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PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST by David Hoon Kim
August 13, 2021

David Hoon Kim sat down for an interview with Ploughshares to discuss his debut novel, PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST. Ploughshares writes that "PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST is as much about Blatand and the characters around him as it is about the city itself, as much about the narrative momentum created through his wanderings as it is about the languages that carry and charge through him. Kim has created a novel that captures the experience of knowing another language, another culture, and yet still feeling at bay from it—of finding oneself mired in loss and grief, in belonging and not, attenuated to the struggle and attuned to ghosts who refuse to be done with us.” FSG published the novel on August 3, 2021.

THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr.
August 13, 2021

New York Times bestselling debut novel, THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. continues to be featured on many LGBTQ+ summer reading list roundups. TheGrio featured the novel on their Pride summer list, calling THE PROPHETS “spectacular. . . An intimate, poetic, queer love story and a detailed and excruciating portrait of life on a Mississippi plantation. Jones excels at ensemble storytelling, treating each character with compassion while also being brutally unsparing about the system they’re living under and the harmful compromises people living under this system sometimes made to survive.” TheBody.com also featured the novel on their list of 5 Essential Summer Reads by Queer Authors. Putnam Books published the novel on January 5, 2021.

DESTROYER OF LIGHT by Jennifer Marie Brissett
August 13, 2021

Jennifer Marie Brissett’s upcoming novel received a starred review from Kirkus who write The author’s updated take on a classic myth is both clever and entertaining. Tor Books will publish on October 12, 2021.

THE NEIGHBOR’S SECRET by L. Alison Heller
August 13, 2021

The latest novel by L. Alison Heller received a starred review in Booklist, who write “With its imaginative plot, charismatic characters, and wealth of dramatic revelations, this addictive tale is one of those novels that demands to be gobbled up in a single sitting.” Flatiron Books will publish on October 5, 2021.

NOW BEACON, NOW SEA by Christopher Sorrentino
August 13, 2021

Christopher Sorrentino's forthcoming memoir received a great review in Shelf Awareness. The reviewer describes the book as "Sagacious and heartbreaking . . . Christopher Sorrentino has written a stunning, gutting memoir about his life as the son of a chronically depressed mother and a celebrated writer father."
Catapult publishes the memoir on September 7, 2021.

TELL ME LIES by Carola Lovering
August 9, 2021

Deadline, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter announced on August 3 that Carola Lovering’s TELL ME LIES has received a full season order from Hulu, with Emma Roberts executive producing, and Lovering herself serving as consulting producer. This series will be the first project launched via Belletrist’s first-look deal with Hulu, and Grace Van Patten is set to star in the lead role. Atria published TELL ME LIES on June 12, 2018, and St. Martin’s published Lovering’s latest novel, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, on March 2, 2021.

TOMATOES FOR NEELA by Padma Lakshmi
August 9, 2021

Called “a graceful nod to the concept of food as a mode of global connection “ by Booklist, TOMATOES FOR NEELA is a celebration of food family and culture was written by Padma Lakshmi (Host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation) and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner, Juana Martinez-Neal. Viking Books for Young Readers publishes the hardcover August 31, 2021.

THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton
August 9, 2021

Kirkus Reviews editors featured THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton on their list of Historical Fiction Headed in New Directions.
37 Ink published the novel March 30, 2021.

BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER by Jamie Figueroa
August 9, 2021

Keenan Norris, author of The Confession of Copeland Cane recommended Jamie Figueroa's debut novel, BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER in a list of Books by Black Latinx authors for Electric Literature. Catapult published the novel March 2, 2021.

HEAVY: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR by Kiese Laymon
August 9, 2021

Today.com editors recommended HEAVY by Kiese Laymon in a round-up, calling the memoir "powerful, honest and vulnerable." Scribner published the memoir March 5, 2019.