.” 37 Ink will publish the book on March 30, 2021.
Jamie Figueroa’s BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER is featured on Paperback Paris' “100 Most-Anticipated New Books of 2021,” as well as Refinery29’s “10 Books By Latinx Authors We Can't Wait To Read In 2021.” Catapult will publish the book on March 2, 2021.
Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s YES, DADDY received a glowing blurb from Garrard Conley, author of BOY ERASED. He writes: "YES, DADDY is a deeply humane, complex account of public and private trauma in the age of fake news. Ultimately, this is a story of redemption in an era when grace seems impossible. Deeply familiar yet always surprising and--most important--well-written, this is a superb debut." Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish the book on May 18, 2021.
Stuart Woods’ HUSH-HUSH, the 56th book in the STONE BARRINGTON series, made its debut on the New York Times Bestseller list for the week of January 17th. It debuted at number 3 on the Combined Print & E-book Fiction list, and number 14 on the Hardcover Fiction list. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on December 29, 2020.
Robert Jones Jr.’s THE PROPHETS is featured on The Advocate's “Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2021,” St. Louis Magazine’s “10 Must-Reads for 2021,” and Paperback Paris' “100 Most-Anticipated New Books of 2021.” Paperback Paris writes: “With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike…THE PROPHETS reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book January 5, 2021.
David Goodwillie’s second novel, KINGS COUNTY, has been short-listed for The Gotham Book Prize. The new annual award was “created to encourage and honor writing about New York City in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Avid Reader Press published the book on July 28, 2020.
Daniel Loedel’s stirring debut, HADES, ARGENTINA, continues to accumulate great coverage in the week following its publication, including a glowing review from The Economist. Loedel published an original essay in The Atlantic about his half-sister, Isabel, who was “disappeared” during Argentina’s Dirty War before Loedel was born, and who served as inspiration for his novel. Loedel was also featured in Poets & Writers’s “Writers Recommend” column, and he sat down for interviews with the Debutiful podcast and Interview Magazine. Loedel told Interview’s Christopher Bollen: “That feeling of being haunted by someone’s absence was one that I knew well and tapped into it in order to write this story. So the idea was really less a structural decision than a means of accessing what is emotionally true about living in the aftermath of a disappeared loved one.” Riverhead Books published the novel on January 12, 2021.
The LA Skirball Cultural Center will be launching an online exhibition based on TIGHTROPE by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn from January 31 through May 31. The exhibition will feature images by photojournalist Lynsey Addario, “[inviting] us to take an unflinching look at crises hiding in plain sight.” Kristof and WuDunn will participate in a free discussion and Q&A about the book and exhibition on January 26 at 9 PM ET. Vintage published the book on January 14, 2020.