THE STARS ARE NOT YET BELLS by Hannah Lillith Assadi continues to receive recognition as one of the most exciting books of January. BookRiot featured the book on their list of “10 Short, Fast-Paced Books to Kickstart Your Yearly Reading Goal” (“This lyrical historical fiction novel throws you right into the thick of its mystery, romance, and heartbreak”) and Southern Review of Books featured the novel as one of the “Best Southern Books of January 2022.”
Kiese Laymon's reissued debut novel, LONG DIVISION, has been nominated for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction. The winners will be announced live on BET on February 26. Scribner published the reissue on June 1, 2021.
New York Review of Books contributing writer Peter C. Baker’s debut novel, PLANES, was named one of Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2022.” Lit Hub Deputy Editor Emily Firetog writes: “Baker’s novel is an assured debut and the announcement of a new, bold voice.” Knopf will publish the book on May 31, 2022.
Jordan Castro’s forthcoming debut novel, THE NOVELIST, was named one of Lit Hub’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2022.” Lit Hub Staff Writer Walker Caplan writes: “Jordan Castro is the previous editor of New York Tyrant Magazine, which published barbed, efficient, emotional writing that lacked the didacticism and slow pacing of other outlets. I expect similar from Castro’s debut novel, which the titular novelist over a single morning as he struggles to write an autobiographical novel based on his own heroin addiction and recovery. I care about novelists, so I’m excited.” Soft Skull will publish the book on June 14, 2022.
In advance of its UK publication, Jakob Guanzon’s ABUNDANCE was featured in the Irish Independent’s Books section and named one of the “4 Best Debut Novels Coming in 2022” by The Daily Telegraph: “Guanzon carefully builds a character with at least one tragic flaw, searching for dignity and clarity. The honest and tender scenes with his son form the novel’s heart and soul, but it is also ignited by tense crime-novel confrontations and some brilliantly sustained descriptions of down-at-heel discount America.” Graywolf Press published the book in the US on March 2, 2021, and Dialogue Books will publish the book in the UK on February 3, 2022.
Wally Koval’s ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON was featured in a piece in The New York Times examining the relationship between social media and book sales. Elizabeth Harris writes: “[E]very book is different, an individual work of art or culture, so when the publishing industry tries to forecast demand for new titles, it is, however thoughtfully, guessing. Because there are so few reliable metrics to look at, social-media followings have become some of the main data points publishers use to try to make their guesses more educated...There are, however, plenty of examples where a social-media following does help sell books like ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON by Wally Koval…Mr. Koval’s Instagram account, of the same name and concept, had over 1 million followers when the book was acquired and now has 1.6 million. The book has sold more than 100,000 copies of the hardcover since it was published in October 2020.” The book was also recommended by Isaac Fitzgerald on The Today Show as a top holiday gift in December: “[ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON will] put a smile on either the travel lover or movie lover (or both!) in your life.” Voracious published the book on October 20, 2020.
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." Finalists will be announced later this month. Soft Skull published the novel on June 1, 2021.
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, the 60th book in the Stone Barrington series, will make its debut on The New York Times Best Seller list for the week of January 16, 2022. It will debut at number 7 on the Combined Print & E-book Fiction list. G.P Putnam’s Sons published the book on December 28, 2021.
Book Passage is hosting a special live virtual event for Charles Cumming on January 20 at 3pm EST to celebrate the publication of BOX 88, where Cumming will appear in conversation with Dan Fesperman to discuss the book. The Mysterious Bookshop will also be holding a virtual live event on January 26 at 4pm EST, where Cumming will appear in conversation with Mick Herron. Mysterious Press published BOX 88 on January 11, 2022.
Publishers Weekly praises REFUSE TO BE DONE by Matt Bell. The reviewer writes: “[A] heartening guide to writing a novel…[W]riters intimidated by the process will find solace in the case [Bell] makes that while good writing is not easy, putting one’s whole self into a novel is an ‘incredible’ joy. Budding novelists, take note.” Soho Press will publish the book on March 8, 2022.