David Dennis, Jr., author of the newly released THE MOVEMENT MADE US, published an Op-Ed in The New York Times titled “Civil Rights Activists Fought for America’s Democracy. They Should Be Honored as Veterans.” “This may sound like hyperbolic or dramatic rhetoric. It’s not. The war they fought was literal,” Dennis, Jr. writes. “My dad was in a church in Shreveport, La., when it was bombed. He went to meetings attended by spies who delivered intelligence to government agencies. He was beaten. He was imprisoned. His friends were tortured. Some of his friends — Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner among them — were assassinated…As we consider what kind of reparations and redress are necessary, granting those veterans the government benefits that other war heroes are entitled to would be one small, important step in the right direction.” Harper published THE MOVEMENT MADE US on May 10, 2022.
Leïla Slimani, winner of France’s Goncourt Prize, included THE MARGOT AFFAIR by Sanaë Lemoine in a roundup of Parisian book recommendations for The New York Times. Slimani describes THE MARGOT AFFAIR as “wonderfully Parisian without resorting to any of the usual clichés. It is a glimpse into the world of politics and journalism. The details of French food, daily routines and architecture are very well captured by the author.” Hogarth published THE MARGOT AFFAIR on June 16, 2020.
Departures sat down with Afropunk co-founder James Spooner to discuss his debut graphic memoir, THE HIGH DESERT. Shirley Ngozi Nwangwa writes: “THE HIGH DESERT is a memoir for music lovers. Spooner brings readers along on the punk journey of his younger self, blazing lyrics across the pages; the larger the writing, the louder the volume.” Harper published the memoir on May 17, 2022.
THE FIFTH ACT by Elliot Ackerman received its first trade starred-review from Kirkus. The reviewer raves: “Making sense of chaos is never easy, but this powerful book does much to explain why America’s debacle in Afghanistan ended the way it did…Ackerman should be commended not just for his work helping Afghans escape safely, but also for providing a must-read account of the end of America’s longest war…Courage and folly, dedication and tragedy: Ackerman deftly captures all dimensions of a protracted foreign policy failure. Penguin Press will publish the book on August 9, 2022.
Rachel Aviv’s highly anticipated STRANGERS TO OURSELVES received its first trade starred-review from Kirkus. The reviewer raves: “A perceptive and intelligent work about mental illness…Aviv applies her signature conscientiousness and probing intellect to every section of this eye-opening book. Her profiles are memorable and empathetic…Aviv treats her subjects with both scholarly interest and genuine compassion…A moving, meticulously researched, elegantly constructed work of nonfiction.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish the book on September 13, 2022.
Rebecca Stott’s novel DARK EARTH received a glowing review from the Guardian UK. Alex Preston raves: “Rebecca Stott’s superb third novel, DARK EARTH, dramatises the parallels between archaeology and historical fiction. Stott is a renowned historian, but in this excavation of London’s deep past she has created something radically new and beautiful, a book that retells a period of our national past that straddles the line between history and myth.” Random House will publish the novel on July 19, 2022.
THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV by Dawnie Walton was longlisted for the 2022 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, which “honors a work of fiction from the previous calendar year that speaks with an ‘American Voice’ about American experiences.” 37 Ink published the novel on March 30, 2021.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. was longlisted for the 2022 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, which “honors a work of fiction from the previous calendar year that speaks with an ‘American Voice’ about American experiences.” G.P. Putnam’s Sons published the book on January 5, 2021.
EVERYTHNG NOW by Rosecrans Baldwin is a Gold Medal winner for the 91st annual California Book Award in the California category. MCD published the hardcover edition on June 15, 2021, and Picador published the paperback on June 14, 2022.
Ed Yong joined the Armchair Expert podcast to discuss AN IMMENSE WORLD and “how he became a science writer, how his coverage of the pandemic was different than other reporting, and how biomimicry has advanced our technology.” The book was also featured on Mother Jones’ summer roundup, where Jackie Flynn Mogensen praises the book: “[AN IMMENSE WORLD] takes you into the fascinating realm of animal senses…[I]f, like Yong, your soul needs a break – and some damn joy – AN IMMENSE WORLD is a trip worth taking.” Random House publishes the book on June 21, 2022.