Ahead of its summer release, Lucy Cooke’s BITCH has already gained impressive critical acclaim. A starred review from Kirkus describes the book as “[a] cheerful and knowledgeable popular science review of female animals” and “[a] top-notch book of natural science that busts myths as it entertains,” adding: “Readers will receive a superb education in the evolution and mechanics of animal sex as well as countless colorful anecdotes describing bizarre reproductive behavior. Readers will find the familiar account of female spiders eating males as they try to mate, but there is much more to discover in Cooke’s fascinating pages.” Meanwhile, a review from Publishers Weekly praises the book as “zippy” with “vivid detail,” adding: “The author has a charmingly irreverent style that, among other things, pokes holes in the sexist scientific research of old that used cherry-picked data to conclude females weren’t worth studying. This hits the right balance between informative and entertaining; popular science fans will want to check it out.” Basic Books will publish the book on June 14, 2022.
Sarah Manguso’s VERY COLD PEOPLE received a rave review from The Guardian. Reviewer Laura Elkin writes: “Well into a career that encompasses poetry, memoir and projects such as her 2017 collection of quotable fragments 300 ARGUMENTS, the American author Sarah Manguso has turned to the novel…[VERY COLD PEOPLE] is a testament to the marks left by the past from generation to generation, and the frigid world of Waitsfield offers Manguso the perfect metaphor for it: ‘The salted snow left white lines on the flagstones, and even if you poured hot water over them and scrubbed, as my mother did each spring, those ghosts of winter never quite disappeared.’” Hogarth published the novel on February 8, 2022.
Rebecca Stott’s debut novel DARK EARTH received a starred review from Kirkus. The reviewer writes: “The conflict at the climax of this novel is not a clash of arms but a battle between brute power and cunning, between selfish greed and communal strength. Stott fills holes in written history with magic, mythic resonance, and 21st-century wish fulfillment.” Random House will publish the novel on July 19, 2022.
Rio Cortez’s forthcoming debut poetry collection GOLDEN AX received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer praises: “Cortez maps untrodden historical and speculative terrain in poems of stunning breadth and intimacy in this exquisite debut…Unflinching and generous, this bold collection opens new vistas in contemporary Black poetry.” The collection also received a stunning blurb from AIN'T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT author Jason Reynolds, which reads: “GOLDEN AX is a mirror maze where every poem elongates or widens the reader. Though Cortez leads us through a personal journey that embodies the distortion of the archived and the imagined, I couldn't help but feel at the end of it that I'd been in congress with some of my own lesser-recognized selves. I've never read anything like it. Truly a sublime experience.” Penguin Books will publish GOLDEN AX on August 30, 2022.
THE PINK HOTEL, Liska Jacobs’s forthcoming third novel, received a positive review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer praises the book as “amusing” with a “chaotic climax [that] is something to behold,” adding: “Readers…will be easily carried along by the rollicking madcap sensibility.” MCD will publish the book on July 19, 2022.
Nada Alic’s debut short story collection BAD THOUGHTS earned strong praise in a review from Publishers Weekly. They write: “In Alic’s candid and humorous debut collection, women explore their darkest thoughts and fears…As the characters wrestle with what’s missing from their lives, the author finds mordant hilarity. The more Alic leans into the weirdness, the more addictive this becomes.” Vintage will publish the book on July 12, 2022.
Kim Kelly’s new book, FIGHT LIKE HELL, is enjoying a whirlwind of positive press following its publication. Kelly sat down with Vogue to discuss the book, which interviewer Emma Specter refers to as “a timely ode to the labor movement” that "carefully situates the current resurgence of union power within its historical context...with depth and nuance.” The book received generous praise in a review from Publishers Weekly: “Journalist and union organizer Kelly debuts with a rousing look at the contributions of marginalized groups to the U.S. labor movement…Shedding new light on key players and episodes within a diverse range of industries—from textile and trucking to sex work—this invigorating labor history is also a powerful call for today’s workers to fight for their rights.” Meanwhile, The Washington Monthly notes its success in addressing issues on the macro level (“call[ing] out the hypocrisy of advertising the availability of the American Dream as available to all then denying some people the opportunity to work”) and the micro level (“an inspired instruction manual for labor organizers”), while a starred review from Library Journal declares that “this accessible, inspiring, and instructive read belongs in school libraries, in university classrooms, and in general readers’ hands for its lessons about workers’ united power and the unfinished business of workplace justice.” The book has been featured as a must-read title by The Philadelphia Inquirer, PW Daily, CNN, The New York Times, Bustle, Thrillist, and more, and excerpts have appeared in The Washington Post, Engadget, and Teen Vogue online. One Signal Publishers published FIGHT LIKE HELL on April 26, 2022.
THE MOVEMENT MADE US by David Dennis, Jr. in collaboration with his father, David Dennis, Sr., published this week to much fanfare. Andscape published an excerpt from THE MOVEMENT MADE US titled “The night a veiled threat encouraged a white mob to leave a Black church alone.” Dennis Jr. participated in interviews with the podcasts For Colored Nerds, Reckon Mag, and Edge of Sports, as well as ESPN’s Around the Horn and The Right Time with Bomani Jones, before beginning a book tour with a string of independent booksellers across the American South. Harper published THE MOVEMENT MADE US on May 10, 2022.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. was announced as the winner of The Publishing Triangle’s Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, which “recognizes outstanding first novels or story collections by LGBTQ authors.”
G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 5, 2021.
Publishers Weekly ran an exclusive ten-page excerpt of Afropunk co-founder James Spooner’s graphic memoir, THE HIGH DESERT. Harper will publish the book on May 17, 2022.